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VAGABOND (article first published : 2000-06-16)

The works of Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand, Noel Coward, Kurt Weill and Marianne Faithfull are all wrapped up and faithfully delivered by effervescent singer Danièle Pascal in her latest show which runs until June 24 at the Langoustine Theatre by the Sea to run for nine performances.

In her programme notes Danièle Pascal maintains that at a time when most people have settled down, she is “now boarding a ship and I don’t know where it’s going – but it feels right.” In Vagabond, she shows no sign of a need for any future destination, expressing delight at being back on stage in Durban after an absence of 12 years. She has chosen to pay tribute to what she calls “the wild women we all love" - the vagabonds, the rebels, the wanderers, those who grab life with both hands and meld it to their moods.

With an accomplished and sympathetic accompanist in Liza Joubert, Danièle offers her supper theatre audiences an evening of stylish entertainment. Simple and sincere yet dramatic and personal. One of her early numbers is Is that all there is? where she recalls a fire that destroyed her home when she was a child as well as a trip to the circus and the experience of her first love – ending with the determined belief that when she breathes her last, she will ask the same question of life.

Most of her songs are in French and come from the pen of the late incomparable Jaques Brel like La Tendresse, Marieke and On n’oublie rien with several numbers by the legendary Edith Piaf, Non, je ne regrette rien and Padam, Padam. She also includes songs by Michel Legrand such as La valse des lilas and Les Moulins de mon Coeur. Also on the programme are songs associated with Leonard Cohen, Peggy Lee, Marlene Dietrich and Eartha Kitt

Danièle Pascal has become so much a part of the theatrical scene in this country “performing from Pofadder to Nelspruit”, I was surprised to discover that she has only been in South Africa for 15 years. She dedicates her strong and driving version of the Edith Piaf classic Non, je ne regrette rien to the late doyenne of South African theatre, Taubie Kushlick, for whom she often rehearsed at 7 o’clock in the morning “without a microphone”!

Cheeky, charming and occasionally coy, she approaches her performances with a passion that is undimmed over the years – her voice caressing like a silk scarf or rasping like the tongue of a wild cat as the mood demands. If you want to keep up with her activities, she has just launched her own website on www.danielepascal.co.za

Tickets at R100 include a three-course meal. On the menu for this production are Chicken Livers Peri Peri or a good hearty Lobster Bisque as starters, with Greek Salad on request. The Langoustine’s Lamb Shank dish is always a great favourite although I felt the herbs were a little overdone this time. The other choices are Chicken Curry and Rice, which my husband pronounced tender and appetising, or Vegetable Lasagne. Desserts are Bread and Butter Pudding or Fruit Salad. There is a good choice wine list ranging from Craighall Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc at R34 to Morgenhof Sauvignon Blanc at R57 for the whites and Chateau Libertas at R45 to Villera Cru Monroe at R85 for the reds. There’s also Graca Rosé at R34 and Grand Mousseaux Vin Doux at R40.

Tickets R69 on Tuesdays (Ladies’ Night) include a two-course meal (guys can come along too!). Book through the Langoustine on (031) 563 7324 and ask for Lisa or via Computicket. Save half of your booking costs and book directly on the internet at http://www.computicket.com.




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