‘Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny’ is a powerful play from the satirical pen of Greig Coetzee, written in rhyming couplets rapped out by his anti-hero Johnny. Showing at the The Market Theatre from November 16 to December 4, the play’s words – that feel more like lyrics – express the discontent of the dispossessed working-class white South African as he sets off on an epic reckless rock ‘n roll adventure.
The fast-paced show blends physical theatre with storytelling as Johnny romps through life, dodgy bars, encounters with gangsters and falls for a “chick” as bad-assed as himself in this play where action and adventure meets social commentary.
This multi-award-winning play is a spin-off from Coetzee’s previous hit ‘White Men with Weapons’, and stars Craig Morris as the down-and-out anti-hero Johnny.
The show is directed by Roslyn Wood-Morris and features original music by the late Syd Kitchen.
Morris has shown that he has a knack for finding the soul of Coetzee’s troubled characters, and this actor and author combo last collaborated for the show ‘Blood Orange’, which played at The Market Theatre in 2007.
‘Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny’ won the Naledi Award for Best Cutting Edge Production in 2015 and earned the 2015 National Arts Festival Golden Ovation Award. Morris was also nominated for a Naledi Award in the category Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) for his portrayal of Johnny.
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