Where does Johnny Boskak fit in the new South Africa? Is he a white trash dinosaur? Or the last cowboy hero in boots and blue jeans? What we know is that he’s on the road, looking for love, redemption, an AK47 and the quickest way out of Secunda…
Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny is a powerful play from the sharp satirical pen of Greig Coetzee, written in rhyming couplets rapped out by his anti-hero Johnny. The words – that feel more like lyrics – will amuse, amaze and entertain you as this dispossessed working-class white South African sets off on an epic reckless rock ‘n roll adventure.
The fast-paced show blends physical theatre with memorable 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 genius of Coetzee’s absorbing and intensely clever writing is brought to vivid life by Morris with his inimitable style of physical performance. Under Roslyn Wood-Morris’s theatrical eye this is theatre at its best. It features original music by the late Syd Kitchen.
Morris has a talent for finding the soul of Coetzee’s troubled characters, and this perfect actor and author combo last collaborated for the show Blood Orange which played at The Market Theatre in 2007.
This unmissable show will leave audiences with plenty to think about as this turbulent year draws to a close.
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.
“This is phenomenal theatre” – Mike Loewe, The Critter
“He’s a fireball, and director Roslyn Wood-Morris keeps him steady on that broken white line.” – Steve Kretzmann
“Johnny Boskak evokes the kind of seemingly-effortless perfection you find in works such as Steven Berkoff’s Decadence.” – Robyn Sassen
Season: 16 November – 04 December 2016
Opening Night Wednesday 16 November 2016
Venue: The Barney Simon @the Market Theatre
Show times: Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 20h15, Sunday @15h15
For further information, interviews and images, contact:
Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
011 832 1641 ext 123 or 072 367 7867