An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life
Company: Hilton Arts Festival
A musical memoir written and performed by Jervis Pennington
“It is an emotionally overwhelming, poignant, inspiring, uplifting, harrowing yet ultimately
beautiful and darkly hilarious piece of theatre; Jervis should be in stand-up!” Robyn Cohen: The Cape Times
Hilton College Class of ‘73, Churchill house resident and the skinniest boy ever to play full-back for the 2nd XV, Jervis’ next claim to notoriety was winning SABC’s 1983 National Television Talent Show “Follow That Star’’ with his pop group, The Soft Shoes and their No 1 hit Elvis Astaire, written by Jervis. Later as General Manager of EMI’s SA Music Label, he guided the careers of artists including Brenda Fassie and Steve Hofmeyr. Full-time
songwriting followed, the results being the musicals Scribble and A Town called Fokol-Lutho, among others. In between all this writing activity, Jervis also wrote off a few cars, resulting in a three week coma in one and a severe head injury in another. These conspired to derail him for several years. Now safely back on track, this show tells his story (thus far). From famous
to homeless to fearless.