The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 23



ENTERTAINMENT
MUSICAL
CONDUCT
Dean de Klerk (far
left) belts it out
in Kinky Boots.
STAGE SUCCESS
The wheel turns, and in the world of entertainment those who persevere
are rewarded. Dean de Klerk (2013B), oft mentioned in this publication,
worked his way up in the acclaimed – and repeatedly extended – Cape
Town run of Kinky Boots from an ensemble member to being the alternate
for the lead. The show run ended on 2 February.
Meanwhile, Niall Griffin (2001B), mentioned in Issue 3 for his design
work as costume supervisor on Matilda The Musical, was the designer
on the Baxter’s production of The Hucksters, which ran from January
through to the start of February.
The ODU’s preeminent
musician, acclaimed
conductor Richard Cock
(1966O), teamed up with
sensational pianist Rocco
de Villiers in February
for the brilliantly named
RoccoCocko – a musical
extravaganza featuring
work ranging from
Tchaikovsky to Sarie Marais
and even original music,
mixed fantastically with
anecdotes about life and
the arts in South Africa.
KINKY BOOTS PHOTOGRAPH JESSE KRAMER
TAP DOG
Since moving to the
UK from New York,
actor/singer/musician/
dancer Christopher
Erasmus (2009G) has
been lighting up London
with his tap dancing and
musical prowess, last year
releasing his debut EP
Uncovered Jack. The single
Fires charted at #22 on the
US Billboard Dance Chart.
And he still found time
to work on his second
master’s degree – this
one in Musical Theatre
at Mountview Academy
of Theatre Arts in Peckham.
DIRECT LINE
Based on a Valiant Comics character,
Sony’s superhero flick Bloodshot –
with Vin Diesel in the title role –
releases worldwide in March. The
Bishops connection? It’s the featurefilm directorial debut of visual effects
specialist Dave Wilson (1994O). We
tracked him down for an interview,
which you can read over the page…
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Niall Griffin issue 3 Bloodshot website





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