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Press Cuttings: Darkness and Disgrace


David Bowie Little Wonderworld (fan website) 21 January 2001
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Photo: Theo Cohen

DARKNESS AND DISGRACE REVIEWED


The intimate Rosemary Branch Theatre is the setting for a cabaret show "Darkness and Disgrace", by Des de Moor, a fantastic voyage through a clever selection of DAVID BOWIE, or as Des puts it "old songs we'd loved".

While Bowie is perhaps best known for his play-acting and camp performance style, Moor gives each song a definite storyline and acts each out almost as a theatrical scene, often giving rather melancholy and poignant interpretations of some of Bowie's more obscure songs, such as "I Have Not Been To Oxford Town" and "We Are The Dead".

The result is a fascinating and moving show, with Moor exploring the songs and taking them in very different directions, often giving them his own autobiographical spin. This is no Jean Genie style tribute, but one singer's take on another's material.

He makes it clear that he is not perhaps as much of an anorak as some Bowie fans (I shuffled nervously when he said this), but Moor's use of the of the material and intelligent explanations of the background to the songs would convince any fan and certainly serve as a good introduction to Bowie's music (and life) to an outsider.

The show is only running for another week, but it is definitely worth the trip... See it!

Review from Marcus Reeves.



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