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Press Cuttings: Darkness and Disgrace


Camden New Journal 6 February 2003
Bowiesque
Photo: Theo Cohen

DARKNESS AND DISGRACE - Pentameters


For anyone expecting a cabaret of 1970s' Glam revival full of glittering costumes and Bowie-esque posturing, this is not what Darkness and Disgrace is all about.

A homage to Bowie it certainly is, but more of a no-frills ride through every song imaginable, covering a track from at least every album Bowie has made [not quite! - Ed]. The songs are laid bare and performed in a minimal but honest way.

A two-man show, without costumes, Darkness and Disgrace is based on an idea by front man Des de Moor, whose background is in cabaret and chanson.

The whole impact is startling; besides music there are a series of spoken word texts including extracts from interviews. The duo are almost an extension of Bowie's alter ego. As Bowie likes to reinvent himself and never cover old ground, you get the feeling that de Moor and Churney have created another arm of the Bowie machine that seems to never stop spinning.

Darkness and Disgrace is an energetic if slightly offbeat cabaret style show. De Moor makes full use of his voice and varied percussion instruments. Churney who has worked with Julian Clary is brilliant on piano accompaniment and harmonies. Their interpretation is unique and works well.

Des de Moor and Russell Churney personalise and make sense of the themes - as they tell us how Bowie made sense of himself in old age. What better seal of approval for a production than from David Bowie himself who has complimented the show.

RACHEL FOSTER



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