By Raoul Bhaneja
Life, Death and The Blues is a new concert/theatre hybrid, a show that Gemini nominated actor and Maple Blues Award winning musician Raoul Bhaneja was uniquely suited to create. He combines autobiography, interviews, live music and multi-media to paint a big canvas about the power, passion and meaning of the Blues.
"In this juggernaut production, Raoul Bhaneja and this incredible team of artists are asking questions about how we care for music traditions. In this case, the blues. How do we keep traditions alive, how to we make and share music, and how do we care for this genre of music so that it lives on forever. To bring this conversation to the stage, we at TNB are so proud to be partnering for the first time ever with Harvest Jazz and Blues and The Playhouse to bring this one of a kind theatre/music hybrid to the stage. As a blues admirer, I have to say, this show is going to knock our socks off." - TMJ
Thursday September 17, 2015 | 7:30pm
Friday September 18, 2015 | 6:30pm
The Fredericton Playhouse - 686 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB
Cast & Creative
Life, Death and The Blues
A Theatre Passe Muraille Production,
In association with Hope and Hell Theatre Co.
Written and conceived by Raoul Bhaneja
Directed by Eda Holmes
Starring: Raoul Bhaneja, Divine Brown & band members:
Jake Chisholm - guitar, Tom Bona - drums, Chris Banks - upright bass
Dramaturgy by Eda Holmes and Andy McKim
Stage Manager: Fiona Jones
Associate Director: Kate Lynch
Lighting Designer: Bonnie Beecher
Production Manager & Associate Lighting Designer: Jason Golinsky
Projection Designer: Cameron Davis
Sound Designer: Richard Feren
Costume Consultation: Laura Gardner
Original Show Image Photography by Michael Cooper
Theatre Passe Muraille gratefully acknowledges the generous support of TD Bank as National Tour Sponsor of Life, Death and The Blues.
Raoul has appeared in the critically acclaimed productions Helen’s Necklace, The Domino Heart, Bashir Lazhar, House of Many Tongues and Wide Awake Hearts at The Tarragon Theatre. Other selected theatre credits include The Cosmonauts last message… (Canadian Stage), Rice Boy (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Savage Sensuality (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, U.K. Christopher Plummer Artistic Fellowship Award), Sin City (2002 Canadian Comedy Award Nomination), The School for Wives (Soulpepper Theatre), Standing Female Nude (Storm Collective) directed by Eda Holmes, The Cherry Orchard (Theatre Smith- Gilmour/ Columbus), speak (Prairie Theatre Exchange) and two seasons at The Blyth Festival. Since January 2006 Hamlet (solo) has been performed in over 25 cities across Canada, the UK, Off Broadway and most recently at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa. A Gemini award nominee, Bhaneja has appeared in over 80 different film and television projects, working with many top directors including Atom Egoyan, Sarah Polley, Bruce Macdonald and more. Most recently he starred in the CBC miniseries The Best Laid Plans. Raoul is the leader of the Maple Blues Award winning band, Raoul and The Big Time formed in 1998, have played major festivals across Canada and they released their fifth album, Hollywood Blvd to critical acclaim in April 2014.
Raoul is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada.
When Divine Brown enters a room the energy becomes electric. Divine has a long history in musical theatre. Before releasing her first album she performed in several musicals. Starting at the age of 12 in a play called Rainbow World, which was written by Salome Bey. Eventually she landed roles in such plays as Rent and Ain’t Miss Behavin. Recently she starred in “Joy in the Morning” directed by Robin Givens. She has also worked on countless voice-overs, commercials and jingles.
The last few years she has mainly focused on her music career. Her debut self-titled album (The Divine Brown 2005) was awarded a gold certification and generated her first Juno Award nomination. Her sophomore album (The Love Chronicles 2008) won her a Juno Award for best R&B Soul Album. She is now set to release her third album in 2015.