Jervis Pennington

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Jervis Pennington (19**-). Singer, actor, director.


He grew up in Cape Town before moving to the Natal midlands where he matriculated at Hilton College in 1973.



After matriculation he was an officer in the South African Navy, and a student at UCT. In 1979 he started performing as a singer in various pubs. Jervis is probably best known as the creator and leader of the pop group The Soft Shoes (1983-1985).

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He made his acting debut in Two Into One (1986) and acted in Doubles in the same year.

He wrote the music and lyrics for the musicals Can God Tap Dance? (1997), Scribble (1998), subsequently entitled Who Really Freed Nelson?, performed at the Market Theatre in 2004 and An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life.

Awards, etc


Two Into One programme notes, 1986.

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