You Bet Your Life!


Featured Artists

Steven van Wyk, David Fick, Amy Trout & Roland Perold



Drew Rienstra



Drew Riensra &
Chris Cameron-Dow



Steven van Wyk & William Jones


Book & Music

David Fick & Roland Perold

You Bet Your Life! is an original musical that follows recently deceased Jonny through his own TV game-show as he fights for redemption. Filled with humour and heart, the show enjoyed a full workshop and three runs staged by creators David Fick and Roland Perold.


Following rave reviews and sold out houses, “You Bet Your Life!” returned three times as audiences scrambled to find out, once and for all, if Jonny’s been naughty or nice…

Spoofing reality programs and our obsession with TV game shows; the audience meets recently deceased Jonny who finds himself trapped in a rather unconventional game show where scenes from his life are replayed with purgatorial relish. Hosted by the charming Timothy Radcliffe, the audience is introduced to Jonny’s neurotic mother, his crazy ex-girlfriends, a ferocious Russian drag performer and a host of other characters who all seem bent on keeping Jonny in limbo as Timothy (aka the Devil?) tries to manipulate things to secure his own redemption.

Will Jonny be able to convince the audience that he was a good guy? Or will he be stuck in afterlife TV reruns forever? Only a trip to “You Bet Your Life!” can answer these questions!

The show played The Galloway Theatre, The Whitehouse, The National Arts Festival, Alexander Bar and returned to Grahamstown the following year.

“A witty musical that is guaranteed to keep your feet tapping.”

Cue, National Arts Festival (Khanyisa Sigwanda)

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