A new musical play – THE PITCH

Book and additional lyrics by Callum Tilbury.
Music and lyrics by Roland Perold.
Musical Arrangements and accompaniment by David Lubbe.


The Pitch premiered at Alexander Bar in March 2016. It featured Roland Perold and Lady Aria Grey with David Lubbe on piano. It has also been nominated as best new play by the Writers’ Guild of South Africa.

Update… WE WON!

Writers of The Pitch, Callum Tilbury and Roland Perold, are honoured to have won the MUSA award for best new play. At the ceremony held at the Market Theatre, The Writers’ Guild  presented the team with this accolade for outstanding work with this witty musical play.

About the show:

When the Afropol Corporation decides to commission a new musical about Africa, they make the mistake of employing the “talents” of Aria Grey and Gary Gershwin, two washed-up theatrical has-beens desperate to make a quick buck. Forget Lion King, forget Sarafina 1, 2 and 3! THE PITCH is a new pseudo-musical-super-comedy about corruption, greed, and what happens when capitalism meets theatre.

From creative team Roland Perold and Callum Tilbury comes THE PITCH – A play with music about a pitch for a musical play! Yay! The show features an original score and lyrics by Perold, with book and additional lyrics by Tilbury. Musical arrangements and live piano accompaniment by David Lubbe.

Creative Team:

ariaCallum Tilbury is an actor / writer / drag queen / voice artist / whatever-he-needs-to-be-to-pay-rent-except-prostitute-hopefully. After graduating from UCT, where he studied Theatre & Performance (Theatre Making), he has been cast in Fred Abrahamse’s Hamlet as Gertrude, as well as in The Incredible Journey as Tommy. His writing credits include Doctor Godenstein’s Man, showing at the Galloway Theatre in February, and Uhm… which he co-created as part of The Papercut Collective, which won the Best Student Theatre Writing Award at the National Arts Festival in 2014 and was subsequently published by Junkets. Lady Aria Grey is his drag persona, and this is her first featured production. She was born from Callum’s desire to critically challenge society in a humorous, fabulous manner, and also as an excuse to wear heels. Prepare your bandwidth… her YouTube series is coming.

rolandRoland is a composer / actor / theatre maker and outreach educator involving himself in all things musical within the exciting world of theatre. This is Roland’s 4th original musical work, the most recent being You Bet Your Life! which ran in 2014/15. Roland is a graduate of the Waterfront Theatre School and also holds a MMus Degree in Songwriting (with distinction) form Bath Spa University. Roland has huge admiration for the wonderful composers who have come before and whose work he showcases in his one-man cabaret performances. At Cape Town Opera Roland is the Outreach Composer in Residence and works with the team bringing the love of opera to a new generation of school children as they mount mini versions of well-known operas alongside original works embracing storytelling in local communities.

davidDavid is a pianist and teacher in the Cape Town area. Having won the prestigious Edgars Baby of the Year Award in 1983, he was destined for great things. Graduating from the University of Stellenbosch, David took a leave of absence to make money in the doll-drum accounting sector for many years but has recently returned to the wonderful world of music, working as an accompanist, teacher and performer. As a student, David won the Hugo van der Spuy Cup for best accompanist, was first runner up in the inaugural Nina Schumann Overseas Bursary Competition and performed with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Youth Music Festival. David performs, accompanies and teaches in and around Cape Town, mainly involving himself with the development of young musicians.

Roland PeroldA new musical play – THE PITCH