November 18-20, 2022
After years of Covid isolation, singing idol Deva Jones returns to the stage for a farewell concert before "setting off to save the world." A musical play by writer/director Greg Patterson, The Return of Deva Jones features 12 songs written specifically for the play/concert, all but two of which are sung by Sharon Forbes, who’s been rocking clubs and bars in and around Ottawa for a decade and a half with her band Not Broken.
Sharon Forbes (Deva Jones)
After 15 years fronting Ottawa-based rock band Not Broken, Sharon is delighted to be returning to her first love, the theatre. Sharon most recently played roles in local productions of The Lion King and A Chorus Line, before taking a break from acting to start a family. She will be taking on considerably more responsibility in her lead roll in The Return of Deva Jones. Fortunately, she has a little "Deva" in her to begin with.
Michael Dickson (Parker) Michael studied theatre at the University of Winnipeg before working in film and television, both as an actor and in various roles on the other side of the camera. He has since returned to the stage, landing roles in numerous productions, including recently that of Shakespeare’s Puck. He is a natural in his “Deva” roll, having, like Parker, spent time on the road and in honky-tonks as a singer of country songs.
James Pettifer (Jeffrey, Young Man, Shithead) An avowed “theatre kid” in his not-too-distant younger days, James has been performing in plays and musicals since the age of six. He recently played all the villains (Sikes, Fagan, Bumble) in an Ottawa School of Speech and Drama production of Oliver! He takes on multiple rolls in “Deva” too.
Stephen Tippet (Music arranger) Born in the UK, Stephen toured three continents playing keyboards in a rock and roll band before stopping to recuperate in Canada in 1999. Not long after, he fell in with the Ottawa film and theatre community, acting as musical director on several local projects. He wrote all the songs for the stage version of spoof horror films My Fair Zombie (2016) and Scary Poppins (2019)