I’m back. I’m cold. I’m working like a lemon. Hectic.
Month: July 2007 (Page 1 of 4)
So Hannah Erin sits in my arms. She can’t do much yet, but she smiles when I laugh. And I can literally feel my heart expand to make place for the love to rush in.
We are setting the alarm for 4am tomorrow morning. We have to be at the airport at 5.15 to catch our Mango flight to Durbs. I am so excited. We are going to see our newest member of the fandamily, Hannah Erin, who is nearly almost two whole months old. How amazing is that? And we also get to spend a mild weekend in storm free weather. It’s worth the crack o dawn wake up hey?
I’ve just come back (after stepping in a huge flood puddle) from PANSA (performing arts network of SA)’s feedback meeting on G’town. I’m not going to dish the dirt (fun but futile) but just put down some thoughts. It was nice to go to the meeting and “get G’town off my chest”. It was good that there were about 20 of us there. Yay. It was encouraging to hear that people had similar problems, disappointments, issues and positives. It was exciting to think that we might have a voice, PANSA and individually, to make change happen.
I took Big Friendly to the opening night of Duncan Fahrenheit and the Lank Tired Okes, Pierre Malherbe’s one man comedic sketch show, tonight. it’s got a short run at The Intimate. I’ve seen it (and reviewed it) before but I wanted Big Friendly to check it out. I had a feeling he would like it and I was right. He especially like Duncan the Lion, but I’m not going to tell you what that’s all about. Go checkit. It’s lank kif my broe. If you haven’t already.
I’m thinking about the Kalk Bay Theatre at the moment, not just because we have a nice sized house pre-booked for tonight’s TheatreSports. No, I’m thinking about the Kalk Bay Theatre and Junkie. Junkie was the best thing I saw at the Grahamstown festival. It’s Shirley Kirchmann’s latest offering. It is original, thought provoking, edgy, alternative theatre. As I said before, it’s hard-core. And it’s what theatre on the Grahamstown fringe should be. What’s difficult for a show like Junkie is, where does it go after the festival? It’s a work that deserves to and must be seen, but, let’s face it, it doesn’t exactly have mass appeal (although it is the kind of brilliant work that could develop a cult following and make Shirley quite famous as a serious actress). I am thinking about how The Kalk Bay Theatre management is brave and committed and clever. Junkie is a hard show to sell. It’s not fun. Yet, an independent, small and relatively new player on the local theatre venue scene has put its belief in a show that is not a crowd pleaser. What this means (however scary it must be financially) is that the Kalk Bay Theatre develops huge cred as a venue to be taken seriously. And I really appreciate it.
Too many ‘independent’ venues have pandered to what they think an audience wants, becoming more and more main stream; with trite comedy, and tribute shows, and ‘reviews’. Actors and performers are contracted and paid poorly to be The Beatles, ABBA and Neil Diamond. They are discouraged from doing their own original work.
So, Junkie is a risk. But it is so unsettlingly good. If you were undecided, decide to go and see it. Support local, original theatre in a venue that actually gives a damn.