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Month: November 2008 (Page 2 of 4)

A Tent

late last night I found this image on the M&G news in pictures gallery.

xenotent

It was taken during the recent displacement of foreigners in what came to be known as the xenophobic attacks, that spread like flames all over South Africa.

The Tent one week in

I have arrived suddenly at the end of our first week of rehearsals. I have loved every second of it. I have a dream cast and crew and we have blocked the whole play and put it on the floor. There is something about the early stages of rehearsals, when everybody is still finding stuff, that makes it electric and magical. It still looks like nothing in the photos, but in the heads, hearts and voices it is all gathering. TENT reh week 1 007 TENT reh week 1 017

*Pics by Alfred Rietmann during rehearsals

The Actual Tent

I went with Alfred Rietmann, The New Writing Programme’s production manager, to Makro during our lunch break to get ‘the tent’. I had seen the perfect one in the Makro catalogue. What sold me on it was the tiny print that said “5 second set up”. I actually didn’t believe it until I saw the tent in its bag. It looked just like a giant car windscreen shade. You know, the ones you squeeze into a small flat disc, with practice.

And you better believe it. tent Not even 5 seconds to unfold itself, if you don’t count taking it out of its special bag. So its standing in our stinking hot rehearsal room in all its glory. We haven’t figured out how to squeeze it back up yet. But it’s marvelous.

You have to come and see it.

Zoom Zoom Zuma

I am a fortune teller. A prophet. It was here, on meganshead a few posts ago, that I said that the ANC were sounding just like the old National Party government. And then today on IOL, "We need to teach our people to fear God," ANC president Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday, and he suggested the way to do so would be by making children pray before school – "as it was in the past". Is this guy seriously cooked? Is he goofed from inhaling mphepho? Like I said before, I don’t want to listen to Mr I took A Shower talk about morality. Panzi!

Rehearsals for The Tent

It’s 05h35 and I’m wide awake. I’ve got The Tent on my mind. We’ve only had three days of rehearsals and it’s already totally taken over my life. Reality and The Tent life have started to blur. The characters are becoming people and I talk about them as if they have told me things, not as if I made them up.

Yesterday at lunchtime I went to fetch some props that I am borrowing from the industrial theatre project I do for Engen (The Tent is set on the forecourt of a garage) and the woman who was waiting for me at the warehouse was curious about what I needed three petrol nozzles, a squeegee, a wire car and an old Engen banner for. I told her that I was directing a play and she was, "Oh, is that what you do?" And I said yes. And I was so happy.

Where did he come from again?

It’s like a bad dream. Carl Niehaus is back and he is spokesman for the ANC, which means he is all over the radio and TV like a bad rash. He had disappeared for a few years, for Mbeki‘s term in fact; apparently Mbeki‘s bunch gave him the cold shoulder but now that they’ve gone he’s back in the spotlight. I caught a bit of him on 567 the other day and immediately my blood started curdling. He was spouting forth about how the critics of Mr I took a Shower still bring up the rape charge that Shower Man was acquitted on. And I was driving at the time or else I would have phoned in to tell him that critics were not calling him a rapist, but an irresponsible, risky kind of non role-model, who had unprotected sex with a young HIV positive woman who is not one of his four wives and then took a shower. That’s why he is hard to listen to when he goes on about teenage pregnancies. Actually, come to think of it, if you have four wives does that mean extra-marital sex is allowed and acceptable behaviour? Oh, it’s just too bizarre to think about and I don’t want this guy talking to me about morals.

Today Carl was on e news when I got in from rehearsals (although I’m only posting this now, this morning), moaning about how COPE would be taken to court to be stopped from using that name because the Congress of the People is part of the ANC calendar and because ANC voters might get confused with COPE being something to do with the ANC. Interestingly, John Maytham was talking about exactly that to a blah blah blah lawyer who was explaining how unlikely it is that the ANC will stop Shikota from using the name COPE when a caller phoned in to say he would be most insulted as an ANC member that Carl Niehaus thinks he is that stupid that he could possibly confuse the two. It was very funny.

Having Carl Niehaus as a spokesman for the ANC is not doing them any favours. Just like calling those who have left the ANC to join other parties names is not making them very attractive. But what is interesting and rather telling about it all is that it gives me such a clear idea of what the ANC has become.

I am excited for next year’s elections. I think a brand new circus has come to town.

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