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Month: September 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

Eina Cricket

gram I literally couldn’t watch the game on TV last night. I had to keep channel hopping; pretending I was engrossed in that damn irritating Supernanny who went to the U S of A to go and fix their disgusting children and pathetic, ‘disempowered’ parents. I swear, watching those children scream and throw food and furniture was easier than watching ‘Gram’ Smith hobbling to a loss, with cramp and not enough runs on the board.

Eish and eina! What happens to the Proteas when they are in these international tournaments at home? It’s agony; for them, their supporters and fans, the broadcasters, the reporters and even bloggers.

So, now we’ll get pages of analysis, discussion, excuses. And the reality of it is that they just weren’t match ready. But, actually, as hosts of an international competition they needed to be. Sies. Straight to the naughty corner!

Improv is mind blowing

I have just come back from the second day of our four day (two weekend) TheatreSports and improv training course, and even though I am moeg I am also filled with inspiration. It is such a wonderful process, this learning how to improvise, make things up, work with each other, relax, be silly and create an open mind and heart, ready for all the possibilities.

It’s difficult stuff, and this group of wonderful experimenters is interesting and interested, scared and challenged and having tons of really intense fun (I hope).

Tea and a bath is what I need now.

G’town 2010

How hectic is that thought? Omigod! Well the reason there is talk of G’town 2010 is because The Edge, Cape Town’s edgiest fringe collaborative are calling for submissions! Here’s what they say.

Attention theatre makers from Cape Town.

Are you planning to take an amazing, extraordinarily edgy and fabulously professional work to the Grahamstown Festival Fringe next year?

The Cape Town Edge initiative is calling for applications towards its 2010 creative programme for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. 

If you are keen, please submit a SHORT (approx. 2 page) letter of motivation to tink@fthk.co.za by 5:00 pm Friday 30 October 2009

Eid, Rosh Hashana in Woodstock

It’s great when Eid and Rosh Hashana fall on the same weekend. What a brilliant opportunity to see how similar we all are; how the holidays bring family, friends and communities together, and how pretty (and spoilt) the children of all denominations are.

And here, in Woodstock, the smells of cooking are completely amazing. Children are running around in their best clothes, with sticky coins in hot little hands. The weather has played with beautifully. The rain has gone and the sun is shining, with no hint of the South Easter that was supposed to come.

And everyone is spring cleaning, decorating, painting. We’ve also got the fever. Our front wall has been scraped a bit (and now it looks like it has some kind of skin disease) and Big Friendly is trying to empty out the spare room which is getting long-awaited cupboards and bookshelves this week. Yay!

Happy.

I woke up this morning properly happy, and I have spent the rest of the day delighted. And of course you know I’m about to tell you why. This could take a while. There are a lot of things.

Number one. My industrial theatre project went on the road today. It is up and running and pretty much out of my hands. And that particular tension; a combination of anxiety, paranoia and adrenalin is now replaced by a sense of achievement and pride and gratefulness. I am proud of my actors; who are a fantastic team. I am grateful for the work, from a repeat client. I like the play we have made.

Number 2. I went to Artscape today to sort out some paperwork and I saw the unbelievably fabulous model that designer Alfred Rietmann has made for the set of The Tent. Remember The Tent that I was so on and on about last year? The play I wrote that Artscape’s New Writing Programme showcased? Well, this year we are doing a full two weeks’ run of it. I am beyond myself with excitement. We start rehearsing on 5 October and open on 31. I have a cast to live for, a designer with true vision and an opportunity that makes me so lucky!

Number 3. I had fantastic lunch and catch up with my superb friend; you know who you are; and I am doing it again tomorrow with my other longest, fabulous friend; you know who you are! Then I picked up my gorgeous Big Friendly. Of course we came home and all four small furries were delighted to see us.

Number 4. Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend some time with my other longest, wonderfullest friend (who had some not such great news for me and her which wasn’t the part that made me happy) and my godson. He is brilliant. I cannot explain what that feels like and how happy it makes me. Big, big love.

Number 5. Tomorrow night is Rosh Hashana and we are going to celebrate the new year with my late father’s cousin. it’s been a while since I touched base with that side of my family. I can’t wait. I am also thinking about my other family members, further away, with big love.

Number 6. I am fetching my ship faring fabulous friend from the airport on Saturday. He is coming home for a bit. It’s a hard reason why, but I am happy to see and love him.

Number 7. Chassie doesn’t have tickbite fever anymore.

Number 8. We have lots of bookings for TheatreSports in the coming weeks. The Voorkamerfest was a winner and ended up being great publicity, and we are running our TheatreSports training course on the 26, 27 Sept and 3, 4 October. I am amped and inspired.

Number 9. I am generally inspired, with all sorts of crazy ideas and things, and different people I want to talk to about it all.

Number 10. I forget what number 10 is, but it leaves a smile on my face. Oh, I remember. I had a full-on laugh session with the cashier at Pick ‘n Poo yesterday and we just totally tickled each other pink.

Number 11. I am totally ok that spring isn’t here. I thought I wasn’t but then I remembered spring wind! Pooh. Rain on! Rain on!

Number 12. The whales are here.

Number 13. I am getting really good at facebook scrabble.

Happy.

Bright TheatreSports

I was exhausted and stressed when I arrived at TheatreSports yesterday evening. We have our weekly improv class before our Monday night show and I didn’t even feel like being there. About fifteen minutes into the class though, I was doubled up with laughter. And this lasted right through into a sweetie of a performance. Some of our audience were people who had seen us for the first time in Darling at the Voorkamerfest, and they brought along a whole group of friends. It was a big, fat jaul, and I’m still smiling, even though today is the opening of an industrial theatre project that has the butterflies going crazy in my gut.

So even though today is going to be a long one, I am still looking forward to tonight, where we do more of the same, only totally different, at The Kalk Bay Theatre. Come and join us!

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