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Month: November 2010 (Page 1 of 3)

Real, proper Angels

So, it goes without saying that putting on a show that has a budget of pretty much zero is challenging in the extreme. How anything gets done is by pretty much by begging for favours and freebies and having to compromise, be grateful and get on with it.

And sometimes, the universe throws an angel or two your way. For Good Will Acting they have come in the form of Trevor du Buisson and Helen Cooper. Trevor made music for the show. He composed, created and recorded bespoke music as well as made magical backing tracks. And then Helen made costumes and props. We got most of them yesterday. She has transformed us and our show into a minor spectacle of the most charming proportions; with almost nothing except her brilliant ideas. And I cannot begin to tell you how hard it has been for her because we keep changing our minds! I am not going to spoil it for those of you who will come, but I will go as far as to say watch out for the sheep, the pillows, the shepherds, the choir, the token white, the angels. Helen has been a god send.

So this is just a short note of thanks to Trev, Helen, Simon, Christine (for publicity beyond what we could have asked for); the people who have allowed us to live this dream.

The Home Stretch

After a delicious time with great friends celebrating one of my oldest and dearest’s 40th birthday last night, it is worth mentioning the small but pounding hangover; the result of a body unused to alcohol these last months.

Today is the beginning of the home stretch. The amount there is to do before we see our first preview audience on Thursday night is almost unimaginable, and quite scary to negotiate with the hangover. Tomorrow we move into the venue, get costumes and props, start thinking about lights and sound, carry on doing publicity and rehearse like mad things.

It looks like our madcap ‘scheme’ of Shameless product placement has worked. We are proud to announce an association with ADT and Avon who will be plugged in the show, and I am finalising a deal with the purveyors of a swimming/bath robe made of kikoy material. I find this hilarious and brilliant.

Which brings me to my next point; how funny I find the cast, and what we have put together. I hope it’s not just me! Naah, it can’t be. Daneel, Ntombi, Larissa and Anele are properly, totally funny. They are a joy to work with and we laugh a lot. Which I hope will be good for my hangover today. Here’s to the final prep week of Good Will Acting.

Indicating

Can somebody help me please, and explain why Cape Town drivers can’t indicate? Yesterday, on my way home from Kalk Bay I happened to be affected by four idiot drivers who, because they refused to use their indicators, were completely dangerous on the road. Like, for example, if I am waiting at a stop street on an uphill, and the approaching cars don’t indicate that they will turn before they pass me, I have to just sit there assuming they will go straight. Or the car in front of me, driving at a pretty stoned Muizenberg pace, decides without indicating to suddenly turn right? Oh, I could go on and on with examples. I just don’t get it. It’s not like indicating costs anything! It’s not like an SMS for example, which costs nothing to make and send for the service providers, only the customers have to pay. Indicating doesn’t wear your car down, or reduce your car’s life span, or use petrol or anything like that! So, what’s the deal. I swear, the only conclusion I can come to is that Cape Town drivers are just too damn lazy to indicate. I makes me seriously nuts!

Good Will Collecting

I have been inspired by the positive response to my dear facebum friend Peter Terry’s call to his friends to donate R100 in his name to the Theatre Benevolent Fund today, on his birthday. It’s a pretty cool idea. And I think that the Theatre Benevolent Fund is the ideal charity to collect for during the run of Good Will Acting. I mean, Good Will Acting is all about actors and actor stuff.

Actors and theatre people are terrible when it comes to looking after their finances, often don’t have insurance or medical aid, get into all sorts of trouble when they get old, and need much help when shit happens. The Theatre Benevolent Fund has been going for many, many years and it has saved a few actors in need. So, when you come and see Good Will Acting at The Kalk Bay Theatre this December there will be a Good Will Box in the foyer where you can make your donations. I will make weekly deposits into the account, and let you know how it is going.

If you are reading this and you know for sure you aren’t going to come and see the show, here are the bank account details of the Theatre Benevolent Fund so you can eft your donations yourself, from the comfort of your own homes.

Account Name :        Theatre Benevolent Fund

Account Number  :    6202 439 8671

Branch Code :           250117

(First National Bank Current Account)

Lo ving it!

Good Will Acting

Good Will Acting and the play paranoias.

All of a sudden the reality has hit. We are opening a show the week after next. Good Will Acting at The Kalk Bay Theatre. Official opening the 4th of December with two low price previews on the 2nd and 3rd. OMG!

There is no doubt that I am a leetle (a lot actually) hysterical. But I’m also very excited. I am working with a super talented cast, and even though we really, really have very little time, I think we can do it.

The whole process has been very special. No budget. No script. No time. Yet, this group has talent, commitment, enthusiasm and creativity. Every day I am completely panicked and paranoid before I meet the cast, and then I leave rehearsals completely inspired (and hysterical, but mostly, inspired).

Today I meet Helen Cooper, who is helping us with design, costumes, props and look and feel. The fabulous Christine Skinner is already publicising Good Will Acting up a storm. ADT have bought a slot of Shameless Product Placement and we are going to advertise them nightly in the show. It’s all happening!!!

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