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Month: December 2010 (Page 2 of 4)

Bunny Love

It is more than likely that Honey Bunny will go to an environment that is more suitable for rabbits today. It’s been a week since Big Friendly rescued her. In that week she has made our courtyard her home. She has turned from a scruffy, matted, dirty little skittish rodent into a curious, excited, attention loving creature that comes bounding up the minute the back door opens and circles your feet until you give her loves. She demands to be stroked and then flattens herself along the flagstones in rapture. If you stop she bites you; not hard enough to break skin, but hard enough to let you know that she means business in the loving department.

We have been too nervous to try and integrate her with the dogs and cats, but if we go outside Gally and Chassie and Anni wait at the glass door, fixated on her and us. Only Bayla has showed no interest at all.

Big Friendly and I have fallen in love with Honey Bunny. We talk about her, worry about her diet, discuss her weight and condition. We have been concerned for her in the heat and Brenton has erected an umbrella for her today because of the rain. We have considered keeping her and what it would take, which is totally impractical. We can both be found in the courtyard, sitting on the ground with Honey Bunny.

We are going to miss her, although I think Anni in particular (she is usually the demanding, affectionate baby), and the rest of the clan in general will sigh with relief. And they’ll have total access to the courtyard again.

Honestly

I have never seen myself as someone with unrealistic expectations. I know how hard it is to put on theatre and then get an audience to come and see it. Putting on one’s own work, without a budget, is always high risk, especially with a cast of four (who are all in it together). But this run of Good Will Acting has been mysterious in the extreme.

I have never felt this strongly about my work before. I know it is good. And funny. I know that my cast is properly amazing. The small houses that come and see it sit after the show, in the theatre or bar or foyer, buzzing. They can’t wait for the actors to come out. They clap and smile and celebrate. And commiserate. Last night’s audience numbered about twenty. And they could not believe that there weren’t more of them there. They couldn’t believe we weren’t sold out. They couldn’t believe that they hadn’t struggled to get tickets. They had advice for me. Take the show to Sydney; it would be full every single night! They all want to see it again!

So what do we do? As I write this we have 6 people booked for tonight’s show. 6. Unless it grows by at least double this morning we will have to cancel. It looks pretty much the same for Wednesday and Thursday. And I am sure we won’t have performances next week. We can’t justify it.

Of course I am struggling not to take it personally. Rumours of other holiday fare being sold out are doing my head in. But many visitors and locals tell me how quiet Cape Town is. Who knows? All I know is that if you wanted to see Good Will Acting and haven’t yet, please come tonight or tomorrow night and book on 0732205430. I have a feeling that those are going to be our last shows.

The illusive, mysterious Theatre Audience

I’ve had a great weekend of publicity. There was a really positive review of Good Will Acting in the Sunday Times, and it’s fabulous when the reviewer really ‘gets’ it. Then, there was a delightful interview with me in the Weekend Argus. Aside from making me feel like the bee’s knees, I am so, so keen for the possibility that this will help bring people to the show.

We are in that situation (a common one, I know) where our audiences are really, really small. On Saturday night our audience of twenty found it difficult to contain themselves, they were loving it so much, and when they left they were baffled by how few of them were there. Each of them promised to tell their friends, etc, etc, but the truth is I’m facing another hard week of phoning, facebooking and nagging all the people I know who haven’t made it yet to come.

All the excuses are there. Apparently it’s a bad time of year with so much else on and people watching their pockets. Really? I actually thought it was the best time of year to put on a silly, seasonal inspired piece of delight that people would want to come to. Silly me! Apparently Kalk Bay is really far. Come on! People travel from Cape Town to Stellenbosch for wine! Then there’s the argument about ticket prices. What are people prepared to pay to see a show? I guess what is making me completely ‘gek’ is that it is so hard getting people in, but once they’re there they can’t believe how fantastic it is.

Which brings me to the thing that has been bugging me since we started this run. Where are all the actors and theatre people, and why don’t they ever go to the theatre? Good Will Acting is made with the Cape Town actor in mind; it is about Cape Town actors. In fact, most of the criticism leveled at the show has been that a lot of the jokes are very in-house. We wanted it to appeal to actors and theatre people. We wanted to poke fun at them (and ourselves obviously) and it is a homage to actors in Cape Town and what the ‘season’ can be like. Needless to say, the response from fellow actors, actor friends and industry related people has been completely underwhelming. And I’ve heard every excuse in the book from some of my friends. They have ranged from being short of money, to not having the time, to promising they’ll be there, to not having baby sitters. I have heard every one. And I have had to face up to the fact that they don’t actually want to come. That is the really hard part. And it’s the part I don’t get at all.

Big Friendly’s Bunny

It’s one of the reasons why I married him. Big Friendly is a proper animal guy; he really loves them. So yesterday he called me when I was on the way to the theatre to tell me that neighbourhood kids had a bunny in a box; they had taken it away from their neighbour who had threatened to throw it onto the highway, and they were trying to find it a new home. Naturally, Big Friendly took it.

This morning we have a scruffy, dirty, cutie bunny in our courtyard. Anyone want a Christmas bunny? As a pet! And don’t forget, we are still looking for a home for the gorgeous Twinkles the cat.

The Things You Left Behind

It was a full and who’s who opening night at The Intimate last night for Jason Potgieter‘s The Things You Left Behind. (It’s only on until Saturday, so get there quick Slaapstad). I say Jason’s because he wrote it and stars in it, alongside Alicia McCormick and directed by Kim Kerfoot.

The Things You Left Behind are five monologues by five characters who all tell their perception of the same incident. In fact, there is a TheatreSports game called Point of View that is very similar. Jason plays three characters and Alicia two. The thing they see, or are marginally involved in is an accident, and the monologues deal with their responses, however cursory or detailed.

I have loved seeing Jason on stage ever since I first saw him being the demented shop assistant type somebody in Tamarin McGinley’s Off the Rails. Since then I’ve seen quite a bit of his stuff and I think he is fabulous. In this he really showcases his skill, charm and versatility. His white car guard is classic, original and very funny and his drag queen is delicious.

Alicia is not as successful for me, partly because it feels like she is miscast. She is gorgeous and cute and funny, but seemed far too young to be a mom with an 23 year old son (although I was charmed by her gentle conservatism) and too gorgeous and cute to pull of the heavy, butch, smoking, drinking medic. I’d like to see her doing other stuff that she would be better suited to and someone a whack older taking on these two monologues.

Kim Kerfoot has made nice, simple, clear choices with the direction of the piece. I am sure that as he gets into his groove of directing he will be more ruthless! I sometimes felt he was letting the actors indulge in ‘cute moments’!

The Things You Left Behind is a great introduction to Jason’s writing (there are some writing moment gems, especially in the car guard monologue) which I am sure will develop from here. I love this kind of theatre; accessible, well told stories. The Things I Left Behind is also a confirmation of Jason on stage. Love that actor.

Twinkles

When we were driving home after walking the dogs this morning Big Friendly and I spotted the most beautiful cat at the top of the road. We saw that it had a collar but it looked lost so Big Friendly dropped us off at home and charged up the road to investigate.

Twinkles used to be Tigger and has been passed on to new owners who have discovered that they are allergic. Big Friendly is convinced that Twinkles is in the process of being kicked out of home.

He is a big, beautiful, super friendly, attention seeker just looking for big love. He is magnificent and grey and white. I will try and get Big Friendly to take a picture of him to post, but obviously this is to start the process of finding Twinkles a new home. Anyone out there with the space in home and heart for this beautiful boy?

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