Megan's Head

A place where Megan gets off her head.

Month: April 2012 (Page 1 of 3)

What a Week Ahead

I am getting ready for a huge week that includes trying to sort out visas to Australia and America, paying for our Australian tickets, talking this morning on The Taxi, playing TheatreSports tonight and tomorrow night, publicising the fact that Computicket bookings are now open for the Send CT to Canberra FUNdraiser, making sure our performance of Engen Smile – The Musical goes off well, attending the Proyecto Theatre in Translation launch on Wednesday night, and keeping an eye on the staged reading of my new play, Song and Dance, for the PANSA play reading competition, the first round of which takes place on the 18 and 19 of May. And my friend read and loved my as yet unpublished novel. I am a lucky fish.

Godfrey Johnson’s Charity Exhibition

My darling Godfrey Johnson put together an art exhibition, See The Point Darling – An Exhibition and Auction and it is on right now at The Framery, 67g Regent Road, Sea Point. The idea was to get non-painters to paint and then to auction the paintings off for charity, with funds going to The Darling Trust. I painted this picture called Elephant Dreaming Dreaming Elephant (and so far someone has bid R500 for it). I love this painting by Leon Kowarski and have opened the bidding on it. There are paintings by Pieter-Dirk Uys, Tandi Buchan, Charles Tertiens, Didi Moses, Karen Jeynes; to name a few. Go and take a look, bid, and support this fab, fun idea.

SA launch of Theatre in Translation

I am so excited to be part of this. On Wed 2 May I am attending the launch of this book, and my play, The Tent, is in it. 

Taxi Nights and the incredible Soli Philander

So somehow this extraordinary, amazing, confusing and totally magical city of ours, Cape Town, has scored itself a guardian, ambassador, spokesperson, critic, teacher, reflector, therapist and rabble rouser, and it is Soli Philander. I have been joining him on Mondays on his internet radio station The Taxi, because I love theatre, and I love talking about theatre, and Soli shares my passion (even though he has many, many others).

When a slot became available at The Kalk Bay Theatre, Soli and his Taxi team took two weeks of it to do Taxi Nights, and I went to witness this last night. Taxi Nights is really a showcase of the young talent that Soli has taken under his wing. These young, fresh people share their skills with the audience in the first half, and there is a guest performer (last night it was the hilarious and hysterical comedian Wayne Mckay, and the last three shows are Gift Gwe, Siv N and Shimmy Isaacs, in that order). In the second half Soli performs some of his favourite female characters from years (and productions) gone by.

Taxi Nights is not slick. It takes full advantage of the intimate space at the KBT and it feels like you are in Soli and Toni (his wife)’s lounge. It’s like being introduced to the voices and names of The Taxi in person. And the experience is warm, funny, touching and even surprisingly shocking and terrifying at times. Eugene Matthews introduced us to everybody, mostly by screaming for them to come on stage (very funny), Ronald Jones sang with a voice like an angel, Christian Bennet did a monologue that was totally extraordinary, Roshan Philander (Wonderbra) spoke a Maya Angelou poem. Toni and the ghaatjie did sound and lights. It was a family affair.

It was a weirdly satisfying night of non theatre at my favourite theatre. I know how much I enjoyed it when I said to my friend that I wished I could get my hands on those kids and work with them, especially Christian. His monologue deserves to be made into a full play.

Soli is a very special man, with special ideas and plans. We Capetonians need to take care of him. He is a most valuable resource.

 

Brilliant Silencer Shop

This is a good mechanical, car story. I am writing it because it is so rare and I want to recommend Martin and Silencer Shop, 268 Albert Road, Woodstock, and send you all there. This is the story.

I suspected I had a hole in my exhaust. When my last (unreliable) independent mechanic fixed my last major problem he ‘ran out of time’ to sort out my exhaust. I got hold of him last week and asked him outright whether I should go ahead and fix it myself or whether I should wait for him to have time to do it and he explained how if I waited for him he could get me a new exhaust for R1600 instead of the at least R2000 I would pay elsewhere and and so it was worth waiting for him. But I couldn’t get hold of him and I decided to just bite the bullet and go ahead and get a quote from somewhere down the road.

So, imagine my surprise when Martin, at Silencer Shop, told me the problem was my flange gasket and it would cost R140 to fix. I kid you not. Before he even knew what I had been quoted he said, “That other guy was probably going to charge you R800.” That was only half! Martin has saved me from a complete, total rip-off. It took 10 minutes and my car is totally fixed. And he does major services as well. I am beyond delighted. His phone number is 0218010746.

TheatreSports Course

You know you wanna.

THEATRESPORTS COURSE MAY 2012
DATES: Sat 5 May and Sun 6 May- Part 0ne
Sat 12 May and Sun 13 May- Part Two
TIME: 10AM-4PM
VENUE: T.B.C
COST: R800
TheatresportsTM is a trademarked form of improvisational theatre devised by Canadian director Keith Johnstone. Local writer, director and performer Megan Furniss established the first TheatreSportsTM troupe in Cape Town in 1993. It worked under the banner of Improvision until it was rebranded in 2010 as ImproGuise.

This group has been playing continuously in Cape Town over the last 18 years, with many new improvisers coming through our training programme and joining the team over the years. Many of the city’s top actors, dancers and singers have been part of the team.

It is Short- form Improvisation and is performance based. Through a series of exercises and games, this course will cover the basics of Improvisation and will include How to be spontaneous, saying Yes And, Narrative skills, Character work and status, gibberish, Improvised singing and Genres. TheatreSportsTM workshops encourage listening, concentration and teamwork, to harness the power of “thinking out the box” in order to solve problems and work together and the skills learnt can be used as a powerful tools in both performance and in everyday life!

This course is for anyone who is willing and wants to learn how. No previous experience is necessary; all you will need is comfy clothing, a bottle of water and a sense of humour. Your teachers have 45 years experience between them, so you will either be in very good or very old hands. You must attend both weekends (part 1 and 2) to benefit from the whole experience because the course is divided up into sections, but if for any reason you cannot, the price will stay the same. We will not allow anyone to attend if you cannot attend the first weekend.

Please let us know if you are bursting to be part of this amazing experiences by booking a place ASAP,as places are limited. Contact tandi@improguise.co.za

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