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Already Reflecting on Song And Dance

I was so proud last night. I couldn’t have been prouder. I experienced the amazing sensation of having my writing, ideas, intentions and humour brought to life by other, incredibly talented people. What an honour.

Dearest Ntombi Makhutshi, thank you for agreeing to direct this piece. Nobody else could have done such an amazing job. Your casting was perfection, your comic sensibility was spot on, and you deeply understood where I was going with the text.

Anele Sithulweni, Deon Nebulane and Zondwa Njokweni you are what I dreamed of and more. You have given life to the characters and made them real, whole, human and totally hilarious. You crack me up.

Tara Louise Notcutt I am humbled that you are our hands behind everything. You remind me what being in theatre is all about. Bless you.

Finally, to Simon Cooperand Helen Cooper; you two have remained such staunch supporters of my work, from the first little thing I directed at KBT, to the biggest things. I am delighted that you ‘see’ what I am doing and then put your backs into it so solidly. It can’t happen without you.

Opening night audience, you were divine, generous and receiving. Now please tell everybody to come, laugh and have a jaul.

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  1. Jaqueline

    Go to the theatre. Go and watch SONG & DANCE at The Kalk Bay Theatre till 19 May. If you’re not from Cape Town, seek it out at the NAF in Grahamstown in June. See it. You will love it. You will laugh. A Lot. And when you leave the theatre you will leave thinking, chuckling, yes, but thinking too.

    I am tremendously excited that Simon Cooper has invested in Song and Dance, a new work by Megan Furniss. Simon is an astute businessperson and has an eye for a theatre project that has legs. With this one, he has backed a sound play: Megan’s script is intelligent, insightful and very funny. With almost 20 years of Theatresports; there’s nothing Megan doesn’t know about stage funny. And she writes really well. The cast are fantastic: an ensemble of talented, experienced, and skilled young professionals: Deon Nebulane , Anele Situlweni, and Zondwa Njokweni will have you guffawing. But what makes this project unique is the director.

    Ntombi Makhutshi makes her directing debut. She is certainly not new to the Cape Town theatre scene; she has been pretty busy since graduating from UCT Drama School: working with some big guns like Mike van Graan, Lara Bye, and Peter Hayes and she won a Fleur du Cap for her performance in London Road in 2010. But this is her first professional directing job and she does a tremendously fine one.

    And she is a Black Woman.

    This is a big deal.

    Please make a list of the Black Woman Theatre Makers currently working in Cape Town. I tried. Fatima Dike has been around forever; and Mwenya Kabwe was here for a few years but then relocated to Joburg; Faniswa Yisa has dabbled; I imagine you’d be hard pressed to add too many more names to this list.

    The lack of true racial diversity in Cape Town theatre is a complex and worrying issue. There are effective programmes in place like the TAAC Emergent Director’s Bursary and the Zabalaza festival that are making a difference. Recent programming at the Fugard and the Baxter has shown belief in young directors like Tara Notcutt and Kim Kerfoot. But until we have more mainstream Black theatre makers in this city, we will remain divided.

    Welcome Ntombi, and thank you Simon for producing important work in Cape Town.

  2. megan

    Dear Jaqueline
    Thank you for this. You have no idea how much it means, and how deeply moved I am by your support and generosity.

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