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Fleur du Cap, fun, feast, faux pas

I’m supposed to be asleep; it’s a public holiday after all, but the Distell red has woken me I think. And my feet are a bit swollen from those damn shoes.

Last night was the Fleur du Cap awards and this year I was a proper nominee, which basically meant preparing an outfit in advance. Big Friendly chose my shoes, which looked great, gave me the extra height, but were impossible to actually live in.

As usual it was a pretty glam affair, with lots of air kissing on arrival. All the nominees I spoke to beforehand gave away their insecurities by saying how much they hated these kinds of things, but I could see their eyes sparkling.

Off we went for the ceremony and show. This year’s offering was directed by Hennie van Greunen, the director of Die Naaimasjien (winner of best new SA script and Best Actress Sandra Prinsloo), and on the whole I think he did a really nice job; it was quite short with a great opening number. I have to say though, I felt like he didn’t really know his Cape Town audience. I got the feeling that the whole thing had been put together and rehearsed up country and then shipped down for the night. Luckily, most of the presenters of the awards (actors and others) made up for it. My favourites were kept for last; Soli Philander and Helen Zille! They were brilliant, hilarious and totally entertaining. I had no idea she had it in her! (The same can’t be said for old Fiona Coyne, who did not exactly embrace the generous spirit of handing over awards!)

There were two awards that I was absolutely delighted about. Tara Louise Nottcutt’s award for Best New Director, and Angels on Horseback’s award for Best Performance in a Cabaret. And Rob Murray for Best Lighting. Naturally, I was disappointed that none of the ones I was associated with won; especially for Dicky Longhurst and Alfred Rietmann, both nominated in the same category, Best Set Design, for Noah of Cape Town and The Tent.

The big mess of the evening for me was the damn voice over announcing Noah of Cape Town in the category of Best New South African Script. It was a hellova voice over, that went on for ever, pronounced my name wrong (twice!) and then announced Jacqui Singer as the director of the show. What a disgrace! Surely not! Surely every singe piece of material had the right Jaci de Villiers down as the director! Surely. I’m still a bit bitter actually.

Soli and Helen put me back in the mood though. They rocked. Then it was back into the fray to chow and drink. I was very well behaved and didn’t overdo it for once in my life. Big Friendly was so excited by the dessert tables he got stage fright! At a totally respectable 10.30pm we (I) hobbled up those endless stairs, thinking of everything I need to do this year to make sure I get to go to next year’s one!

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9 Comments

  1. Sarah Terry

    Hi Megan!
    Please please post a full list of all the winners. Can’t find them anywhere on the net and am desperate to know seeing as a lot of my friends and collegues were nominated!

    Best wishes
    Sarah

  2. Allison Foat

    hi Megan, if anyone needs to know winners, I have uploaded onto several websites incl Artslink – a google alert of Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards should do it…
    PS-with you on the shoe front….eina

  3. Beilla Gans

    Congrats. What NO sneakers? Tante B

  4. Beilla Gans

    Sneakers? You S.Africans don’t know from Sneakers! I meant “tackies” Tante B

  5. Candice

    Wondering why all the results I’ve seen in newspapers and on the web announce that Fiona Du Plooy and the cast of Angels on Horseback won the best performance in a cabaret or revue category. Did they not want to ask the rest of our names? 🙁

  6. megan

    @Candice, I also noticed that on the one damn press release I saw. Lazy bastards. And offensive too. It sucks.
    @Beilla, we do know from Sneakers, and boy am I sorry I didn’t do what my friend Fiona did – she had her slipslops in her bag!

  7. BigFriendly

    I know from snickers and I love them, I’d even MacGyver for a snickers right now.

  8. S R COOPER

    To the Angels : Thanks to loss of computer & cell phone to unauthorised visitors a short while ago, I have lost your numbers so have been trying unsuccessfully to get hold of you. Well done and congrats – very well deserved. And Megan has told me about your acceotance speech – thanks. Sorry we weren’t there – family wedding that weekend and all. Love Simon

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