I feel like Plato this morning, having a written discourse/debate with Simon.
Megan is a old [and respected] theatre hand.Â Yes I have been coming to the Festival for a long time â€“ this is my 19th in 22 years â€“ but I donâ€™t have the background of having studied drama and I did not work in the performing arts world until 2004.Â Â So I have never seen â€œHELLO AND GOODBYEâ€ â€“ said to be Fugardâ€™s best or one of – and here it is presented to me with performances by the 2 South African actors who have made those roles famous.Â Â Â And â€œrevisitâ€, in my case means go and see a play again after 12 years, a play that I rated as a 10 when I saw it originally.Â Â Â Â How many of this yearâ€™s Festinoâ€™s have not seen either of these two really worthwhile performances and isnâ€™t it great that they have the opportunity to do so now ?Â Â Â Isnâ€™t that one of the roles a national arts Festival should play ?
The pace is beginning to tell â€“ yes on me but also generally.Â Â Theatre-goers are a bit more scratchy and irritable than at the start of the Festival; the desperation to get tickets for the shows that are selling out has become that little bit more aggressive; the criticisms of bad organisation a little bit more biting.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Numbers are definitely more than mid-week last week and no doubt there will be a bit of an influx this weekend for the last 2 days.Â Â Bring it on !!!
Only 2 plays yesterday â€“ one was my production, â€œLONDON ROADâ€, with my family and friends, and although it is the heaven-knows-how-many-times-I-have-seen-this-show, I loved it all over again and was crying at the end like about 80% of the audience.Â Â Â Then I saw â€œâ€¦..MISKIENâ€ [which I know Megan saw and loved when it premiÃ¨red in Cape Town] â€“ I can see why it was so well received.Â Maybe it could do with being slightly shorter but it is well acted and it deals with a subject that some people find difficult â€“ suppressed / blooming homosexuality between 2 macho males â€“ very cleverly.Â Â Tara Louise Notcutt won a newcomers directorial awards at the Fleur du Cap Awards ceremony this year for â€œâ€¦..MISKIENâ€ and together with the performers, Albert Pretorius and Gideon Lombard, she has done a good job here.Â Â Â It is quite rough and doesnâ€™t pull punches â€“ it has in fact grown on me in the 12 hours since I saw it and I suspect will continue to do so for a bit.Â Â Definitely glad I saw it.