Herewith Simon’s final pronouncements on his last day of shows at the KKNK. Next year I’ll have to go myself!
Last day at the KKNK as I head back to Cape Town tomorrow to, amongst other things, participate in the TheatreSports promotional evening at KBT.Â Â Two things under the â€œGeneral Impressionsâ€ banner – this question of reserved vs unreserved seats; one thing reserved seatingÂ does do is cut out the mad rush to get in first and get prime seats.Â Â Â The show I went to last night [of which more later] was due toÂ start at 20h30 but by that time the previous show was only coming out – something had gone wrong – donâ€™t know what.Â Â The venue staff did the right thing and told us what was happening and everybody obediently got in two queues to get in.Â Â But there was absolutely no angst and attempts to jump the queue as everyone had booked a particular seat and was cool about it.
Then there is the size of the venues – and here I am talking about drama venues not music venues.Â Â Man are they big compared to Grahamstown and they get filled it seems.Â Â Maybe 50 plays and 130 music shows is the right mix.Â Â I remember Deon Opperman telling me very emotionally that he doesnâ€™t like Grahamstown because he gets audiences of 50 to 100 while at the KKNK he gets 500.Â Â I now see what he meant.
Oh and one other thing – if you are a light sleeper and wonâ€™t take drugs to cure the problem, donâ€™t book accommodation near the epicentre of the festival as the music bangs on until late, late.
OK so today I went to the markets – here you pay R40 to get into the market area for a day – a sort of a cover charge.Â Â The market here is as bland as the Village Green at Grahamstown has become – stacks of clothing, lots of religious or emotional kitsch and very little of interest.Â I bought a magic paint box for each of my grandchildren and a pair of veldskoens for me and that was about it.
LastÂ evening went to see Shaleen Surtee-Richardsâ€™ latest show.Â A long time ago comedians such as Pip Friedmann made a living out of imitating coloured people and looking back, it was all a bit condescending and not nice.Â Â More recently a number of people, notably the Joe Barber guys and Shaleen herself and others have turned Cape Flats humour into a genuine sub-genre of comedy.Â Â Her latest show â€œAS EK MAAR GEWEET HETâ€ is well within that sub-genre.Â Â It takes the form of someone in heaven looking back at aspects of her life.Â While it has some funny lines, overall it fails.Â Â Some of the subject matter, such as teenage pregnancy and domestic violence, while very much of serious concern, are not done dealt with convincingly.Â Â It allÂ fell a bit flat and while the audience as a whole tried very hard to enjoy, they too failed.Â Â So a curateâ€™s egg finish.
Final conclusion – I will be back.