Last year I went to see the staged play reading of London Road by Nicholas Spagnoletti when it was a PANSA finalist in their play writing competition. I loved the script and Faniswa Yiza as the Nigerian drug dealer but I had concerns about Yvonne Banning as Dora the old Jewish Sea Point granny. I just thought she wasn’t Jewish enough. So I suggested they try Molly Seftel.
This evening The Baxter playground put on another staged reading of London Road, this time with Faniswa and Molly. And I was only half right. Molly had the character down perfectly, and I felt so strongly for her. I cried (actually I always cry) at the sad bits and loved her interpretation. she had the right amount of Jewish, the right spunk and charm, the right essence. It was just that she couldn’t manage the actual running of the play. Luckily Faniswa was a total champ and orchestrated her from scene to scene in the most delightful, warm and cheeky way. So as an audience member I sat halfway between delight and fear. Much like the character herself.
Peter Hayes whispered to me afterwards that I should play the part, in a grey wig. I agree. I have always lusted after the part. And it’s a great script.