Dear Fred and Marcel
It has been extremely difficult to keep the control it has taken to not sink with you into the deep mud of this tacky and painful story, but think it’s time to put this to bed. Fred and Marcel, I accept your half-hearted attempt at apologising and your retraction of my ‘banning order’. I will hurriedly blog my heart out, moving the offending posts further and further down the pages of meganshead.
I have decided that I will keep doing what I do, even though there are those who see it as a conflict of interests. What started out as a space to rant about badly made theatre in Cape Town, has by virtue of its new found popularity become a serious space where I will treat myself and the work I see ‘as if’ I was an important voice. What started out as a casual commentary (albeit a bit personal and bitchy) read by my friends, has become increasingly widely read because of this scandal and now I have a readership that has doubled if not tripled. I will make myself very clear from now on. I remain independent, unaffiliated, un-objective and uncompromising. I will see and write about the shows I am invited to, and those I choose to pay for and see.
I am bitterly disappointed that the NewSpace has been smeared by this ‘monster’. I was very excited about it and committed to the idea of it. The first shows I ever saw as a student were there and my first lifelong friendships with theatre people were made there. It was a space that made the kind of theatre that sticks with you forever and that you aspire to.
I would like to request one thing from you. Since you emailed your original letter to me to your entire database (which included those who know me and those who don’t, friends, colleagues, managements etc), I think it makes sense that you email them your ‘retraction’ too, since many of the people you included on your list are not meganshead readers and have no idea that you were encouraged to retract.
With regard to your suggestion that we meet, the ball is in your court. I have no interest in pursuing this myself, but if you feel it is necessary then I will sit down with you.
Megan Furniss (nee Choritz)