I will steal Juliet’s numbering system (stealing was a theme too) and put down some random post GIPCA Directors and Directing Playwrights thoughts here. You are welcome to add your own in the comments section. One of the best parts of the GIPCA forum is that it engages such lively debate; both on and off the floor.
1. It is totally different being a participant. Different, exiting, good, complicated.
2. I love the talking, but still, ultimately, I love watching performance more.
3. I love the range of work on offer and the many voices that make them.
4. I am amazed that there Â is a genuine market for this sort of symposium. Who would have thought?
5. Jay Pather is amazing.
6. Malcolm Purkey, Mark Fleishman, Penny Youngelson, Mandla Mbothwe, Myer Taub, Brett Bailey, to name a few off the top of my head, are very clever.
7. I love that Tracey Saunders and Marina Griebenouw attend the whole thing.
8. I am surprised how frustrated I get when people’s questions are inarticulate or rambling, and then mine end up being that too.
9. I am shocked at how uncomfortable arrogance makes me.
10. I am shocked at how badly I need feedback.
12. I am intrigued about how different the male and female voices in theatre are.
13. I am amazed that the struggle, war, debate is the same.
14. I like GIPCA’s catering.
15. The event has an amazing organisational team, and Adrienne and Themba in particular rock.
16. The theatre world is not generous enough.
17. Actors, directors, writers and academics are very complicated.
18. I have a group of magnificent and supportive friends.
19. It is easier to perform if you know the words.
20. Improv is a huge love.
21. I admire Amy Jephta. She is always so clear.
22. Sunday mornings are not an easy time to perform.
23. Brett Bailey is king of design.
24. You can watch good theatre in any language and understand or be moved. Thando Doni’s Eutopia was fabulous.
25. Our world is different now that there is a GIPCA symposium accepted as a yearly reality.
26. Nicholas Spagnoletti is hilarious.
27. We all know each other, mostly.
28. I am torn between continuing writing this blog, and not writing it. Is it helpful, damaging, bullshit, useful? Let me know.
29. I made new friends and I am a fan of more.
30. I conclude that theatre is not for sissies. (I have no idea who it is actually for)