More from the theatre festival that I wish I was at! Here is Simon’s Day 2.

Noticed another difference today – most of the tickets here are reserved seating unlike Grahamstown.   Doesn’t seem to make any real difference though except to idiots like me who still want to sit anywhere until they remember they can’t.

Make a huge note of “JANNEMAN” – Sandra Prinsloo, Franci Swanepoel & Hannah Borthwick : direction and script translation – Hennie van Greunen.   DO NOT FORGET THOSE NAMES.  If it comes to a theatre anywhere near you, or even far away from you, kill to get tickets.   Megan says capitals in emails = textual shouting.    MAGNIFICENT, BRILLIANT, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL THEATRE.   The story of the three women in a family – Grandmother, Mother and Daughter : Karien, Lorraine and Ané.     Funny, sad, insightful and just so well performed and staged.    The “Janneman” of the title is the old man or perhaps the very new to the world man or perhaps both – they don’t appear on stage but they provide the impetus for a lot of what happens.   Same theatre as the first show – no one left.  The actors speak one at time telling of what is unfolding in their lives over the period covered by the piece – the audience started by applauding every time Sandra P spoke; they ended applauding all three after every speech and rose to a man/woman at the end to acclaim “JANNEMAN”.   Sandra P is as always, brilliant; her timing is impeccable, her delivery perfect but, man, the other two match her word for word.   The familial expletive [dismissive expletive] “Jou gat, my skat” will live in my memory for a long time.   SEE THIS SHOW !!

After that went back to Iets Anders [our venue] to see “HATS” [actually “HOEDENS” for the duration of the KKNK] – saw this delightful piece in Grahamstown last year and Pieter Bosch Botha [the director] has “re-edited” the piece.   It is still very good.   Richard Antrobus and Tristan Jacobs entertain and amuse and they are magnificent movers and dancers and acrobats – let’s just say all  round physical theatre performers.  Quite a small audience but an enthusiastic reception and I am sure it will pick up as word of mouth spreads.

Have inside information that “LONDON ROAD” will be reviewed in the festival newspaper, Die Krit, tomorrow.   Breath is bated to see what they thought of it.  We had a decent audience this evening and a good review will hopefully boost us to very decent to sold out ???