Another quite light day today â€“ started with a lekker chat over coffee with James Cairns, Taryn Bennett and Jenine Collocott and then moved on to see â€œHATSâ€.Â Â Listed as a physical theatre piece in the programme [and yes canâ€™t argue with that but it is not quite all encompassing enough] it is difficult to categorize.Â Â A comic dance gymnastic ??Â Â A gymnastic comic dance ???Â Â I donâ€™t know but hell it was fun.Â Â Â Written and directed by Pieter Bosch Botha and featuring Richard Antrobus and Tristan Jacobs, the action takes place on, around and above an elevated bar [a bit like one of those bars the gymnasts use when competing] from which hang 2 swings and a number of straps from which one can hang and swing.Â Â The bar is elevated by ladders at each end.Â Â Â Â The action is fast and furious and comic.Â Â Â There are 4 sketches, each telling a simple story.Â The third is worth a special mention for the images created using I donâ€™t know what but mysterious shapes and animals seem to float onto a darkened stage and glide across the performance area, dipping and diving around the performers.Â Â Â The two performers are completely in sync, both one with the other and with what they are doing.Â Â 55 minutes whizzed by and the end of the show was greeted with loud and prolonged applause from a very healthy crowd.Â Â Â Â Not my normal beat but glad I went.
Then â€œTHE BUTCHER BROTHERSâ€ directed by the awesome Sylvaine Strike assisted by Daniel Buckland and featuring Mongi Mthombeni and Jacques de Silvathe.Â Â Â Â I commented at coffee that I had now had enough of masks and James Cairns then replied that if I saw â€œTHE BUTCHER BROTHERSâ€ I would see how masks can be used.Â Â Â And he is right.Â Â Â Very very good.Â Â Â A story of two brothers who run a butchery â€“ one finds a seemingly abandoned baby and they take it in and care for it.Â Â When a kidnapper tries to take the baby away from them, things turn nasty and â€œFried Green Tomatoâ€ like as the kidnapper is disposed of and turned into sausages.Â Â And it gets worse from there. Â Â So a dark tale ultimately but it contains humour and some trade mark imagery from the directors.Â Â Â In my top 5 for the Festival.
A â€œLONDON ROADâ€ update â€“ we have 3 performances to go and 103 seats left to sell [out of a 510 capacity for the 3 shows.Â Â Â We will at least 8 and probably 9 sold out shows in a row.Â Â Thank you Grahamstown !!!