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Tag: Dizu Plaatjies

Return to Traveller

It was a long and varied evening yesterday that started off with a really delightful TheatreSports show at 6pm. After that I made my way to The Cape Town Edge venue, The Princess Alice, to see Return to Traveller, a piece ‘organised’ and put together by Julia Raynam’s mind and name, Resonance Bazaar. But before I went in I monopolised Rob Murray, director, and Liezl de Kok, performer, of Quack! I had a lot to say, and the debate was heated and healthy.

Back to Return to Traveller. The stage was set with the strangest and most interesting musical instruments. There was a weird circular harp thing, a very big one string bow, a weird silver metal plated disc thing, shakers, horns and Warrick Sony’s electronic table, with turntable, apple lappie, mixers and other tech stuff. What the show was was Warrick, Dizu Plaatjies and a guy from Portugal (playing the weird instruments) playing interesting music and sounds to a strange and beautiful movie of rural Africa, water, kids, roads, trees, travelling, and an interesting backing track. Sounds weird, but it was strangely engaging and beautiful. I loved Dizu and Warrick; two genius musos and performers. I wasn’t as enthused with the guy from Portugal, who, while having the most impressive instruments, seemed a bit out of his depth musically and, to my unmusical mind, was just mucking about. I must say this though. This show, musically improvised, is more the G’town fare I know and love: Risky, weird, esoteric and strangely engaging and enjoyable.

I made the forty minute drive back home in a good mood. Ah, G’town.

TheatreSports wins big time

So I must confess to the smallest (I lie) of hangovers this morning, but I did do a lot of celebrating last night at the Fleur du Cap awards. The ceremony was the usual glamorous affair at Artscape, with pre-show music and drinks, a full on show during the awards, brilliantly hosted by Nik Rabinowitz and Thoko Ntshinga and a few lekker performances by The La Rosa Spanish Dance Company, Laurika Rauch and Dizu Plaatjies, in particular. The theme of this year’s function was ‘green’ with a green carpet and green inspired invites. A nice touch. I went to the thing with my sister-in-law who was proudly nominated in the category "best performer in a musical" for her performance in Chess, and I was much more disappointed than she was that she didn’t win. I saw the show three times and she totally blew me away. I have to confess though that it was my night! And I didn’t see it coming at all! First up, I was so totally touched that John Caviggia mentioned me in his long and winding thank you speech, acknowledging the work I did in The Merchant of Venice. That was pretty cool. But, blow me away when they announced a brand new category, Innovation in Theatre and I was called up to accept the award, for TheatreSports. This newly created award is to honour theatre that does not fit in to the other more traditional categories; and I think it was fabulous of Distell to make the new award and then to give it to me! I loved it! But that’s not all. Because of the extremely successful campaign of getting friends and fans to vote for TheatreSports, we also won the People’s Choice Award, for which I am most proud. You see, this one is about all the people who love what we do voting for us. And there are a lot of people who love what we do; and who went ahead and voted. It’s been a long, successful road for me and TheatreSports, my theatre baby, of over fifteen years of performance in Cape Town. And it’s really special to be honoured like this. I was so touched (literally hugged and squeezed) by well wishers afterwards, as I ploughed my way steadily through the Pongratz(ulations), and more than one person spoke to me about meganshead, which was also very cool. I am amped for the work I’ll be doing this year! Thank you Distell. Thank you TheatreSports players, present and past, and thank you our fabulous, loyal audiences.

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