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Festival Post Mortem

I always knew I would write this post, but even now I find it difficult. I have been home 3 nights and there is nothing more comforting than fast ADSL, animals, my things and my solid pillar of Big Friendly. Still, for those of you who weren’t there or didn’t hear me say so, the festival was one long, tough, exhausting, often painful, occasionally inspiring, frighteningly empty affair.

I had very few people coming through the door to see Drive With Me, even though those that did seemed to love it, a lot. The combination of a great review on day 1 and then nothing until an Ovation award on day 10 didn’t help (although I am deeply grateful for both). Song And Dance got better and better, without a word or pic in CUE (to be honest I have no idea how people knew about it), and even though Pieter Bosch Botha and Richard Antrobus did a sterling publicity job on Fully Committed and people raved about it I had visions of sold-outs and extra shows because of how perfect it was for the festival. Truth is, it was a very quiet affair, with tons of parking in the streets, food and furniture always available at the Long Table, nobody at the Village Green, and people handing out comps left, right and centre. The only full show I attended was jammed full of school kids. That’s not to say there weren’t full ones. It seems shows that were there for the 2nd and 3rd time did better.

The worst part about all of this is that I am already thinking about how to do it differently next year. Please, theatre gods, if I decide to jump, look after me harder.

And now for some other news. I have decided, after much hearty discussion with friends, family and some colleagues, to stop writing review style posts here on meganshead. I am very sad about it, but I feel like it typecasts me in the industry and people then find it difficult to see me or receive me when I do theatre work of my own. Obviously, that is still more important to me, and so I think I will serve myself better if I am not seen as a theatre critic. I’ll still write, and share my opinions about everything else, including industry related stuff, but I will leave the ‘reviewing’ to those less involved, even though I am confident I did a bladdy good job. So, I will still see almost everything, and I will facebook and tweet about whether I liked it or not, but I’ll reserve this space for writing about other, varied stuff. How do you feel about that? Please send me comments to let me know.

Fully Committed Trailer

Check out the amazeballs trailer for Fully Committed, then go to Alexander Bar and book for the one off performance on Sat 30 March! Love it.

Fully Committed – Great news from afar

There is nothing quite as lovely as creating work, sending it out into the universe and then kicking back, far away, and relaxing as it does brilliantly. That is exactly what is happening with the delicious little play I directed called Fully Committed, starring the incredibly talented and versatile Pieter Bosch Botha. It is currently on at The Old Mutual Theatre On The Square in Sandton, Jozi, and to be honest, I have not received such universally brilliant praise, both on twitter and facebum, an officially in the reviews, in a very long time.

It is so cool reading about all the really good stuff, and we both feel so validated for the creative choices we made, funny great ideas we had, and hard work we put in. Yes, we both feel a little bit brilliant I think.

But check it out yourself. Here is a list of links to the reviews.

1. The Tonight (my favourite)

2. The Citizen

3. The Daily Maverick

4. Artslink

I will update the list when the others come out, but right now I couldn’t be prouder. If you are in Jozi, go and check it out.

Racing start to the New Year

Wow. I feel like I have hardly had time to breathe, let alone write here. But at the very moment, I am on the bed with Frieda farting in my direction, I have said goodbye to family who were down for the hols, I have opened Fully Committed to delighted audiences, I have planned my recording session for tomorrow, recovered from a nasty gastro bug and I need to start thinking about Prague, which is next on the agenda. I leave on Wednesday and will be gone for 2 weeks.

It has been a non-stop, work, play, do time for me and it is how I like it. This year is going to be jam packed, and the best part is that I’ll be doing tons of my own stuff in amongst the other stuff I normally do, and I will be doing amazing, exciting and challenging work stuff. I am very excited, if not a little bit nervous.

But, while I am away, please go and see the unbelievably talented and versatile Pieter Bosch Botha in Fully Committed at Alexander Bar next weekend, or the next. It is such an entertaining piece.

 

30 Exciting things before the year ends. And after. And latkes.

So Christmas has just been, and in a special twist of lucky fish fate it was a divine family one, with Big Friendly’s true blood in the Cape to celebrate. It was delicious, and seven year old Kai crowned me the best cooker. What an award.

But before I even relax a teeny bit I am getting ready to jump into a few things before the year is out. I am in the recording studio over the next two days, directing voice overs for GreatGuide, who have more than one or two projects on the go that I am involved with. And tomorrow (Thurs 27th) w are performing our first monthly long form experimental improv show called Jam Sandwich, at The Alexander Bar. The teeny theatre above the bar seems to have taken off with wings, and we are delighted to be part of it. I think we are all sold out for tomorrow night. How cool? Cool.

Then, rehearsals are under way for Fully Committed. I worked on directing this show at the very beginning of the year with Pieter Bosch Botha, who performed this decadent marathon of a one-man-playing-37-characters, before he took it to the Festival of Fame in Jozi. Well, now on the first two weekends of 2013 it is going to have its first showing in Cape Town at The Alexander Bar. I can’t wait. Pieter Bosch Botha is inspiring. It will be on on Friday and Saturday the 4th and 5th and again the following weekend of the 11th and 12th. Book here now because the small venue sells out fast.

And then, on the 9th of January I am winging my way to Prague, of all places, for two weeks. It’s also for GreatGuide. We are going to be designing and writing commentary for walking tours of Prague and I cannot wait! Prague. Winter. Oldness. Eastern Europe. 1st time.

I come straight back and jump into our most exciting Improv Festival at the Kalk Bay Theatre from 30 Jan to 9 Feb.

Gung ho for next year I tell ya.

But right now it is latke time with our favourite family, the Noodles. Here is my made up recipe for the most flawless, delicious latkes. Grate peeled potatoes on the fine grate. Do an onion too. Squeeze out as much juice as you can. Mix in an egg and some flour. Put blobs of the mixture in hot oil. Turn them often and try your hardest to wait until they go a delicious golden brown. Eat with sour cream, apple sauce (apparently), marmalade (not my cuppa) or even dijon mustard. Yum.

Fully Committed

I don’t think I have ever just “lifted” a press release and put it on my blog (in fact I have shouted at someone for doing it before) but Pieter Bosch Botha has done such a fine job, and said such lovely things about me it deserves to be kept, word for word. Here it is. Please let me know if you would like to come to our special showing on Tues 13 March in Jozi.

FULLY COMMITTED – Press Release

Pieter Bosch Botha takes to the stage once more in what must be one of his greatest acting challenges yet. 1 actor, 36 Characters, and over 200 character transitions! This smash hit Off-Broadway comedy is swooping in to South Africa and has been spiced up with a whole lot of familiar homegrown flair. Directed by multi-award winning actress and director, Megan Choritz, who is also very well known for her comedic brilliance. Written by award-winning American playwright, Becky Mode.

This devastatingly funny one act follows a day in the life of Sam Cooper, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Cape Town’s number one restaurant. FULLY COMMITTED is a frenetic tour through a fictional, extremely fashionable De Waterkant eatery where a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing–coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics– in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table.  Amid the barrage, Sam’s got his own needs to contend with: his recently widowed dad wants him home for Christmas, and he’s up for a choice part in Anant Singh’s newest movie.  While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle international celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can he manage to look out for himself?  FULLY COMMITTED has 36 wildly divergent characters, all played by a single versatile performer.

Reviews of “Fully Committed” on Broadway:  “An immensely entertaining, scaldingly funny play about the bad behavior good food can inspire.” – The New York Times.
“. . . hilarious and touching, gallops along at a swift, almost frantic pace.” - Time Out New York.
” . . .a sparkling one-man tour de force . . . very funny and very believable . . .
” - The New York Post .  “What makes the play so delightful is that all of the frustrating characters in the play get their comeuppance, and we are cheering on the inside at the resolution . . .” - Centerstage, Chicago

FULLY COMMITTED will be part of the Festival of Fame from 12 – 17 March and will be performed in the Space.com Theatre at the Joburg Theatre complex. Daytime performance tickets can be purchased, and the schedule is available on www.festivaloffame.co.za.

A special evening performance has been slotted in for those who can only make it at night. Tuesday 13th March at 7pm – tickets cost R40. Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door on the night.

Hope to see you there!

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