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A FUNdraiser, heart warmer, eye opener

1236549_10200673323223198_507707605_n I am sure you can imagine the reluctance with which I dragged my sorry arse out of the house last night in the hard, cold rain, to go and emcee Dance For Natalie. It wasn’t only the blastingly unfriendly weather. It’s been so long since I jauled in Long Street I don’t even know the places, and I had visions of not finding parking and having to dash though downpours and giant puddles and Long Street dealers and derelicts just to get to Zula Bar. It wasn’t half as bad. I found a parking less than a block away and I managed to have a short gap of light drizzle to make my dash.

To be fair, I was nervous that others would be put off and not make it, but in the end there was a fantastic turnout and it was a really brilliant evening for all, and a complete eye opener for me. Aside from the fact that the magnificent Nina van der Berg, Natalie’s care-giver, friend and now close circle of love family managed to arrange and host this event, it was how it was received by others, including me, that totally blew me away. First of all there were Natalie’s supporters; friends and family, who came to dance or volunteer at the door and merchandise table. Then there were the bands, dancers (swing, salsa, Cape Jazz, Burlesque), fire dancers and dance teacher, who all offered their services for absolutely free, and were gorgeous, talented and amazing. I am now totally in love with Manouche, a gypsy jazz band, and The Rat Rod Cats, a rock-a-billy trio: two bands I saw and heard live for the first time last night, who rocked the house and revived my interest in live music. (I am following them both on twitter now to keep in the loop about when and where they perform again.)

But mostly I was gobsmacked by Nina’s crowd of friends. I had no idea that young people of Cape Town; female and male, were getting together to dance swing. And it is beautiful, inspiring and happy. Jeannie Elliot of the Boogie Back Dance Co has been teaching them, and it is delightful. Cape Town is still full of surprises, interesting quirks and people doing other fabulous stuff. I got more and more into the evening, and was amazed as four hours flew by and I was hop skipping my way back to the car at 12 to come home.

Well done Nina. Well flippen done. This frenemy of swing is now a heart convert.

PS. I was a shocking emcee. Shocking. The funniest thing of the whole night was when somebody came to tell me that what I had thought was a heckler saying “show us your boobs” was her husband saying “show us your moves”! But, even though I got names all wrong, and people mixed up, I had the best time.

Natalie’s Circle of Love FUNdraiser 3

It’s been a while since I wrote about Natalie Cohen, the miracle child who is still surviving a rare form of bone cancer. 13 year old Natalie continues to be surrounded by her circle of love, family and friends who do everything. One of her most special circle of lovers  is Nina, her care giver. Nina is a flower. She is positive, creative, cute and funny, and she has made a FUNdraiser event that takes place this Thursday even ing at Zula Bar in Long Street. It’s for all lovers of dance. Watch, dance yourself, or watch and learn like me. Actually, I am going to be the emcee at the event, so if we haven’t seen each other in a while, now would be a great time to catch up! Read about Natalie’s journey here, on Natalie’s Circle of Love and check out the facebook event and book tickets or even buy a ticket for someone else. Easy peasy. Let’s Dance this Thing.

TheatreSports FUNdraiser 3

CT to Canberra FUNdraiser 2

I wrote this letter today.

Dear friends, family and fans of TheatreSports SA and improvisation

As you may know, Tandi Buchan, Candice D’Arcy and I (Megan Furniss) are going to Canberra, Australia in the first week of July to attend and participate in Improvention, a massive international improv festival. It’s an amazing opportunity to mix with the best improvisers around the world, share our skills and talents, learn everything we can in a week, and come back with inspiring ways to take improv forward in Cape Town and South Africa. We are so excited.

To raise money to pay for our air tickets we have a big FUNdraiser planned for the 23rd of May, at Artscape’s Drama Theatre. Tickets are R120 each, and the evening promises to be a mad marathon of improv games performed by the cream of TheatreSportsSA team, mystery celebrity appearances and even a prize or two for the audience. We would love to see you there.

We have asked people to Save The Date, and a few of our supporters have expressed an interest in contributing even though they can’t be there on the night. And who are we to refuse? On the contrary, we are extremely grateful. So, if you are elsewhere in the country (or world) and would like to help send CT to Canberra, here are our bank account details.  Please reference your contribution as Canberra Fund, so we know your money is for sending us on our way.

Improguise

FNB acc: 62266347262

Branch Gardens, code: 201511

Reference: Canberra Fund

Thank you for having expressed such a positive interest in helping us.

Yours faithfully

Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan and Candice D’Arcy

Send CT to Canberra – A TheatreSports FUNdraiser

Save The Date

 

Send Cape Town to Canberra – A TheatreSports FUNdraiser

What is it? you say

An amazing one and a half hour long improv performance with long and short games, music, a mystery celebrity guest player and guaranteed improv craziness

But! Where will it be?

Artscape’s huge Drama Theatre

And when? you ask

May 23 at 2015

How much? you enquire, with raised eyebrow

R120 a ticket

And how do we get one of those tickets?

You book at Computicket, from the 1st of May.

Who will do it?

The best, sexiest and most fabulous TheatreSports team of improvisers

Why?

Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan and Candice D’Arcy, veteran TheatreSports players and improv experts, are flying across a very big piece of sea to Canberra, Australia, host of an international improvisation explosion in July. The three will be facilitating workshops, attending workshops, watching and playing in improv shows and meeting the cream of improvisers from around the globe. And when they get back they will be exploding with everything they saw, heard and did. But they need the help of those who love what they do. Flying across that sea is violently, terribly expensive! So this special, amazing, once-off FUNdraiser is being held to gather a pocketful of funds to make it all possible. And they guarantee that it will be an awesome evening of the best improv entertainment ever. And that’s why you need to save the date, and then come.

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