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.Â Â Doesnâ€™t seem to make any real difference though except to idiots like me who still want to sit anywhere until they remember they canâ€™t.
Make a huge note ofÂ â€œJANNEMANâ€ – Sandra Prinsloo, Franci Swanepoel & Hannah Borthwick : direction and script translation – Hennie van Greunen.Â Â DO NOT FORGET THOSE NAMES.Â If it comes to a theatre anywhere near you, or even far away from you, kill to get tickets.Â Â Megan says capitals in emails = textual shouting.Â Â Â MAGNIFICENT, BRILLIANT, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL THEATRE.Â Â The story of the three women inÂ a family – Grandmother, Mother and Daughter : Karien, Lorraine and AnÃ©.Â Â Â Â Funny, sad, insightful and just so well performed and staged.Â Â Â The â€œJannemanâ€ of the title is the old man or perhaps the very new to the world man or perhaps both – they donâ€™t appearÂ on stage but they provide the impetus for a lot of what happens.Â Â Same theatre as the first show – no one left.Â 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 â€œJANNEMANâ€.Â Â Sandra P is as always, brilliant; her timing is impeccable, her delivery perfect but, man, the other two match her word for word.Â Â The familial expletive [dismissive expletive] â€œJou gat, my skatâ€ will live in my memory for a long time.Â Â SEE THIS SHOW !!
After that went back to Iets Anders [our venue] to see â€œHATSâ€ [actually â€œHOEDENSâ€ for the duration of the KKNK] – saw this delightful piece in Grahamstown last year and Pieter Bosch Botha [the director] has â€œre-editedâ€ the piece.Â Â It is still very good.Â Â Richard Antrobus and Tristan Jacobs entertain and amuse and they are magnificent movers and dancers and acrobats – letâ€™s just say allÂ round physical theatre performers.Â Quite a small audience but an enthusiastic reception andÂ I am sure it will pick up as word of mouth spreads.
Have inside information that â€œLONDON ROADâ€ will be reviewed in the festival newspaper, Die Krit, tomorrow.Â Â Breath is bated to see what they thought of it.Â We had a decent audience this evening and a good review will hopefully boost us to very decent to sold out ???