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Tag: Helen Cooper

Real, proper Angels

So, it goes without saying that putting on a show that has a budget of pretty much zero is challenging in the extreme. How anything gets done is by pretty much by begging for favours and freebies and having to compromise, be grateful and get on with it.

And sometimes, the universe throws an angel or two your way. For Good Will Acting they have come in the form of Trevor du Buisson and Helen Cooper. Trevor made music for the show. He composed, created and recorded bespoke music as well as made magical backing tracks. And then Helen made costumes and props. We got most of them yesterday. She has transformed us and our show into a minor spectacle of the most charming proportions; with almost nothing except her brilliant ideas. And I cannot begin to tell you how hard it has been for her because we keep changing our minds! I am not going to spoil it for those of you who will come, but I will go as far as to say watch out for the sheep, the pillows, the shepherds, the choir, the token white, the angels. Helen has been a god send.

So this is just a short note of thanks to Trev, Helen, Simon, Christine (for publicity beyond what we could have asked for); the people who have allowed us to live this dream.

Good Will Acting and the play paranoias.

All of a sudden the reality has hit. We are opening a show the week after next. Good Will Acting at The Kalk Bay Theatre. Official opening the 4th of December with two low price previews on the 2nd and 3rd. OMG!

There is no doubt that I am a leetle (a lot actually) hysterical. But I’m also very excited. I am working with a super talented cast, and even though we really, really have very little time, I think we can do it.

The whole process has been very special. No budget. No script. No time. Yet, this group has talent, commitment, enthusiasm and creativity. Every day I am completely panicked and paranoid before I meet the cast, and then I leave rehearsals completely inspired (and hysterical, but mostly, inspired).

Today I meet Helen Cooper, who is helping us with design, costumes, props and look and feel. The fabulous Christine Skinner is already publicising Good Will Acting up a storm. ADT have bought a slot of Shameless Product Placement and we are going to advertise them nightly in the show. It’s all happening!!!

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