This could turn out to be the beginning of a good relationship! Here’s Simon’s second post. Remember, you read it first on meganshead, when this guy gets his own blog!
And also, bravo and congrats to London Road!

Having read the first report, I can see that the immediate effect of the Fest on a festino is that the spelling goes !!!! But putting that behind me, the BREAKING NEWS is that “LONDON ROAD” has won a Standard Bank Ovation Award – this is something new to the 2010 Festival and plays get nominated by journos at the Festival and then a committee headed by a doyen of critics, Adrienne Sichel selects the winning productions.
To quote the Festival organisers “the new Standard Bank Ovation award recognises and celebrates innovation and excellence on the Fringe programme of the National Arts Festival by putting the spotlight on cutting edge-work that is strong, diverse and original”. Winners are publicly announced in Cue. Stickers bearing the Standard Bank Ovation will be awarded to each of the winners for display on their poster and inclusion on their marketing material. On the last day of the National Arts Festival, the winners of the Standard Bank Golden Ovation awards will be announced for five categories and each production will receive a prize of R 5 000, sponsored by Standard Bank.

So the third day – still not a lot of people around – I mean finding parking at venues is not difficult, queues are short or shortish and the craft markets are quiet. A quiet day for me as well – first up was “WOMB TIDE” – the new offering from FTH:K. Written by Lara Foot and directed by Rob “Ugli Bob” Murray, with Liezl de Kock, Daniel Buckland, Kim Kerfoot and Emilie Starke, it is another example of how FTH:K have made an art form of non-verbal communication. Allied of course with their work in the field of deaf theatre, this has become their trademark over the last few years. The original script was as wordy as one would expect [so I am told] and has been rewritten. This was the piece’s first performance and it is excellent. Following the fortunes of a couple who meet, marry and adopt when they can’t have children, it highlights the plight of people, old and young, who are involved in the informal adoption world. But it is more than that alone and looks closely at the family dynamics as well. It is funny and sad. The set, props and background soundtrack are simply brilliant and are used to great effect by the performers. A standing ovation to set/prop ddesigners Craig Leo, Leila Anderson and Emilie Starke and sound designers James Webb and Brydon Bolton. See this one if you can.

Next up was “KRUISPAD” – no man come on !!! Described thus in the programme – “when a prominent Afrikaans businessman and politician is murdered at Crossroads, his household is left in turmoil. In this thriller – a modern twist on a classic tale – lies, deception and the decay of a society are exposed through graphic sex, violence and rituals. Not for the squeamish “. Ooohh my jina – Brett Kebble en alles. Let me say no more than that when the lights failed half way through and they had to stop to fix them, [and when the play had moved onto to the day after the cremation of the deceased with the actors still wearing their funeral clothes of the day before] it was a heartfelt opportunity to slip away. Wim Vorster as writer and director has not done Afrikaans theatre any good with this offering and has not drawn any notable performances from the actors. I can’t bring myself to name them as I don’t think it was their fault.

Today is a 5 play day so deep breath …………