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The Song And Dance bridge

I hope I am not reading too much into last night’s Song And Dance audience. It was tiny, but it spanned the Cape Town demographic absolutely. White, coloured and black were the flavour of the 20 odd people who laughed, chuckled, guffawed and wheezed through the show, from beginning to end. I also sat there with a face splitting grin, and laughing my head off; I find this play completely hilarious.

But my inner delight is that it feels like this piece has transcended certain racial, cultural and language barriers, and can truly be enjoyed by all South Africans. This is the amazing achievement of the director and cast, whose style and interpretation of comedy is broad and deep. I don’t think I have ever seen performances quite like these; totally true to the material, totally original and creative, totally committed and enthusiastic and totally hilarious.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it is a massive challenge to sell this play. It needs to be said. A white, suburban theatre going audience does not generally choose to see a play with an all black cast. There is this vibe that it’s “not for them”. A black audience in Cape Town is rarer than hen’s teeth. Matched with the Kalk Bay Theatre being situated off the beaten track, it is a double challenge. And then coloured audiences in general seem to throw all their support at coloured work; Mark Lottering, Joe Barber, Loukman Adams.

But last night, all jumped into the pot. All. And we kicked back and laughed. Together.

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3 Comments

  1. Jaqueline

    Megan, the complex and troubling problem of race in Cape Town sometimes seems insurmountable. That you have surmounted it so skilfully and superbly is one of the reasons I love Song & Dance. The other reason is that it is KAK FUNNY!

  2. Hats off to you Megan, and to a skilled director with her charming cast. Such nuanced performances in comedy are truly rare; and Black Comedy is among my favourite genres!

    Yes, the KBT is off the beaten-track for many who would enjoy this work, and that is an issue we are hopefully tackling on a macro-scale that is beyond our powers as theatre-makers. But it is an issue that is not beyond our influence: if more of us could create work that refuses to be categorised in terms of racial tick-boxes, we’ll surely start being heard in the more rarified echelons.

    There is so much I could say on this topic, but as you know, I have trouble keeping it short, sweet and to the point.

    Well Done!

  3. megan

    Thank you Adrian! And thank you for making the great trek to Kalk Bay to check it out. See? If Adrian can, so can you.

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