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TheatreSports wins big time

So I must confess to the smallest (I lie) of hangovers this morning, but I did do a lot of celebrating last night at the Fleur du Cap awards. The ceremony was the usual glamorous affair at Artscape, with pre-show music and drinks, a full on show during the awards, brilliantly hosted by Nik Rabinowitz and Thoko Ntshinga and a few lekker performances by The La Rosa Spanish Dance Company, Laurika Rauch and Dizu Plaatjies, in particular. The theme of this year’s function was ‘green’ with a green carpet and green inspired invites. A nice touch. I went to the thing with my sister-in-law who was proudly nominated in the category "best performer in a musical" for her performance in Chess, and I was much more disappointed than she was that she didn’t win. I saw the show three times and she totally blew me away. I have to confess though that it was my night! And I didn’t see it coming at all! First up, I was so totally touched that John Caviggia mentioned me in his long and winding thank you speech, acknowledging the work I did in The Merchant of Venice. That was pretty cool. But, blow me away when they announced a brand new category, Innovation in Theatre and I was called up to accept the award, for TheatreSports. This newly created award is to honour theatre that does not fit in to the other more traditional categories; and I think it was fabulous of Distell to make the new award and then to give it to me! I loved it! But that’s not all. Because of the extremely successful campaign of getting friends and fans to vote for TheatreSports, we also won the People’s Choice Award, for which I am most proud. You see, this one is about all the people who love what we do voting for us. And there are a lot of people who love what we do; and who went ahead and voted. It’s been a long, successful road for me and TheatreSports, my theatre baby, of over fifteen years of performance in Cape Town. And it’s really special to be honoured like this. I was so touched (literally hugged and squeezed) by well wishers afterwards, as I ploughed my way steadily through the Pongratz(ulations), and more than one person spoke to me about meganshead, which was also very cool. I am amped for the work I’ll be doing this year! Thank you Distell. Thank you TheatreSports players, present and past, and thank you our fabulous, loyal audiences.

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6 Comments

  1. The Saint

    OK people I was there and it was fabulous. Megan – only as deserved. Two things though – you are too modest : the Innovation in Theatre award was made to “Megan ……… for her work in Theatresports”. “Her” work. This was personal and rightly so. The People’s Award was to Theatresports [generally] and acknowledged what those beautiful people do. But the other one , sorry Megan, no hiding, that was you, girl.
    Second thing – Not The Midnight Mass and thus Graham Weir won also – about bloody time.

  2. Colourinse

    Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah!!!!!

  3. Twenty five years ago, almost to the day, I met a Megan Furniss (Choritz) – a student at UCT’s Drama School, 1984. The fiery, energetic, endlessly innovative, eternally exploding with new ideas, embarked on a mission that keeps driving her to this very day: Megan is a theatre light-bearer, custodian of drama knowledge and drama experiences, guide and role-model to those who seek to make inroads into theatre. Megan has been a close friend, professional colleague, sounding board and confident for 25 years – and I watched her assuming her responsibilities and various professional yokes with ever-growing maturity, insightfulness, aplomb and – of course – catchy humour!!

    That Megan has been awarded the Fleur du Cap Award for Innovation in Theatre as well as the People’s Choice Award for her outstanding work with Theatresports is nothing short of MAGNIFICENT – and not a minute too soon, too!

    25 years on, Megan remains a consummate theatre person, which puts her on par with her teachers, notably the late, great Mavis Taylor, who – I’m sure, sat yesterday on her celestial cloud, sipping her mysterious concoction and stroking an angelic, moth eaten poodle, and smiled in approval.

    Well done, Meg.

  4. Beilla Gans (Tante B)

    How wonderful, Megan. Congratulations. Love Tante B

  5. Ray

    Awesome awesome awesome! Many thousand congratulations! Enjoy your hangover!

  6. Alfred Rietmann

    Well done! You SO deserve this Award and so do Theatre Sport. I am so proud of you and again so glad that we finally got to work together after almost 25 years in A Circus Side Show and that I got to know that fire inside you. May it burn allways.

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