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what a night

The show was beautiful. Even if I say so myself. I was delighted. Obviously I only spoke to people who loved it; the other kind didn’t say anything to me. Not that it matters. It’s the first time that I really consider my own opinion to be the most important one here. And I know that sounds arrogant but what I mean is I had the most amazing, supportive, creative, loving, inspired process with the most incredible cast and crew of people and I am so proud of us.

Then, when I was pretty drunk and loud, we had a small unruly rugby party. With a great result too.

Feel a bit rough though this morning!

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5 Comments

  1. The Saint

    Cheers for the show : cheers for the Boks : bring on the Fleur du Caps and William Webb Ellis

  2. bob

    so much to celebrate today
    it was stunning to hear your voice
    mooi skoot
    xxx

  3. Megan and Graham, your homage to one of the oldest, most revered, theatrical forms does circus a great justice.

    For the last 2000 years, the circus and its performers form part of human cultural (and often, sub-cultural) experience. Ever since Roman times, everything at the circus was extreme: the performers’ character and idiosyncrasies, on-and-off stage, their skills and the risk they take in executing them. Their sadness, vices and addictions, their low-lives as downtrodden, often victims, of the society they set out to entertain, form part of theatre’s DNA. Life under the circus top is, after all, a powerful metaphor — where does the act end and real life (under the ‘real’ sky-top) begins?

    The magic of theatre was abundantly present in Sunday’s performance of “A Circus Side Show.” The cast is superb (it’s a terrible injustice not to mention each and every one of them, they were all excellent, but I must say what a delight it was for me to see Graham and Christine Weir together on stage again!) The story, pathos to bathos, slapstick to tragedy, is engaging and flowing. The music (with its distinct Eastern European flavour, eclectically mixed with Weir’s signature proto-Indian sound) is hauntingly beautiful (any CD of the songs planned? Please?) The eerie, beautifully poetic set and costumes were astonishing – as they demonstrated how theatre magic works, when the decrepit, dusty, ancient scenery and props got ‘magicked’ through light and music.

    More than anything, “A Circus Side Show” is a remarkable work of love – a massive tour-de-force for the writers, the director and each and every member of the cast and crew — my old clown’s hat off to you all, well done!!

    The Artscape New Writing Programme should be congratulated on its ongoing support of new writing in our country, it should also be supported. Don’t take my word for it — go see “A Circus Side Show”!!

  4. Alfred Rietmann

    What a night indeed. To see it all come together and watch the ‘kids’ pull out all the stops on Dicky Longhurst’s beautifull set had me with many a lump and a few tears. You work your toggos off for a couple of weeks and at the end of the day ‘they’ the audience, come in and you feel SO exposed. I got so carried away during the curtian call that I grabbed Megan’s arm and kissed it, which is a strange thing for me to do but I was overcome with the feelings off achievement, joy and again, such repect for the art form whiuch I chose as a profession. We set out to make magic and magic we made. Come and see A CIRCUS SIDE SHOW

  5. Read Derek Wilson’s great writeup on the show
    http://www.tonight.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=352&fArticleId=4082790

    Those marvellous musical misfits

    October 16, 2007

    By Derek Wilson

    A Circus Sideshow
    Director: Megan Choritz
    Musical director: Amanda Tiffin
    Cast: Graham Weir, Christine Weir, Adrian Galley, Bulelwa Cosa, Rory Avenstrup, Richard Lothian
    Band: Simon Ratcliffe, Gabriella, Rivera, Ingrid Salzmann
    Venue: Artscape Arena till October 28
    Rating: ****

    This intriguing musical, written by Graham Weir and Megan Choritz, is a gem. It really is something of a sideshow, for the action takes place in the rag, tag and bobtail setting backstage in a tatty travelling circus which arrives in yet another dusty country town in the Karoo of the ’40s. [More..]

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