Yay! Oh yay! Oh yay. A great review from Peter Tromp and a huge pic and it’s in the Top of The Times!
Month: August 2007 (Page 1 of 4)
We fly to Jozi at 6pm today. We’re off to go to an almost fandamily wedding tomorrow which is cool, only we’ll be there for very quick, we come back on Sunday arvie. I still need to get through a full day of rehearsals though, which is probably why I’m up at the crack!
As Sharon would say. Yo, yo, yo, it’s only Wednesday and I swear I can’t even find my arse or my elbow, let alone tell the difference. I am in rehearsal for my favourite yearly industrial theatre roadshow. It’s a proper 45 minute four hander play. Lovely but hectic. Last night we performed TheatreSports for a huge group of mainly 13 year old boys. It was fabulous but required big energy. I am gearing up to start rehearsals for A Circus Side Show. Can you believe it? Very exciting but scary as hell! We have a TheatreSports corporate performance on Sunday night, and Big Friendly and I are flying off to Jozi for the weekend for an almost fandamily wedding! Yowzer. You have no idea. And there’s gorgeous Shez Sharon running at The Kalk Bay Theatre. I love my life.
I am getting a bit irritated with myself. When I set out to write this blog it was to vent my spleen, to write scathing reviews of shit Cape Town theatre, to complain and bitch blah blah blah. Tonight I have again come home with only good news.
Big Friendly and I went off to the opening night of Beethoven in Raptus, the first production in Artscape‘s new spring drama season. All the five plays have never been performed before.
I had misgivings about going tonight. I’m not crazy about theatre based on famous real people. I get bored. And then, I heard that the play was 2 hours long. I couldn’t even tell Big Friendly that part. He never would have agreed to go. We were so surprised.
The Arena theatre was transformed by a stark and stylized set, with a very raked stage and excellent depth of field, so the small stage felt huge.
The script was written by John Burch, who died in 1991 without ever seeing his play produced. I imagine that on paper the script might feel heavy, loaded and even boring and wordy. This production turns the script into a marvelous heart wrenching and absorbing drama. I have full respect for the director Arne Pohlmeier who has created a stylish and moving piece.
The performances are generally superb. Graham Weir, as Beethoven, gives an award winning performance. His physicality and energy is totally different from anything I’ve seen him do in the past. He fills the big Beethoven shoes completely. His emotional range is amazing and his intellectual grasp and portrayal of this deaf genius is totally believable and magical. Theresa Iglich as the Countess and Robyn Scott as Madam are also superb. Their performances are huge, satisfying and controlled. Less successful are the two youngest members of the cast. Roshina Ratnam has moments, but is a little stilted at times and Brendan Murray seems afraid of the role of Karl, Beethoven’s nephew. He is mainly disconnected; possibly because it is so hard to play a bit of a selfish bastard.
The two hours sped by and I wasn’t bored once. It was solid, traditional theatre, brilliantly performed and beautifully directed.
Let’s hope that this sets the standard for the rest of the season. Graham and my A Circus Side Story is the third one and opens on the 14 October.
So, Big Friendly doesn’t smoke in the house. He sits on the stoep and smokes and reads whatever he can lay his hands on, and often it’s the inside adverts from the local ‘stop ‘n drop’. And he confessed to me this morning…how romantic…that whenever he looks at the hardware and fantasises about drills and angle grinders that he’d love to have, he is always thinking about presents for ME! And the weird thing is…I love that shit! As he says, no American Swiss for me. Oh, what a match hey?