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Month: October 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

Post soap-a-thon

I can’t believe it is all over. I think our 12 hour soap-a-thon goes down as one of the best times of my life. And we raised over R12 000 for Rape Crisis. A huge thank you goes out to all our supporters who came, for one episode or more, to Alwin, who deserves special mention as the only audience member to sit through all 12 hours!

We improved our hearts out. Our characters were brilliant, so much ‘happened’, there was singing, sex, murder and mistaken identity. We played together as the team of teams. And we did it for 12 hours on the trot. When we were chatting yesterday it turns out that most of us didn’t ever leave the venue; we were either on stage or back stage the entire time. We went into this completely other world, and it was surreal and amazing.

Naturally, we are already thinking about how to do the next one, next year. Watch this space. And if you were there at any part of Tackle Tales, send us feedback.

I miss my character Brick (Bernadese) van Niekerk. I miss her sister Marie-Louise and her foundling baby Breeze. I miss everybody else’s amazing creations and I keep thinking about the many inspirational moments that happened throughout the day. It was awesome.

Tackle Tales on Saturday

There are the usual great reasons why you should come along to an episode or three of Tackle Tales, our 12 hour improvised soap opera that’s happening this Saturday from 10am to 10pm. They are; it’s for a great cause and all the ticket money will be going to Rape Crisis, it’s a great way to celebrate our 20th birthday, and we are Cape Town’s longest running live performance improv group with oodles of skill and talent and magic. Those are the usual ones.

Here are reasons why you shouldn’t be able to resist! There are 8 episodes to choose from. You can sneak in at least one, even if you have the busiest day planned. Here are the starting times for each episode. 10am, 1130am, 1pm, 230pm, 4pm, 530pm, 7pm, 830pm. It’s pretty insane. Tickets cost a ridiculous R60 per episode. I repeat. R60 per episode. That’s like, um, nothing actually. Then there are the talents of pretty much our entire company, who will be on stage pretty much all of the time. That is huge I tell you. Huge. Then there is the soap thing. The intrigue. The characters. The dressing up (or down). I have been talking like my character for days. Funny thing is, it is improv and who knows what will happen on the day? Plus, as far as I know, this will be breaking a record in SA. Nobody has done anything like it ever before. Yay.

This soap-a-thon is like a combination of all my childish fantasy desires rolled into one. And you can see it. All of it or just some of it. Please come and support us. I pretty much guarantee that it will be mostly amazing, in one way or another.

A reminder of the details. This Saturday 27 October. 10am to 10pm. The Little Theatre. There will be food and drink available at the venue. What’s not to love?

Wi Fi at 30000ft

I think it is amazing that I am on the interweb, writing this, while on a plane, up in the sky, on my way to Durban. Just. Saying. Amazeballs.

The Soap-A-Thon

Wow! We have just had a full day of practicing for our Soap-A-Thon; our 12hr improvised marathon that takes place next Saturday 27 October at The Little Theatre, and I must confess that I am wired to the gills.

Ozzie improv master Mark Gambino put us through our paces and gave us valuable tips on creating scenes, developing characters and relationships, and building story lines, as well as following stuff up and through. It’s all very exciting and outrageous. I must admit I had no idea it could be as diverse, funny, completely creative and full of such range. Each character is different and special, and if you just let things emerge the most weird and wonderful things start to surface.

Aside from the fact that we are performing to raise money for such a good cause, Rape Crisis, it is going to be totally hilarious, addictive and absorbing entertainment. My feeling is that you need to come to a morning episode, and get hooked! Plan your day to include a few episodes, or clear the day (and evening) to come to all! I cannot wait.

PS. My character, an ex-steroidal body builder, shit stirrer and scam artist, is now a bar owner, bar tender and bouncer at her Escape Point bar, The Walrus and Oyster. Her name, selected from offers on facebook and twitter, is Brick (Bernadese) van Niekerk. Come and check her, and all the others out. It is going to be wild!

Tackle Tales, An improvised Soap-A-Thon coming sooner than you think!

I am murderously busy at the moment. We are in final rehearsal week of our latest, sexiest Engen industrial theatre play, I am putting together another improvised corporate theatre job, teaching classes for our very successful intro to improv courses which have two sessions left, I started isiXhosa lessons with Xhosa Fundis this morning (fabulous), have two very excitable puppies AND we are gearing up for our most exciting celebration.

Tackle Tales is an improvised soap opera that runs for 12 hours. We are starting at 10am in the morning and finishing up at 10am that night. There will be 10 episodes of this made up soap, with short breaks in between for the audience to do all things necessary to sustain themselves and thus enable them to watch as many episodes as humanly possible!

The reason for doing this challenge is to raise funds for Rape Crisis and to celebrate the 20th birthday of TheatreSports in Cape Town. I think that is pretty awesome.

We have been doing extra improv workshops, chatting about characters, dreaming and scheming, learning how to ‘direct’ and how to slow things down soap style, and preparing our minds for what will certainly be a record breaking live performance in Cape Town, and probably South Africa. Does anyone know of any live performance that has gone on that long?

Tackle Tales takes place in a fictitious South African seaside village, and I am pretty sure all the shenanigans of the locals will be true to traditional soap style.

Now, we need an audience. You can come for one episode, or a few, or the whole shebang! Tickets are available on webtickets, and you’ll be able to buy at the door, at The Little Theatre on the UCT Hiddingh Campus. And, if you like, leave comments on this blog of things you’d like to see us include. There’s no guarantee, but we will definitely steal and use the really inspired (or weird) ones.

Crepuscule – how theatre can be

Last night I took a theatre hungry friend with me to see the second night of Crepuscule, the latest offering by The Theatre Arts Admin Collective and GIPCA’s emerging director’s bursary. Khayelihle Dom Gumede adapted this Can Themba story for the stage and then directed it. Set in Sophiatown in the 50’s, it tells the story of love across the colour line, and the trouble it caused.

I was totally heartsore that there were so few of us there. And I felt how impossibly difficult it must have been for the cast to plough on through with just us few as an audience. I was also totally blessed that they did. This play deserves a proper audience. A huge audience, and a long run. Where is everybody?

I was so moved, inspired and in love with this piece that I want to do this writing about it differently too.

Dear Dom, I don’t really know you, but have seen you around and I know some of the small difficulties (and even some of the big ones) you had getting your beautiful show up and running here. I am blown away by your work. I love your adaptation of the story; a process that is excruciatingly difficult, because there has to be deference to the writing and writer. You have captured this very successfully. I love how the script moves from the pure, high poetry of love to the more mundane language of politics and pain. I love your direction, which shows an inspired vision and a very light touch. I love your design and all the period work, and I love your attention to detail, in the layers of performance you brought out of the performers. One of my favourite little moments is when Malcolm is given a small, white sized beer instead of a quart in the shebeen. Oh, and I loved the tiny curtains. And I loved the transitions from stylised to naturalism, and I loved the singing, and I loved the intimacy, just to name a few of the many things I loved. Bravo Dom.

Dear Anele Sithulweni, you I know (and love). What an amazing performance. Anele you stole my heart. Confident, articulate, sexy, raging, true to the style of the time, and totally completely in it and present. This is your best work to date. Please find a way to do this play more, and all over, so people can see how brilliant you are.

Miekke-Dene le Roux, I have seen you in The Mechanicals, but here you take things to another level. Wow. I was so moved by your performance, characterisation, lightness, ease, deep connection, delicious physicalisation and total immersion in Janet. You are absolutely perfect. I loved you and your work.

Dear Kgomotso Matsunyane and Luvuyo Mabuto, you are both totally new to me and I was so excited by you two. I loved your performances. Kgomotso you are so easy and at home on the stage, and you are a powerhouse of energy and emotion. Delicious. Luvuyo, you are just totally exciting and magnetic, and I couldn’t take my eyes off you. Bravo.

Glen Biederman-Pam, you were such an eye-opener last night. I have seen you before as a lead, and it’s quite a transition into ensemble and cameo work, but you were amazing. The intensity and maturity of your performance was so moving. This is the best thing I have seen you do. I am thrilled by your work here.

Nobuthle Ketelo. How proud am I to see you in this, my old student? You were gorgeous, generous, present, and your voice!

Crepuscule is an epic, moving, thrilling, inspiring piece of theatre. Members of the cast who are from Cape Town, and all of us who have seen this piece, let’s beg, force, cajole, encourage, nag and drag people to see this. I know they won’t be sorry.

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