I think itâ€™s weird that there are two little independent plays with London in their title in the Cape Town ether at the same time. Last night I went to see Done London at The Intimate, and the writer of London Road, Nicholas Spagnoletti, was there too. His play opens tomorrow at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
I have read two very good crits about Done London which are out there, and really, I donâ€™t have much to add. Itâ€™s a very sweet and totally watchable production with some lovely performances, particularly by Julia Anastasopoulos, Deborah Vieyra and Mark Elderkin. Francesco Nassimbeni directs.
Yes, the script is a bit thin. Yes, there are the usual Saffer stereotypes, and yes, the play has managed to date itself that quickly, since Saffers are no longer eligible for a two year working visa to the UK. Still. I thought it was delightful. And I think it rang quite true.
Itâ€™s great to see a big cast in a tiny, independent production. Itâ€™s great to do absolutely no work as an audience but to sit back and enjoy the experience. Mark Elderkin and Deborah Vieyra are hilarious, and Julia Anastasopoulos (spell that after a dop!) delivers a bitter sweet and very real heartsick, homesick, wannabe actress doing a kak job in London. Been there. Done that. So horrible.
Done London is worth the R70 ticket for the enjoyment of a totally â€˜unboringâ€™ theatre experience. I think people keep comparing it to a TV sitcom because it is fun to watch. Off you go then. Itâ€™s on until this Saturday.