And so dear friends we enter a new year with the rand showing signs of recovery against the Dollar and even against the mighty Greek Drachma meaning that you will all relax ,open your wallets and pour into the theatres to see the theatrical treats we have in store for you these coming months, but first, let me tell you that the year 2001,ended on a high note(pun) for massophiles. Lunar Tunes starring Tina Schouw and Christine Weir played to capacity houses at the "2 Oceans Aquarium".For those of you who were unable to get in, never fear , the Ladies have a return season planned for later this year,and so... onto new events;
When did you last get to Maynardville to witness the annual Shakespeare production?This Cape town tradition which has been kept alive for 50 odd years sees the return of the all time favourite "A midsummer night's Dream" and Christine Weir plays one of the rude mechanicals, when did you last see her in an acting role? now is your chance!This production runs through Jan and Feb.
30 JANUARY 2002
Graham Weir has been quiet these last few months, or so I thought, till I found out he has been colluding with Theatre Sports big nob Megan Choritz and musician Sven Golden on his newest play how GRAHAM WEIR has accidently managed to stay aLIVE .This production comprises a collection of hilarious and bizarre anecdotes in which no names have been changed to protect innocent people involved as no one is innocent.These tales are interspersed with songs he wants to sing, mostly his own , but with one or two surprising cover choices.
I asked Megan to describe the show and she called it '' a South African version of David Byrnes,Spalding Grey and Hunter S Thomson'', what she meant by that I'm not quite sure but she said it with such fire and enthusiasm that I know it is going to be great. There is only one performance planned at this stage for 30 January 8.30 @ On the Side, Artscape(Nico Malan Theatre for the nostalgic among you) ,so book now to avoid dissapointment!! To book: phone
Andrew Andropoulides on 021 4231857 or Megan 083 4403961
10 FEBRUARY 2002
Surely the most important date on any Midnight Mass fan's calander for this is the date of the long awaited Live recording of the NTMM LIVE AT THE PLANETARIUM CD and there are only 240 tickets available over 2 performances to be held on Sunday 10th Feb, first show @6pm and the second @ 9pm.The venue is of course the Cape Town Planetarium, Queen Victoria Street, Gardens.Tickets sell at R110.00 and those who attend the performances will entitled to a free!, autographed! copy of the CD ,on it's release in March 2002.You can obtain tickets in one of the following ways:
a) by going to computicket or
b) through any of the members of the Mass.
The planetarium was chosen because of the splendid acoustics while the night sky and huge telescope make a beautiful setting.The recordings will be engineered and mixed by Kieth Davies assisted by Akbar Kahn.These two sound wizards were responsible for recording the highly successful Steve Newman\Tony Cox album in the same venue last year so you can expect a CD of the highest quality.Roger Lucey will film the event for a possible DVD release later.
There will be a cash bar so that a jolly mood might prevail.
Ask youself "Can I as a fan of the mass afford to miss this once in a lifetime expierience?"
OH COURSE YOU CANT!!!
4-9th MARCH 2002
NTMM perform thier popular show Defrocked At the Oude Libetas open air theatre in Stellenbosch for 6 performances only.
Graham Weir brings his highly acclaimed production Letters from patient Essop to the Baxter theatre Studio for a limited three week run, but more of this one in later newsletters
Allow me to use this opportunity to congratulate Tina Schouw and Heinrich Reissenhoffer who were both nominated for Fleur du Cap Awards as best musical performer and Best Director in the Not the Midnight Mass production - "Defrocked" which ran last October\November at On Broadway.Well done girls!!
Yours in theatre
ps.I have been ticked off for bad spelling in the previous newsletter, forgive me I do not have a spell check on my computer and as I grew up in a Greek home(my family hail from the island of Spiridinos) English is of course my second language.(A.A)