Archive for June, 2009




By Mike Leigh

Directed by Wesley Figaji

At the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, from 30 October to 7 November 2009

WHEN: Sunday, 12 July 2009, at 2:30pm

WHERE: The Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet


This cult play was first performed in 1977, when it was directed by Mike Leigh himself.  Described as a dark comedy, this very funny social satire is set firmly in the 1970’s when José Feliciano and Donna Summer competed with The Sex Pistols.  Smock dresses, three-piece suits, bell-bottoms, big hair and kitsch were in fashion.

The plot revolves around a party hosted by a barely functional, but highly aspirational, middle-class couple to impress and entertain a couple who are new to the neighbourhood and a divorced neighbour (whose daughter is Abigail, but she is never seen).  As the alcohol flows freely, the situation unravels into one-upmanship, marital power plays, petty competitiveness, humiliation and general social discomfort, and it gradually becomes clear that outward appearances seldom reflect true human nature.

It’s a wonderful play that requires strong characterization from all the performers.  All characters should preferably be in the 35 to 45 year range.  Cockney accents are essential (think Michael Caine).


BEVERLY Beverly is the ultimate hostess from hell.  Aspiring to the good life, she is flamboyant, dominating, snobby, pretentious and completely oblivious to the meaning of shame and embarrassment.  She has lots of outward flash, but very little inner substance.

LAURENCE Laurence is Beverly’s husband.  He attempts to appear more cultured than his wife, but is harassed, downtrodden and henpecked and therefore tends to overwork.  He is frustrated and highly stressed and barely conceals his contempt for Beverly.

ANGELA Angela is bubbly, talkative and full of simple humour and innocence.  She appears naïve and allows her husband to control her.  She seldom thinks before she speaks and is somewhat oblivious to the impact her words have on others.

TONY Tony is Angela’s husband.  He doesn’t say much and when he does it’s usually in grunts or single-word sentences.  He is not a violent man (although he has the potential for violence), but is dispassionate, grumpy and broody with a deep disdain and contempt for his wife.  There is a simmering tension just below the surface.  His body language and facial gestures speak volumes.

SUSAN Susan is a divorcee and the mother of teenage Abigail (who is having a party down the road and is never seen during the play).  Susan is timid, shy, reserved and would rather be somewhere else, but hasn’t the courage to say no.  In a sense, she is the only ‘real’ person at the party, but is clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time.

PRODUCTION and BACKSTAGE assistance will be welcome.

For further information and directions, please contact

Lee de Andrade on 0835474386


Wesley Figaji on 073 286 987

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Jumping jellybeans!!  It’s JUNE already!  What is a “June Bug”??  I’ll tell you a little later on…….. but first to business:


As birga’s soup was incredibly popular at our May evening, the recipe is attached for those who would like to re-create it! (Ron has promised to make it one day this week).

Our August members’ evening will be held on the opening night of Appointment with Death, namely Friday, 28 August.  More details to follow but do diarise it now!


Your assistance please!  Birga is looking for the following for the run of Hello & Goodbye at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown:

For the kitchen of really “poor whites” in the early 1960s: an old(!) kitchen table, not too large (wooden, preferably really “rotten” looking) and two old wooden chairs (do not have to match; so if just one is offered, that’s fine).  If you can help, please email or phone her: birgatom@iafrica.com / 021 7885272.

Those details again for those going: PJ’s on Thurs, 02 July (opening day of the festival) at 20:00, 03 July at 14:30, 04 July at 22:00, 05 July at 20:00 and 06 July at 14:30


Rehearsals for Appointment with Death are well under way.  This production is set in the 1940s and will require camping equipment from that period – wood/canvas chairs and hurricane lamps specifically.  If you can assist, contact Alastair on 021 7884984.  He is also looking for one more cast member: a monied guest of the hotel in Jerusalem, who has come abroad to catch the sun.  This is a cameo role – she appears only in the first act – and curtain call if she likes.  It can be a speaking or non-speaking role:  a European accent is necessary (not British, preferably Italian) and it would call for beach- or swimwear of the period to be worn.  Again, contact Alastair.  Oh, and backstage people are also required!

Attached please find the audition notice for our final production of the year!


The Masque Theatre’s AGM was held at the Theatre on 17 May 2009.  In terms of its constitution, members must be provided with the Minutes so I am dutifully attaching them in PDF format.

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society is hosting a series of workshops at the Masque from 21 to 28 June – details attached.  The price is LAUGHABLE, the content will be INVALUABLE, and you must make sure it’s DO-ABLE!

A very warm welcome to Roland Perold who has no sooner become a member than he is off to Grahamstown to do lighting and sound for Hello & Goodbye! And a big Hi also to Grace Brain.

Our July Birthday-ers are Di Thom and Nick Lee on the 11th, Sandy Mann on the 14th, Tom Byrne on the 18th (my lips are sealed, Tom!), Fiona Carling on the 21st, Leah Apollis on the 25th with Adrian Chellew the day after and Lee de Andrade on the 29th.  Have a wonderful day and a wonderful year, guys!

Theatre Craft Workshops Masque Theatre, 21 to 28 June (see page attached for details.
Red Hot in Amsterdam and Other Clowns Pinelands players is hosting a supper theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall on 2,3 and 4 July.  Ticket prices are R70 which includes a finger supper.  Contact Tina on 021 6834477 for more info.

Isn’t it Romantic by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Graham Boxall at the Masque from 17 to 25 July.  Essentially a comedy, it takes place in the late 1980’s in New York City and looks at the bittersweet side of relationships.
Rodgers and Hart – ‘a celebration’, to be produced by Milnerton Players.  The audition will be held at the Playhouse on Saturday, 4 July 13.30 for 14.00.  Further info, contact Sheila on 021.557.3206 or 079.877.2466 or E-mail: macdram@absamail.co.za

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions

(unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00,

Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30


Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R45 (Theatre Club members R35)

Other Nights R55 (Theatre Club members R45)

Bookings on 021-7881898


Ok, I know the suspense has been killing you!  A “June Bug” is a tropical cocktail, consisting of a mixture of a strong spirit, usually vodka, with coconut rum, melon liqueur, orange or pineapple juice, and lime juice, shaken with ice and served in a highball glass.  It may range in colour from bright green to a sludgy orange-brown.  Sound YEUGH in my opinion but to each his own!  I will stick to my glass of wine and say:



Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Carrots

Helen Zille’s favourite soup; she makes it to perfection. — Serve it as a first course or for

lunch/supper with turkey or ham sandwiches. Makes 6 first-course servings. We all love it.

1 large onion, sliced

2 tablesp. butter/margarine

appr. 28 oz. chicken broth

minimum of 2 medium-sized carrots (we take a lot more; at least a whole bunch), sliced

1 medium cauliflower, cut in pieces and sliced

1 cup light cream

ground nutmeg



1 tablesp. sherry (optional) (we always use it, but far more than a tablesp.)

¼ cup (packed) parsley sprigs, finely chopped

Place onion and butter in a 3-quart pan and cook over medium heat until onion is limp (about

5 minutes). Pour in chicken broth and bring to the boil.

Add carrots and cauliflower to boiling broth, reduce heat and simmer (covered) until

vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

Put soup into blender until smooth. Return puréed soup to pan; add cream, nutmeg, salt and

pepper and sherry. Heat to simmering. Sprinkle parsley over soup before serving


Directed by: Tom Byrne

DATE:                    SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2009
TIME:                     14:00
ENQUIRIES:         TOM BYRNE – 021 6741470 OR 0839627233

SYNOPSIS: The play takes place in the kitchen of Lilly Delorio in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA one very hot afternoon and evening in 1973. Louie Delorio (Lilly’s son) is in prison for bigamy, eleven or twelve counts of bigamy depending on whether you count the Gravecci twins as one or two. Louie is on a work release program decorating wedding cakes for the Sitting Bull Bakery when he realizes he is decorating a cake for one of his ex-wives. This is too much for him, so he runs away. Where does a son run to when escaping from prison, his mom’s house of course? Unfortunately the shock of his surprise appearance kills Lilly. While Louie is trying to get her into the chest freezer so she won’t spoil, Lilly’s friend Rose calls to remind her that the girls are coming to her place tonight to play Scrabble. To cover his escape Louie must pretend to be his mother for the evening. Things go down hill from there.

The cast calls for four men and four women whose ages range from twenties to seventies. Readings will be taken from the script, so those who audition need not prepare an audition piece. The director wishes to note that although American accents are necessary, actors and actresses will not be expected to audition with an accent.  At least one man must be comfortable wearing a dress, but not too comfortable.

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Milnerton Players Amateur Dramatic Society will hold an audition

at Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton (behind library)


Saturday 04 July @ 13.30 for 14.00


RODGERS AND HART – ‘A Celebration’

A musical revue with music & lyrics by the renowned song writing team

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

Concept Richard Lewine and John Fearnley

Direction: Sheila McCormick

Musical direction: Keith Benjamin

A rousing pastiche of over thirty songs from their first hit in 1925 to their final show stopper in 1943 by the prolific team of Rodgers & Hart. The first act sets the stage for romance while the second act is comprised of their more satiric gems with a brief narration highlighting the Rodgers & Hart story


6 strong singers with good stage presence and ability to move well – 3 male & 3 female

(May be expanded)

Auditionees will be required to sing a prepared song in their voice range, preferably one by Rodgers & Hart. A selection of songs from the show is included below. Please bring your own sheet music or backing track.

The show will run at Milnerton Playhouse from 27 November to 12 December 2009 with music rehearsals starting beginning of September.

For further information contact Sheila on: 021.557.3206 or 079.877.2466

E-mail: macdram@absamail.co.za


‘Johnny One Note’

‘I Didn’t Know What Time It Was’

‘There’s a Small Hotel’

‘The Lady is a Tramp’

‘Falling in Love with Love’


‘Blue Moon’

‘Where or When’

‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’

‘With a Song in My Heart’

‘Falling in Love with Love’

‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’

‘Little Girl Blue’

‘Mountain Greenery’

‘Isn’t it Romantic?’

‘Ten Cents a Dance’


‘Glad to be Unhappy’

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