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Kafka’s Dick

by Alan Bennett

Director: Clifford Graham for Claremont Dramatic Society

Date: Sunday 14 October

Time 14:00

Venue: The Hok

Production dates: 22 February – 1 March 2013

Kafka’s Dick by Alan Bennett is a farcical, slightly absurd play set in England. Sydney is obsessed with Franz Kafka and is writing an article on him for an insurance industry publication (Kafka had worked in the insurance industry). Bennett used similar existentialist imagery to Kafka in the play. Therefore it would be a good idea to read Kafka’s Metamorphosis in preparing for the play. The play is hilarious in its absurdity and rehearsals will be hard work, but a barrel of laughs! For both Kafkas and Brod, characterisation will be a priority.  Timing of dialogue is important and diction will be important.

The play will run at The Masque Theatre from 22 February to 1 March. Rehearsals will commence in November into December. Then a short break over Christmas and New Year (10 Dec. to 3 Jan.) We will need to recommence rehearsals on about 3 January (ish). We will be getting together in October for table reads and discussions of the piece.

Characters:

Franz Kafka: 30 to 40’s Haunted, existentialist and misogynistic. Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

Max Brod: 40 to 60. Exuding success and self- assurance. Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

Hermann Kafka: Older man, stern no nonsense type. (Kafka jnr. often accused him of emotional brutality) Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

These are the fictional characters and so they can be flexible.

Sydney: 30 to late 40’s English insurance agent. Obsessed with his study of Kafka’s works and character. Solid English accent

Linda: His long suffering wife, an ex-nurse now housewife. Solid English accent

Sydney’s Father: Older man, slightly senile and very forgetful without being incompetent. Solid English accent.

Alan Bennett originally set the play in a household in Yorkshire. Because of the obvious difficulties with achieving the accent, I will be setting the play in an English household without reference to any particular region. (Unless a lot of Yorkshiremen are at the audition of course)

To enquire about the piece please contact Clifford Graham on 083 948 9115 or by email: clifford@mondaymissile.co.za I have e copies of the text and an e-copy of Metamorphosis

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Greetings friends and members,

It’s the start of spring, and the weathers finally warming up somewhat, though the warmer coats are
still needed for the rather chilly evenings. I hope you all had a wonderful National Heritage (Braai) Day yesterday, and are looking forward to the wonderfully short four-day week … I know I am!

A special mention goes out to Karen Riley, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday this past weekend. Congratulations Karen, and what a fantastic celebration it appears to have been, with both Di and Celia on either side, I’m sure it was a day filled with lots of love and laughter!

Without further ado, here is the list of wonderful upcoming plays happening at the Masque:

23 – 29 Sept Africa Clockwise is presented by Mark Sampson at the Masque. What happens when Mark Sampson simultaneously takes on exploring Africa and Climate Change (while preparing to take his family round the continent in a 10-ton truck) in the guise of an eco-terrorist game show host (an audience challenge) in a gamble to save the planet? He doesn’t know either – it’s a brand new show! Come join the hilarious quest to Africa find out!

You’ve heard of black comedy, but I bet you’ve never heard of Green Comedy. Mark Sampson is attempting his most challenging quest yet: to make global warming funny and amongst all the doom-mongering in the run up to COP 17, this laughterpacked, solar-powered off-the-grid ECOmedy will make you feel so much better about the end of the world as we know it.

Mark Sampson is a master at taking unwieldy subjects, and turning them into comedy gold. His previous hit stand-up show Missing Links explored 6-million years of evolution, while Feels Funny tackled depression – both were sell-out successes. In Africa Clockwise, SA’s most adventurous and thought-provoking comedian continues his revolutionary journey in his most demanding quest yet. Africa Clockwise is ground-breaking, hilarious – and 100% Eskom-free! All shows 19:30. Tickets: R65 (R55).

28 & 29 Sept Hottentots Holland Society: will have “Shiraz& Friends in Concert” to enable them to raise funds for sound equipment. Tickets @ R 85.00 each will be available from Computicket.

28 Sep-6 Oct Milnerton Players present a cosy, candlelight, supper theatre in the Playhouse foyer. Selma Darling in her one-woman comedy show: WHO ARE YOU CALLING AN IDIOM. Tickets: R80 – Includes chicken & rice supper before the show @ 19.30 & coffee and doughnuts at interval. Bookings: Phone: 082 267 1061 or E-mail: bookings@milnertonplayers.com

1 – 5 Oct The Bread Roll and Farmyard Stories is presented by Puppet Theatre Dolly at the
Masque. Best suited for children 2 to 7 but great fun for the whole family. Daily 11:00 & 14:00. R30.

The Bread Roll: Once upon a time there lived a grandfather and grandmother. One day grandfather asked grandmother to bake a bread-roll. She made dough with sour cream, honey and butter. When the roll was ready grandpa placed it on the windowsill. Left unattended, the roll got bored after a while and decided to jump off and explore the world outside. Let’s go with the Bread-roll to see how this transpires.

Farmyard Stories: In the little valley on the banks of the river, lies a little farm. The animals who live there have lots of exciting adventures. Join Sammy Duckling, Robby Rabbit and Angus the Dog in their search of new friends.

3 – 12 Oct Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, directed by Kelly Westraad for the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the Playhouse Theatre, in Somerset West. At the core of this tragic comedy are the three Magrath sisters who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home and are forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” they have committed. Prices R50 (members), R55 (pensioners) and R65. Bookings through Computicket. Contact Halima at 084 555 0656 for further information.

12 – 20 Oct Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, directed by Barbara Basel & presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven
years. Only Charles can see and hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage. Ruth on the other hand, is equally desperate to get rid of Elvira and is horrified to learn from Madame Arcati that, while she is able to summon people from the ‘other world’, she has no idea how to send them back again!! There is a twist at the end of this ‘tale’ when the actual, and unlikely, summoner of ‘spirits’ is revealed. This unusual and amusing ‘ghost’ story is played out in Coward’s usual elegant and witty style.

Sunday 14 Oct Swinging Strings, a soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer at
20h00. The programme features the accomplished String Quartet of Jens Eggers (violin), Cherith Bain (violin), Imogen Buchanan (viola) and Loren Bowen (cello). They will swing you into the mood with Ragtime, Jazz, Tango, Latin, Scott Joplin and much more. An evening of first class entertainment! R75 (R65).

Don’t forget to check out our Calendar Girl’s website (http://www.calendargirls-southafrica.co.za),
as the cast has now been finalized. The actual show will be taking place from 9-24 November at the
Masque Theatre, with a repeat performance to be held in Somerset West!

Pantomime:
The rehearsals for Aladdin are yielding a lot of laughs, with a wonderful cast of strong characters and
a chorus of all age groups. It’s going to be incredible to watch and will be running from the 6th – 22nd
of December, so remember to bring along your entire family! The show is definitely children friendly.

Year-End PartyWe’re hoping to take a trip on the infamous Ghost Bus, which promises to be enormous fun – as there are plenty of haunted or spooky sites to see in and around Cape Town (and several pub stops as well). It’s a wee bit expensive, so our advice is to start saving now. The cost per person is R295 and the coach will be able to accommodate 30 people.

If this is something you’re interested in, then please let Di dianathom@mweb.co.za or Wayne wayne.ronne@virginactive.co.za know by the end of October. Unless we get 30 people we won’t be able to do it so please join us – we will definitely have an evening to remember.

Have a wonderful week everyone. Looking forward to seeing you at our next members evening!

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
12 Eden Road, Claremont, 7708

Tel: 021 671 2888               Cell: 083 414 7003

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

September 2012 – Number 114


 

Hello All

 

As we head towards the end of the year one would be forgiven for thinking, possibly even relieved, that things may slow down a bit. But, I’m afraid you are dead wrong, it seems that everyone has changed gear and we are being thrown onto the Highway! What with CDS members in upcoming productions, the auditioning for a new production, the start of the journey that is Calendar girls, and the final destination, that personally is a favourite, the end of year Shindig!

 

Members Evenings

 Feedback from August 31st:

November Women

At the risk of sounding oh so Hollywood, I would like to thank Sheila for thinking of me when deciding to do November Women. I loved the Play and had a fabulous experience. Thank you Sheila for sharing with us your experience and knowledge in such a humble and generous way, Mel and I appreciate and value all you taught us, and I’m sure I can speak for Mel in saying that we will miss our weekly rehearsals together.

 

Pocket Shots

A scene from a play written and directed by Candice Williams. Well Candice, you sure know how to pack a punch! Candice explained that the use of lime green and the general feel of her play was to make you uncomfortable…uneasy in your skin. Well, she wasn’t joking, a few minutes in and you are hooked, unwillingly drawn into the suspense thriller, with the help of some razor sharp dialogue and a great cast. Thank you Megan Young, Kelly Maasdorp, Gal Ezra and Rowan Studti. Candice, where can we see the rest so we know how it ends…

 

Thank you Sheldon for doing the lighting and arranging the catering and Bob for being the Barman.

 

What’s Happening

 

And here is the much-awaited cast list for Calendar Girls:
(Written by Wendy Goddard, director of Calendar Girls for CDS)

Melissa Sanderson, Jo Frater, Fiona Carling, Jane Cohen, Lesley Gill, Kirsty Cunnington, Allison Blair, Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, John Carne, Brian Notcutt, Lynn Moss, Rudy Gibbons, Jennifer Moss, Barrie Howard

Kyla Thorburn is Assistant to the Director, Mandy Cardin is Stage Manager, John Carne is Marketing, Melissa Fontini is Props Manager, Lynda Jennings is the Photographer (as those of you on Facebook may have noticed), Gary Fargher is Lighting Designer, James Maritz is Sound Operator and Bob Goode is Lighting Operator

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a wonderful team, with a great mix of new and familiar faces.

Production dates are 9-24 November at the Masque Theatre and 6-8 December at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West

Ticket prices: Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinee: R60 (R50 for members and block bookings) Friday and Saturday nights: R70 (R60 for members and block bookings)

We have partnered with the Sunflower Fund (http://www.sunflowerfund.org.za/) and R5 of every ticket sold will go to The Sunflower Fund. The Sunflower Fund has also taken a gala evening on Thursday 15 November – why not show your support and get a group together for that night? Booking for the gala is through the Masque Theatre, and tickets cost R100, which includes drinks and snacks before the show

See what the Girls are up to: Visit our web page here: http://www.calendargirls-southafrica.co.za/ and follow our blog here: http://www.calendargirls-southafrica.co.za

Booking is open: 021 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

Don’t miss two of our member’s Anthony Lister and Liz Roodt in Blithe Spirit at the Masque from 12 to 20 October.

Spare a thought for Lieske Bester, one of our esteemed CDS Awards panelists, who has just undergone a hip replacement.  We wish you well, and back on your feet soon.

 

Auditions

 

Clifford Graham from CDS is directing Kafka’s Dick by Alan Bennett.

Date: Sun 14 Oct at 14:00

Production dates: 22 February – 1 March 2013

(Please refer to full audition notice below).

 

Next Members’ Evening

 

Remember remember the 1st of December at 6pm. The Jingle Bell rock will be coming to the Hok!

We will be celebrating the 60th birthday of the Claremont Dramatic Society and the countdown to Christmas with a fantastic members Christmas party.

 

60 years is an amazing achievement and we hope that all our members will share this special milestone with us.

 

There will be a delicious spitbraai with salads and dessert and entertainment provided by the committee members. Please show your festive spirit and wear something red (a glass of red wine doesn’t count).

 

Cost: Member’s and Partners R80 per head (subsidised by CDS), non-member’s R120 per head

 

Calendar

 

23 – 29 Sept     Africa Clockwise presented by Mark Sampson at the Masque. What happens when Mark Sampson simultaneously takes on exploring Africa and Climate Change (while preparing to take his family round the continent in a 10-ton truck) in the guise of an eco-terrorist game show host (an audience challenge) in a gamble to save the planet? He doesn’t know either – it’s a brand new show! Come join the hilarious quest to Africafind out!

 

You’ve heard of black comedy, but I bet you’ve never heard of Green Comedy. Mark Sampson is attempting his most challenging quest yet: to make global warming funny and amongst all the doom-mongering in the run up to COP 17, this laughter-packed, solar-powered off-the-grid ECOmedy will make you feel so much better about the end of the world as we know it.

 

Mark Sampson is a master at taking unwieldy subjects, and turning them into comedy gold. His previous hit stand-up show Missing Links explored 6-million years of evolution, while Feels Funny tackled depression – both were sell-out successes. In Africa Clockwise, SA’s most adventurous and thought-provoking comedian continues his revolutionary journey in his most demanding quest yet. Africa Clockwise is ground-breaking, hilarious – and 100% Eskom-free! All shows 19:30. Tickets: R65 (R55)

 

28 & 29 Sept     Hottentots Holland Society: will have Shiraz& Friends in Concert” to enable them to raise funds for sound equipment. Tickets @ R 85.00 each will be available from Computicket.

 

28 Sep-6 Oct    Milnerton Players present a cosy, candlelight, supper theatre in the Playhouse foyer. Selma Darling in her one-woman comedy show WHO ARE YOU CALLING AN IDIOM. Tickets: R80 – Includes chicken & rice supper before the show @ 19.30 & coffee and doughnuts at interval. Bookings: Phone: 082 267 1061 or E-mail: bookings@milnertonplayers.com

 

1 – 5 Oct           The Bread Roll and Farmyard Stories presented by Puppet Theatre Dolly at the Masque.  Best suited for children 2 to 7 but great fun for the whole family. Daily 11:00 & 14:00. R30.

 

The Bread Roll: Once upon a time there lived a grandfather and grandmother. One day grandfather asked grandmother to bake a bread-roll. She made dough with sour cream, honey and butter. When the roll was ready grandpa placed it on the windowsill. Left unattended, the roll got bored after a while and decided to jump off and explore the world outside. Let’s go with the Bread-roll to see how this transpires.

 

Farmyard Stories: In the little valley on the banks of the river, lies a little farm. The animals who live there have lots of exciting adventures. Join Sammy Duckling, Robby Rabbit and Angus the Dog in their search of new friends.

 

3 – 12 Oct         Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley directed by Kelly Westraad for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West. At the core of this tragic comedy are the three Magrath sisters who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home and are forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” they have committed. Prices R50 (members), R55 (pensioners) and R65. Bookings through Computicket. Contact Halima at 084 555 0656 for further information.

 

12 – 20 Oct       Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, directed by Barbara Basel & presented by Muizenberg  Dramatic Society at the Masque. Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see and hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage. Ruth on the other hand, is equally desperate to get rid of Elvira and is horrified to learn from Madame Arcati that, while she is able to summon people from the ‘other world’, she has no idea how to send them back again!! There is a twist at the end of this ‘tale’ when the actual, and unlikely, summoner of ‘spirits’ is revealed. This unusual and amusing ‘ghost’ story is played out in Coward’s usual elegant and witty style.

 

Sunday 14 Oct Swinging Strings, Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Foyer at 20h00. The programme features the accomplished String Quartet of Jens Eggers (violin), Cherith Bain (violin), Imogen Buchanan (viola) and Loren Bowen (cello). They will swing you into the mood with Ragtime, Jazz, Tango, Latin, Scott Joplin and much more. An evening of first class entertainment! R75 (R65).

 

Something for everyone, hope you enjoy.

 

Alex

 

Full Audition Notice

Kafka’s Dick

by Alan Bennett

Director: Clifford Graham

Date: Sunday 14 October

Time 14:00

Venue: The Hok

Production dates: 22 February – 1 March 2013

Kafka’s Dick by Alan Bennett is a farcical, slightly absurd play set in England. Sydney is obsessed with Franz Kafka and is writing an article on him for an insurance industry publication (Kafka had worked in the insurance industry). Bennett used similar existentialist imagery to Kafka in the play. Therefore it would be a good idea to read Kafka’s Metamorphosis in preparing for the play. The play is hilarious in its absurdity and rehearsals will be hard work, but a barrel of laughs! For both Kafkas and Brod, characterisation will be a priority.  Timing of dialogue is important and diction will be important.

The play will run at The Masque Theatre from 22 February to 1 March. Rehearsals will commence in November into December. Then a short break over Christmas and New Year (10 Dec. to 3 Jan.) We will need to recommence rehearsals on about 3 January (ish). We will be getting together in October for table reads and discussions of the piece.

Characters:

Franz Kafka: 30 to 40’s Haunted, existentialist and misogynistic. Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

Max Brod: 40 to 60. Exuding success and self- assurance. Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

Hermann Kafka: Older man, stern no nonsense type. (Kafka jnr. often accused him of emotional brutality) Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

These are the fictional characters and so they can be flexible.

Sydney: 30 to late 40’s English insurance agent. Obsessed with his study of Kafka’s works and character. Solid English accent

Linda: His long suffering wife, an ex-nurse now housewife. Solid English accent

Sydney’s Father: Older man, slightly senile and very forgetful without being incompetent. Solid English accent.

Alan Bennett originally set the play in a household in Yorkshire. Because of the obvious difficulties with achieving the accent, I will be setting the play in an English household without reference to any particular region. (Unless a lot of Yorkshiremen are at the audition of course)

To enquire about the piece please contact Clifford Graham on 083 948 9115 or by email: clifford@mondaymissile.co.za I have e copies of the text and an e-copy of Metamorphosis

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
12 Eden Road, Claremont, 7708

Tel: 021 671 2888               Cell: 083 414 7003

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

September 2012 – Number 114


 

Hello All

 

As we head towards the end of the year one would be forgiven for thinking, possibly even relieved, that things may slow down a bit. But, I’m afraid you are dead wrong, it seems that everyone has changed gear and we are being thrown onto the Highway! What with CDS members in upcoming productions, the auditioning for a new production, the start of the journey that is Calendar girls, and the final destination, that personally is a favourite, the end of year Shindig!

 

Members Evenings

 

Feedback from August 31st:

 

November Women

At the risk of sounding oh so Hollywood, I would like to thank Sheila for thinking of me when deciding to do November Women. I loved the Play and had a fabulous experience. Thank you Sheila for sharing with us your experience and knowledge in such a humble and generous way, Mel and I appreciate and value all you taught us, and I’m sure I can speak for Mel in saying that we will miss our weekly rehearsals together.

 

Pocket Shots

A scene from a play written and directed by Candice Williams. Well Candice, you sure know how to pack a punch! Candice explained that the use of lime green and the general feel of her play was to make you uncomfortable…uneasy in your skin. Well, she wasn’t joking, a few minutes in and you are hooked, unwillingly drawn into the suspense thriller, with the help of some razor sharp dialogue and a great cast. Thank you Megan Young, Kelly Maasdorp, Gal Ezra and Rowan Studti. Candice, where can we see the rest so we know how it ends…

 

Thank you Sheldon for doing the lighting and arranging the catering and Bob for being the Barman.

 

What’s Happening

 

And here is the much-awaited cast list for Calendar Girls:
(Written by Wendy Goddard, director of Calendar Girls for CDS)

 

  • Melissa Sanderson, Jo Frater, Fiona Carling, Jane Cohen, Lesley Gill, Kirsty Cunnington, Allison Blair, Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, John Carne, Brian Notcutt, Lynn Moss, Rudy Gibbons, Jennifer Moss, Barrie Howard.

    Kyla Thorburn is Assistant to the Director, Mandy Cardin is Stage Manager, John Carne is Marketing, Melissa Fontini is Props Manager, Lynda Jennings is the Photographer (as those of you on Facebook may have noticed), Gary Fargher is Lighting Designer, James Maritz is Sound Operator and Bob Goode is Lighting Operator.

    I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a wonderful team, with a great mix of new and familiar faces.
    Production dates are 9-24 November at the Masque Theatre and 6-8 December at
    the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West.

    Ticket prices: Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinee: R60 (R50 for members and block bookings) Friday and Saturday nights: R70 (R60 for members and block bookings)

    We have partnered with the Sunflower Fund (http://www.sunflowerfund.org.za/) and R5 of every ticket sold will go to The Sunflower Fund. The Sunflower Fund has also taken a gala evening on Thursday 15 November – why not show your support and get a group together for that night? Booking for the gala is through the Masque Theatre, and tickets cost R100, which includes drinks and snacks before the show.

    See what the Girls are up to: Visit our web page here: http://www.calendargirls-southafrica.co.za/ and follow our blog here: http://www.calendargirls-southafrica.co.za/

    Booking is open: 021 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

 

  • Don’t miss two of our member’s Anthony Lister and Liz Roodt in Blithe Spirit at the Masque from 12 to 20 October.
  • Spare a thought for Lieske Bester, one of our esteemed CDS Awards panelists, who has just undergone a hip replacement.  We wish you well, and back on your feet soon.

 

Auditions

 

Clifford Graham from CDS is directing Kafka’s Dick by Alan Bennett.

Date: Sun 14 Oct at 14:00

Production dates: 22 February – 1 March 2013

(Please refer to full audition notice below).

 

Next Members’ Evening

 

Remember remember the 1st of December at 6pm. The Jingle Bell rock will be coming to the Hok!

We will be celebrating the 60th birthday of the Claremont Dramatic Society and the countdown to Christmas with a fantastic members Christmas party.

 

60 years is an amazing achievement and we hope that all our members will share this special milestone with us.

 

There will be a delicious spitbraai with salads and dessert and entertainment provided by the committee members. Please show your festive spirit and wear something red (a glass of red wine doesn’t count).

 

Cost: Member’s and Partners R80 per head (subsidised by CDS), non-member’s R120 per head

 

Calendar

 

23 – 29 Sept     Africa Clockwise presented by Mark Sampson at the Masque. What happens when Mark Sampson simultaneously takes on exploring Africa and Climate Change (while preparing to take his family round the continent in a 10-ton truck) in the guise of an eco-terrorist game show host (an audience challenge) in a gamble to save the planet? He doesn’t know either – it’s a brand new show! Come join the hilarious quest to Africafind out!

 

You’ve heard of black comedy, but I bet you’ve never heard of Green Comedy. Mark Sampson is attempting his most challenging quest yet: to make global warming funny and amongst all the doom-mongering in the run up to COP 17, this laughter-packed, solar-powered off-the-grid ECOmedy will make you feel so much better about the end of the world as we know it.

 

Mark Sampson is a master at taking unwieldy subjects, and turning them into comedy gold. His previous hit stand-up show Missing Links explored 6-million years of evolution, while Feels Funny tackled depression – both were sell-out successes. In Africa Clockwise, SA’s most adventurous and thought-provoking comedian continues his revolutionary journey in his most demanding quest yet. Africa Clockwise is ground-breaking, hilarious – and 100% Eskom-free! All shows 19:30. Tickets: R65 (R55)

 

28 & 29 Sept     Hottentots Holland Society: will have Shiraz& Friends in Concert” to enable them to raise funds for sound equipment. Tickets @ R 85.00 each will be available from Computicket.

 

28 Sep-6 Oct    Milnerton Players present a cosy, candlelight, supper theatre in the Playhouse foyer. Selma Darling in her one-woman comedy show WHO ARE YOU CALLING AN IDIOM. Tickets: R80 – Includes chicken & rice supper before the show @ 19.30 & coffee and doughnuts at interval. Bookings: Phone: 082 267 1061 or E-mail: bookings@milnertonplayers.com

 

1 – 5 Oct           The Bread Roll and Farmyard Stories presented by Puppet Theatre Dolly at the Masque.  Best suited for children 2 to 7 but great fun for the whole family. Daily 11:00 & 14:00. R30.

 

The Bread Roll: Once upon a time there lived a grandfather and grandmother. One day grandfather asked grandmother to bake a bread-roll. She made dough with sour cream, honey and butter. When the roll was ready grandpa placed it on the windowsill. Left unattended, the roll got bored after a while and decided to jump off and explore the world outside. Let’s go with the Bread-roll to see how this transpires.

 

Farmyard Stories: In the little valley on the banks of the river, lies a little farm. The animals who live there have lots of exciting adventures. Join Sammy Duckling, Robby Rabbit and Angus the Dog in their search of new friends.

 

3 – 12 Oct         Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley directed by Kelly Westraad for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West. At the core of this tragic comedy are the three Magrath sisters who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home and are forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” they have committed. Prices R50 (members), R55 (pensioners) and R65. Bookings through Computicket. Contact Halima at 084 555 0656 for further information.

 

12 – 20 Oct       Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, directed by Barbara Basel & presented by Muizenberg  Dramatic Society at the Masque. Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see and hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage. Ruth on the other hand, is equally desperate to get rid of Elvira and is horrified to learn from Madame Arcati that, while she is able to summon people from the ‘other world’, she has no idea how to send them back again!! There is a twist at the end of this ‘tale’ when the actual, and unlikely, summoner of ‘spirits’ is revealed. This unusual and amusing ‘ghost’ story is played out in Coward’s usual elegant and witty style.

 

Sunday 14 Oct Swinging Strings, Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Foyer at 20h00. The programme features the accomplished String Quartet of Jens Eggers (violin), Cherith Bain (violin), Imogen Buchanan (viola) and Loren Bowen (cello). They will swing you into the mood with Ragtime, Jazz, Tango, Latin, Scott Joplin and much more. An evening of first class entertainment! R75 (R65).

 

Something for everyone, hope you enjoy.

 

Alex

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2012:

Wendy Goddard (Chair) wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za  Home: 021 671 2888 Cell: 083 414 7003

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 6838630 Work: 021 4313400 Cell: 0833277350

Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677

Alex Lategan (Publicity and Chat) alex_lategan@mweb.co.za Cell: 076 280 9200

Leigh Mather, (Minutes Secretary) leighmather@gmail.com Home: 021 702 4999 Cell: 072 614 1328

Sheldon Cross (Members’ Evenings) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Work: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369

Full Audition Notice

Kafka’s Dick

by Alan Bennett

Director: Clifford Graham

Date: Sunday 14 October

Time 14:00

Venue: The Hok

Production dates: 22 February – 1 March 2013

Kafka’s Dick by Alan Bennett is a farcical, slightly absurd play set in England. Sydney is obsessed with Franz Kafka and is writing an article on him for an insurance industry publication (Kafka had worked in the insurance industry). Bennett used similar existentialist imagery to Kafka in the play. Therefore it would be a good idea to read Kafka’s Metamorphosis in preparing for the play. The play is hilarious in its absurdity and rehearsals will be hard work, but a barrel of laughs! For both Kafkas and Brod, characterisation will be a priority.  Timing of dialogue is important and diction will be important.

The play will run at The Masque Theatre from 22 February to 1 March. Rehearsals will commence in November into December. Then a short break over Christmas and New Year (10 Dec. to 3 Jan.) We will need to recommence rehearsals on about 3 January (ish). We will be getting together in October for table reads and discussions of the piece.

Characters:

Franz Kafka: 30 to 40’s Haunted, existentialist and misogynistic. Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

Max Brod: 40 to 60. Exuding success and self- assurance. Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

Hermann Kafka: Older man, stern no nonsense type. (Kafka jnr. often accused him of emotional brutality) Believable German accent (not characterised) a must.

These are the fictional characters and so they can be flexible.

Sydney: 30 to late 40’s English insurance agent. Obsessed with his study of Kafka’s works and character. Solid English accent

Linda: His long suffering wife, an ex-nurse now housewife. Solid English accent

Sydney’s Father: Older man, slightly senile and very forgetful without being incompetent. Solid English accent.

Alan Bennett originally set the play in a household in Yorkshire. Because of the obvious difficulties with achieving the accent, I will be setting the play in an English household without reference to any particular region. (Unless a lot of Yorkshiremen are at the audition of course)

To enquire about the piece please contact Clifford Graham on 083 948 9115 or by email: clifford@mondaymissile.co.za I have e copies of the text and an e-copy of Metamorphosis

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