We have been through a stage where a number of things have not gone well. However, there has been one stage where things going badly have gone superbly!
As one of our activities during the flying visit of Elder Daughter K from UK, we went to the latest Kickstart stage production in Durban. This company can always be relied upon to come up with something different, and this time it is a performance of the UK’s hilarious and miraculous:
The miracle part is that nobody ends up dead or seriously injured — for real! — in every performance. The amount of physical abuse dished out to most of the cast has to be seen to be believed. Being dragged around, bashed with all sorts of objects, falling from scary heights and having things falling from scary heights on top of them, happens with astonishing frequency throughout.
This should be compulsory viewing to anyone with ambitions to put on a stage production. It will put a damper on such notions, being an encyclopedia of everything that can go awry, from misplaced props to lost lines to faulty equipment to ‘effects’ glitches to inept acting to cast disasters — the list is endless. One of the particularly lovely touches is when the compère, after the interval, is pathetically grateful to all those members of the audience who have returned for the second act.
Daughter K is usually fairly reserved when it comes to entertainment of this sort, but some of the scenes had even her in stitches. Likewise the grandkids. In fact, there was something for everyone. The play within the play deals with a murder at Haversham Manor, and is a typical stage whodunit with corpses and twists. One ‘corpse’ keeps getting his hand trodden on, with apparent agony and difficulty in remaining corpse-like.
As for scenes where a stand-in has to be called …
Enough said. If any opportunity occurs to see the play, and particularly this version, grab it!