Saturday, February 15, 2014
Lies and Phrases
"If living in the past sounds fraudulent, try living in the
future." - Ian Wedde
Sometimes we say things meant to be amusing, like "we are
living in the future." The future after all keeps apparently
arriving in the present, and turning into that, we could say.
But then too we do always have only the present - to be
pedantic about this matter.
Everything else is imagination or memory. Everyday life is
nevertheless made up of the present, and memories, and
and imagination. So our consciousness has an awareness of a
kind of expansion of presence and possibilities.
The theatre surely demonstrates how we may create a world
within a neighbourhood not like the play-world evoked. Any
audience willing suspends disbelief, and then countless
possibilities are easier to accomplish.
Mumbai Monologues at TAPAC, so well attended with an
attentive crowd. A busy city I have never visited appeared
by magical theatric means, on the three stages in the
extraordinarily pleasant cabaret-style theatre. I felt I was
living in various new dimensions. Actors performed in the
The play made me sigh, gasp, cry and laugh, I exclaimed a
few times, indeed. The music and especially the singing
sounded extraordinary. I'd love to buy a CD of the entire
play as a recording, music, voices and all.
We both hoped that the performance has a repeat season
Beforehand, my friend and I discussed the TAPAC theatre.
We've seen some fine performances there. We also
wondered how the place could attract big crowds all the
time. (The Mumbai Monologues certainly had a swag of
people, but not every show is so well attended).
Love the dramatic velvet drapes in the foyer, and the
standard lamp, a long cream shade in the corner. Also the
corrugated iron effect is amusing to a degree. Then we
thought - why not bump up the irony and contrast?
Due to both of us having an interest in decor, we re-designed
the foyer a little. Less school-ish, more dramatic, we thought.
My friend has qualifications re property and a life-long
interest in architecture, he's got quite a clever eye for detail.
I'm a writer and artist, and was a fashion designer for fifteen
years. My degree in international communication also helps
plan such things as interior decor. What message does the
theatre want to send here?
The bar for instance we thought needed a bit of schjuzzing
up. It looks too utilitarian. Some kind of fancy grill across
the top maybe and a more glamorous drop from the bar
itself. The carpet could be dyed darker too. Then we thought
foyer music was played over a rather weak sound system. It'd
be better with something more pleasing to the ear.
Only a few extra little touches like that could make the place
even more appealing. Be good to see some sparkle.
Lovely staff, excellent shows, tons of parking, TAPAC's great.
Just be fun to see it grow and change, improve a little.
And the future? Oh it's a vision, a desire, a hope, sometimes
we think and feel as if we're already living in times to come,
don't we? Perhaps more kindness to ourselves and others
could make this idea acceptable, giving the true pleasure such
experiences may seem to be a welcome dimension of
acceptance. Make-believe - it's vital.
Posted by Brightspark Books at 11:12 PM