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THEATRE PERFORMANCE PORTRAITS at 6 Spin Street Restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                The theatre has been Jesse Kramer’s second home since she was a child. This collection of theatre performance portraits showcases the young photographer’s gift of capturing the magic of live performance. A colourful  and dynamic mix of performance styles from opera to stand-up comedy in all of Cape Town’s  well-known theatres gives the audience insight into the sacred, unpredictable moments on stage which draw people to the theatre.

Kramer has made an impressive mark on the theatre scene, having worked with the likes of Athol Fugard and Sir Antony Sher,  shooting Sher’s portrait for the poster image of Broken Glass at The Fugard Theatre and  Vaudeville Theatre on the West End last year.

The photographs are all in limited editions of 20 with signed archival prints available to purchase.

The exhibition can be viewed at 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Monday to Friday between 10am & 10pm, and on Saturdays between 5pm & 10pm until the end of July 2012.

6 Spin Street Restaurant is situated on the ground floor of a beautiful Sir Herbert Baker building facing Church Square in central Cape Town.

Congrats to all the talented people who continue to make theatre in this town

The 2011 Fleur du Cap Nominees have been announced! Congrats to everyone who made great theatre over the past year. Thank you to Fleur du Cap and Distell for supporting Cape Town Theatre.

I don’t know how the judges make these decisions, it must be agonising. So many talented people do get left out and there is always contraversy. I think anyone making theatre in South Africa in these challenging financial times deserves an award and a big bottle of wine!

I am delighted to have been able to capture so many of these productions. The awards will be announced on the 18th March 2012.

1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Antony Sher for Broken Glass as Phillip Gellburg
Carel Nel for Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey as Lafras Verwey
Dawid Minnaar for Purgatorio as A man
Khayalethu Anthony for Solomon & Marion as Solomon Xaba

Anthony Sher & Susan Danford

Carel Nel in Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey

Dawid Minnaar in Purgatorio

Khayalethu Anthony in Solomon & Marion

2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Antoinette Kellerman for Klaasvakie as Julienne
Janet Suzman for Solomon & Marion as Marion Banning
Susan Danford for Broken Glass as Sylvia Gellburg
Wilna Snyman for Klaasvakie as Albertine

3. BEST PERFORMACE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Andrew Laubscher for Lovborg’s Women as Various
David Dennis for The Tragedy of Richard III as Edward IV and others
Jeroen Kranenburg for After Cardenio as Town Crier/Don Quixote
Owen Sejake for Die Kaptein se Tier as Donkieman

Andrew Laubsher in Lovborg’s Women

Owen Sejake in Die Kaptein se Tier

4. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Anthea Thompson for Broken Glass as Margaret Hyman
Louise St Claire for The History Boys as Mrs Lintott
Nicole Holm for Klaasvakie as Verpleegster
Tinarie van Wyk Loots for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania

Anthea Thompson in Broken Glass

Tinarie van Wyk Loots in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSICAL THEATRE MUSIEKTEATER
Cito for Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus
Eben Genis for Die kortstondige raklewe van Anastasia W as Daan
Jonathan Roxmouth for Phantom of the Opera as The Phantom
Marc Lottering for Some like it Vrot as Smiley

Marc Lottering as Shmiley

6.BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSICAL THEATRE
Magdalene Minnaar for The Phantom of the Opera as Christine
Nadine for Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene
Nicole Holm for Die Kortstondige Raklewe van Anastasia Was Sus
Robin Botha for The Phantom of the Opera as Christine

7. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSICAL THEATRE
Abduraghman Adams for Some Like It Vrot as Big Bucks
Anthony Downing for Phantom Of the Opera as Raoul
Jason Ralph for The Phantom of the Opera as Monsieur André
Jonathan Roxmouth for Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas Iscariot

Abduraghman Adams in Some Like it Vrot

8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSICAL THEATRE

Angela Killian for Phantom of the Opera as Madame Giry
Hanlee Louw for Phantom of the Opera as Carlotta / Mme Firmin
Kate Normington for Love Loss and What I Wore as Various
Pauline du Plessis for Phantom of the Operaas Carlotta / Mme Firmin

9. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET AND OR SOLO PERFORMANCE
Anthea Thompson for Seashells as Ella
Jonathan Roxmouth for Hats Off! as the Lead
Pieter-Dirk Uys for Desperate First Ladies as Various
Nicola Hanekom for Hol as Liesbet

10. MOST PROMISING STUDENT AWARD
Brian Robson from the University of Stellenbosch
Greta Pietersen from the University of Stellenbosch
Ludwig Binge from the University of Stellenbosch
Nini Conradie from the University of Stellenbosch

11. BEST DIRECTOR
Albert Maritz for Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey
Clare Stopford for Purgatorio
Lara Foot for Solomon & Marion
Marthinus Basson for Klaasvakie

12. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Fred Abrahamse for The Tragedy of Richard III
Mannie Manim for Solomon & Marion
Mannie Manim for Ouroboros
Patrick Curtis for Purgatorio

Lighting by Patrick Curtis

13. BEST SET AND OR PROPS DESIGN
Fred Abrahamse The Tragedy of Richard III
Patrick Curtis Solomon & Marion
Saul Radomsky Some like it Vrot
Saul Radomsky The Bird Watchers

Set Design by Patrick Curtis

Set Design by Saul Radomsky

Set Design by Saul Radomsky

14. BEST COSTUME AND OR MASK DESIGN
Craig Leo for Some like it Vrot
Marcel Meyer for The Tragedy of Richard III
Marthinus Basson for Die Kortstondige Raklewe van Anastasia W
Tinarie van Wyk Loots for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Costume Design by Craig Leo

Costume Design by Tinarie van Wyk Loots

15. BEST SOUND DESIGN AND OR ORIGINAL SCORE

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for The Tragedy of Richard III
Daniel Eppel for Ouroboros
James Webb for The Bird Watchers
Mr Cat and the Jackal & Braam du Toit for Die Kortstondige Raklewe van Anastasia W

16. BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN
Dicky Longhurst for The Taming of the Shrew
Gavin Younge for After Cardenio
Hilette Stapelberg / Izelle Grobler for The Tragedy of Richard III
Janni Younge for Ouroboros

Puppet Design by Janni Younge

17. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN PLAY
Burnt by Ian Bruce
Hol by Nicola Hanekom
Die Kortstondige Raklewe van Anastasia W by Marlene van Niekerk
Solomon & Marion by Lara Foot

2011

2011 is history and it feels as if it flew by at warped speed. I always seem to be mystified as to where the time goes by December. I think it’s partly a Cape Town problem, that everything stops for a few months in the middle and then doubles in speed to catch up those few Winter months.

I’ve done a little re-cap to try and make up for my lack of blogging and I enjoy looking back on the memories. I hope you will too.

2011 was my first year as a full time photographer and other than the panic when looking at the bank balance, it was actually pretty damn awesome.

Dutchman-076wmIt  began with a decadent Wagner Opera at the Suidoosterfees, The Flying Dutchman.

I usually shoot during dress rehearsals as there is no audience for me to disturb, but at this dress rehearsal, the people were streaming in, in their hundreds. Family and friends of the cast and orchestra ( + a few Taiwanese tourists?), and I fought my way to the front row and negotiated for a centre seat.

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Turns out my neighbour was one of these Taiwanese tourists, and when I pulled out my 5D markII, he pulled out his5D markII.  When I changed to my  ‘big boy’ lens, he pulled out the very same one. He was firmly sticking to his ploy of not being able to understand that he was not allowed to photograph, and so we sat, elbow to elbow, with matching cameras and zoom lenses, attempting to capture a magnificient beast of a production.

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The Mechanicals’ production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was one of my favourite productions this year. Certainly the most entertaining Shakespeare I’ve seen. 15 actors set in a forest & a palace inside the smallest theatre in Cape Town!? Really? It rocked & somersaulted my socks off.

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The Fugard Theatre was injected with a whole lot of new life this year and it has rapidly become a happy and welcoming home for theatre & performance with much hard work & dedication from all who work and play there. I have been enormously priviliged to spend time photographing in and around this most beautiful building which happened to win a Loerie award for it’s architectural design this year as well! (See more of The Fugard)

I spent the most wonderful day at Sakumlandela School in Khayelitsha at the beginning of the year when  Off the Mat, Into the World presented one of my favourite non-profits, the Earthchild Project, with a new classroom for yoga and life skills education. The day exuded so much love and happiness, it was a great highlight of the year.

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A few months later, I was able to spread the love a little further by participating in the Devayani Children’s Yoga Calendar which featured one of my photos of this day in their 2012 Calendar which will support 12 charities from around the world. (See more Earthchild)

I spent a few nostalgic afternoons in rehearsal and remembered how interesting it can be for the precious few who get to watch a play being brought to life from the page.

(More photos of ‘The Birdwatchers’ rehearsal)

There were so many 2-handers this year!  This was definitely a lesson in creativity, to get as many interesting shots as possible with just 2 people in one space.

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2011 was full of 1’s and 1sts.

I organised and hosted my first Photo Walk in collaboration with KIKI during Cape Town Creative week. Bringing together my favourite things: Cape Town, Photography; meeting new people; World Design Capital 2014 bid and the new design district in town, The Fringe.

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I photographed my first man in drag and then a few others followed suit. So much fun! 

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I got my first taste of dust and the Media Pit at Oppikoppi & met some very lovely rockstars.

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I tried my hand at food styling and photography with the team at Oded’s Kitchen for the cover of

In Search of Plenty: A History of Jewish Food by Oded Schwartz.

I ran and drove between 9 theatres during the Out the Box festival to capture an overview of 20 productions in a week.

Out the Box 2011

A first for shooting nude photos in the City Hall! Right next to the balcony where Mandela made his speech about the end of apartheid 22 years ago, we recreated breaking the Apartheid Immorality Act.

Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act plays at The Fugard Theatre January 2012 for the first time in 40 years in South Africa.

and of course there were the ones England names as the Royals of theatre, the Knights and the Dames: Sir Anthony Sher and Dame Janet Suzman.

 The  portrait of Sir Antony Sher was taken for the Cape Town run of ‘Broken Glass’.  A few months later Sher repeated the same role in another production in London and to my great delight and shock, the photo was requested to be used on their West End poster, displayed throughout the London Underground and metres high on the theatre billboard!

But I love this story so much because the portrait was taken in the theatre between rehearsals in an available  stairwell with just a window and a home-made reflector, no crew, no studio lights and look where it ended up! Crazy days.

Definitely the highlight of my year.(image courtesy of Kirsten Bond)