A journalist that came to see Paraphernalia at the National Arts Festival last week, commented on how we managed to create a lightness and quirkiness in our show although it was dealing with a serious issue.
Paraphernalia was born out of that exact intention: how we could use our various theatre talents and skills to tell a story that draws people in, entertains them but also brings an important message about social behaviour. We wanted Paraphernalia to be slightly off the
wall and absurd; we wanted people to chuckle
and giggle; and we wanted audiences to believe that desk lamps have feelings too…
Our 5 shows at NAF went off very well (other than a wobbly first show), and we received some great responses all round to the hard work we put in to bringing this story to life. Combining the skills and commitment of 3 great actors: Cassandra Hendricks, Daniel Robinson and Andrea van Meygaarden; the collaboration of Jesse Kramer, Jacqueline van Meygaarden and Liezel Reddeck on creating the masks and the commitment of a team who’ve worked with no reward for over a month, we pulled off something to be proud of!
Thanks all for a rewarding experience. You all rock!