Briony is one of the performers and also the producer of Every Beautiful Thing, at Alexander Upstairs 14 — 23 May.
Tell us a little more about Every Beautiful Thing?
Its about sisters. Or about sister type relationships. You know, those people who insist on mothering you? And those other people who constantly need to be rescued? Sigh. It’s about all the things that get said 100 times. And the things that never get said. It’s all of those things. In Jon Keevy’s words. You know… insightful, poetic, quirky. Jon doesn’t like people to brag about him, but he’s my best.
And what’s next on the cards for you?
Basically hemorrhaging all my money at NAF and then becoming a waitress at The Grand (The JHB version of Mavericks for you Capetonians) unless people come to my shows. I’m directing and producing a dance and story-telling piece for children called Once Upon a Fire and i’m working a lot with Nkosinathi Gaar at his rehearsal space in Pretoria on various over-ambitious projects of his. As a director, producer and actor.
And the project you’re dreaming of?
hmmm… a multi-sensory piece for young children who struggle to connect (autistic, aspergic…) directed by Jayne Batzofin…
How did you get into theatre?
I liked playing dress up. I hated playing sport. Thursday was my favourite day of the week because that was when I did drama after school. So when my piano teacher told me about the National School of the Arts I said ‘screw piano, I wanna act!’. So I did. I do. Wish I could still play piano though…
Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Sylvia Plath – we’d get drunk on red wine and compare our Daddy Issues.
Tom Robbins – I’d serve him oysters… and baked beetroot (with cloves, honey and walnuts)… and sushi and cru d’etat shaped like genitals… and chunky fresh baked bread with fabulous cheese… and minestrone… glühwein and champagne and El Jimador… It’d be a week long drunken dinner history lesson…
Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
My house. We have the best wine there. And nachos. If I have to leave my house I go to Alexander bar. I feel like I’m getting this question wrong….
What excites you about theatre?
The possibility for empathy between people. The possibility of seeing something in a way you didn’t see it before.
What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Getting jealous instead of embracing other talents (and therefore being scared to work with them!) and not planning far enough in advance…
Who do you think people should be talking about?
I was at Play Things the other night and I think Callum Tilbury is seriously funny and doing something interesting with drag and comedy…
I think that Julian Wenn may be a revolutionary… watch out for that…
Jason Potgieter will always be my favourite actor and one of my favourite writers.