Who’s Upstairs: Jason Potgieter

Jason is the director of Dani and the Lion, at Alexan­der Upstairs 20 July – 1 August.

JasonPotgieter01Home town?
Cape Town. And I love it.

Tell us a little more about your show?
Ever though what it might be like if everyone had their own personal band following them around from birth, playing the soundtrack to their life? Some might have a 3-piece garage set, some a full orchestra, others, a mariachi quartet. But my dear friend Daneel (aka “Dani”), she has a lion. A lion called Leo who plays the keys and occasionally offers a “do-whup” or “oooh” if he’s sober enough to sing. Together, Dani and the Lion present a cabaret-styled journey into the mind of one seriously interesting and somewhat quirky chick, featuring all new work by Daneel herself and a couple of covers that will make you “roar” with laughter. (Sorry. I just had to.)

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Next on the cards is a site-specific performance intervention at Groote Schuur hospital with the incredible Louise Westerhout and the Intermission group, followed by the opening of whichever of the new plays I finish writing first.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
The project I’m currently dreaming of involves blocking off Adderly Street for a funeral procession in memory of Theatre. It will have a hearse decked in lillies, several floats, Kaapse Klopse doing blue-grass style dirges, 8 giant puppets, midgets dressed in sack-cloth and ashes and a choir of ululating ushers accompanied in action by 100 mimes in striped bodypaint and berets. Also, the sky will rain down with black streamers and paper jets made from the Tonight section…

How did you get into theatre?
Through the doors. Mostly.

Dinner with 2 people: Jim Morrison & Jesus of Nazareth.To eat:  I’d make my mom’s Mac&Cheese. (It has bacon in it but I think Jesus would totally be down with that.) To drink: Whiskey for Jim and I, Jesus can make whatever he likes.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
My favourite spot in Cape Town, besides for Alexander is Pixie’s. Oh wait… I mean Roxy’s.

What excites you about theatre?
The thing hat excites me about theatre the most is that I get to think up things and act them out in strange clothes for a bunch of people who all have to pretend that it’s kinda real. And sometimes I get paid for it. Also, it even gets to be called “Art.”

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Get everything in writing. There’s a Russian proverb: “All are not cooks who walk with long knives.”

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Lebogang Mogashoa. Daneel van der Walt. Them Rust Co-Operative folks. Milton Schorr. Guy de Lancey. Richard September.