Who’s Upstairs: Lise-Marié Richardson

houseofolisemarieLise-Marié Richardson is performing in a live reading of The House of O on the 3rd of April.

Home town?
Born and bred Joburger

Tell us a little more about your show?
“House of O” is a reconstruction of the age old classic “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, however in my opinion, is a way more satirical depiction of the original play. “House of O” rather hits the nail on the head, addressing matters ‘head-on’ when it comes to the text than the ever present euphemism used in “Hamlet”. With this direct onslaught “House of O” offers a very different approach towards the themes and characters of the age old classic – creating a new spectrum to deliver commentary on. This play by Hannah Barnard does not only ring true to the extreme tragedy and wrath “Hamlet” evokes, but it creates a very opportunistic platform to address the corruption and greed in our own current affairs in South Africa 2016.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Coincidentally enough I will be returning to the Alexander Bar in May to perform my own cabaret which will be showing 19, 20 and 21 May 2016.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
One day… I will be performing in my own cabaret/comedy show in one of the biggest theaters in South Africa and people will travel from all over the world to be there. As much as I want to be an internationally acclaimed actress I will always want to live and perform in South Africa as my home base.

How did you get into theatre?
I was part of a dancing company as a child and when I was 11 my dancing teacher said that someone called looking for young dancers for a television commercial. I went, I got it and my life was changed forever. I then got an agent and I’ve been hooked ever since. When I went to University to study Drama I watched a final year student’s cabaret performance and I thought that that must be the hardest thing to achieve in the world. When I finally got the chance to write and perform my own cabaret show I was once again absolutely hooked. And so my love for film and theatre, respectively, pushed me into the ‘honor’ of a position I am in now – being a young actress in South Africa with a love for entertainment and performance.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Firstly, I would invite the honorable ‘Mandela of the 19th Century’ – Moshoeshoe (Moshesh) – the old Basotho-king that never lost a war. He was taught by the great philosopher of the 18th century Mohlomi and together they guard the title of the first form of diplomacy between different tribes of Africa before settlers came to colonise and deconstruct societies they had no idea existed. To Moshesh I would serve my best take at ‘braaiing’ – yes women can braai they just never get asked- because I’m pretty sure Moshesh would not be accustomed to our ‘western’ way of preparing food and I’m really good at making ‘braai-broodjies’.
Then secondly, I would invite a ‘beloved father of our volk’ – Hendrik Verwoerd – the man that claimed that Africans would have never experienced any knowledge of diplomacy, ideology, opportunity and ambition had it not been for white colonisation of Africa. It would be extremely interesting to be present in a conversation between these two political figures. To our top academic Mister Verwoerd I would serve a dish not best served cold – I would serve him cold soup, because even though revenge is a dish best served cold, soup will never be a dish that will taste good cold.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
The Bombay Bicycle club

What excites you about theatre?
It is absolute magic to the extent you will allow your imagination.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Most important thing I have learnt: always be prepared and you will never be prepared enough! ‘Expect the best, but prepare for the worst’.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
I honestly think the general platform of ‘theatre’ needs more attention, or there should be a better platform that discusses contemporary theatre. With that said, I am personally ‘following’ the works of the directors Christiaan Olwagen and Jaco Bouwer, as I think both are exceptionally brilliant. In my opinion the two are like the Quinton Tarrantion and Wes Anderson of South African theatre, respectively. More artists I believe should receive more attention is Cintaine Schutte, Nichole Holm, Karli Heine and Albert Pretorius.