It is with much cacophonous and rapturous applause that I would like to announce the new director who has agreed to take me on, and direct my new comedy hour: Devil’s Advocate. (Debuting at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this June/July)
The multi award winning and internationally acclaimed, writer, director and producer… Tara Notcutt has (in a moment of weakness) signed on as my director! And I couldn’t be more thrilled. She has a repertoire of award-winning and internationally travelling work under her belt, and has presented work (aside from, obviously all over South Africa) in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Brighton, and Perth.
This is a bucket-list director, who I’ve been too scared to even approach and ask, as I was certain she’d (worst case) throw her head back and laugh at me or (best case) awkwardly pretend she saw her long-lost mythical friend entering the bathroom and excuse herself to avoid further conversations with me.
Tara and I actually go WAY back, to when I was standing in on an Am-Dram production at the request of my brother, (Unsurprisingly named ‘Murder in the Common room’) and Tara’s fabulous dad, Brian played the unsuspecting murder victim, who died in the common room (spoiler alert). I was the equally unsuspecting character who had to administer CPR to said murdered victim. Always to many giggles (during rehearsal) and many melodramatic gestures (during live performances) shared between Brian and I.
Tara was just ‘Brian’s daughter’ to me, back then. The first year UCT Theatre and Performance student, who was working in the technical booth on this production, to gain experience. Oh how little could any of us have guessed that she would go on to be nominated for, and win, multiple awards both locally and internationally. Leaving the rest of us blinking, impressed, in her (star)dust.
Some of Tara’s more stand-out productions include the brilliant Three Little Pigs (starring Rob Van Vuuren, James Cairns and Albert Pretorius) and the spellbinding ‘…miskien‘ (for which she won the Fleur Du Cap Theater award, for Best New Director) and most recently she has been part of the team producing The Gruffalo for the first time in South Africa, as the South African Associate Director to the UK company, Tall Stories. Tara works with everything from Shakespeare to Opera as well as magicians, drama and comedy.
As far as stand-up comedy goes, Tara Directed Rob Van Vuuren in his Ovation Award winning and sold out show, What What. So she certainly knows what she’s doing.
I’m thrilled, lucky and overwhelmed that I get to be working with her on Devil’s Advocate. And I can’t wait to see what magic we create together. She is equally thrilled “to be working with someone who doesn’t have a penis” and I’m sure we will cut a formidable ‘Girl Power’ team as Devil’s Advocate launches it’s controversial, hilarious and thought provoking tendrils into the National Arts Festival this year.
Now, if only I could finish writing it. *Van Gogh Scream*
SOME of Tara’s Awards & Special Recognitions
- 2016 Nominated for The Artrage Theatre Award at Fringe World Perth, for Stuart Lightbody’s Sleepless Dreams
- 2015 Nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Director for …miskien
- 2015 Nominated for The Artrage Theatre Award at Fringe World Perth, for both Undermined and Stuart Lightbody: Devilish
- 2014 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Undermined at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
- 2014 Nominated for 2 Fleur du Cap Awards, namely Best Director as well as Best New South African Script (with co-writers Rob van Vuuren, James Cairns, and Albert Pretorius) for The Three Little Pigs
- 2013 Nominated for Best Director at Clover Aardklop for The Three Little Pigs. The production was also nominated for Best Production, and the three actors joint nominated for Best Actor.
- 2013 International invitations for Thom Pain (based on nothing) (Amsterdam) and Unreal (Amsterdam, Brighton, and Prague). Silver Award for Best International Production at the Amsterdam Fringe for The Three Little Pigs
- 2013 Standard Bank Ovation Awards for Thom Pain (based on nothing), Unreal, and a Silver Award for WHATWHAT
- 2013 Third Place in the ArtRage Theatre Award category at Fringe World, Perth for The Three Little Pigs
- 2012 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Lord Hamlet at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
- 2012 Named one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans for 2012
- 2012 …miskien nominated for Best Theatre Production at Fringe World, Perth
- 2011 Best Director nomination at Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees for …miskien, which received the Clover Soveel Beter Award for “Best Production”
- 2011 Five star review for …miskien at Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Jury Commendation Award, and invitation to present the show at Fringe World, Perth, 2012
- 2011 “Best of The Fringe” recognition for …miskien at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, and an invitation to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival
- 2011 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards for both Mafeking Road (Physical Theatre) and Dream, Brother (Theatre) at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown 2011 Member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York City
- 2010 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown for …miskien
- 2010 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award: Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors for her direction of …miskien
- 2009 Founded The Pink Couch, critical acclaim for debut production of …miskien as well as one of Sunday Times’ COMPANIES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2010
Devil’s Advocate is a Stand-up Comedy One-Woman Show. Produced by Siv Ngesi, Directed by Tara Notcutt and Written & Performed by Angel Campey. It will debut at the 2017 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. It’s venue is the Masonic Back and show times are:
- Friday 30th June: 2pm
- Saturday 1st July: 8pm
- Sunday 2nd July: 4pm
- Monday 3rd July: 6pm
- Tuesday 4th July: 2pm
- Wednesday 5th July: 10pm
- Thursday 6th July: 6pm
- Friday 7th July: 8pm
- Saturday 8th July: 10am