#CrazyLoveJHB with @NocturnalWenchy @BuzPR & @MarketTheatre

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I would invite you to join us tomorrow evening, Tuesday 24 March 2015 for a special evening of Social Media buz around Crazy In Love using #CrazyLoveJHB as your guide. We are thrilled to be invited to participate in getting crazy in love!

Joburg – get ready to go CRAZY IN LOVE

Powerful, passionate and desperate – after winning over the festival fringe circuit in South Africa and abroad, the multiple award-winning production CRAZY IN LOVE hits Jozi.

 CRAZY IN LOVE is the tragicomic story of a father-daughter search for a missing bride and mother. Devised and performed by the inspirational pairing of Andrew Buckland and Liezl de Kock, CRAZY IN LOVE is presented by A Conspiracy of Clowns in association with the Market Theatre, under the direction of Rob Murray, with design by Jayne Batzofin.

When the independent and free-spirited Leon (Buckland) is abandoned at the altar by his bride to be, he is left literally holding the baby. From his grief comes a solemn resolve: to travel the country with his infant daughter, Ginny (De Kock), until he finds his lost love and pieces his family back together. His quest quickly becomes an obsession, and at each town they don’t find her, he tattoos that town name on his skin. It is now fifteen years later. Ginny is coming of age and starting to realise the desire to achieve her own independence, while Leon has retreated into alcoholism and despair – his body a roadmap of tattoos. As their individual obsessions spiral out of control, and they become lost in their own personal routines and mythologies, a massive shift in their relationship is imminent – if they have the courage and conviction to break out of their own cycles.

 “This piece CRAZY IN LOVE is a basket full of such exciting elements. Andrew Buckland, Rob Murray and Liezl de Kock. It is an award-winning production that is going to wow Joburg audiences,” says James Ngcobo, artistic director of The Market Theatre.

CRAZY IN LOVE has created a significant impression on the fringe festival circuit, where it won the Best International Production at 2014 Amsterdam Fringe Festival and the Standard Bank Ovation Award at 2013 National Arts Festival Fringe. It was also the top selling show on debut at 2013 National Arts Festival Fringe·and at the inaugural Cape Town Fringe Festival 2014, and was a box office success at Witness Hilton Arts Festival in 2013.

This is the fourth work created by the open door collectivethat is A Conspiracy of Clowns. Other works it has produced have been the smash hit Pictures of You (multi Fleur du Cap winner and top selling 2009 theatre production on the National Arts Festival Fringe), Kardiāvale (the cult cabaret clown noir show created under Jayne Batzofin and first presented on the National Arts Festival Arena Programme in 2011), and Benchmarks (first presented, in association with FTH:K, on the 2011 National Arts Festival Main Programme and then at Out the Box where it won a Handspring Puppet Company Award).

 Liez and Andrew are fantastic together on stage, which we discovered in 2012 creating Through Blue for Ubom!says director Rob Murray. The kind of stage chemistry they tap into is very rare and one we couldnt ignore, so looked for the vehicle to best provoke that.

“Ive always been fascinated by deceptively small human stories that tell a much larger archetypal tale,says Murray. And two that have always stuck with me have been James (Cuningham) and Helen’s (Iskander) Baobabs don’t grow here and John Wrights On the verge of exploding. In many ways CRAZY IN LOVE pays homage to these, as well as existing in its own right, in the telling of a very moving and hilarious tale. I guess the scale of it makes it a form of road-movie theatre.

Design has always featured prominently in Conspiracy works. We were very fortunate to get Jayne Batzofin to come play with us,enthuses De Kock, “And she has really made the world come alive. From the gritty day to day life of Dad and Ginnys journey with their junk trolley to Ginnys obsessive, almost fetishist, shrine to her missing mother Jayne has given us so many toys to play with!

In 2013, the original creation of CRAZY IN LOVE was supported by the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council as well as some support from the National Arts Council of South Africa. In 2014, CRAZY IN LOVE was taken to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival thanks to support from the National Arts Festival and Amsterdam Fringe Festival. Also in 2014, the Rhodes University Drama Department supported CRAZY IN LOVE to get to Cape Town Fringe Festival.

With the stellar pedigree of Murray, Buckland, de Kock, and Batzofin, CRAZY IN LOVE looks forward to its premiere season in Johannesburg at the Barney Simon Theatre from 24 March to 12 April 2015.

Performances are Tuesday to Saturday night at 20h15, with tickets ranging from R90-R180, and Sundays at 15:15, with tickets up to R130. Bookings are through Computicket with special rates for students/learners, block bookings, and pensioners.

The production is not suitable for children and is rated 16 for violence and language.

The performance runs at 65 minutes with no interval. Tickets are available at Computicket.  

Production Information

 Created and written by Rob Murray, Andrew Buckland, and Liezl de Kock

Performed by Andrew Buckland and Liezl de Kock

Directed by Rob Murray

Set and Prop Design by Jayne Batzofin

Lighting Design by Rob Murray


Short Bios

 KA “Ugli Bob, Rob Murray has worked with award-winning companies such as from the hip: khulumakahle (FTH: K), Ubom! Eastern Cape Theatre Company, and is presently co-artistic director of the collective, A Conspiracy of Clowns. He has racked up a number of original, innovative, physical and visual creations and in 2010 was nominated as one of 25 theatre makers internationally for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Currently, Rob is putting in the hard yards towards his PhD, doing groundbreaking work in South African Visual Theatre, as well as developing a new performance group Uyabona Ke See What I Mean?  

 Liezl de Kock has cemented herself as a versatile, sought-after and multi award winning performer in South Africa. As co-artistic director of A Conspiracy of Clowns, she has performed in all their works to date Pictures of You, Kardiavale, Benchmarks, and now CRAZY IN LOVE, as well as all the Deaf and hearing integrated works of FTH:K, being nominated for the Fleur du Cap Best Actress Award for her role as the mother in Rob Murrays Womb Tide. Liezl was also mentioned in The Sunday Times as one of the best actresses of 2010 in South Africa. Most recently she scooped a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for her solo work Piet se Optelgoed, which won the hearts and minds of the critics at Cape Town Fringe Festival, and has been invited to the Amsterdam Fringe in 2015.

Since 1981, Andrew Buckland has been producing original theatre work of a consistently very high standard which is clearly seen to be at the forefront of theatre developments in South Africa. Employing a dynamic and exciting combination of visual comedy, sophisticated political satire, clowning, physical theatre, mime and an explosive performance style, the works of Andrew Buckland have become synonymous with provocative, entertaining and stimulating theatre both nationally and internationally. His original plays have won a total of 20 national and international theatre awards including several for best performance, best script, best production and play of the year. Most recently he has received rave reviews for his performance in Blue/Orange at The Baxter, and appeared in Sylvaine Strikes Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof, which wowed the National Arts Festival and has been invited to the Amsterdam Fringe in 2015.

Jayne Batzofin graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, BADA (Honours): majoring in directing and stage and costume design. She pursued her studies at L’EcoleInternationale deThéâtre Jacques Lecoq. In 2009, she moved to Cape Town to work with the deaf and hearing integrated theatre company: FTH:K; as a performer, designer and director. In 2011, in collaboration with A Conspiracy of Clowns, she created her signature Cabaret Clown Noir spectacle, Kardiàvale. Since then her work has become known for its “Batzofin Bite”. In 2013 she received the KANNA for her latest show, PruTTeL, which won Best Debut Production at the Absa KKNK. Jayne is known as a wanderer and wonderer as she continues to delve into the dark and disorderly world of the everyday.

 About A Conspiracy Of Clowns

In essence, it is an “open-door collective” of professional theatre makers made up of a flexible number of clowns/directors/ designers/physical performers/writers nationwide.  A Conspiracy of Clowns is geared towards promoting a collaborative approach to creating high concept, high production value, and original theatre work with a particular focus on alternative approaches to making theatre in the field of clowning, Visual Theatre, image theatre, puppetry, and contemporary devised performance.

Works to date include the multiple award-winning Pictures Of You, the cabaret clown noir piece Kardiāvale that premiered on the 2011 National Arts Festival Arena Programme, and the Handspring Puppet award-winning Benchmarks (in association with FTH:K) that premiered on the 2011 National Arts Main Festival. A Conspiracy of Clowns is also associated with Liezl de Kock’s Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award-winning Piet se Optelgoed.

Find out more about the Conspiracy on Facebook (www.facebook.com/conspiracyofclowns), Twitter (@uglibob or @clownconspiracy), via its blog (www.conspiracyofclowns.com), or contact uglibob@gmail.com


Press quotes for CRAZY IN LOVE:

“… intuitive and insightfulIt is not only the actors who offer the CRAZY IN LOVE its expressive coherence. The remarkable direction of Rob Murray successfully unearths the savage comedy of this play as much as he pays articulate attention to the performances, pacing, and the use of spaceAbove and beyond its accolade and its array of acclaimed industry players, CRAZY IN LOVE is a must-see production that succeeds in offering a remarkable visual impact with real physical swagger” – WHATSONINCAPETOWN.COM


The synergy between Buckland and De Kock on stage is profound and mesmerising and they keep you spellbound until the final breath.” –CAPE TIMES


“CRAZY IN LOVE will speak to anyone whos refused to accept the hand that fate has dealt them. If youre looking for a compelling original story told with outstanding flair, Crazys your sure thing. Seats are, quite rightly, selling out for these shows. Catch yours while you can.” – DAILY MAVERICK


The dream-like quality of the work and the almost child-like return of imagination, made the jury sometimes feel that Alice was back in Wonderland. CRAZY IN LOVE puts the playing manback in the centre of the play and the performers are absolutely beautiful, creating a unique universe with the seemingly simplest of gestures. The set is ingeniously constructed out of a wide range of attributes that can be transformed into a hut to sleep in, a shrine for the dead or your worst childhood monster nightmare.” – AMSTERDAM FRINGE FESTIVAL JURY


Outstanding showHighly impressive for its vision, its realisation on stage through a pitch perfect combination of physical and verbal theatre and interplay, CRAZY IN LOVE has to be one of the must-see shows at the Amsterdam Fringe.” – Paul Levy, FRINGE REVIEW (UK)


Liezl and Andrew gel perfectly in a subtle display of give and take that creates a performance greater than the sum of its partsthese clowns may turn your world around- Steve Kretzmann, http://worldfringealliance.tumblr.com/post/96540830991/like-what-neil-young-is-to-grunge


Andrew Buckland, as the alcoholic father of Liezl de Kock, plumbs the depths of his condition in a relentless but wholly credible account of derelicts on the road. Bucklands acting is superb and de Kock an excellent foil. A word of caution: viewing could be extremely painful for anyone with family members so afflicted.” – CUE 50-word clip (2014)


“Andrew Buckland and Liezl De Kock induce both joy and heartache in their Ovation award-winning production…a heart-wrenching tale…Beautiful, moving and expertly presented, CRAZY IN LOVE should feature on the itinerary of every Festival-goer.” – CUE


Buckland was simply majestic in the unconventional love story, CRAZY IN LOVE, devised by Buckland, co-star Liezl de Kock and director Rob Murray. The piece has been invited to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and it was fantastic to see Buckland on song in a special little play that showcases his arsenal of physical, dramatic and comic capabilities.” – BUSINESS DAY LIVE http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/entertainment/2013/07/09/on-the-stage-national-arts-festival-highlights


“…exquisiteThis trio are one of a number of theatre dream teamsone could conjure up. Buckland is masterful as usual, particularly in the role of the tramp and de Kock, who has an uncanny ability to embody an endearing yet tragic beauty on stage, has developed her art to the point where in this play her skill is perfectly matched with Bucklands. I have for a while now been asking Murray to set me afloat on Sorrow, that river of the world. He certainly did it here.” – Steve Kretzmann, ARTSBLOG http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/murray-casts-off-again/


“A desperate dad and his progeny embark on a madcap journey in search of a lost love, marking their trail in ink. Andrew Buckland never disappoints, and alongside a vibrant Liezl de Kock he is better than ever. Funny moments unexpectedly shatter into despair. A powerful performance.” CUE 50-word clip (2013)


One disappearing act at the alter sets up a story which is excruciatingly funny, hurtful, uncomfortable, yet always intrinsically pleasing. The set of trolly junk is masterful! Liezls depiction of a young girls journey to sexual awakening in an unspeakable world is unique and complex.” – Mike Loewe, ARTSBLOG      http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/all-good/


moments of hilarityand also a poignant sense of impending disaster and meltdown which increases as the piece progressesfine entertainment” – Margaret von Klemperer, ARTSMART http://news.artsmart.co.za/2013/09/crazy-in-love-twhaf.html


visueel baie bevredigend, met as wat lyk soos ʼn hoop rommel op ʼn trollie wat deur die

loop van die produksie lewe kry en op kreatiewe wyses gebruik word. As ʼn geheel is CRAZY IN LOVE ʼn pragtige verhaal van menslike broosheid, geskep deur drie top Suid-Afrikaanse teatermakers” – Emma Kotze, LITNET


Andrew Buckland gives a powerful performance as the heart-broken Leon whose hopefulness gradually morphs into a drunken desperationLiezl de Kocks portrayal of Ginny is superb.  Her performance strikes the perfect balance between the child Ginny was and the adult she wishes to become” – OPPIDAN PRESS http://oppidanpress.com/murray-stages-fringe-festival-award-winning-double-bill/ 


Video clips:


cueTV clip 1 (2013 interview with AB & LdK) – http://youtu.be/Mxt0nCeqJ-g


cueTV clip 2 (2013 Afrikaans interview with LdK) – http://youtu.be/C3JPjz5X9Mc


(also posted together http://conspiracyofclowns.com/2013/07/09/crazy-in-love-visuals/)


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2014 Award for the ANN7 South Africa of the Year Campaign of the year – 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day 

The gentleman of Queens. Pieter-Dirk Uys #UysEish @TannieEvita @Monte_Theatre @EvitaSePerron @BuzPR


Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

You cannot afford to miss the latest offering from Pieter-Dirk Uys,  An Audience With Pieter-Dirk Uys Eish! #UysEish ! The marvelous @Monte_Theatre was packed, I would have sat on the floor if I had to, it was that awesome… and the audience was superb.

I’m a huge fan of this brilliant man,  without whom Theatre, South Africa and those that protest without violence would be poorer for sure.

The laughter at ourselves done so effortlessly,  the past never sugar coated  and the future always one to believe in.

Off course Tannie Evita was also there my skat!

A legend at work.  OUR LEGEND.

On stage until April 12th, 2015. One of his BEST!

I wish you koeksisters,
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He’s still dead. #SexyWench


Dear Timmy,

This year I thought I had it down you know. I was just gonna be. The day would just pass. Chill.

Yeah,  you right.  I’ve never chilled.  Okay maybe that night we drank too much and sang “Amazing Grace”.  Remember that?  You,  me,  Bee… She died too. Yes… cancer. I made a point of not noting the date. Her daughter was 11. Knowing my history, you can imagine how my soul felt. You know I drive myself crazy with stuff like that. Being 11 when my father died.

I miss her very much…and you, and my father and my grandparents.  It’s like chunks of me that got torn off. It did not grow back.  Empty holes.

Anyway,  I never cared much for St Patrick’s Day… but you kinda made sure I cannot forget the day you left. You didn’t say goodbye you know.  How could you hey? Not like death gives one a small reminder…. a nudge… a warning.

16 years. It’s feels like you are a distant memory and other times I swear I still feel you here. Cheering me on. Like you right here. In a good way,  not in a “I see dead people kinda way”. No Holy water just yet!

We will be 42 this year.  The meaning of life you said.  Well, I will be. 42 that is.  You will always be 25. No meaning of life for you. Forever young.  Very James Dean, en so ….and I? I will probably see you in a crowd for the rest of my life. 

“Death has no sting” se gat.

Forget it.

PS.  The dolphins are not ruling the world yet and I eat pizza with my hands now.  You’ll be so proud.

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@67Blankets Liam James #LivingTheLegacy : @Carolyn_Steyn


Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

When I decided I wanted to raise my kids to be who they want to be, I had no idea how absolutely painful and heartsore this will be at times. 

Perhaps we think our kids will share our values and ideals,  strive for the things we find important and worthwhile… but if I be honest, I knew Liam James was never going to be a “cream and two lumps of sugar please” kinda gentleman.

Many of my readers know my turbulent struggles and victories with Liam James over many years.  My blue eyed wonder with storms abundant. I love and worry about him constantly.

He lives out “in the deep South” by his own request. (My parents are in Henley on Klip at least) He has been doing odd jobs and to his credit asks for nothing. His way of living is foreign to me and difficult to understand but… a more pure heart you will not find.  He always believes the best in people and I have seen him take his shoes off and give to another.

I can’t crochet but I tried to teach Lee to knit the night before the #KnitMob.  Liam James never developed a dominant side in his brain so he does some things left handed, and some right handed.  He tried really hard, but I failed him as a very mediocre teacher.

Lee was with me a couple of weeks ago and did the @67Blankets #KnitMob at @Gautrain station in Sandton with @Carolyn_Steyn, celebrities and #KnitWits. (It was Liam James’s first Gautrain ride btw).

He recruited,  chatted,  sat on the floor,  explained the concept –  he really gave what he could that morning. I was so proud of him.  Nobody there knows our past and the obstacles he had overcome.

He went back home the following day.  He spoke allot about how small ideas can become big things.  He was truly touched at the inspiration of what @67Blankets can do for real people,  especially the elderly and small children “cause it is not their fault Mom”.  As it often happens, I drove away with a heavy heart.

Unexpectedly I received a message from him tonight.  “Mommy,  We have done more than 30 squares that you need to come fetch and please bring us some wool.  We are quickly running out of wool.  Can you please still come this week Mom? It’s important.”

I cried. It *IS* important my boy and you are right,  it isn’t their fault…. and people who think like you Liam James, keep the legacy of Madiba magic alive.

I wish you enough wool,

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To Superman…. With love.


Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

The boy born from my heart got married today. All grown up.

Today he is Emma’s husband and father to Emma’s little girl,  Abi.  No more sitting on the roof to find silence I guess boytjie. :)

It was a pleasure and privilege to love Superman and be part of his growing up.  I could count on him in every situation. He made endless cups of tea,  provided much laughter and gave lots of hugs. Kyle fixed things around the house,  was always loving and supportive. 

My favourite times if I think about it, was when Kyle would do his ‘cool down walk’ with me, while for me it was my ‘this hill is going to kill me’ walk.  He would encourage me, make me laugh and we would talk about every subject under the sun.  I will always treasure those memories.

I feel a huge range of emotions, but overwhelmingly I wish Kyle and Emma much happiness as they embark on their journey as a married couple.  I trust Kyle will love,  honour and cherish Emma and Abi. I hope Abi will never hear the word ‘step’ father and will always know she can count on Kyle. I hope Emma will love and support Kyle every day of their lives and that they will have much laughter together. 

I wish you both much joy, an abundance of love, understanding, friendship, endless patience and huge happiness with plenty wealth thrown in for good measure!

With love,


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In between your thoughts I live #Wenchytude


Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Judging by my event calendar,  I interact with a vastly different people every day.

Most people are always lovely and polite some with crude jokes … accept me as quirky,  slightly eccentric,  creative, somewhat intelligent who needs a serious fashion intervention. They point and laugh with me when I do something stupid often but the real ones help me clear up my mess and suggest lipstick.

Others find that the Wench is just too much usually woman.  For instance,  does this woman EVER stop talking!!! She’s just overwhelming with the purple hair and the porn nails. Does she not know you should not wear flip flops to every occasion?

They don’t bother looking further than the loud,  tattooed personality that comes with huge laughter and deep sobbing pain.  Shame.  Their live will be poorer for it. Probably also more silent.  Bless.

Sometimes I am not sure who fits into which category. If the world is but a stage, some people should honestly just play the part as the pot plant.  No glitter for them.  No exit stage left.

Thankfully just when I think we may have to stage an intervention, I find sincere and true as a nun prayer for the Von Trapp family friends, who will take my call at 3pm.  Especially as we know I detest speaking on the phone.

I just wanted to say THANK you for seeing value in me. My abilities, strengths, my talents,  as well as my weaknesses emotionally  physically & bonkers.  You let my work speak for itself.  You are working with me out of choice as I am a freelance Social Media Diva & Blogger. You choose me to help develop your naked vision.  I am honoured.

To be accepted just as you are…  Without the dame’s stage makeup in the pantomime,  an outfit from Doobie BOOBIES and a script that may sometimes resemble the #DoubleBass because I’m very exotic that way… is quite the achievement for a little one girl who owned red tap shoes when she dreamed of being Judy Garland.  Sigh. I love you very much and I am grateful.

What we can learn from this entry is that I am an observer in my madness.  I see you,  when you don’t see me.  I’m a sentimental fool who may have been a gay man in my previous life attracted to bears.

I wish you enough light,  so the path don’t ever seem dark.
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Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I absolutely adored this review of #50ShadesOfGrey. I laughed lots!!!

I wish you enough

Originally posted on TIME:

So I read Fifty Shades of Grey. This is the book written by female British author “E. L. James” that became a huge bestseller, devoured by pretty much every woman on Earth except my wife (or so she claims).

I think I might be the only man who read this book. I did it sneakily, hiding the cover, especially when I was on an airplane, which actually is a good place to read this book because you have access to a barf bag. I say this because of the writing style, which is . . . OK, here’s one tiny sample of the writing style:

“Did you give him our address?”
“No, but stalking is one of his specialties,” I muse matter-of-factly.
Kate’s brow knits further.

That’s right: This is the kind of a book where, instead of saying things, characters muse them, and they are somehow able to…

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