The Story of The Space

The story of The Space/Die Ruimte/Indawo

Design by Gerrit Hillhorst - Photo by Sue Clark

Design by Gerrit Hillhorst – Photo by Sue Clark



13 responses

  1. that was certainly ‘home’ for a while! be interested to see how this blog grows 🙂

    February 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  2. Mignon

    Helping out with the setting up of this space and helping backstage during incredible productions like People are Living there inspired me to go on amd become an actor xx

    February 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

  3. I was so blessed to be involved – in minor capacities, and one did not actually realise what a ground-breaking place we were fortunate enough to be involved with x

    February 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm

  4. Kaap

    I’d love to know more the author of this wonderful blog!

    March 11, 2015 at 3:11 am

  5. Mark Legward

    Myself and Pennywhistle Theatre Co played some of the last days of the Space in Arianne Mnushkine’ s “1789 French Revolution Year one” As much as we sensed the heydays of the Space were slowly dimming, they are still some of our most electric moments in Theatre. So pleased I had them before it went dark on one final night that must have seen so many important SA Theatre figures bid her a sad goodbye. The Space was always a place to explore, succeed, experiment, risk and yes, even fuck up horribly! An atmosphere that was always forgiving, nurturing and constantly productive. In a time in SA when so little could be openly expressed, it was a magical creative refuge and platform for so many… years ahead of it’s time and filled always with possibility. It is sadly missed and always remembered with great love and respect. It was Cape Town’s saddest cultural loss!

    April 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

  6. David Nissen

    It was years later , when the Space Theatre was long gone that I began to realise quite how much stagecraft I had picked up in those early years at the Space and later at the Peoples Space . It was just that – a space for creative people to come together and create something out of nothing .If you wanted something done , you had to do it yourself . I remember dragging an enormous white screen two flights up to the roof to scrub the oil stains out , then drying it in the sun while I ran up and down ladders setting lights single handedly .I then set up a slide projector and had a run thru in time for the show an hour or so later ! I ask myself today – where did all this energy come from ? It seemed to be in the air ; free for all to draw on , though I think we were only fully aware of the power when it was gone . Personally I am hugely proud of the small part I played in the story of the Space Theatre .

    September 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  7. I first worked at the Space during my school holidays in 1976-77. I stage managed Dimitri Nikolas-Fanourakis stage production of Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which starred Yvonne Bryceland and Fiona Baigri. I then worked on Barney Simon’s production of Franz Grillpartzer’s Media starring Yvonne and Winston Dunster. Yvonne had difficultly learning her lines and I would visit her apartment in Cape Town daily to help her with this task. I used to hang around the Space whenever I could, often when the casting agent Sybil Sands was there over lunchtime – I remember she brought her telephone with her in her handbag and plugged it into her dedicated phone socket in the corner. Later I returned to the Space as you director, first directing Michelle du Toit in Roberto Athayde’s Miss Margarida’s Way which was a sell-out success and transferred to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, and later the first South African Production of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist starring Neil McCarthy and Henry Goodman. These are great memories for me, we had a real sense of purpose and community in making amazing theatre at the Space.

    November 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm

  8. …oh and I forgot that I also operated the lights and swept the stage for a comedy show using material from the Goon Show, starring Dermot Judge and Bill Flynn. Can’t remember what it was called…

    November 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    • You’ll Come (Chuckle) to love your ***** (Snigger) Test. It was actually You’ll Come to Love Your Sperm Test, written by John Antrobus, but, of course, back in those heavily censored days there was no way that we could use the word ‘Sperm’.

      March 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    • It was John Antrobus’s ‘You’ll come (Chuckle) to love your ????? (Snigger) Test’. We had to self-censor the original name – ‘You’ll Come to Love Your Sperm Test’ – or it would probably have been banned before we started. Not that it had anything bannable outside of title… One of my favourite own productions.

      October 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm

  9. Robin Saphra

    I loved that show. Brian, we should catch up sometime. I’m in London -where are you?

    October 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    • In London – Streatham Hill – you?

      October 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      • Robin Saphra

        very close to my daughter’s flat – I’m in Limehouse – i’ll message you on FB as I don’t think this forum has a private area, or if it does I haven’t found it…

        October 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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