A Night With Dame Edna

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Date: 11th March 2009



My friend Doreen organized the booking of tickets for many shows before I got back here and I readily agreed to seeing Dame Edna - haven't seen Barry Humphries' Show for a couple of decades and remembered how much I'd enjoyed him in the past.

Then we discovered that it wasn't Barry Humphries but 'As Portrayed by Mr. Ceri Dupree' - hence the exclamation marks after the title, I suppose.

Seventeen of us were going - too many to organize into a meal before the show so it was - see you all there.  Well, no one had turned up by 7.50 so I phoned Doreen. Stupid Me - I was at the wrong theatre (having booked tickets at the Baxter for Peter-Dirk Uys I had it in my head that Dame Edna was also at the Baxter).  Could I make it across Capetown to Artscape in time.  Well I would have done but having gone into town on a route different from my normal dead-easy trip into the Artscape, I ended up in a bit of Capetown that I didn't know.  I went round in a few circles and thought ' Damn it, I'll just go home - it's not Barry Humphries anyway' and then, miraculously I found the Theatre.  And I'm so glad I did.  Ceri Dupree was superb.  Apparently he's from Wales and has been on the circuit for a long time but I'd never seen him.

One of the critiques on the Hand-out bill declared 'His Dame Edna is even more caustic than the real thing'.  I laughed so much my face ached.  Fortunately he's on till March 29th so I shall try and book seats for my son and his friends when they come out.  And I shall certainly be looking out for Mr. Ceri Dupree when I get back to the UK.  And I could have torn the last 'frock' off his back - a stunning number in bright yellow - mind you I'd have unpicked the purple gladdies attached to the slits up the side.

So all in all - YET ANOTHER FABULOUS DAY IN CAPETOWN.  I'm so lucky to be here.

And for those of you who won't visit because of the Crime stories - you know how the press exaggerate.  Yes there's crime and the statistics aren't nice but then I wouldn't travel into the centre of Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham, Leeds, Norwich, certain parts of London, in fact most big cities in the UK,  at night on my own.  I urge you to come to this wonderful country where the people are friendly, the scenery stupendous and the food and wine delicious and inexpensive.  There's so much to see and do, you need to stay for at least a month.

Think about it.  Bye for now - with fond wishes,  Jan

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