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Let’s go, let’s go, Crazy!

Powerful, passionate and desperate – after winning over the festival fringe circuit in South Africa and abroad, the multiple award-winning production CRAZY IN LOVE has arrived in Johannesburg!

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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.

The show comes hot off the fringe festival circuit, where it won the Best International Production at 2014 Amsterdam Fringe Festival and won 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.

With the stellar pedigree of Murray, Buckland, de Kock, and Batzofin, CRAZY IN LOVE has begun 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. Keep an eye out for #CrazyLoveJHB on Twitter.

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Crazy in Love Visuals

As the dust settles post National Arts Festival, here are some visuals we’ve found online for our latest show, Crazy in Love. The first is an interview with Liezl and Andrew post-performance…

 

And the second, some thoughts from Liez about the presence of Afrikaans at the NAF, usually considered a mostly English festival (and featuring more clips from the show)…

 

We are busy working on a full debrief for the festival, and will share it all here…once we survive the schools’ festival!


Ovation Award for Crazy in Love!

With great excitement, and no small amount of pride, we are thrilled to announce that our brand new little beastie, Crazy in Love, has scooped a prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award for 2013! The show is currently playing at the National Arts Festival Fringe where it is attracting enormous crowds, great feedback, new admirers, as well as floods of tears and gales of laughter. Come and check it if you haven’t yet – 5 performances left at this year’s festival!Conspiracy Profile Pic Ovation

 

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Crazy in Love

“In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us – not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”  John Irving – “Until I Find You”.

If you’re a John Irving fan, then you already know this book. And hopefully love it as much as we do. It (or rather an episode in it) proved to be one of the starting points for our new show, Crazy in Love. Not so much the part about Jack Burns becoming an actor and his tragicomic life, but the initial idea – the search by Jack and his mother during his ill-remembered childhood for his father.

And the tattoos. Of course.

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Crazy in Love is the heartbreaking tale of Leon (Andrew Buckland) who gets abandoned at the altar by his bride to be. He decides to take his daughter, Ginny (Liezl de Kock) on a countrywide search for her, vowing that he’ll “see her…when you’re standing in front of me”.

His quest quickly becomes an obsession, and at each town they reach where she isn’t, he tattoos that town name on his skin.

It is now some fifteen years later. Ginny is coming of age and starting to realise the desire to achieve her own independence, while he has retreated into alcoholism and despair and his body has become a veritable 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.

Crazy in Love - Andrew Buckland as Dad & Liez de Kock as Ginny Tattoo Colour

 

Devised and performed by Andrew Buckland and Liezl de Kock under the direction of Rob Murray, with design by Jayne Batzofin, and told in a captivating blend of physical and visual performance, Crazy in Love is a paean to love and its ensuing madness. 

It is currently playing at the Glennie Hall at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. We’d dig you to come along and check it out!

 


End of the Year

Right now, this is *so* how we’re feeling. Happy holidays, mothertruckers!!


Conspiracy on the Move…part 1

So, a couple of you eagle eyes may well have spotted a subtle change in our domain address – yep, our old server for www.conspiracyofclowns.co.za has been attacked by spam so vicious it has prompted a move. (Why would people spam clowns? Why?!? In the name of all that is dark and decent!)

So, we are now housed at *this* domain you are currently reading: www.conspiracyofclowns.com.

But you knew that already.

But go ahead and change your bookmarks/cookies/bloglinks/facebook likes and the rest.

That’s not *all* that’s moving…stand by for the end of year bark-out where we talk about:

  • 2011 and all we’ve been up to
  • 2012 and all we’re gonna do
  • the state of the nation (maybe)
  • a whole bunch of kak (definitely)

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Come try and try and try, to resist me…

Ahhhh…Saturday night was rad! Thanks to Mr Cat and the Jackal for allowing us to play, and to Elize for setting it all up.IMG-20111203-00695

Picture this: a blacksmith’s forge, weird ass metal sculptures, low dingy lighting, and a post-industrial apocalyptic vibe. An old truck is parked in the middle of the space, surrounded by old tractors, forklifts, and various odds and sods. Mr Cat and the Jackal are set up on the back of the truck – a thinned down line-up but an array of fascinating (and sometimes handmade) instruments.

 

 

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There’s a fair crowd in – expectant, excited.

 

Mr-Cat-and-the-Jackal-Sins-and-Siren-SongsOskar barks the opening from Kardiavale, which is a flop as a welcome – all the freaks have bailed on him. The audience doesn’t want to play along. The situation is dire. Then Onni brings his attention to the band, and they step forward and save his skin, and the show itself, launching into songs mostly from Sins and Siren Songs, though some older material like “Fresh Meat” also comes out of the freezer.

It’s swampy, sexy, dirty, bluesy time as the band cavort through their repertoire with obvious delight and gusto. They’re tight and range from laid back casual banter to full on devil’s percussion. These are guys on a mission. And they are taking the crowd soul by soul.

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Like Tom Waits, they say Mr Cat ain’t for everyone…but you wouldn’t think so tonight. People are getting down and soaking up the atmosphere and the sad, bad, weird, and wacky tales dripping off the back of the truck.

Oskar with Mr Cat and the JackalAnd Oskar and Onni have the best seats in the house – in the wings (behind the  bonnet of the truck), and their own little jam party. They jol through “Try” – a bittersweet love song, where they re-enact the story of Kardiavale in under 4 minutes. (Oskar thinks it’s a much more satisfying ending to the story – this time he rips Onni’s heart out triumphantly…), they set up visuals for “Floods I and II” – the fan/confetti trick to show the storm goes down a…er…storm. They do a quick unplanned for drive-by to “Where’s my Shoes”. And then take on the Protection of Information Bill on “Mothertongue” (including a wild chase around stage with a proliferation of scissors/ garden shears/clippers trying to get at each other’s tongue while the band breaks into all too ominous revelry behind them. (We apologise to the lady who nearly got stabbed by Onni enthusiastically throwing her scissors to the crowd in wild glee. Hope that recovers soon.)

It’s a jol, a lag, a riot…sweaty and happy, the crowd denies the following DJ and calls Mr Cat back for an extended encore.

conspiracy secrecy billGranNy, Ugli, and Skweez take on the Secrecy Bill 

All in all, a great way to end the year for the Conspiracy – we always wanted the band for Kardiavale, but would never have afforded them. But finally, finally, our dream has came true.

Thanks to all who came out to play with us – you guys rock. Keep ‘em peeled for maybe one last Conspiracy thrash: a send off to 2011, and a toasting of 2012 that will have a whole bunch more conspiratorial magic to it. Ssh!

And big ups and love to Mr Cat and the Jackal – here’s their latest vid for “Try”, presently kicking ass on MKTV. Hells yeah.