Venue: Lattelicious,Shop L43, Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr 5th Street and Maude Street, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, 2146, South Africa Phone: +27 11 784 3330 Open from· 6:30AM–8PM. While nothing else is extraordinary about this venue, it is extraordinarily user friendly for frail or disabled people. There is parking for the disabled below the venue, lifts up to the venue, a parking garage pay point right at the lifts and the venue itself is easily accessible. No distance at all and no steps. Tea is served properly in a pot steeped with the teabag. Cold milk (I did request it) provided.
I first “met” Matthew Counihan some years ago as a student performer at UJ and predicted a bright future for him. He has certainly made that come true. It was lovely to catch up with him and hear all about what he is doing and what he plans to do. For a start, he has wonderful manners. He arrived promptly and pulled my chair out for me (and pushed it back when I left). I’m old. I like that. It tells me he was nicely raised. He speaks with great fondness of his mother. I like that too. It tells me much about her as well.
“Chatty Matty” and Alan Ford co-host a radio show on CliffCentral.
We talk a bit about the current production of Saturday Night Fever at the State Theatre in Pretoria. We agree that Kiruna Lind Devar was marvellous. Counihan was in a previous production of Saturday Night Fever at The Lyric. I hated that, but apparently I did say nice things about him. I’m not surprised. I’ve always had a soft spot for him, but I don’t tell him that.
We are really meeting to talk about #Redfest at Redhill School on 7 and 8 October. Redhill is a private school which has recently employed Joseph Gerassi as headmaster. Smart move. Gerassi is interested in the whole child and this includes cultural development. He hired Matt Counihan to oversee the arts programme with the title “Director of Visual and Performing Arts”. This is an inaugural festival and it is starting small. One of the major differences between #Redfest and #FestivalOfFame (National School of the Arts) is that #Redfest caters to a much broader spectrum in terms of age, and accordingly they have partnered with Assitej.
Counihan is excited about the project with is all about incubating passion and excitement in audiences as well as performers. The public aspect of the festival is really suitable for the whole family.