Seriously!? @MelroseArch cc @ravingaway

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I just read this on Mandi’s blog and it angers me beyond belief.

I have written about chronic illness before and I have openly discussed having Ankolysing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia and the ‘joys’  that come with it.

Because you are not missing a limb,  you can’t possibly have an chronic medical condition.

People can be so judgemental,  ignorant,  unhelpful and stupidity was not reserved for any particular colour,  race or religious conviction or who your favourite author is. 

Let’s hope life never gives them a chronic condition that can consume and dictates ones life at times. I am sure Mandi hates the frustration as much as I do.

I wish you enough,  add some empathy to that.

Wenchy

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@SterKinekor @nouveaubuzz #HENRYIV

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE LIVE FROM STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S HENRY IV PART I, DIRECTED BY GREGORY DORAN, IS SECOND RSC PRODUCTION TO BE SCREENED AT CINEMA NOUVEAU

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Releases exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres from 21 – 26 June 2014

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‘All hail! Gregory Doran gives a strong statement of intent for his own reign at Stratford.’
Daily Mail

Cinema Nouveau announces the exclusive screening of the second production from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment.

The company’s acclaimed production of Henry IV Part 1 releases on Saturday, 21 June, for limited screenings at Cinema Nouveau theatres and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.

The filmed version of the live stage production has four screenings in South Africa, from Saturday, 21 June 2014, at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban and V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, as well as the following select Ster-Kinekor cinemas: Somerset Mall in Somerset West, Garden Route Mall in George and Bedford Centre in Johannesburg.

Following his production of Richard II in October 2013, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays with Henry IV Parts I and II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.

RSC Associate Artist, South African-born Antony Sher, returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. Jasper returns following his performances in The Taming of the Shrew/The Tamer Tamed (2003). Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam (2011).

‘… it is Sher’s irrepressible Falstaff that will linger in the memory – a lord or misrule who’s absurd, delightful and in the end deeply sad…’ – Evening Standard

The supporting cast of Henry IV Part I includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/ Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Antony Byrne (Worcester); Sean Chapman (Northumberland/Earl of Douglas); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Gadshill); Nia Gwynne (Lady Mortimer); Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Traveller); Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Glendower); Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt); Trevor White (Hotspur) and Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain).

Several of the cast and all of the creative team for this production were also part of Doran’s recent successful production of Richard II. The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin. The Movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the Fight director is Terry King.

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

Synopsis:
This is the second play in Shakespeare’s series of histories covering the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Shakespeare muses on the consequences of actions, the role of princes and the realities of wielding power.

Richard is dead and Henry Bolingbroke is now King Henry IV. The king is not enjoying his reign. He feels guilty about the removal of Richard and it troubles his conscience. He’d like to go to the Holy Land on crusade to pay penance but there are troubles much nearer to home that need his attention. His reign is threatened by growing opposition from some of the very nobles who helped him to the throne – especially the Percy Family. Wales and Scotland are threatening rebellion as King Richard’s nominated heir, Edmund Mortimer, looms large on the horizon.

King Henry’s suspicious, rude and perhaps arrogant treatment of Henry Percy (the Earl of Northumberland’s son who is known as ‘Hotspur’ because of his courage and impetuous nature) only makes matters worse.
King Henry’s own heir – his son, Prince Henry (also known as Harry and Hal) – is living a dissolute life, frequenting the taverns of Eastcheap in the company of Sir John Falstaff and other disreputable characters. Hal likes Falstaff but also enjoys insulting and tricking him. He goes so far as to stage a robbery of Falstaff and his fellows just for the sport of listening to Falstaff recount the exaggerated story afterwards. Hal knows he’s not being particularly ‘princely’ but he intends to improve his behaviour when the right moment comes.

Opposition to the king becomes open rebellion, led by Hotspur (Henry Percy), who now supports the claim to the throne of Edmund Mortimer (his brother-in-law). The rebellion brings Hal back to his father’s side – the moment for behaving more like a prince has come. Falstaff musters a ragged troop of soldiers. Will the king’s army defeat the rebels at the battle of Shrewsbury? And will Falstaff live to die another day?
The broadcast of Richard II in January this year, was the first of four RSC Shakespeare plays to be filmed live as part of an on-going programme to make the Company’s work more available to a nationwide and global audience. Following the release of Henry IV Part I on 21 June, two further productions will be broadcast across the world, including in South Africa thanks to Cinema Nouveau: Henry IV Part II (from 19 July), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (from 27 September).

Doran will also direct Henry IV Part II, with South African-born Antony Sher again playing the infamous knight Falstaff, alongside Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly. Further casting will be announced shortly.

These two productions will be joined later in the year by
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s early and exuberant romantic comedy about friendship and betrayal, to be directed by Simon Godwin.

To book tickets and for more information about Henry IV Part 1, please visit: http://www.cinemanouveau.co.za | mobi-site: http://www.sterkinekor.mobi |Ticketline: 082 16789 (VAS rates apply) | Facebook: CinemaNouveau| Follow us on Twitter: @nouveaubuzz. Download the SK App to your smart phone for updates and to make bookings.

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon is generously supported by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

The running time of Henry IV Part 1 is 2hrs 45mins, with a 20-minute interval.

About Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau

Cinema Nouveau is a division of Ster-Kinekor Theatres (South Africa’s largest cinema exhibitor) and operates 26 digital screens and just under 3000 seats. The four theatre sites, which all boast the very latest in digital technology, are spread across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Cinema Nouveau holds the prestige of being one of the world’s only dedicated “art cinema” chains, screening independent, alternative and art cinema content from cultures across the globe. It promises a unique and inspiring cinema experience – a destination for film lovers with a passion for and appreciation of the beauty and artistry of film.

About the Royal Shakespeare Company

Made in Stratford-upon-Avon – Seen around the world
Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. Our work begins its life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we share it with audiences across the world through our touring, residencies and online activity. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town in the UK. Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961. We pioneer contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today’s playwrights. http://www.rsc.org.uk

Picturehouse Entertainment

Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 21 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 49 venues across the UK. Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed a diverse range of alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally. This includes live satellite broadcasts of seasons from world-class arts organizations, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry’s talk, The Fry Chronicles, and David Bowie is happening now transmitted from the V&A’s sell-out exhibition.
Picturehouse Entertainment’s feature film releases include BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows’ The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England and the forthcoming The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek, in cinemas from 4 October 2013.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

@sterkinekor luxury!

MOST LUXURIOUS CINEMA EXPERIENCE COMES TO SANDTON

Automated reclining leather chairs upgrade cinema viewing to a whole new level.

Movie-lovers have enjoyed the eleven state-of-the-art Ster-Kinekor cinemas on offer at Sandton City for over 40 years, resulting in it being one of the group’s busiest sites.

Today (13 June), the opening of the cinema chain’s premium cinema experience, Cine Prestige, at its popular Sandton complex will ensure that audiences continue to experience ‘Great Moments at their Greatest’ in luxurious comfort.

All the cinemas at Sandton boast the latest in digital projector technology that offers crystal clear images and quality surround sound speaker systems, with five cinemas able to screen films in 3D. The most exciting news is that, due to popular demand, the complex now also boasts an exclusive Cine Prestige cinema, which is also 3D capable.

This exclusive cinema format epitomises film-viewing heaven and pure luxury rolled into one. Audiences relax in large leather chairs that, at the touch of a button from the control panel, unfold into a comfortable reclining position to watch the latest blockbusters play out on the big screen, all whilst you indulge yourself in one of the many gourmet platter options available.

The Cine Prestige cinema at Sandton is fitted with 52 seats, made up of a mix of single and double automated recliner chairs that ooze lavish comfort. Each chair has a snack tray neatly fitted into it, together with yet another first for Ster-Kinekor – a refrigerated cup-holder to ensure that your cold-drink stays cold throughout the movie!

“The designer chairs are what make Cine Prestige our premium offering,” says Doug Place, Marketing Executive of Ster-Kinekor Theatres. “The upgrades to the seats in our new Sandton cinema, including the automated reclining facility and a refrigerated cup-holder, ensure a smooth, sleek and ultra-comfortable cinema experience.

“This is the perfect date-night venue. Adding to the experience is an exclusive VIP lounge where delicious platters of food can be ordered and enjoyed inside the cinema, and where queuing is a thing of the past.”

This is the company’s fifth investment in the luxurious Cine Prestige format, following the successes of installations at The Zone in Rosebank in April 2012, Cradlestone Mall to the west of Johannesburg. The Grove Mall in Pretoria East and most recently, Gateway in Durban.

“We are very proud of this development at our Sandton site, as we continue to bring the very best in cinema entertainment to our audiences across the country. We are committed to giving movie-lovers great moments with every movie experience, and our investment into new sites and upgraded formats, such as here at Sandton, provide further evidence of our determination to deliver on this promise,” says Place.

The new Cine Prestige cinema launches with the release of Edge of Tomorrow on Friday, 13 June. This sci-fi thriller stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and promises a non-stop, action-filled cinema experience as Cruise, in the explosive role of Lt. Col. Bill Cage, ‘…lives…dies…repeats’.

For instant access to find out what’s new, which films are releasing when, and to make a booking, smart phone users candownload the popular SK App on their Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phones – and have all the information they need at the touch of a button. With tickets at a premium in the exclusive Cine Prestige cinema, advance booking is recommended!

“With the latest blockbusters releasing each week and eleven state-of-the-art digital cinemas – including Cine Prestige – in which to watch them, we are confident that audiences who enjoy a ‘great moment’ at one of our cinemas at Sandton will certainly be back for more,” concludes Place.

For more information about Ster-Kinekor, or to book your tickets, visit:www.sterkinekor.com or call Ticketline on082 16789.

For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres, follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter @sterkinekor using #CinePrestige, or download the SK App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phone for updates and to make bookings directly from your mobile phone.

I wish you plenty,  GREATB@sterkinekor moments!!!

Wenchy

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“Kill Your Darlings” @nouveaubuzz @sterkinekor

“Kill Your Darlings” releases at Cinema Nouveau theatres on Friday, 06 June 2014.

Daniel Radcliffe is Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University. The film centres on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat-er William S. Burroughs.

AWARDS:

·         Cork International Film Festival 2013 – won UCC Film Academy Student Jury Award

·         Hamptons International Film Festival – won Breakthrough Performer

·         Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 – won Directors to Watch

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Things I Love & Things I Hate

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Following in Laura ‘s footsteps.

Things I Love:

* Unexpected hugs and kisses.
* Weekends away.
* Going to the theatre.
* Good quality white chocolate.
* Seeing my kids.
* The way a baby holds your finger.
* Water.
* Pedicures.
* Caprese pizza from Del Forno.
* Butro
* Tattoos

Things I Hate:

* Talking on the phone.
* Not having enough money.
* Physical pain.
* Washing dishes.
* Well done steak.
* When my nails are not proper.
* Parking in tiny spaces.
* Loneliness.
* Clothes shopping with teenagers.
* My stomach.
* Asparagus.

I wish you enough cheesecake,  ice cream and good hugs.

Wenchy

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I use to be Snow White but I drifted…. my birthday gift WISH list for 13 June.

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Thank you  for the picture!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

My dream birthday list…  turning 14 again:

1. I would love a proper purple handbag in Kevin G Friedman style of exquisite taste,  but not in that darling man’s budget!

2.  A Stuttafords gift voucher to buy Sensai foundation /powder.

3. A purple shawl thingie @VictoriaT99 and I saw when we went to look for school shoes at Woolworths in Rosebank Mall.

4. A stylus.  Exclusive Books has some.  Mine broke.  Don’t ask.  Don’t point at my ass.

5. Purple streaks… Just here and there.

6. Nails and toes with Thembisile Munyai.

7. Sunflowers and/or yellow roses.

8. Afternoon tea somewhere fabulous!

9. Killarney Mall vouchers for massage, eye brows, pedicures,  facialbooks…  Dream,  dream,  dream… .

10. Original Ice Strawberry Daiquiri.

11. Anything from Le Creuset, you guessed it -  in purple!

12. Mint flavoured white ice tea from Woolworths. lol I’m serious dammit.

13. White chocolate.

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14. Cupcakes.  Red velvet.  :)

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These were baked by my BFF, Will.

Oh the excitement of my birth month!!!!!

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Having #Wenchytude & being the #JoziGem living with Chronic Illness

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

To say I am fed up is to say Elton John is camp.  He is not camp,  he is queen without borders. 

It has been a week now of chronic pain while experiencing a flair up of Fibromyalgia. Some days I have been able to cruise on painkillers, (unfortunately not mood altering,  asshole drugs, – very beige) and get through the day.  Other days I cry and feel huge anger towards my body. Why can’t you just be proper?

The overall feeling of stress encourage the idiotic pain and at some point bi polar kicks in and we have us a party. What stress could I possibly have? I invite you to strap on my boots and give it a bit of a walk. Just around the block will be fine.

Last Saturday morning when I was crying very loudly,  I considered it is time I be admitted,  hit the big guns for pain relief. Beem me up to the good stuff Skattie!!!

I imagined telling my kids I am in hospital and I know the fears,  anxiety and worry as my Mammie,  sister Rentia at the baseline have the same illness -  Ankolysing Spondylitis. I worry every time they in hospital.

I have Fibromyalgia as an added party trick,  Rentia added Lupus to outdo me, (your strength is beyond Brave heart) and my Mammie is on a run away morphine train of her own.

This week I had to cancel all my events. I detest doing that.  I feel I let down those that invited me.  I can’t get the messages across that I want to, but above all it makes me feel unreliable.

I hate that. I hate that this crap is stealing moments, days from this life. Seriously have I not added enough comic relief to the world already?

This morning as I turned my electric blanket up to aid the pain, I realised that once again,  as in the 18 years I have been blogging,  I can use this platform to give a face to chronic illness.  One where you are not missing a limb,  there is no flashing arrow above your head (Not just mental! ) but you actually are in very real pain.

I am very blessed that for the most part I function just dandy and my flair ups are scattered and I have to be patient and let it rage through my body and then I move back to managing the illness. Problem is I was NOT born with patience.

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I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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