PERFECT DAY – pictures from a dark room

A woman arrives early for an unspecified event that is arranged by her daughters and being held for her. Her unease at arriving way too early, slowly fades as she pages through a photo album that has been left on display. The photographs prompt her to recall, in a series of snapshot moments and vignettes, stories and incidents from her life.

“Our family’s dysfunction on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least and 10, the most, goes from a modest 3 to a hefty 8 and back to a promising 6. Depending largely on who’s holding the talking stick of course.”

Vivid and varied memories unfold in this non-linear journey and go from visceral to poignant; sentimental to funny. Her perception of time and her presence at this event is in flux, as these scattered recollections reveal an imperfect life on her perfect day.

  • Ticket Price: R45.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 45mins
  • Ages: 16+
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:00 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English

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Produced by Circle Productions, Cape Town
Written and Performed by: Coleen van Staden
Director: Celia Musikanth
Assistant Director: Claire Botsis
Stage Manager: Merle Gideon
Videographers: Andrew Herman and Edward Adams
Audio Engineer: Brandon Kemp
Lighting: Enrico Cloete and Moegamat Cloete

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Perfect Day - Mr Thomas


Perfect Day - Pictures from a dark room



I have enjoyed 30+ years in theatre and am an award-winning actor and director in community theatre in Cape Town. I am currently Co-director of Circle Productions providing enrichment through drama programmes for schools and preparing school groups for showcase performances and Festivals. I am the writer and director of the Jukebox Musical, All You Need is Love, based on the life and times of the Beatles, that enjoyed two sold-out runs at the Masque Theatre in 2009 and again in 2010.

Writing and performing is something I enjoy and have done so since a young age. In this piece, I have combined both passions in a vibrant and colourful performance that is a fusion of story telling and theatre.