The Virgin and the Whore. The Hipster and the Basic Bitch. Two waitresses prepare themselves for another nauseating night on the battlefields of the Horrifying Hospitalica. Armed with a toothpick, their razor-sharp wit, and ripe suckable tits, they don their aprons, pull up their fishnets and serve themselves up hot.
In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament is on at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre from 17 to 22 July. It’s a feminist cabaret that will make dads cry and f*ck boyz cower. A comedy. A seduction. A spank on the arse of the patriarchy. A ritual. A battle-cry.
The play is an adaptation and re-imaging of Sue Pam-Grant and Sheena Stannard’s 1980s underground feminist cabaret. Exhumed from the back of Stannard’s sewing cupboard and presented again for audiences, two young Cape Town actresses – Donna Cormack-Thomson and Jamie-Lee Money – take on Lori and Beth, waitresses on their first night at a new job. Kei-Ella Loewe directs. A collection of episodes stuffed with humour, word play, cheesy dance moves, a sprinkle of song and a drizzle of darkness.
Jamie, Donna and Kei-Ella have been working together since their first year of theatre and performance studies at the UCT Drama Dept.
Kei-Ella is a director, stage-manager, techie, visual artist and craft extraordinaire. She directed throughout university, including Don’t Shoot the Harbinger! which won Best New Script at the NAF Student Program in 2015 and Monster, a visual theatre collaboration with Jamie and Donna which was created at university and performed again at the Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016. She was awarded the Mavis Taylor Theatre-Making Award and the class medal in 2015 for her efforts. She presented her second collaboration with Jamie and Donna In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament in May this year. She was a waitress and now works for the UCT Drama Department as the Senior Stage Manager.
Other than working with her two favourite people, Donna Cormack-Thomson has performed on film and on stage. Including The White Whore and The Bit Player directed by Chris Weare, in Anthology: After The End written by Nicholas Spagnoletti, Jon Keevy, Louis Viljoen, and directed by Louis Viljoen and in a sold-out run of Bad Jews written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Greg Karvellas at The Fugard Theatre.
Jamie-Lee has gained experience acting on film and television series, some of which will be releasing late 2017 and early 2018 on BBC and Cinema. She has been involved in more than just acting but also in admin, technical and casting sides for film. She works part time at the Alexander Bar.
What: In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament
Where and when: Alexander Upstairs Theatre from 17 to 22 July