I channeled my inner
slapper flapper last night and foxtrotted my way to the Spier Speakeasy and launch of the new Great Gatsby production. A double-knock and password and I was in, where I was promptly plied with red lipstick, a feathered head-band and ‘giggle water’ in a teacup. Winding my way up the flights of stairs of a historical Cape Town building on Spin Street, I met members of the cast who introduced me to the range of Spier wines, the prohibition and what the Great Gatsby by Spier experience entails.
“The famous novel, The Great Gatsby, has recently come out of copyright, and the film is due to be released early next year, sparking a renewed interest in the work, and the glitz and glamour of the 20s. From 20 November to 31 December 2012, Spier will be hosting an interactive stage adaptation of the novel, following a sold-out run in London.
The book was recently adapted by Peter Joucla who also directs the show. Produced by the team from Wilton’s Music Hall in London, the adaptation incorporates singing and dancing between and within the scenes. “My aim is to present a stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby in a way which captures the essence of Fitzgerald’s novel, which evokes the world and context in which it is set, and which highlights some of the similarities and differences between that period and contemporary life,” says Joucla.
People are invited to dress in their 20s best, and there will be interactive, Gatsby-style food and entertainment before the show, during interval and after the show. Expect live jazz, late night foxtrots, moonshine in teapots, pearls and flappers, bootleggers and millionaires and unbridled hedonism on the Spier lawns!”
Tickets are R630 per person, this includes the show, Gatsby-themed food and Spier Signature wine. Early bird (before 10 November) and group bookings (10+) are R550 per person – perfect for Christmas parties! Book through Computicket by clicking here.