Who’s Upstairs: Megan Furniss

Megan is performing in Impromp2 where she will be joined on stage by other TheatreSports performers, at Alexan­der Upstairs 19 – 23 May.

meganfurniss01Home town?
Cape Town for years but originally from Jozi.

Tell us a little more about Impromp2.
After performing solo improv last year I wanted to try out improv duets. I want to be on stage making stuff up with one other person. I want to see what happens, how each player is different, and what I can do to bring out the best in a team of two. Also, I know that this is going to be very special and watchable. Impromp2 is improv for an audience.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Actually, in June I am back at Alexander Upstairs for a brief comeback of Violet Online, starring Lynita Crofford, before it goes to the NAF.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I am busy dreaming up a new one woman show for myself, and I am writing a screenplay.

How did you get into theatre?
I was seven when I discovered that the lady across the road taught drama. I was hooked after the first class. I was in my first play at seven.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
From history I would probably choose Charles Dickens, so he could make fun of all the other guests. I would serve him vegan sausages and watch his face like a hawk for the reaction. And, Peter Sellers. I would serve him the chicken from The Party. I would make him be all the other guests too.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Camps Bay beach at sunrise on a Sunday morning.

What excites you about theatre?
I get excited when theatre moves, either emotionally, spiritually or even intellectually.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
My biggest mistakes have been when I haven’t trusted my intuition. Also, I get into fights a lot. I have learned to trust my instincts more, but I am still working on the fighting.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Frankie Nassimbeni. He is an underrated talent. Ntombi Makhutshi. She is a  dream to work with and for. Daneel van der Walt. She is magnificent. And boy can she sing. Mkhuseli Tafane. Energetic, magnetic, creative, funny. Aphiwe Menziwa. Start talking about him now, and be ahead of the curve. He is going to be a superstar.

One thought on “Who’s Upstairs: Megan Furniss

  1. Can. Not. Wait. for this and mostly because i get to play with Megs on the opening evening… and also because some of my favourite ex-TS-players are connected to Alexander Bar so it’s always a happy reunion.

    Thanks for this – can’t wait for the shows – going to be ground-breaking i am sure.
    brett fish

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