23 February 2015

"Grab a wine, grab a seat, and make sure you see Yep, Still Got It!"

This week on drama on the waterfront, co-writer Sandy Brewer talks about working with Jane Keller on Yep, Still Got It!

Sandy Brewer.
There is nothing quite as self-affirming as being able to look at yourself in the mirror and say Yep, Still Got It! So after her last 3 one woman shows, Jane Keller has demonstrated that she has still got it!

Jane and I have been friends for years and have always enjoyed each other’s company and sense of humour.  Jane is a wonderful performer so when she started talking about her next one woman show, her fourth, and said she would like me to co-write it with her I was thrilled.

Our production meetings in the early stages were always at our favourite restaurant with plenty of good food and liquid refreshments. My husband at one stage said, “this show is costing a fortune and you haven’t even started writing it yet!”  Well, good things take time and we were ensuring we were feeling suitably creative!

Jane and I discussed many ideas, topics, situations, issues, and acknowledged that we have all had embarrassing moments in our lives, felt heartache, and wondered what next. In the early phases of Yep, Still Got It! we workshopped themes that face women of all ages, like, cosmetic surgery, shapewear, and the costs to maintain ourselves in a world of creams, Botox and serums. 

Sandy Brewer and Jane Keller.
There were so many possibilities. We loved the idea of celebrating the fact that as we are aging the conventions of what is and isn’t age appropriate, or what is expected of us at a certain age, no longer apply. Sixty is the new forty so they say and there is no need to have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
In Yep, Still Got It! Jane is approaching retirement age and has started asking those questions about what next. Being the vivacious person she is she is not likely to slip on her flannels and curl up on the couch. No, Jane has plenty of options to explore. What about an encore career, or a little life coaching?  The possibilities are endless and the resulting stories and songs in Yep, Still Got It, will ensure more than a few belly laughs.

Regardless of what age you are currently, Yep, Still Got It! will appeal. I am a few years behind Jane so have enjoyed the fact that the show confirms once and for all that age is just a number and attitude is everything. Jane has plenty of attitude and it's infectious!

Jan Keller, Alan Palmer and Michael Nicholas Williams in rehearsal for Yep, Still Got It!
Working with Michael Nicholas Williams and Alan Palmer has been a treat, with rehearsals filled with laughter, music, creativity, and blushing, but that’s a whole other story….. If you have been to any of Jane’s previous shows you know to expect some risqué (but not filthy) moments!

So, grab a wine, grab a seat, and make sure you see Yep, Still Got It!

- Sandy Brewer  - co-writer of YEP, STILL GOT IT!

 Yep, Still Got It! opens in Circa Two on 28 February and runs until 21 March. To book, please visit www.circa.co.nz or call the Circa Box office on 801-7992.

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