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LETTER FROM BILL FLYNN & PAUL SLABOLEPSZY (article first published : 2002-04-2)

In our letter to Artsmart we avoided mentioning specific names when commenting on the way in which certain Durban critics reviewed our show Running Riot. We are aware that Mr Suter did not review the production and therefore was not present at the Opening Night. Our comments were not aimed at him. In order to clarify matters we would like it noted that our letter was intended for the ears of Mr Peter Machen and Mr Graham Greer specifically (and to a lesser extent Mr Mike Tarr).

We don't think calculating the amount of laughs a show contains is "bizarre". Think of it purely as our version of "AR ratings". We agree that Opening Nights are "natural" events. They should be banned - in favour of an Opening WEEK during which critics can attend any one of half a dozen shows at their leisure. The recording we monitored was done about a week later.

Regarding this whole debate, points have been made on both sides. Sensitivities are riding high. Statements and responses seem to be getting out of hand and in a few cases rather silly. Time to call it a day. On the up side, several minds have been given a nice little shake - hopefully, something positive will come of it. Just remember chaps (producers, directors, writers, actors AND critics) - we're all in this together. If the Springbok rugby team don't know how to play as a team - let's at least try and prove that WE can...

Yours very sincerely, Bill Flynn & Paul Slabolepszy.




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