“You Danes are all so on time – I’m not, I’m one of those late people,” Anthea Moys says, as she moves toward the stage, climbing chairs, leaning on people’s shoulders, excusing herself as she moves towards the stage. Besides the people actually sitting in the chairs, paper, a book and pencil are placed on every stool, this is not a time to sit back and relax – this is CounterPlay.
Suddenly the floor and audience is transformed into a traffic jam; “Stand up. You’re all busy now, trying to get to your seat in time. Maybe others are in your seat and you’ll have to ask them to move.” Music burst through the speakers and attendees get up, paper and pencil in hand on their way to ‘their’ seat. New persons and point of views are suddenly available, next Anthea instructs her audience to put pen to paper, “you cannot look at the paper,” she says, “just look at your partner and pay attention to them, and draw their portrait.” In pairs the audience is suddenly alert and smiling at people who were strangers just a minute ago. The atmosphere has changed, laughter both excited and nervous fills the room, and suddenly there are no more strangers only friends.”
In addition to the talk she also led people in ‘The Best Workshop’: “This workshop is probably THE BEST thing on offer at this festival. It has been awarded THE BEST WORKSHOP AWARD for five years running, nationally in South Africa and basically all over the world. This distinguished, 5-star rated and very excellent workshop takes play VERY SERIOUSLY. There will be prizes and certificates given to THE BEST participants. To win you will obviously need to prove yourself the fittest, brightest, fastest and most good looking of the bunch. I will also be giving out mischievous tasks to completed (in secret) by your secret identity. You will need to complete these missions before the festival ends… otherwise: No prize! No certificate! No nothing for you! Are you also THE BEST? If so, you should probably come and play with us.”