KYLE JARDINE says he’s the kind of person that believes six impossible things before breakfast. “I’ve always been that way, but if you had told me what was about to happen at the beginning of 2020, I would have called it impossible,” he says.
“Like so many people, my world came crashing down with the first lockdown and it’s never been the same since. Some of you know – but many don’t – that I am a musical theatre performer by trade. I have made my living singing and dancing on stage for a decade. When the Corona virus made its way to our shores, my industry was brought to its knees. It breaks my heart to say that that’s where it has stayed.”
Kyle worked at Gate69 for four years, where he did Macbeth, Three Little Pigs, and Eros, as well as costume and set design. He has also worked Pieter Toerien on productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sound Of Music, and Cabaret at The Fugard.
A man of many talents, Kyle is grateful to have experienced a reignition of his passion for the visual arts some months before the disaster occurred and “was ready to make the transition from performer to artist faster than you can say “5, 6, 7,8!” he says.
“Many of my friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry have not been so fortunate,” he adds.
Kyle has been creating prolifically over the past 18 months, and he is now ready to present his catalogue Dinner And A Show, some of which are featured here to whet your appetite. “My heart lives here. I hope you find as much joy there as I do,” he says.
The concept is to illustrate what has been happening in the entertainment industry since lockdown began in March 2020 – which tragically is not very much. It’s been devastating for performers and artists but Kyle says he didn’t want to dwell on the negative and depressing but rather apply his style which generally has elements of colour, fun and happiness, and to touch lightly on the topic with a message of hope.
“If you love the arts, support an artist. Buy a painting, buy a ticket, like a post, share a video,” he urges. “We are the dreamers, and we can believe six impossible things before breakfast.”
The three works featured here are titled Full House, Curtain Call, and After Party. “Full House does have an inkling of The Fugard,” says Kyle, which I thought at first glance; on closer inspection of course, it’s quite different. The title is ironic in that no theatres are filling their houses – the ultimate win for them – right now. Curtain Call, which shows the stage, is of course the closing of a show, and After Party depicts the dinner table that is the impression of dinner and a show – camaraderie and people getting together.