‘Break a leg!’
‘Hope you have lots of shit!’
Dusty Muffin’s blogpost on thespian good wishes.
I ‘met’ Dusty when I first started blogging. She gave me good advice but I procrastinated and so lost everything on bewilderbeast.amagama.com. So then I finally switched to wordpress.com – late – as she had advised earlier. Shoulda listened!
Luckily I usually emailed my stuff to friends before posting it, so was able to reconstruct a lot of it.
Dusty now blogs at hakunamthatha.blogspot.com – go and check out her life in the Mthropolis of Mthatha.
You wish thespians good luck by telling them to break a leg. My favourite version of the origin of the saying is this one: In traditional curtains, the legs of the curtain were constructed from long wooden rods. In the case of many encores, curtains would be lifted and dropped numerous times causing them to ‘break’.
“I wish you much shit” is the Italian version:
In days of yore, patrons arrived at the theatre in horse-drawn carriages. A side effect of horses is, well…shit. So a large audience would result in large piles of shit outside the theatre.