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Rehearsing for an Industrial Theatre job

It’s Monday morning and it’s the second week of rehearsals for is a 35 minute play. I am amped. This play has been ‘commissioned’ by a corporate client, and it will be performed on a road show, around the country, with its message being mainly about service delivery. This is my seventh year of working with and for this client; proof that live performance is an incredibly successful way of communicating to this target audience. It is the best way of delivering this ‘training’ to a huge crowd of people who don’t have access to, or the vocabulary for other training methods. And the best part of it is that it is funny. I am absolutely certain that the best and most memorable learning takes place while you are laughing.

So, I’m off to get ready. In this day of teeny, underfunded traditional theatre shows I have the extraordinary privilege of working with a cast of five. Yes, the message is terribly specific, and the info can be boring sometimes, but we’ll do our best to hide it in fun. I have a cast of Cape Town’s top actors. We love each other and really enjoy the process, and the work. I’m off to another delightful day in the rehearsal room. Let me know if you’d like to put your nose in to see what we’re doing and how we do it.

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The Cast

One of the hardest choices to make is that of a cast. I am about to go into rehearsals for a big industrial theatre show and I had to audition and then select a cast of five to perform what will be a 35 minute play that will go around South Africa as part of a road show.

Auditions were three days of roller coaster. Some actors were brilliantly prepared and had given their audition some creative thought. Others had fits of nerves. Some were so good but not suitable, some were suitable but not good enough, others were plain useless.

The hardest part was choosing from those who were good, and making choices that have to do with group dynamics, balance, age, status, energy and size of performance. In this country colour still plays a major part. There are still jobs that are mainly performed by black people and white people are still the majority when it comes to being the boss.

After a weekend of deliberation and going through the permutations, I settled on my final cast and it is so exciting. Watch this space for pictures and updates.

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