Thursday, November 3, 2011

Toyota... celebrating 30 years!

Event Client: Mann Made Media
Corporate Client: Toyota
Event: Staff Briefing (internal audience)
Venue: Theatre on the Track
My Role: Live Theatre Director

One of the most wonderful things (and there are many) about Corporate Theatre work - that makes my heart beat faster - is the level of performer one gets to work with. On this event I worked with Hamilton Dhlamini and Mncedisi Shabangu. These two actors are like thoroughbred race horses with energy that fills and overflows from the stage over an audience and much much further. They played the part of two newspaper vendors, with such style and class and generosity, who told the story of Toyota's 30 years of market leadership... The vibrant and powerful script, written by MMM Creative Director Nick Warren, went through the 3 decades from the 80's, 90's and 00's touching on historical moments in South African history, world history and juxtaposed with Toyota's massive achievements in this time both locally and internationally. It is work like this, live performance in front of a widely non-theatre going audience, where one sees the absolute power of theatre.

The brilliant Mncedisi Shabangu and Hamilton Dhamini
The very funny and extremely adaptable Deborah Da Cruz seamlessly stepped in at the last minute and took the flighty and very strict role of Floor Manager during the dress rehearsal when we realised we needed one... her job was keep things on track.

Deborah Da Cruz in action
Nick moving screens around and re-positioning the very many cars that had to drive on stage at different times.

Thanks Mann Made - it rocked!

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