Put a bunch of artists in a room to talk about business, and then ask them to define “purpose”. A few moments of uncharacteristic silence.
Artists usually have quite a lot to say about purpose, because that’s the very thing that motivates us to create. It’s our voice. Our reason. Our message. But put it in the same sentence as “business”, and you’ve got us stunned for a moment.
Art and Business are not traditional partners. Art is something you suffer for, while business is what we all prefer our children to be good at.
BASA asked that very question at their Established Education Programme workshop 2017, and I can confidently tell you what Story Team’s purpose is: It is operating in that sweet spot where the talents of our team members align perfectly with the desires we have for our company, and comes into fulfilment in the projects we undertake.
Figuring out your personal purpose, and matching it with your professional one, is a wonderful priviledge. Earning your money, while living out your passion. Wow.
Op 2 Februarie vier ons World Wetlands Day, die bewaring van ons vleilande. Die tema vir hierdie jaar is: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Fifi die Vleipadda en Pollie Palmiet het weer die Overberg plat gery om maats tot in Riversdal te gaan vertel wat ’n vleiland is en hoekom ons mooi daarna moet kyk.
Fifi en Pollie bel vir Boeboes
Die kinders moet help!
Professor Doedels en die kinders
Vir die groter maters, moeders en vaders wat dalk nie weet wat dit is nie, kom ons vertel julle ook meer:
Vleilande is waardevol vir die ekosisteem, omdat dit water kwaliteit en kwantiteit beïnvloed. Met droogtes en vloede wat ons land toenemend bedreig, raak dit al hoe belangriker om ons vleilande mooi op te pas.
Die ontstellende nuus is dat 71% van vleilande in die Wes-Kaap bedreig word! Faktore wat hiervoor verantwoordelik is, is:
Boeboes die breker op sy motorfiets
Boeboes hol weg vie die paddas
Die Wes-Kaapse minister van Plaaslike Regering, Omgewingsake en Ontwikkelingsbeplanning, Mnr. Johan Bredell, sê:
“It is going to take innovation and hard work by the generations living on our planet today to make sure there is a sustainable future for the generations that will follow us. We need to start doing the right things now.”
Ok, so what is a monologue?
You are ready to act on the audition call, you are available, eager, willing to do your bit… if only you knew what to prepare.
A monologue is a part in a play where a character speaks alone. It is not a soliloque, where he/she speaks to him/herself, but the character shares thoughts with the audience, that usually enriches the play.
For example: your character was just in a conversation with another character about going on a road trip. Your character freaked out, the other characters stormed off, and you are left alone on stage. Your character starts a monologue, recollecting a scene from his/her past where something traumatic happened on a previous road trip. In this way, the audience is given information the other characters in the play do not have, which creates tension. They might have more empathy with your character, and in more than one way, the play is enriched.
So, a monologue is a speech where a character speaks alone, to an audience, about his/her own thoughts or feelings about something.
Where to find one? The best place is in an existing drama text, found in any library. If you are really desperate, it is possible to write your own, but do not attempt it for an audition if you have never done it before! Monologues can become quite melodramatic and self-indulgent.
If you’ve found one that speaks to you, read it, make it your own, and make that call!
You saw the ad. You’re in two minds… Tip number one:
Go for it! If you are available on rehearsal and performance dates, be brave and take the plunge. If the ad spoke to you in that special ticklish place in your gut, this is your chance.
2. Make sure you know what the requirements are, and that you can fulfil it. In our case, we need:
a talented performer, with or without experience – we will teach and guide an eager and willing soul.
someone who’s available to rehearse and perform in the mornings, because that’s when we do our thing, and we cannot negotiate with our audience about this.
someone who can speak afrikaans and english fluently, because we need our audience to understand us.
someone with transport.
3. Be on time, because first impressions last. In the world of a traveling theatre troupe, hiring rehearsal space is a huge thing. If you are late, it costs money, so be considerate, responsible and show up on time.
4. Come prepared. This links up with the previous point. If you are expected to perform, but you present excuses instead, you are wasting time and money. Remember: a flawless performance is not necessarily required, it is more about the effort you put in and the promise and possibility we see in you. Speak loudly, clearly and present a creative, interesting character. This is children’s theatre, so we need energy and imagination.
5. Do your best.
6. Enjoy it. We love what we do, and it will be a priviledge to share it with someone new!
I cannot help to recite William Wordsworth’s poem everytime I say “ourcloud”. I like the way the words sound themselves out of my mouth, but most of all I like the dreaminess of the idea. “I wandered lonely as a cloud…”
Oh, the possibilities! But the only lonely and dreamy thing about our cloud, is just the very first moment of its conception. That moment fades away into oblivion… That particular moment the idea-getter can seldom recall, because that’s simply how an idea works: it is born…and then it balloons, blossoms, mushrooms, and explodes!
So I imagine that is how our writer, Celeste, and later her whole team, felt when they contemplated another story about South Africa. Visualising all the things we know and love so well. Making pictures in their minds, floating on their cloud of creativity, making a plan to do all the same things, but completely differently. It started small…
That is how this:
The First Draft and Name
The Second Draft and Name
and finally this:
The story of the fairy godmother and the tooth fairy, who have the time of their lives on a very unusual cloud. On this cloud, they row their way through cyber space and discover a country that takes their breath away: South Africa as seen through the eyes of a hopeful, energetic generation.
I am sure any lonely wanderer would have been eager to make a stop and get off his cloud at one of the vibrant, diverse local is lekker destinations. Loneliness is definitely not a part of who we South Africans are. We have come a long way to create a new, ever blossoming and very real story. Thank you Hermanus Primary for your awesome learners and teachers who floated, stormed and rained with us!