Young mav­er­icks change land­scape of en­ter­tain­ment

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Sunday World - - News - ZANELE SABELA Com­edy Sound of Jozi Jozi Shorts

AT a time when most peo­ple s at­ten­tion spans 140 char­ac­ters, some cre­atives are find­ing ways to present their art in bite-size form to cap­ture the at­ten­tion of dis­tracted au­di­ences.

Take Thato Mo­lope for in­stance. His pop-up com­edy show

(SOC) af­fords comics an op­por­tu­nity to per­form in front of a live au­di­ence for 10 min­utes only.

A typ­i­cal SOC line-up fea­tures five to six co­me­di­ans of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els in­clud­ing some who are just start­ing out, reg­u­lars on the lo­cal com­edy scene and one head­liner who pulls the crowd.

The 10-minute set works for the more fa­mous co­me­di­ans be­cause it puts ex­tra cash in their pock­ets. For the new­com­ers, it s a case of saved by the bell if the crowd doesn t like their ma­te­rial,” Mo­lope said.

Mean­while direc­tor and play­wright Re­filoe Lepere and long-time friend, writer and ac­tor Mlin­delwa Mahlangu, have been ex­per­i­ment­ing with bite-size theatre. The duo re­cently put on four hard-hit­ting six to 15minute plays, per­formed one af­ter an­other by a cast of three ac­tors.

The com­pos­ite work, ti­tled Shorts, fea­tured short plays Good­bye, This Night, Check­mate and 76 was a Very Good Year.

We re­alised we have a chang­ing au­di­ence that con­sumes en­ter­tain­ment very dif­fer­ently. I per­son­ally don t like to sit through two hours of theatre. I pre­fer some­thing that gets to the point while speak­ing to me at the same time,” Lepere said.

In a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion af­ter the stag­ing of the plays, Mahlangu told the au­di­ence he had been ex­posed to the con­cept of bite­size theatre in New York and de­cided to try it when he came back home.

I dis­cussed the idea with Re­filoe be­cause I knew I could trust her with the vi­sion,” he said.

The set­ting of these bite-size show­cases seems to play a cru­cial role. was hosted at The Plat­form in New­town. The small venue seemed to add to the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence by lend­ing an in­ti­macy to the var­i­ous works.

SOC, on the other hand, is usu­ally hosted at res­tau­rants. Un­til the Joburg launch at Cap­pello in New­town on Septem­ber 22, it was hosted at dif­fer­ent venues in Pre­to­ria. The Joburg launch line-up fea­tured Robby Collins, Mumz, TT, La­zola Gola and Suhayl Essa.

The ex­per­i­men­tal for­mat of the show en­ables Mo­lope to open it up to non-comedic ta­lent like mu­si­cians, rap­pers, po­ets, mime artists and oth­ers who are look­ing for ex­po­sure. He makes sure the act matches the am­bi­ence of the host­ing restau­rant.

Ta­lent de­vel­op­ment ap­pears to be at the cen­tre of these short-form artis­tic show­cases. Bite-size theatre af­fords [ac­tors, writ­ers and di­rec­tors] the space to try out new ideas, play dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and prac­tise their craft,” Lepere said.

Mo­lope feels the same, Sound of Com­edy is more than a live com­edy show. It is a plat­form for all artists to show­case their tal­ents and shine.”

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