Nuts about You!An educational stage play for high schools
Nut about You!
The stage play is part of Love Your Nuts’ (LYN) educational programme and is performed:
- at launches of the “Cancer School Programme”
- at events to raise awareness and educate about the importance of early detection of cancer
- at high schools, corporates, sport clubs and events of any other interest groups eg. Cancer days, health days, etc
The stage play it part of the LYN Goodie bag project – the main drive of the foundation.
After a decade or so, Arney returns to his high school to relive some of the memories of his coming-of-age. Along his nostalgic journey, we meet friends and family members who helped him along the way, including his arch nemesis, Henry.
Little does Arney realise, that Henry, (the golden boy), is battling more than the usual challenges of the rugby field…
What follows, is a delightful and heartwarming jaunt into the world of teenagers, first love, basic pranks, and redemption.
- “Nuts about you!” is aimed at senior high school students, ranged between 15 and 19 years of age. The production is crafted to also reach adults.
- 45 minutes long, and in English, the production is a heavy mix of comedy and pathos.
- Performed in the style of Commedia Dellárte. This style of performance features one actor, applying an array of theatre masks to portray a variety of other characters. This element serves to keep the audience visually enthralled while the message of the play prepares for an unexpected punch.
- The production requires 30 minute set up before performance and 15 minute strike after the performance.
- The production is adaptable and can be performed anywhere, provided the audience and actor are protected from the elements, and other peripheral distractions.
- The production is best suited for 150 students at a time. Two separate performances can be delivered for larger groups.
Each performance might be followed with a Q&A, survey, or questionnaire.
The actor, will be on standby to offer Drama students, (or interested students in agreement with School Management), a Masterclass in Character Mask work, and General Performance Skills, free of charge.
First performance in Cape Town
Schedule of Proposed Performances
It is suggested that a minimum of 8 to 10 performances be scheduled per month, with a target of 50 to 70 performances per school calendar year, pending approval and sponsorship.
Each performance will require an assessment report to be completed by the actor, to be collected by LYN Foundation for statistic and follow up purposes.
Benefit Opportunities for Potential Sponsors
- Sponsors are invited to brand the event at each school, in a manner that is tasteful and respectful of the learning environment, and the artistic merits of the production.
- Sponsors are invited to extend naming rights to the production: IE: Nuts about You!, was proudly presented by ……. or, ……. Proudly presents Nuts about You!
- Sponsors may avail themselves of 3 showcase performances, in prior consultation with the Artist, and Love You Nuts, free of charge, at events of their choice (available to the sponsor, only if they sponsor the whole package)
- Sponsors will be mentioned in all print and digital advertising of the production, and in all media interviews, where permissible.
- Sponsors may distribute Added Value gifts or merchandise, in prior consultation with the school where Nuts about You is in performance. This forms part of the LYN goodie bag.
If you/your company would like to get involved and support this initiative feel free to contact Torsten Koehler.
Biography of Aldo Brincat
Aldo Brincat is a multitalented professional artist, teacher, entrepreneur, and corporate motivational speaker.
Among other awards, he is most proud of being nominated as Best Male, Solo Stage Actor of the Decade (2000 to 2009), by the Mail & Guardian, South Africa; along with Pieter Dirk Uys, Andrew Buckland, James Cairns and Rob van Vuuren.
Having a theatre based career that spans over 30 years, and having studied Theatre-making, under the legendary Jacques Le Coq, in Paris, France, Aldo’s focus is primarily in training, and working with the youth.
He has written and performed for (among others):
- The World Bank in Washington, DC
- The late Nelson Mandela, while he was still President of South Africa
- The former President of Botswana, This Excellency Lieutenant General Ian Khama Seretse Khama.
Aldo a runs community theatre initiatives, and constantly seeks to assist in the improvement people’s lives, wherever the opportunity presents.
Brief Introduction to Educational Theatre
Educational Theatre was born out of the Issue Based Theatre movement, which resonated in the western world during the late 1960s. Feminism, Racism, Apartheid, Abortion, Gender Rights, Globalisation, Save The Whales, and Nuclear Power, were some of the many issues under the umbrella of Educational Theatre.
The exponential eruption of the HIV Aids Pandemic in the early 1980’s, required an effective vehicle of communication that would reach not only far into the rural areas, but also to the illiterate. Speaking on sensitive the issues of Condoms, Masculinity, Tradition and Culture, and especially the suggestion of Behavioral Change required more than a glossy pamphlet. Forging meaningful content for educational theatre productions, delivery strategy and follow through techniques, required talented and dedicated people.
It is interesting to note that South Africa led the way in this field, with South America coming a close second.
Some Basic Elements of Educational Theatre:
Quality Educational Theatre depends primarily on identifying its core message, and pairing that with an appropriate target audience. The production should be short, and flexible enough to cater for a variety of audiences and venue challenges. The production should be highly entertaining as well as educational. Its core messages would do well to be “buried” slightly, for the audience to do the “unearthing”. Further support via print material, online presence, and assessment reporting can also be of great added value.