Soap stars or superstars?
When The Learning Theatre plans an Industrial Theatre Intervention the casting of suitable actors nearly always leads to a debate between client and service provider. The reason is simple. Client would like to see some famous faces in their production and who can be more famous than South Africa's myriad "soap" stars?
25 Apr 2012 11:35
Putting a well-known soap face on stage in an Industrial Theatre production is often counterproductive as the audience are distracted by the fact that this famous face is actually right there in front of them. All soap characters have distinguishing characteristics and behaviour and the audience members feel cheated when they don't see this behaviour on stage. In some cases they will shout questions at the actor about the story of his or her particular soap. It stands to reason that questions about a soap character's love life is not conducive to the kind of cognitive and emotive learning that good Industrial Theatre tries to engender.
That is why The Learning Theatre always prefer using lesser known actors (yet not less professional) who understand the medium of Industrial Theatre and who realise that their job is to create learning. They are the real superstars of the industry!