MAPPING A PATHWAY TO THE STARS

A Night with the Stars, a showcase piece for the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company and Born To Perform (a platform created by Creative Directors, Gemma Marinus Donnelly and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for talented children and teens) took place at the UJ Arts Centre on 27th and 28th May 2016.

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SPLITBEAM TURNS TECHNOLOGY INTO ART

The use of clever technology for ‘I See You’ greatly enhanced the viewing experience of the play and emphasised the notion that technology can be art in itself.

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FINISH WITH FLAIR

Brian Madiba (46) is a theatre crew freelancer who is passionate about running. This year will be his tenth Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon race but many are not aware of what it takes for this man to be there. A couple of friends in the industry, Alistair Kilbee from Gearhouse Splitbeam and Duncan Riley from DWR Distribution, decided to lend a hand.

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SNIPPET FOR SPLITBEAM

“Splitbeam recently upped their stockholding of VL2500 spot and washes to 48 units, a proven favourite in theatrical lighting for over 2 decades.”

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INSPIRATIONAL HELEN SURGESON AND HER LOVE FOR SA THEATRE

One tends to get a warm, fuzzy feeling when meeting up with Helen Surgeson. It’s a rare quality because even if you do not know her that well, it’s like having a sister in the industry, one whom you respect. Helen has worked on spectacular musicals, successfully tried her hand in the corporate realm, and more recently works as Operations Manager and sometimes Production Manager on international shows playing in South Africa. A compliment she will never forget was from a colleague who introduced her to someone saying, “This is Helen and she’s one of the guys.”

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