The first concept of "Little Red Riding Hood crossing the street" was tested successfully at the corner of Buitenkant and Darling Streets with a myriad of passers-by who either engaged with the performance or smiled as they walked on. Most were given a flyer outlining the statistics that explain the reason why this campaign is so crucial in our city.
The story line is simple: Little Red Riding Hood doesn't know how to cross the street until the Huntsman comes to her rescue by showing her how the traffic lights can help her. Once the pedestrian light turns green, she is on her way, successfully finishing her journey while the red pedestrian light flashes. She then encounters the Big Bad Wolf in a (cardboard) car who has stopped in the pedestrian crossing and prevents her from crossing the street when the traffic light is green for her. She manages to circumvent the disrespectful wolf driver and crosses the street after a few acrobatic manoeuvres. The story was repeated with a few variations in terms of the location, the pace and the interaction with the public.
It was clear that the public was not only recognising the popular children's story, but some saw themselves in one of the characters. The pedestrians feeling lost when crossing the street, just like Little Red Riding Hood; as well as those driving past in cars, represented by the impatient, and at times insensitive Big Bad Wolf.
The performance was directed by Mandisi Sindo, founder and director of Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre.
Also known as Dr Disi, Mandisi is a South African actor, presenter/mc, writer, director, voice over artist, and a public artwork creator and curator signed under ERM Stars (Emma Ress Management) and Tongue Twisters Voice Agency.
In addition to an impressive theatre career, Mandisi has worked professionally as an Actor, Puppeteer, Director, Organizer/Curator, Fieldworker, Radio voice over artist, Television Presenter, public art creator and as a dance choreographer with the Infecting the City Festival, Magnet Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Market Theatre, Department of Arts and Culture Nelspruit and Cape Town, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), Artscape Theatre, University of Cape Town, Mann Made Media, Africa Centre, Tongue Twisters for Voice, Pansa and UNIMA.
The performers included Iman Isaacs, Richard September and Aphiwe Livi.
Iman Isaacs (Little Red Riding Hood) is a performer, dancer, choreographer, musician, theatre maker, puppeteer and educator. In 2011 she lived in New Delhi for 2 months working with the National School of Drama. Iman's work ranges from feature films to movement, physical theatre and choreography classes at City Varsity. She has also worked with the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation, where she partnered with a qualified therapist and devised workshops and interventions for troubled children. Most recently, Iman has performed in Full Stops on your Face, Nat, Warrior on Wheels, What goes up! and Four Small Gods.
Richard September (the Big Bad Wolf) is a Cape Town-based performance artist and freelance actor. In 2013 he played supporting roles in Athol Fugard's Die Laaste Karretjie Graf as well as Magnet Theatre's Voices Made Night at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has presented work at GIPCA's Biannual Live Art Festival where he performed Category Syndrome in 2014. In the same year he acted in Rachelle Greef's Rondomskrik. Most recently he appeared in Joanna Evans Four Small Gods, and theKyknet series, Buurtwag He is currently playing the voice of Sean Adams in the SAfm radio serial, Burnt Out. He holds a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town. His skills include physical theatre, dance, Bunraku (style) puppetry and voice artistry.
Aphiwe Livi (the Huntsman) is a freelance actor, choreographer and dancer. He became skilled in African, Gumboot, contemporary and fission dance as a member of a physical theatre organization based at Desmond Tutu recreational Hall in Makhaza, outside Cape Town. From 2005 to 2007 he was been busy with competitions involving the youth at large, the list of those are as follows...High school drama festivals at Artscape, Baxter dance festival, Smack competition, Rock challenge for schools in and around Cape Town and he also took part in awareness programs about substance abuse and other issues such as HIV/AIDS, crime and child abuse in communities.
After he matriculated, Aphiwe furthered his studies by completing his Further Education and Training in the Arts (NQF Level 5) at New Africa Theatre Association in Cape Town. In 2009 he was accepted to join the Jazzart dance theatre (professional African contentempry in South Africa) as a trainee in the Jazzart Training and Job Creation Program. This year he went overseas in a huge children's international festival in Stuttgart, Germany.