Life after ‘Tyi Wara’……

‘Tyi Wara – The Earth Hero’

Success at Storytelling Centre!!!!!


Well, it’s not quite over yet!!! Putting on any show is stressful. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t gone through the ups and downs while creating a production/performance art for ‘public consumption who hasn’t broken down whether 3 weeks or 3 minutes before the curtain lifts.

Ours was certainly an adventure. January was the first major panic when we didn’t have a musician for a piece and it opened in 7 weeks. Then the wonderful Gameli stepped in 4 weeks before the show.  4 rehearsals later and desperately in need of our 5th and final one, both Gameli and Gaoussou (producer) fell ill and were on deaths door. Anyone else experience this? The tears came 3 days before the show. Luckily, I am of a fairly optimistic and cheery disposition so half an hour later, it was fine and it became less ‘aaargh! we only have 3 days’ to a more ‘cool! we still have 3 days’ attitude. 3 hours before show and the panic returned with things not quite working in dress rehearsal.

Still photos taken (thank you Claire), techy sorted, props in place, exhibition up outside and people arriving and it was all go.

Marvellous!!! 90+ folk in a 100 capacity theatre. Woohoo!!! Really gives energy to the space. It was great to see so many familiar faces, willing us on in the audience and new ones too, not sure what they would get from a Toto Tales production.

It went swimmingly! Erick’s entry as Mousso Koroni / Nyeleni was nothing short of spectacular. Even  my old dad gushed ‘such a graceful dancer!’, praise indeed!

Gameli showed no sign of his illness and wowed the crowds, his white locks glistening in the light. The audience were into the story from the word go. Such a pleasure to have them! They responded as if they had rehearsed with us. They danced round the room celebrating the happy return to the healer, Donald ignoring me and heading onto the stage jiggling away! Perfect!

Fin Wycherley of Supersize Blogging had proof of the power of social media in the form of 2 representatives of @Afriversal who we met on twitter had come down from Aberdeen to see the show. Such a pleasure to see it in action and they loved the show too. Wahey!

What now???? Well, plans are underway to take it round Scotland to a few high schools and some community centres. We are definitely visiting Lockerbie and Northfield (Aberdeen) schools who are unbelievably forward thinking and proactive and it will be an enormous pleasure taking the show to them and working with their teachers and students.

We have had great feedback from Donald at the Storytelling Centre so long live Tyi Wara and here’s to many more performances. We will be posting up a video soon, so keep an eye out.

Toto x

By the way……Check out the new website http://www.tototales.co.uk and tell us what you think. Thank you!

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About TotoTales

Toto Tales brings African stories to life through the arts. We find and create incredible, inspiring, heart warming, tragic, humorous stories from across Africa, and share them with a variety of audiences across the world. We collaborate with various artists and strive to produce high quality works that while simple are far from being simplistic.
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