13 April 2016
Power Struggle, written by comedian Nik Rabinowitz with Tom Eaton and Darryl Bristow-Bovey, creatively unpacks the journey from the Big Bang to the iPhone, highlighting how power and energy is an essential building block of Earth’s evolution as well as its inhabitants.
— Power Struggle (@PowerStruggle_) April 2, 2016
Rabinowitz acts as narrator and hero in the show – the Power Struggler – who takes his audience on an insightful and hilarious journey across the history of power through the ages. He brings to it the uniquely multilingual South African comedic sensibility that has made him one of the country’s most popular performers.
— IG: SNECOMEDY (@snecomedy) February 24, 2015
Sne Dladla, who made his name as a stand-up comedian and actor in David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa, is the hugely entertaining Power Professor who forms part of the educational sideshow of the production, Information is Power. Dladla puts his beatboxing and dance skills to good use in highlighting the benefits and ease of sustainable energy solutions.
“In essence (the show is) designed to be a sustainability consciousness shifter,” Rabinowitz explains. “We’d like to create an experience that leaves people feeling good, but also delivers a strong message to keep them thinking once they leave. Predictably what they’ll be thinking once they leave is ‘How can I drive off without paying the car guard?’ but maybe after that they might wonder about how to funnel grey water into the sprinkler system.”
Power Struggle’s overall message is that humans, who have ultimately mastered the power struggle, now have a responsibility to find ways to use power and energy in a more sustainable way to safeguard the planet. And the show itself puts its money where its mouth is, using renewable energy to power the production.
In a world first, 50% of the production is powered by renewable resources, including lighting and sound rigs powered by bio-fuels generators, solar and other renewable power sources, all of which are incorporated into the narrative of the show.
It is directed by the internationally renowned Daniel Kutner, who with Broadway legend Harold Prince has been responsible for some of the biggest international stage productions, including Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story.
The whole production is steered by South African comedy theatre legend, producer Sam Hendrikse, who was the brains behind the hugely successful South African comedy show Bafunny Bafunny. It sold out the Royal Albert Hall in London and performed to more than 100 000 fans around the country.
The show debuted in South Africa in March 2016 at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre. It moves to Johannesburg in September and Durban in October. After return performances in the Cape at the end of the year, the production hopes to travel to other South African centres and Namibia during 2017, culminating in performances in New York City in April 2017.
Source: Cape Town At Night