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Ian von memerty
Ian von Memerty Entertainer
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Category:
MC, Entertainment
Location:
Port Elizabeth South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Actor,Celebrity,Entertainment,Musician,Performer,Presenter,TV & Radio
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Ian von Memerty has been variously described as "the English dictionary definition of show-business" and "a confused eclectic". He has received over a dozen theatre awards for Best Musical Performance and Best Musical Production.

In 2007, as well as hosting the hugely popular 3rd series of STRICTLY COME DANCING for SABC 2, he directed The Barnyard Theatre Production of BUDDY, which received rave reviews, at the same time as his production of GREASE was selling out on the Barnyard Circuit. He also wrote the score and lyrics for THE HEART IS ROUND - the 2nd original musical for the University of Johannesburg has commissioned him to write. In between, he toured his one-man show CAPTAIN ENTERTAINMENT, having won the Naledi Award for Best Production of a Revue in 2006, playing to full houses in Cape Town.

THE BEST OF RORY AND IAN, where Ian joined forces with his long term friend (and star of Phantom of the Opera) Rory Rootenberg - toured all over to fantastic reaction; and his new show featuring Ian and his wife Viv - got such a reaction that it is touring in 2008. A wide variety of one-off performances also saw him performing in the UK, Swaziland and in 7 of the country's 9 provinces. He was also blessed to have done several charity performances.
Ian von Memerty has been variously described as "the English dictionary definition of show-business" and "a confused eclectic". He has received over a dozen theatre awards for Best Musical Performance and Best Musical Production.

In 2007, as well as hosting the hugely popular 3rd series of STRICTLY COME DANCING for SABC 2, he directed The Barnyard Theatre Production of BUDDY, which received rave reviews, at the same time as his production of GREASE was selling
Synopsis:
PERFORMANCES by Ian von Memerty

CAPTAIN ENTERTAINMENT Winner of the 2005 Naledi Theatre Award for The Best Produciton of A Revue - this is world class entertainment. Critics have called the show 'hypnotising and an uplifting joy to watch', 'hilarious and excitingly spontaneous', 'fun-filled magic', 'five star entertainment'. And nightly standing ovations from delighted audiences have agreed that Ian is 'outrageously talented', and 'combines unadulterated entertainment with intelligence and wit' by giving 'a master class in stage performance', because he is 'by turns tender, hilarious, irreverent, biting' and 'fills the stage with easy sparkle'. The Entertainment Superhero stages a complete ten-act variety show single handedly . There is a crisis in the entertainment world. A committed cultural worker, or one who should have been committed several times, is on a musical mission to resuscitate variety and has done just that Theatre is Alive, thanks to Captain Entertainment. Ian von Memerty, one of South Africaas shining entertainment heroes, breaks down the cultural barriers, as Captain Entertainment. Directed by the multi-award winning and superbly gifted Charmaine Weir-Smith, and scripted by the electrifying and satisfyingly eccentric Thandi Brewer - Ian returns in a magnificent new show, stretching his extraordinary versatility even further. A skilfully crafted modern script, has audiences roaring with laughter, with moments poised in silence, and at times the message even sends shivers down your spine. Itts pure entertainment from the moment Captain Entertainment appears on stage and has you laughing all the way through the bizarre and insane incidents in our lives. It is viewed as a roller-coaster ride, with the show drawing the audience in, throughout each phase of musical history. With scenes encompassing Robbie Williams to Mr. Bo Jangles, to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, this supersonic ride plunges audiences into an enthralling view of South Africaas truly colourful history, richly displayed and bringing to life the rainbow nation that we experience today, as well as paying tribute to the spirit of the greatest entertainers who enthralled audiences. The show is an entertainment timeout, to be enjoyed by both local and international audiences. The unique magic of variety is a wonderful mix of comedy and music. Itts a superhuman show, full of very human laughter, and cosmically recognized music with Captain Entertainment itts a one-man rescue mission. Set and Lighting are by Denis Hutchinson. On Piano is Oliver Keys, Costumes are by Margo Fleisch. EXCERPTS

FROM CAPTAIN ENTERTAINMENT
This multi award winning show has several excerpts that work superbly for South African ‘corporate and one-off entertainment.

1.  The Supersonic History of South Africa. Starting in 10000 BC and finishing TODAY Ian whisks you off on a ‘hysterical and deliriously joyous journey thru our history using the best of SA music – from Johnny Clegg to Mandoza ; from Suikerbossie to Lion King. Ian has performed this in front every kind of audience from Bishop Tutu to cement factory workers, from 35 race horse owners to Trevor Manuel, to company personnel of more than a 1000 people – it has become a standard for him. Constantly updated – it will leave your guests uplifted, inspired and positive.
2.  Mr Bojangles – this number is Ian’s most requested performance. An intensely moving, dramatic and musical interpretation is given a diamond distinct shape that only a dancer could bring – it has won awards and accolades.
3.  Singing in The Rain – to the power of ten. From rap to opera, from gospel to boy bands – Ian uses one number to demonstrate his extraordinary versatility and to pay tribute and to poke fun at all the different genres of music that inspire people.
4.  The Ethnic Joke revived – in this PC era – Ian holds the mirror up to all the delights of the rainbow nation and the foibles of ‘types’ that have inspired comics all over the globe. From Mahatma Ghandi to Adam and Eve ; from lawyers to bobbas – they will make you laugh out loud. A lot!
5.  Isipingo – The Greed. Take 5 members of the audience (by surprise), give them characters, costumes and scripts and let Ian direct them on stage in front of the audience and the result is a deliciously funny and completely unforgettable 20 minute soap opera.

AN EVENING WITH IAN AND VIV Ian von Memerty, the multi award winning entertainer and his wife, Viv, a former S.A. Latin and Ballroom Champion have delighted audiences with their performances over the last 18 years, and in the last 2 years in particular. In 2006 Ian hosted the international dance show Simply Ballroom (as the host of SABC 2’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing he was a natural choice). The show featured 18 of the youngest, hottest and most exciting dancers from the UK – but the audience REALLY loved the numbers that Ian & Viv did together. And from that was born a whole ‘renaissance’. The combination of experience and talent, the honesty and palpable power of Ian & Viv’s personal history and relationship, the sheer glamour of the costumes, and the effervescent joy and skill of the choreography make for a joyous and uniquely entertainment experience. Great music including Kiss ; Lady In Red ; Sway ; Pata Pata ; Dancing Man ; All That Jazz ; and a delightful ‘dance class’ where Ian gets taught a whole lot and then teaches the audience a whole lot more offers the audience an evening of glamour, laughter and skill that is completely accessible and entertaining.

THE BEST OF IAN AND RORY (Superb DUO)
The inimitable music duo Ian von Memerty and Rory Rootenberg perform highlights from their favorite musicals. Rory shares some of the great moments as The Phantom in “Phantom of The Opera”, does “Carmen”, the opera, in ten minutes, sings some poignant and moving Hebrew music and goes through his hysterical Lloyd Webber audition sequence. Ian sings songs from his very popular “A Handful of Keys”, sizzles through sequences from “Big Band Blast” as well as his latest stage triumph “Captain Entertainment” and presents a whirlwind History of South Africa through song and madness. Together these old colleagues and friends provide an evening filled with heart, great harmony, mutual enjoyment

HANDFUL OF KEYS
A magnificent celebration of music - Review by Daniel Dercksen Wow, double wow, and nog a wow, is about all one can add to Handful Of Keys, a show that has garnered so much praise and so many standing ovations, that it is impossible to add another compliment! Like a superior wine, with good body and great personality, the teaming of Roelof Colyn and Jonathan Roxmouth is one that has to be shared with friends at least once a week!
Handful Of Keys, the ingenious brainchild of Ian von Memerty who launched this show 15 years ago and now steps in as director, is a magical musical creation that defies description. Two pianos on stage, seduced and lovingly violated with passion and utmost craftsmanship by a talented duo that knows no restraints and transcends all conventional boundaries, Handful of Keys offers gold star entertainment that allows for perfect escapism. From curtain up, with the launch of the electrifying Ragtime intro, you know that you are in for a memorable evening. Watching every move of a piano duel where the battlefield is music, it is a glorious battle of talent and craftsmanship that unifies into a magnificent celebration.
The classical variations of the Beatles' Yesterday is a hilarious journey through musical history, showing how composers Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin (to name a few) would have played the tune in their own style. Colyn and Roxmouth deliver a hilarious onslaught that is truly masterful. This is followed by a segment casting the spotlight on 'women' who have displayed their talent behind the piano, exploring the quirks and foibles of Vonda Shepherd, Blossom Dearie, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Nina Simone. Once the ladies have been put through the blender, the piano men get their turn: the highlights of this sequence are undoubtedly Roxmouth's brilliant depiction of Elton John, and Colyn's comical interpretations of Stevie Wonder and Liberace. A fitting South African medley brings the house down before interval with a rhythmical salute to the Click Song, Pata Pata and Mama Tembu's Getting Married.
The true showstopper of the evening is undoubtedly the dream team's performance and deliverance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; their craftsmanship, control and passion seep through every note. A further comical display in the fashion of Laurel and Hardy is found in 'Nothing Without You', showcasing the wonderful chemistry between Colyn and Roxmouth, and 'The Accompanist', with Roxmouth turning 'On My Own' from Les Miserables inside out, and Colyn having a very difficult time keeping his partner under control in 'Bare Necessities' - you will have to experience this for yourself as any further descriptions is bound to spoil the fun! Just when you think that the show cannot outshine what you have experienced, or in any way, deliver more magic, the astounding Broadway segment offers an unbelievable (and truly exhausting) journey through 96 years of the Broadway musical in 12 minutes! And then, to add to the rousing finale, the Rock ' Roll sequence featuring 'Great Balls of Fire' and 'Tutti Fruiti' is guaranteed to have you back for another visit to this extraordinary theatrical and musical experience.
Handful of Keys is indeed a proudly South African experience that not only displays the unique talent of two of our greatest performers, but shows what theatre is all about and proof that there is indeed no substitute for the magic of live performance.
PERFORMANCES by Ian von Memerty

CAPTAIN ENTERTAINMENT Winner of the 2005 Naledi Theatre Award for The Best Produciton of A Revue - this is world class entertainment. Critics have called
Ryder:
TECHNICAL RYDER
1. Microphone – radio mic (or a head set mic from the sound supplier). We do provide a head set radio mic – but that sometimes is a problem in different venues. We need at least one held radio microphone. Also need a second microphone can be a corded microphone.
2. We provide IPOD and chord into XLR. This is operated from the stage so the sound engineer needs to ensure that his cables have enough length from the stage to the sound desk at back of the venue.
3. Sound Operator – experienced non-panicker (for set-up, sound check and show)
4.Client will need to supply either a grand piano, or a full octave, weighted electric piano. If the venue is in Johannesburg I am able to supply my own keyboard.
5.Monitors – I generally work without monitors, unless the stage is very dead or I cannot hear the front of house sound. IF necessary two monitors – one for piano area and one for general performance area
6.Microphone stands – 1 boom mic stand (for piano), 1 normal mic stand for standing / singing. Please make sure that the microphone clips fit the microphone.
7.Some reverb or Fx unit is preferred, and if possible some gaiting facility as I have a HUGE dynamic range.
8.Speakers and desk are per the sound suppliers preference – but should be sufficient to fill the audience area with good quality, clear, warm sound.
9.Stage – should be high enough that all the audience can see me when I am seated behind the keyboard and have enough space for me to move around. Minimum area 4.8m by 4.8m.
10.Lighting – 1.A Lighting operator / technician. 2. At least a follow spot and operator. 3.In addition, if possible, three washes with par cans, three white Overhead specials, and a range of back lights
11.Sound and lighting check to commence 2 hours prior to audience entering the venue.
12.Dressing Room facilities – somewhere private and secure to change, keep clothes, CDs etc. Chairs and mirror for myself, pianist and stage manager 13.Refreshments – HOT tea (milk & sugar), cold water, and if there is food provided - preferably fruit

BASIC TECHNICAL RYDER FOR AN EVENING WITH IAN AND VIV:-
1. Minimum stage dimension : - 6 m x 8.4 m (flat, non skid-dancing surface).
2. Sound – Grand piano or electronic keyboard ; one head set levallier mic and one hand held radio mic ; one CD PLayer
3. Lighting – dependant on venue preferably 2 follow spots
4 colour washes (front , side and back)
5 specials and some form of star cloth.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR HANDFUL OF KEYS:-
1.Two GRAND PIANOS (minimum 5ft 6 “ pianos - boudoir grands) and they must be tuned after being delivered to the venue and placed on stage., alternatively 2 keyboards in grand piano casings can be used.
2.Stage of minimum size 9.6m by 4,8m. Ideally Stage must be firm enough to take severe punishment, with no bouncing for the pianos, and smooth enough to allow for ‘floor work’.
3.Sufficient lighting (and an operator / designer who knows the board) to maximise impact – this depends on audience numbers and physical dimensions of the venue. Suggest mimium of two follow spots and three colour washes ( 6 parcans each wash).
4.Two Radio head set microphones are required.
5. Two plate piano microphones are required.
6. A side stage area that is screened from the audience for quick changes, with hanging space for costumes, 2 chairs, a table, and water on each side.
7. Sound engineer (experienced) to set up and operate the PA (which must be large enough to fill the venue with good quality sound), Cd player, sound desk and balance and EQ mics.
8. Two piano stools.


TECHNICAL RYDER
1. Microphone – radio mic (or a head set mic from the sound supplier). We do provide a head set radio mic – but that sometimes is a problem in different venues.
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