Drama - Empowering the Cheese
Last weekend the town was plastered with posters for the theatrical
event Empowering the Cheese, and we were approached by the
company who are putting it on to let us know more about it.
It is an offering from the company Cats3000, ‘a creative
bridge between art and science in organisations and businesses’.
‘CATS’ stands for ‘Change and Transformation
Strategies.’ This company have a theatrical arm ‘Rational
Madness’, previously responsible for ‘Re-inventing
the Cheese’, which was performed at the Brighton and
Edinburgh festivals a couple of years back. They specialise
in theatrical pieces based around the workplace, sometimes
performed in unusual settings. They have acted out their sketch
‘The Photocopier’ around Xerox machines throughout
the country. They also perform longer pieces, of which this
is one, for corporate conferences, as well as mainstream audiences.
The show is based around the conversation between two employees
of a failing factory at the funeral of the managing director,
who has died due to the stress of the job. It incorporates
a number of flashbacks. The idea is that the audience can
identify with the exaggeratedly negative personality traits
of the characters in the play, and this will help them to
cope with similar behavioural patterns in their own workplace.
The following evening the group are performing the same show
as part of a business conference in the hotel. Sounds intriguing,
decidedly odd, and not a little sinister, in a corporate-world-gets-all-touchy-feely
sort of way.