Stage And Television Star, Award-winning musical theatre performer, international movie actor and star of the small screen, Aubrey Poo joins the cast of Mandela Trilogy – A musical tribute to the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela as one of three singers who play the character of Nelson Mandela, depicting various stages of Madiba’s life.
Talented Cape Town opera singer, Thato Machona, plays the young Mandela; Aubrey Poo plays Mandela in his early adult years and Rustenburg born opera singer, Aubrey Lodewyk plays the prisoner who became President. These three highly talented performers who have also performed internationally feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to play South Africa’s highly revered icon on stage.
Aubrey Poo, a talented actor, singer and dancer, completed his National Diploma in Drama at the Pretoria Technikon in December 2000. Since leaving the Pretoria Technikon, he has featured in the musical Annie, presented on On Track, a television youth programme; and has performed in a number of Corporate and Industrial theatre programmes.
In 2002, he won an award for Best Performance by New Actor for his role in the critically acclaimed Play@Risk directed by Megan Wilson. He then landed the lead role of 'Gabriel' in the musical Far From the Madding Crowd at the Durban Play House and later travelled to Spain performing a musical tribute to Motown.
In 2005 and 2006, Aubrey Poo broke into the TV and Film industry with a lead role in the Afrikaans film ‘Ouma se Slim Kind’ and roles in the youth drama ‘Gaz’ Lam’, ‘Muvhango’, ‘Zero Tolerance’, ‘Zone 14’ and Akin Omotoso’s ‘Nomzamo’. More recently he was seen on SABC as the male presenter of 'All You Need is Love' and as The Genie of the Lamp in Janice Honeyman’s pantomime, Aladdin.
Aubrey wrote corporate theatre material for the unveiling of the FIFA 2010 Emblem presented in Berlin and co-wrote the most successful of the Barnyard Theatre works ever produced: Diamonds and Dust, in which he also performed the lead role.
His most recent role is in the musical Soweto Stories in which he plays the romantic lead. This will be followed by the lead role of Tom Collins in the musical Rent.
“After accepting the role of Lefa (I had been in contact with Scandal! for close to a year with some heavy auditioning to try and get myself on board with the cast!), I’ve come to realise I have some noble traits similar to those of Lefa’s, but I’m nowhere near being a future pastor…”
Aubrey’s future ambitions include owning a theatre, and the directing of, and acting with, Denzel Washington. “The list is endless,” concludes Aubrey.
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