Gaynor Young

Gaynor speaks motivationally to blue chip organisations throughout the world and publishes weekly on her award winning blog ‘ear ‘ear (www.earearblog.com)

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She ‘Plunged to Fame!’

She was an actress. In 1989 whilst performing she fell 18 metres down an unguarded stage lift shaft. As a result she was left totally deaf, with only 40% vision, she had extensive brain damage and was spastic down the whole of her right side.  The medical fraternity did not hold out much hope.

She was, however, ALIVE!

Four years after her accident in 1994 she opened her one woman show, My Plunge to Fame to rave reviews and travelled throughout South Africa, playing at the Civic Theatre in Gauteng, the Natal Playhouse and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.  It was also performed in both Washington and London.  Ten years later her second show, Gaynor Rising opened.

In 2000 her autobiography ‘My Plunge to Fame’ was published to widespread popularity.  The South African Playwright, Athol Fugard wrote, ‘If you have lately been doubting the capacity of the Human Spirit to overcome calamitous misfortune, I urge you to read Gaynor Young’s story.  It will restore your faith’.

Gaynor speaks motivationally to blue chip organisations throughout the world and publishes weekly on her award winning blog ‘ear ‘ear (www.earearblog.com)

What people are saying about Gaynor

Gaynor Young on stage is a life affirming gift to us all . Her courage , her humour  and  her ability to rise above all the challenges that life has thrown across her path with such grace, is a joy to behold.

Mannie Manim

Director & CEO, Baxter Theatre Centre

Gaynor’s ability to touch and uplift her audience with her special brand of humour and honesty is nothing short of riveting.

Tessa Ziegler

Gaynor Young’s mere presence lights up a room. When you listen to her speak, you find yourself once more believing in miracles and possibility and hope. Gaynor is a testimony to the beauty of the human spirit. She is totally inspiring.

Fiona Coyne

Host of The Weakest Link (South Africa)