Wednesday, June 5, 2013

News from AFDA, Auditions for MC's, Theatre News and News for Writer's

News from AFDA

AFDA  (The South African school of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is hosts an Experimental Film,TV and Music Festival around the country
AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) will host Experimental Film, TV and Music Festivals at their three campuses throughout South Africa over the June long weekend: Durban on Friday, June 14 and Johannesburg and Cape Town on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15.
The festival is an annual event that focuses on the third year students Experimental Module that they do in the first semester of the year. With Durban campus being so young, it will be screening their current first years’ short films made this semester and include the top third year experimental short films from the Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses. A selection of the best theatre and musical pieces from their current students will also be performed.

‘This mini festival concept is great for students as they get an opportunity to gauge audience reaction to their work.” says Garth Holmes, Chairman of AFDA. “From here they are able to refine their work further as they head for the final six months of their degrees.”

In Durban there will be food and beverages on sale and music in the outdoor entertainment area. Once off entry is R20 per person, which allows one to attend any of the screenings and theatre productions in the programme.  Tickets for Johannesburg are R15 per movie and in R10 in Cape Town.

For further details on the Durban programme email call 079 833 1682. For Cape or call  021- 448 7600 and Johannesburg contact or call 011 482 8345.

For more info about the Festival and starting times go to

(Source - AFDA) 

Want to be an MC? 

Auditions for Aspiring MCs

Aspiring presenters are invited to audition to MC the Finals of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank 2013 Scholarship Awards.

After a series of countrywide auditions due to take place in July, the fifth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will culminate in a final performance, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, on 30 September 2013. Six finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges as they compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000. Performed in the format of a variety show, the showcase of their talents needs to be brought together by a charismatic presenter into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy.

“MCing the Performing Arts Scholarship Awards was the best thing that has happened to me!” says Bongani Nomcweya, host of the 2013 Scholarship Awards Finals. He went on to say “MCing the competition opened another door in the Nedbank house – as a result, I also MCed the Nedbank Community Builder's Awards Ceremony and it was also a great success - I was told I did an ‘Outstanding Job’!” His advice to those auditioning: “They must remember to be their best and to 'ar-ticu-late' - one of the things I kept on forgetting to do - and to the one who is going to get it, they must work to keeping the audience’s stomachs painful throughout, but most of all they should have FUN!”

Auditions for the person to fulfill this role of ‘dynamic host’ will take place around the country on the same dates as the auditions for the Scholarships themselves. There is no registration fee, and interested candidates can apply in writing, to Rahiem at

Auditions will take place:
22 June: Durban, Hosted by the Stable Theatre
24 and 25 June: Cape Town, hosted by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective
27 June: Port Elizabeth, hosted by the PE Opera House
8 and 9 July: Johannesburg, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture
13 July: Bloemfontein, hosted by the Mangaung Drama and Dance Group

For more information or to register for participation in the scholarships programme, please visit

(Source - Pansa) 

Theatre News

On 6 June, for one night only, Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival and the Catalina Theatre brings you the award winning production, Sunday Morning. A delightful play performed by James Cunningham and written by Nick Warren. Tickets for Sunday Morning are available from Computicket at R80 a ticket. To book visit All proceeds of the show will go towards the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) as part of the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival cycle tour.

(Source - Pansa) 

 Can You Feel It? 

The 2013 Young Performers project staged by PANSA in Durban between 29 June and 14 July is written and directed by Peter Court and Charon Williams-Ros.

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa KZN (PANSA) is pleased to announce that the 13th annual Rainbow Young Performers Project for 2013 is going to be the original production, Can You Feel It?, written and directed by Peter Court and Charon Williams-Ros, which will be at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 29 June until 14 July.

Bookings through Computicket.

(Source - Pansa )

News For Writers

WGSA Knowledge Sharing Session Tonight for all Writers.  

Venue:  Ike's Bookshop, 48a Florida Road, Durban
Time: 6pm 

Entrance is free but all bookings must be done through  Limited space available– so BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW!!!!

(Source - WGSA) 

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