Friday, November 15, 2013

Music & Art & Theatre News and Auditions & Event Guide for South Africa

Free marketing workshops for musicians

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Concerts SA, under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation, present Introduction to Marketing workshops for musicians.

Introductory marketing workshops for musicians, promoters and music venue owners are being hosted in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town by Concerts SA in partnership with the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT). A limited number of seats are available, and this is the first in a planned series of workshops.

Musicians, managers of music venues or groups, and music promoters across all mediums and genres at any level of experience are invited to participate. The workshop will feature an abbreviated version of ACT’s two-day Building Blocks Marketing in the Arts Master Class and aims to provide participants with marketing and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

The three-hour workshops will cover both theory and practical tools of marketing. They will provide participants with a broad overview of marketing in the arts as well as offer practical suggestions on advancing their careers, organisations, music venues or bands.

Cultural practitioner, music researcher and academic Brett Pyper will facilitate the workshops. Pyper’s broad-based marketing and entrepreneurial knowledge, coupled with his specialised research and experience in the discipline of music, will ensure that participants gain an understanding of the importance of innovative marketing endeavours for the arts.

The workshops are free of charge and will take place from 2-4 December 2013, starting in Johannesburg, then in Durban and Cape Town, respectively.

As capacity is limited to 20 participants per workshop, interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is 21 November 2013. To apply, please complete the application form, which can be found at: or

For more information contact Karabo Legoabe on 011 712 8410 or send an e-mail to

Reminder: Playhouse Test Drive Auditions for 2014

The Playhouse Company will hold auditions on 12 and 13 December 2013 for next year's Test Drive programme.

Auditions registration will be open from Monday, 18 November – Friday, 06 December 2013.

To take part in the Test Drive auditions, which will be held at The Playhouse, contact Khulekani Kunene on 031 369 9440 between 09H00 and 16H30 only, before cut-off date Friday, 6 December 2012.

The Playhouse Company’s Test Drive programme is designed to showcase arts practitioners in the fields of indigenous and popular cultural entertainment. Performance genres typically featured in the series include Maskandi, Gospel, Kwaito, Iscathamiya, Ingoma, Afro Reggae, Imfene, Pantsula, and Hip Hop, among others.

The Test Drive series provides CBD workers with regular opportunities to enjoy free lunch time concerts close to their places of work. It also fulfils a valuable role to the performing arts community as it serves as a show case for artists to be scooped by talent scouts on the lookout for quality acts.

Call for auditions for Sugar Daddies

The Playhouse Company will hold auditions on 20 November 2013 for the production Sugar Daddies.

This production will be presented on The Playhouse Company’s mobile stage to schools throughout KwaZulu-Natal during the month of February 2014.

Sugar Daddies focuses on the current and prevalent issue of older, often married, men with financial means having very young girlfriends. These girls are often seeking a way to achieve a better lifestyle without considering the consequences and implications of their actions. The production highlights the irresponsible behaviour of these older men, “sugar daddies”, as they ruin to lives of their own families and that of the young women they engage with.


1. Thandeka - (16 years old.) Thandeka is a teenager who had just moved to the community to live with her grandmother after her mother has passed away. She befriends Lesiwe at school and in a short space of time begins a relationship with a string of “sugar daddies” around the community. She has very little financial assistance and relies on men to pay her school fees, cell phone bills etc. She has grown up without a father figure. Contracts the HIV virus from her affair with Simpiwe but does not know her status when she sleeps with other men.

2. Lesiwe Cele - (16 years old) daughter of Bhekani and Nosipho Cele. Heavily influenced by her rebellious school friend Thandeka. Encouraged by Thandeka she enters into a brief relationship with a “sugar daddy” named Simpiwe.

3. Nosipho Cele - (38 years old) wife of Bhekani and mother of Lesiwe. A compassionate and concerned mother and wife.

- ONLY Female actors between the ages of 20 – 35 should audition.
- All potential candidates need to be proficient in drama.
- Candidates to prepare a one to two-minute monologue.
- Please bring a headshot photograph, as well as a resume with you to your audition.
- Candidates should speak good English and isiZulu.

- Rehearsals for the production will take place from 3-8 February 2014.
- The production will tour from 10-28 February 2014 (excluding weekends).
- There is a possibility of the production touring again in July 2014.
- Aspirant performers must be of a professional standard and preference will be given to performers with professional experience.

Auditions will take place at The Playhouse in Rehearsal Room A1 on 20 November 2013, between 09:30 and 16:00 daily.


Please contact Tania Williams-Kaponda to book your audition, either by telephone between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 031 369 9467 or via e-mail:

Closing date for audition bookings is midday on Monday, 18 November 2013.

Urgent reminder regarding auditions we are holding this week for the RSPA 2014 Elizabeth Sneddon, Shakespeare for Schools Festival production, The Tempest.
Auditions are open to any 2014 Grade 7 – 12 learner, they do not HAVE to be current RSPA student. Rehearsals will take place early 2014 in the form of a production class, on a Friday 15h00 – 17h00 in Westville. For further information and the monologue that must be performed at the audition visit
All people auditioning will be expected to sign a production guarantee to commit their time and focus to the success of this production.
If you have any questions please contact me
Yours in drama
Gill Brunings
083 326 3257 | | fax 086 574 7102

Vuyani Dance Theatre Auditions

Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) invites dance aspirants aged between 18 and 26 to audition for a year-long apprentice training programme.

Interested candidates must have completed their matric and or studied dance at a tertiary institution to take part. Prior experience, teaching and singing skills will be an added advantage.The training will give qualifying candidates insight into VDT’s repertoire, and may include both national and international touring experience.
Auditions will take place in Johannesburg at The Dance Space (old MID building), 01 President St, Newtown on Thursday 5 and 6 December from 09:00.

Candidates should send their CVs, recent head and shoulder picture and a one page motivational letter. Only 15 candidates will be selected for the 2014 programme.

For further information call 011 838 7666 and e-mail your particulars: or
Closing date: 25 November 2013.

Applications for Dance Umbrella 2014 open

The annual Dance Umbrella Festival will run from March 6-16, 2014 and applications to take part in this prestigious event are now open.

The Main programme will comprise only commissioned work from South African choreographers, invited international works and selected works from the Dance Forum residency programme.

Choreographers can apply to be commissioned and must contact Dance Forum at 011 492 2033. Anyone who wants to apply for a commission fee can also download the application on Closing date for this is November 30, 2013 and no late entries will be accepted.

Dance Umbrella is re-introducing the Fringe Programme which is open to work that runs for up to 30 minutes. The programmes for the Fringe will be curated and once the programme is finalised, no additional entries will be accepted.

Stepping Stones: Only youth, community groups and choreographers who do not work regularly will be featured on this programme. The running time may not exceed ten (10) minutes. Once the Stepping Stones programme is full, no other entries will be accepted. There is also no guarantee that all entries will be programmed so it is advised that you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Closing date for Fringe and Stepping Stones is December 6, 2013.

General application forms can also be downloaded at or by calling Lindiwe at 011 492 2033.

The venues for the Dance Umbrella and all technical facilities within the budget, the theatre, publicity, posters and programmes are provided free, at no cost to the participating choreographers, dance companies or groups.

For further information, please call 011 492 2033.

NAF 2014 Fringe opens for applications

National Arts Festival 2014 Fringe opens for applications

The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2014 edition of the Festival.

The Festival will take place from 3 to 13 July 2014.

The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 350 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres.

“The 2014 edition of the Festival promises to be a particularly exciting one, with the 40th anniversary of the Festival coinciding with our country marking 20 years of democracy. As always, we’re looking forward to programming a diverse selection of productions, and we’re on hand to help with any queries that artists might have before the closing date,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said.

Application for the 2014 Fringe can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – from Thursday, 31 October. Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can also request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office by email -, telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. The deadline for registration is Friday 17 January 2014.

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, City Press and M Net.

Zulu TV auditions
 Auditions will be held in Durban next month in search of Zulu TV presenters, actors and voice over-artists…
 Leading South African arts entrepreneur Mbongeni Ngema has announced that his company, Committed Artists, is to hold auditions to find presenters, actors and voice-over artists for his new Zulu TV channel, which will be launched early in 2014, in partnership with the King Zwelithini Foundation. 
 Zulu TV will be flighted throughout sub-Saharan Africa from 22 January 2014 via a new satellite that has been launched into space by SENTECH.  

The auditions in search of Zulu TV presenters, actors and voice-over artists will be held at KZN Music House, 1 Derby Street corner Igcuce (Epsom) Road, Greyville in Durban, on Saturday 16 November 2013 between 10 am and 5pm.
 Those interested in auditioning must be conversant in isiZulu and English. Qualified radio and TV announcers and actors of all race groups as well as aspiring raw talent will be considered for auditions.
 It is essential to book a slot in order to secure an audition. Call 031-309 8159 (office hours between 9am and 5pm) or email to book an appointment.

Event Guide

Mark Banks is Banksrupt!
The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 6 - 24 November 2013
South African comedy legend Mark Banks is back – and this time he is going for broke in his new one-man show Banksrupt! which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre in Durban from 6 – 24 November
After several years of working on the biggest comedy line-up shows in South Africa, Banks makes a triumphant return. The legendary multi-purpose improviser and lighting speed anarchist just keeps getting better! The Royal Albert Hall, the Hammersmith Apollo and the PE Opera House are better off having hosted this iconic showman.
Banksrupt! has been years in the making and in consultation with two wise men, a babbling gnome and Kobus Wiese, the show promises to be his greatest comedy work yet.
The show, which is being produced by Whacked: Special Project, incorporates stand-up, sketch and video making it one that the world could not ignore.
Bookings through Computicket. Mark Banks Facebook Page: Mark Banks Twitter: @markdotbanks
No under 16s

Adult Panto 2013
Romeo and Juliet- an East Coast Story
The Zone Suncoast Casino: 12 November – 31 December
The long-standing theatrical tradition of the saucy festive season adult panto continues – this time the team tip their hat to the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet,  which will play at The Zone Suncoast from 12 November until 31 December.... except this version is probably not quite what Shakespeare had in mind...
 It has long been a tradition in Durban to celebrate the festive season with a trip to the naughty adult pantomime: a well-known story with a decidedly grown up twist,  a smorgasbord of well-known, sing along songs; saucy ensembles; boisterous fun and a fair amount of risqué one-liners. This year it’s one of the world’s most well-known stories  “ Romeo and Juliet- an East Coast Story”  … and needless to say, nothing is sacred. Scripted, directed and choreographed by Darren King.
 Booking through Computicket. Block bookings, party groups and enquiries – contact Ailsa on  083 250 2690 /
 Shows are Tues – Sat at 7.30pm; Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are R150 per person. Doors open 90 minutes before for diners. There will be a full bar available. Tables seat 8 people – so book a whole table, or make new friends!  For corporate bookings of 26 tables or more -buffet menus on request. Corporates can buy the whole performance and choose a shorter, condensed “Party pack” version of the show - which is unlikely not to offend anyone!! No under 16s.

KickstArt presents Jack and the Beanstalk
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 29 November to 5 January
Kickstart rounds off the year with a fun-filled family romp: a brand new pantomime version of Jack and the Beanstalk, which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre from 29 November until 5 January.
 Written and directed by Steven Stead, Jack and the Beanstalk stars the supremely talented Rory Booth in the title role, the cast also features Jessica Sole as his love interest, Princess Jillian, Darren King as his long-suffering, eccentric mother, Flora Flatbroke, Liesl Coppin as his evil nemesis, Lady Perfidia Beastly, Shelley MacLean as the good fairy, Glissanda Goldenvox, and Peter Court and Bryan Hiles reprising their hilarious performances as the two incompetent crooks,Cecil and Claude, making a comeback after their demise in Robin Hood.
 Jack and the Beanstalk will run from 29 November to 5 January, with performances 2.30pm Tues-Sun and 7pm Sat. Booking for all KickstArt productions is through Computicket, and for block bookings of 10 or more, or sold performances and early bird specials, please contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: 0832502690 or

(Source - Pansa) 

Article by +Fred Felton 

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