Monday, October 20, 2014

Theatre News - Call For Proposals - Drama Job - Free Demo Recordings For Musos

Hit comedy Lollipop Lane takes to the stage

Here’s your chance to be part of a ground-breaking new entertainment project which celebrates the unfettered magic of radio drama, brought to you live onstage.

Due to public demand, Clinton Marius’s record-breaking radio comedy, Lollipop Lane, which delighted thousands of fans for four years, morphs into a serialized stage show – bringing back to life the whacky gallery of folk from the block of flats where the lift doesn’t quite go to the top floor.

Scripted by Marius and directed by Caroline Smart, the new series will be staged as a bi-monthly theatrical radio comedy, performed onstage before a live audience. The exciting new venture will subsequently be broadcast on Tape Aids for the Blind’s DSTV channel.

“Since Lollipop Lane’s four-year run on air ended in 2012, I have continued to field calls from fans for the show to be revived in one way or another. So it is exciting for us to be able to offer a new platform for them to re-united with all their ‘old friends’ from the series,” says its creator, Clinton Marius. “The first episode, sub-titled The Big Biscuit Bake-Off, focusses on one of the highpoints of the radio comedy series. This will be treated as a bridge between the radio show and its future presentations, which will be staged and recorded as theatre-soapie episodes. This transformation element will be a first for South Africa, having an ongoing staged soapie!”

Starring Pauline Dalais and Sivani Chinappan, with Kajal Bagwandeen, Hamish Kyd, Mpume Mthombeni, Tom Read, Mayuri Naidu and Caroline Smart in the stellar cast, Lollipop Lane - The Big Biscuit Bake-Off is to be presented at Durban’s Catalina Theatre on Wilson’s Wharf on 24 and 25 October 2014 at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm Sunday matinee performance on 26 October.

“The idea to retain the radio element of Lollipop Lane came from a notion I had of revisiting the presentations of the hugely popular Springbok Radio comedy productions that came from Durban – Tom Meehan’s Men from the Ministry, Father, Dear Father and The Navy Lark,” explains Caroline Smart. “These productions were recorded in front of an audience at the Durban SABC studios, then edited and sent to Johannesburg to broadcast. However, the productions often ‘went on the road’, giving performances at venues outside Durban and further afield.”

“This is the idea behind Lollipop Lane’s revival – to provide work for actors, make it available for fundraising purposes, reach a wider audience and ultimately to benefit members of Tape Aids for the Blind. I’m also delighted to be able to introduce the magic of radio theatre to a new generation!”

The staging of Lollipop Lane – The Big Biscuit Bake-Off has received support from the KZN Performing Arts Trust. Tickets at R100 per person are available at Computicket outlets, telephonically on 0861 915 8000, or online Early booking is advised.

Music Performance Workshop : Saturday 25 October, 10:30–13:00
Convenor : Fiona Tozer, singer-songwriter and guitarist

I will be convening an interactive workshop on music performance for anyone who is interested in developing and maximising their performance potential. Each player will perform a song/piece of music for feedback and review by me and the other workshop participants. There will also be tips on finding venues, booking gigs, and general preparation. The workshop will be held at Africa Whispers, a country cafe situated in Crestholme, with a wonderful view over the Inanda Dam. It is child friendly, and they have an à la carte menu if you wish to stay over for lunch after the workshop. Sound system will be provided, just bring your instrument. The cost is R100 per person (which includes coffee and cake).

Booking is essential, call  031 776 3458 or  072 822 7988 or email tozerkg [at] iafrica [dot] com.
Africa Whispers telephone :  031 776 3075 
Africa Whispers website :
Fiona Tozer website :

Directions to Africa Whispers : 

Travel west along N3 as if to PMB. Take the offramp after the pavilion which is the old road to PMB, and is the first Pinetown offramp. Travel up field’s hill to Hillcrest and take the Old Main Road (Hillcrest) offramp from the M13. Go right through Hillcrest and you will pass Mr. Price Home on your left, and then a bigger shopping centre on the left and right (Checkers and Pick n Pay). At the main Hillcrest intersection of Old Main Road and Inanda Road, turn along along Inanda Road, towards Waterfall and then to Crestholme. This is about 10km, once you get to Crestholme turn left into Crestholme which becomes Rainbow Road and go past a small shop called Jock’s stores, as this then becomes Hooper Drive. Do not turn off any part of this road. You will come to a stop street and turn left into Riverview Road which will then turn to the right. Carry on this road until you get to the first right called Ridgemont Road. Go along this road over the rise and we are on the left no. 11 – Africa Whispers.
GPS Co-ordinates : S 29 43’22.14”, E 30 50’40.57”


Suitably qualified and experienced applicants are invited to apply for the following position at The National School of the Arts: Head of Department: Drama.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications


- A certification in teaching and SACE certification.

- At least five years of exemplary classroom instruction in the FET phase of Dramatic Studies.

- Experience in classroom observation, educator mentoring, and delivering professional development of talented learners.


- Understanding of and a passion for the NSA mission Excellence in the Arts and Academic Arenas

- A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.

- Persistence through challenges.

- Willingness to take and implement feedback.

Please send a detailed CV, with at least three contactable references, to Mrs Ross at Only e-mailed CV’s will be accepted. Closing date: 31 October 2014.

Call for proposals for SA-UK Seasons '14 & '15

The call for proposals to be part of the SA-UK Seasons is now open. Successful applications will receive grants. The open call closes 23 November 2014.

The British Council and the South African Department of Arts and Culture are launching an open call for proposals from artists and institutions to be part of the SA-UK Seasons project, a shared programme of activities, opportunities and communications. Selected proposals will receive a grant to activate existing relationships or create new connections within the arts. The call for submissions will run from 14 October until 23 November 2014.

The SA-UK Seasons project will build on arts initiatives already developed by the British Council Connect ZA programme, which connects the creative communities of the UK and South Africa, and the South African Season in the UK. The Seasons will create a platform for the arts communities in SA and UK to cooperate and collaborate and the awarding of grants to artists and arts institutions aims to strengthen cultural relationships through work in the visual arts, theatre, dance, cinema, literature, music, creative economy and skills development.

Tom Porter, Programme Manager, British Council Connect ZA said: "The SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 is creating further opportunities for new connections and collaborations between the UK and South African creative sectors that have already started to make an impact through the British Council Connect ZA programme. Through the Seasons we aim to provide a platform for artists and arts organisations to present works in both countries; and to establish a shared thinking on arts, culture and creative industry issues, building partnerships and opportunities.”

Bongani Tembe, Commissioner-General of the SA Seasons in the UK, said: "We aim to positively influence each other and establish a shared thinking on arts, culture and creative industry issues as well as build partnerships around opportunities for both our countries' artists and arts institutions. We are particularly looking at alleviating the challenges of job creation, promoting innovation and nurturing leadership of the arts for the future."

There are three funding strands available. The first strand is the application for a partnership support grant where projects must demonstrate a strong delivery partnership between established organisations in UK & SA. Preference will be given to applications from partners with a track record of working internationally. For this option grants are available for a maximum of 50% of the project cost.

The second strand is the application for a creative catalyst grant which supports those projects that need assistance to broker, support and develop new projects and partnerships that will benefit from a small-scale budget for travel and/or scoping. Applications for this endorsement are encouraged to explore new connections, demonstrate innovation and aim to establish deeper collaborations and partnerships in the future. In this category available grants will cover a maximum of 80% of the project cost.

The last strand is for the official endorsement of a project to be included in the Seasons programme schedule. This endorsement does not have a grant attached to it however, endorsed projects will benefit from the overall marketing and publicity of the Seasons.

Interested artists and arts organisations in the fields of the visual arts, theatre, dance, cinema, literature, music, creative economy and skills development in the arts can apply. Entries must be submitted online at before 23 November 2014.

Project proposals will be reviewed by a technical team including Bongani Tembe, Commissioner-General for the SA Seasons in the UK and Tom Porter, Programme Manager, British Council Connect ZA. The final judging and selection will be made by a Joint Organising Committee made up of SA and UK officials and co-chaired by Ms Thandiwe January-McLean (former Ambassador to Portugal) on the South Africa side and Rt Hon Baroness Usha Prasha (Deputy Chair of the British Council) on the UK side.

All projects selected by the joint organising committee will be integrated into the Seasons' programming and will benefit from the overall marketing and PR campaign of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015.

Free demo recordings

Here’s an opportunity for up-and-coming-artists to record a demo for free.

KZN Music House in Durban is looking for 50 up-and-coming artists who have never recorded professionally. These artists will be given an opportunity to record a DEMO at the state-of-the-art recording studio - KZN Music House Recording Studio. The studio/project is supported and funded by KZN Department of Arts and Culture as well as the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. Recordings will commence on 3 November 2014.

First come first serve!!! Booking is critical. There will be a screening session prior to the recording. Artists that are interested should call Mbali Nkosi on  031 309 6164 during office hours for booking.

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