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PROPOSALS FOR PLAYHOUSE (article first published : 2008-05-4)

The Playhouse Company is currently devising its artistic plans for 2009/10 and invites arts practitioners to submit for consideration proposals for stage productions in the areas of dance, drama and music.

Proposals must be for productions that are ready to be staged and not in concept phase or basic script only. Work must be of a high artistic standard, fully cast, rehearsed and previously performed productions will be given preference. You may apply in one or more of the following categories:

Schools Programme – education and development productions geared for schools audiences. These include dramatisations of matric set works, both in first language and secondary language categories in English and isiZulu, and also productions with general life-skills content geared for senior primary school audiences.

South African Women’s Arts Festival – gender sensitive productions that are written, performed or directed by women in the fields of music, dance, drama or poetry, or projects in fields such as photography whose content relates to the above mentioned categories of the performing arts will be given preference.

Hip Kulcha Programme – productions that aim to uplift or motivate the outlook of youth, that include elements of skills transfer, or that provide a safe space for youth issues to be debated. Work that has already performed at other theatres will be preferred.

New Stages – productions that reflect the creative ethos of the New South Africa, highlighting the best of our artistic and cultural heritage.

Following a review process of up to three months, successful applicants will notified and given appropriate use of Playhouse Company’s venues for rehearsals, remuneration for performances for artists including the director, writer and choreographers (where applicable). The standard cost of theatre hire charges will be waived.

Further ‘in-kind’ benefits will include basic stage, lighting and sound facilities, and administrative support. The Playhouse Company will offer marketing support for the successful chosen productions. A limited number of productions are selected each year.

Application forms are available in English and IsiZulu from Playhouse Company’s head office Arts department, situated on First Floor, 29 Acutt Street, Durban.

The closing date for proposals is May 30, 2008, at 12h00. For further information, please call 031 369 9460.




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