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BRETT GOLDIN BURSARY (article first published : 2008-02-10)

The Baxter Theatre Centre is calling for applications from young South African actors who will be under 30 years old in June this year, who wish to audition for the Brett Goldin Bursary for 2008. Auditions will take place at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town during the week of February 25 with finals on March 7 and 8. Closing date for applications is 17h00 on February 22.

This year, two successful candidates will be selected from the auditions to travel to the home of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon, for four weeks, from June 9. The work programme will include activities such as attending warm-ups, solo and company voice and verse classes, any Artist Development workshops held during the visit, technical rehearsals and other rehearsals at the directors’ discretion, as well as sessions with a director or assistant director and the opportunity to attend Learning Department workshops.

The successful candidates will be based in the Artist Development Department and introduced to the company, and it is hoped that much of the educational experience will come from observation, discussion with personnel working in production, press and casting departments and through contact with other actors, directors or members of the RSC.

The selection panel includes Janice Honeyman and Liz Mills, with Sir Antony Sher and RSC Associate Director Greg Doran joining the panel for the finals on March 7 and 8.

The selection criteria stipulate that the actors should be a South African citizen, under the age of 30 on June 2008, have an interest in classic theatre, have a valid passport or at least provide proof of application for one, and be able to fly to Stratford during the stated period – dates are strictly not negotiable.

For the audition, actors are required to perform two classic speeches (one tragic and one comic) as well as motivate why they should be awarded the bursary.

First recipient of the bursary last year, Johannesburg-based 24-year-old Omphile Molusi, described the experience as “a life-changing visit”.

The organisers of the Brett Goldin Bursary have decided to hold the event every second year, so the next call for applications is only expected in 2010 and will take place in Johannesburg.

All enquiries to Roz van der Vyver on 021 680 3988. Applications should be clearly marked and addressed to her and faxed to 021 689 1880, e-mailed to roz.vandervyver@uct.ac.za or delivered to the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch by no later than 17h00 on February 22.




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