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AUDITIONS FOR CAPE TOWN PRODUCTIONS (article first published : 2007-04-5)

Portobello Productions will hold open auditions from April 9 to 12, for 30 performers who can act and sing in two exciting new productions later this year. Recalls or call-backs are scheduled for April 11 and 12.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and will be required to bring along two unaccompanied songs and a recent photograph.

Auditions will be held at the Athlone Methodist Church in Barcombe Street (off Klipfontein Road, behind the bus terminus), Athlone.

Rehearsals for both productions will run from July 30 to September 22 with performances from September 24 to November 3 at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Thereafter they transfer to the Young Vic in London from November 19, 2007 to January 19, 2008. Interested artists will therefore be required to be available for these dates.

With a strong interest in Africa, Portobello Productions is a collaboration between Oscar-winning producer Eric Abraham, who left South Africa thirty years ago, and writer/director Mark Dornford-May of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha-fame.

"We are creating and commissioning various theatre and film projects over the next two years where we will draw from the wealth of talent that South Africa has to offer and showcase them to local and international audiences," says Dornford-May. "It's still difficult for the majority of young South Africans who have talent to get started in the performing arts. We want to offer them an opportunity, as well as utilise some of the fantastic young actors who are already achieving recognition. We want to create projects which will help to unlock the potential in this huge pool of raw talent that exists in this country."

Dornford-May, who won the Golden Bear for Best Film in Berlin for U-Carmen, heads up operations for Portobello Productions in South Africa while Eric Abraham runs the company in London.

For further enquiries or to arrange an audition time call Zamile or Zoleka on 072 512 4454 or e-mail LindaT@portobelloproductions.com before 11h00 on April 10.




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