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Friday, February 20, 2009


Playhouse Company invites arts practitioners to submit proposals.

This is an opportunity for independent producers and production houses to see their work being performed under the aegis of one South Africa’s premiere professional theatre organisations. The Playhouse Company is devising its artistic plans for 2010/11, 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 or script phases. Work must be of a high artistic standard. Applicants may apply in one or more of the following categories:

- South African Women’s Arts Festival: vibrant and innovative productions that highlight the contributions made by women in society, in all fields of the performing arts.

- New Stages: cutting edge theatre productions that reflect the life and history of the New South Africa, highlighting the best of our artistic and cultural heritage.

- Hip Kulcha Programme: programmes that include elements of skills transfer or that provide a safe space for youth issues to be debated.

- Schools programme: stimulating and accessible script adaptations of matric setworks to be presented in schools around KwaZulu-Natal. Designed to facilitate the learning process, these script adaptations must comply with matric setworks prescribed by KZN Department of Education.

Following a review process of up to three months, successful applicants will be notified and given appropriate use of Playhouse Company venues for rehearsals and standard performance fees. The standard cost of Playhouse theatre hire charges will be waived. Further ‘in-kind’ benefits will include stage lighting and sound facilities, costumes, sets, and administrative support, where applicable.

Applications are also invited for IN ASSOCIATION PARTNERSHIPS. Only fully fledged, professional, ready to be staged productions will be considered, for productions that can be presented during the course of the year. In return, The Playhouse Company will pay standard performance fees, provide access to existing costumes, sets and technical services.

A limited number of productions in all the above categories are selected each year. Forms will be available from the Playhouse Company’s Head Office foyer, at 29 Acutt Street, Durban, from March 1 to April 15 between 09h00 and 11h00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY.

These forms may also be accessed by email via The Playhouse Company’s website at from March 1 2009.

Completed applications must be dropped in the box marked Arts Proposals in the Playhouse Company Head Office foyer. No faxed or emailed completed proposals will be considered. Out-of-town applicants may however have their completed forms delivered by courier service (not post) to The Playhouse Company at the above physical address.

Applications close on the April 16, 2009.