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Thursday, October 13, 2011


The Gay & Lesbian Network wants to find new and exciting acting talent which it believes exists in and around the Pietermaritzburg area, to form part of an award-winning Youth Theatre Company that has exciting plans for 2012.

The Network will hosting drama auditions to identify acting or performing skills and to see what aspirant actors can bring to the group and future performances. It is looking for actors who have a real passion for acting and sharing their skills with other young actors.

Auditions will be held on November 5 and the following criteria applies:

Participants should bring a speech/monologue that has been prepared and learned by heart. This will be presented to the auditioning panel and other young members of the group. This can be a speech taken from a text or something written by the participant. It should be presented in English and a maximum of three minutes in length.

Bring a song or a poem to present. This does not necessarily have to be in English, it can be in the participant’s home language. If the participant has a special talent such as dance/ mime or play a musical instrument, this could be demonstrated at the audition. The participant will need to inform the panel beforehand.

As well as the presentations indicated above, participants will be given a short two-person scene with another actor which they will have 20 minutes to prepare. This will show the ability at being able to work and interrelate with another actor on stage.

Participants will also participate in a 30 minute improvisation workshop with the whole group. This will demonstrate the ability to be creative, spontaneous and to “think on your feet”, as well as being able to work in a larger group.

Finally, there will be an interview session where participants will be questioned on their passion and commitment to acting/performing and to being part of the Drama group as well as their willingness to accept the strict rules governing punctuality and attendance at workshops and rehearsals. This ensures that the group achieves the high professional standards expected in order to present continuing high quality performances.

The drama auditions will take place on November 5 at 14h00 in the Studio Theatre, Hexagon Theatre on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KZN in Golf Road. More information from Ponie Ngcobo at 033 342 6165 or email: or visit the Gay & Lesbian Network office at 185 Burger Street in Pietermaritzburg.