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Sunday, March 8, 2015


Deadline: March 15, 2015, at 16h00

The Playhouse Company invites arts practitioners to submit proposals for cutting-edge productions in the areas of Dance, Drama and Music for 2016-17.

Do you have a fabulous stage production but no venue to present it in? Are you looking for a potential partner to assist with the financial costs of staging a drama, musical or dance production? Then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

The Playhouse Company, one of South Africa’s premier professional theatre institutions, invites arts practitioners, including independent producers, directors, playwrights and production houses, to submit proposals for cutting-edge stage productions in the areas of Dance, Drama and Music to be staged at the Playhouse in Durban during its 2016-17 financial year.

Productions will be considered either on a ‘co-producer’ or partnership basis and preference will be given to arts practitioners and productions in line with The Playhouse Company’s mandate, mission and vision, which is available on the company’s website under Annual Reports.

Applicants are invited to apply in one or more of the following categories:

Community Arts Mentorship Programme: A training and development for community artists including guidance and mentoring from professional directors, choreographers and scriptwriters.

South African Women’s Arts Festival: A combination of events, vibrant and innovative productions, exhibitions and workshops make up the programme celebrating women’s month. All productions are either created by or performed by women, or both.

News Stages Festival: New Stages is recognized as a platform for taking productions to new heights, preparing them to be staged in other popular venues around the province and the country.

Schools programme: The Playhouse Company’s mobile stage provides a platform and medium to expose schools in rural communities to the world of performing arts, as well as communicating important lifestyle messages to scholars in these areas.

Partnerships: Fully-fledged professional productions that are ready to be staged during the year will be considered. The Playhouse Company provides access to existing costumes, sets and available technical requirements. 

NB: Consideration and evaluation of proposals will only be given to stage works that are beyond concept or script phases, are ready to be staged, or have previously been staged, and that meet the stringent artistic standards of The Playhouse Company.

Application forms are available for collection from The Playhouse Company’s head office, 29 Acutt Street until March 14, 2015, between 09h00 and 11h00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY. Alternatively, application forms can be downloaded from or e-mailed upon request from e-mail:

Fully completed application forms with the required supporting documentation must be dropped in the “Arts Proposal Applications” box situated in the foyer of The Playhouse Company head office. The review process will be conducted by an independent panel of industry professionals. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application. 

Applications close on March 15, 2015, at 16h00. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.