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Playhouse to hold auditions for schools show

BY 29.10.18

The Playhouse Company, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is holding auditions for ‘Sizwe’s Triumph Over Sumdanger’.

The play, written and directed by Thabo Mnguni, will form part of the Company’s Schools Season from 4 February to 1 March 2019.

Cast are being sought for a moving and controversial theatre production about a group of school learners and a teacher. With the scourge of bullying in schools affecting many learners, Sizwe’s Triumph Over Sumdanger will draw attention to the issue, and to its side effects of substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, and more bullying.

Actresses and actors are invited to audition to play the following characters:

- Sizwe, a 16-year-old schoolboy who is fragile and submissive, and who is bullied.

- Sumdanger. A 17-year-old bully who victimizes other learners.

- Zandile, a beautiful 16-year-old girl who is dominant, talkative and optimistic.

- Nonhlanhla, a smart and naive young girl of 15 years of age, who is charismatic and brave.

- A 35-year-old teacher who is passionate about his career and about the youngsters he teaches.

Auditionees need to prepare two 3-minute monologues for their auditions. These should be similar to the characters for which they auditioning; with the other monologue contrasting with the character for which they are auditioning.

Each auditionee is required to send their CV to testdrive@playhousecompany.com to book an audition. This must be done before 19 October 2018. Auditions will take place on Tuesday 30 October 2018. Auditionees are reminded to bring along a head and shoulders photograph.

For any enquiries, please call Khulekani Kunene during working hours on 031 369 9440.

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