Audition Date: Sunday 7 July
In a near dysfunctional future, ‘sometime quite soon’, an estranged and isolated composer, Jerome, lives alone in a shuttered high-rise flat, safe from the roaming gangs outside who practically rule the streets. His only company is his beloved music technology and a robot nanny, and she's on the blink.
Jerome is trying to compose a definitive work on love, but has had writer’s block ever since his wife, Corinna, left with their daughter, Geain, four years earlier. Desperate to see his daughter again, he decides to deceive his wife and a representative from the Department of Child Wellbeing, by enlisting the help of an out-of-work actress and his malfunctioning robot. When things don't work out, Jerome has to improvise. It's remarkable what can be done with a microchip, a screwdriver and a hair dryer...
"Henceforward" is one of Ayckbourn's quirky black comedies about human self-deception and isolation. As always with Ayckbourn, he manages to juggle humour and poignancy, laughter and pathos. The struggle of the artist - and the struggle for love - is explored in this dark, futuristic tale.
There are eight roles in the play, with two of the characters appearing only on video. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play.
Please visit our auditions page for the full audition notice, including all the character descriptions and contact information.
“This brilliant play offers an ultimately bleak vision of men, machines and society. But the exhilarating Ayckbournian paradox is that the darker it gets the funnier it becomes” ~ The Guardian
“A superbly constructed comedy” ~ Daily Telegraph
“Nobody can be as funny as Alan Ayckbourn, or as frightening” ~ Financial Times
MADS committee member, Raymond Rudolph is producing & starring in a one-man comedy, My Dog's Got No Nose, by British playwright, Ron Aldridge.
Directed by our own Celia Musikanth, it is a journey around a stand-up comedian's first ever public performance - his lifelong dream covers everything from comedy, unrequited love, dogs, the facts of life and more, but in a funny, bitter-sweet story, we discover that the man and his "performance" are not quite what they seem.
Hilarious, provocative & poignant, with dramatic twists in the tale, the show is on in the Library Hall, Hill Street, Grahamstown from 27 June to 5 July 2013.
Produced by: on the shoulders of GIANTS.
By special arrangement with DALRO.
Oom Schalk, from the HeartDave Muller as "Oom Schalk".
Percy Sieff… Patrick Mynhardt… Now David Muller’s delightful touch stages Herman Charles Bosman’s brilliant writing. After its initiation at Biekie Bosman Festival, Groot Marico, Oom Schalk, from the Heart (directed by Celia Musikanth) will charm audiences of all ages.
David last appeared at the National Arts Festival as ‘James Jarvis’ in “Cry, the Beloved country”.
Below My Feet
Following a very successful opening at the Masque Theatre, the cast of Below My Feet will delight Festival goers with this emotive collaboration of Movement (Contemporary, Modern, Tap, lyrical hip-hop), Music (for the head, heart and feet), and Media (Stills and live footage in the form of a full short film).
This piece has evolved after the past three seasons and so has the cast. The original concept of how beneficial working through a process can be remains the same. This year (2013) “Below My Feet” was invited to open the opening ceremony of the National Schools Festival at the Artscape in the Western Cape. Performances this year include venues such as the Masque Theatre and The Kalk Bay Theatre, in Cape Town.
Amy's View, described as playwright David Hare’s masterpiece, opens at the Masque Theatre on Friday the 5th of July. Sir David Hare is one of Britain's most internationally performed playwrights. After a sold-out season at the National Theatre, Amy's View transferred to the West End, and later to Broadway, earning widespread critical acclaim for Judi Dench in the role of the mother.
A well-known West End actress receives a visit from her daughter Amy and her new boyfriend, an aspiring film director. This sets in motion events which only fully come into shape sixteen years later. A fascinating insight into three main characters and how lack of communication can cause so much confusion! The play is directed by the multi-award winning Brenda Gray (Best Director - Marvin's Room) featuring Hannah Klaassens as Amy, Anton Schӓfer (Best Supporting Actor - The Sum of Us) as Amy’s boyfriend Dominic and Bernie Jacobs as the mother. The stellar supporting cast includes Dennis Benneyworth (Best Actor - Gaslight, Mixed Couples and Visiting Mr Green), Sheila Inglis (Best Actress -Nunsense) and Gary Green (certificate of excellence - The Odd Couple).
The performance on Wednesday the 10th of July will be in aid of the Chaeli Campaign. The Chaeli Campaign aims to change the life of one disabled child at a time in a significant way, mobilising the minds and bodies of children with disabilities. For more information visit www.chaelicampaign.co.za
Friday 5 July - 20:00, Saturday 6 July - 14:30 & 18:30, Wednesday 10 July - 20:00 (in aid of Chaeli Campaign), Thursday 11 July - 20:00, Friday 12 July - 20:00 & Saturday 13 July - 14:30 & 18:30. Friday and Saturday evenings: R65, Wednesday, Thursday and Matinees: R55, Masque Theatre Club members enjoy R10 discount.
"Mal de Mère(s) ..." in French by Sarah Fuentes is a tragi-comedy about love, lost illusions and the never-ending story of being the son or daughter of a mother.
For an hour, a bunch of crazy characters, cramped in small lives, fill in the stage – the ultimate space where they can recount their wounds. Their confidences, funny and touching, bring smiles and laughter about some of the scars our mothers left on our vision of the world, others, sex and love!
Because at the beginning of time stands a mother whose imprint, like it or not, never quite fades away...
"Mal de Mère(s) ..." is on at the African Dance Theatre (44 Long Street, Cape Town) on 24 June 2013 at 20h30. Tickets are R100 per person. For ticket sales and enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this play is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.