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Franklin Players is a community theatre group based in Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg. The society has been running for over sixty years and puts on at least three productions a year – from our annual festival of one-act plays to our mid-year comedy and big bang year-end musical, and sometimes even more shows in between.

We aim to get community members active in the arts and welcome anyone who wishes to join, regardless of experience. We are always on the lookout for new talent, not only on stage but backstage and front of house crew are equally as important to every production. Of course we do this for the love of theatre and DO NOT GET PAID! It’s a passion, a creative outlet, and a home away from home where we have made many friends – it’s more like a Franklin family.

So just to be clear, we DO NOT PAY ACTORS OR CREW in any of our productions. In fact, all cast members need to be paid-up Franklin members in order to perform (fees are nominal, refer to our membership form further down this page).

Rehearsals take place at the Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoons, Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings ONLY once a production has been cast and rehearsals are in full swing. Once the curtain goes down on closing night, we do not meet again until auditions open for the following show.

With many productions, Franklin Players donates at least 10% of ticket sales to a selected charity. In the past we have donated to FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals), SPCA, Border Collie Rescue, Barking Mad / Dogtown SA, and most recently Baby Moses Child Sanctuary.

We email news once a month to our mailing list subscribers, so drop us a line if you would like to be added to our mailing list and keep abreast of upcoming auditions and productions. 

All actors cast in our shows automatically become members and pay membership for the year (R200 for adults, R100 for students and half price after July 1st). We welcome and encourage you to join for reduced ticket prices, free workshops and a wonderful community just as interested in the stage life as you. 

It’s easy to become a member – simply complete the membership form and email it to committee@franklin.org.za together with proof of payment. The fees are extremely nominal and basically help us pay the rent.

We invite you to contact us and join the Franklin family!


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Franklin D. Roosevelt


In 1962, Harry Falkov and Iris Schuck established the drama group “Franklin Players” at the Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre (both named after the famous American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt).

From their early years, the Franklin Players have continually grown in strength and are constantly striving to improve the standard of their presentations.

As I’m sure you can see, we certainly have a little niche carved out just for you. So, if you live in our vicinity, why not come along and join in the fun? If you don’t live in our vicinity, well then the answer is obvious – relocate!

Franklin Players is also a founder member of SANCTA (The South African National Community Theatre Association).


Soné Pieterse (Chair)
Kyle Pieterse (Vice-Chair)
David Clarke (Treasurer)
Khaya Dube (Public Relations Officer)
Jana Eloff (Secretary)
Daniel Solomons (Technical Officer)



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Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre, cnr Anton Van Wouw Street and Preller Drive, Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg

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Banking Details for Ticket Bookings and Membership Fees
Account: Franklin Players Community Theatre
Type: Current
Capitec Branch Code: 450105
Current Account: 1051 8564 26

Reference: Name & Surname

For bookings and more info, please email bookings@franklin.org.za

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30 thoughts on “About Us | Contact

    • Hi there,

      Are you interested in singing or helping backstage? In which case, please attend the auditions on 10 June at 2 pm at the Roosevelt park rec centre hall in Linden, JHB.

  1. Hi, I am a first year student at university and I have always done drama throughout my schooling career. I am currently feeling withdrawal symptoms from being away from the stage for so long. I would like to join this group just to satisfy my longing to be on stage though i can not promise any strong commitments to any of the projects due to me having to focus on my degree programme as well. Is it possible for me to still join this group and if so, how do I go about doing that?

  2. Hi. I would like to get involved, particularly in acting. Please advise how I can get involved. Thank you, Sarah

    • Hello Sarah – i can’t tell you how sorry i am for this tardy reply! i would suggest you show up for the next round of auditions (probably early 2014 – our next Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival) – that way you can chat to everyone and get involved in the next production…

  3. For those who don’t know, but knew him -via Franklin Players, Sancta, Amateur Dramatics, Friend, Confidant, Overseas, Biking. Bill Conté, my GREAT friend, passed away last week. The memorial service will be on Thursday. The details are on his Facebook page. He will be so missed. Love u and RIP Bill.

    ‘A celebratory memorial service of the Late Bill Conté’s life will be held on
    Thursday 10 October 2013 at Martin’s Funerals chapel at 564 Ontdekkers road Florida at11h00 am. Viewing from 10h00am in the the chapel. For any further information please contact Cathy Strydom 0720396918 or Laura Young 0828886148.’

    At least he originally designed your web page

  4. Hi, I would like to know how I can join to take part either as a performer or stage management team. I have experience in stage managing in musical productions at the Lyric Theatre. Please let me know when next an opportunity will become available.


    • Hi Robert, apologies for the late reply! I have given your email address to one of our committee members, Els de Bundel, who will make contact with you soon 🙂

  5. Hi. I am a 22 year old young lady. I would love to find out more about what you do. I am interested in joining your group. Not exactly sure where my talents lie but I feel a need to explore this opportunity. Please send me some more info or let me know when next you are meeting so that I can come along.



    • Hi Bridget, thanks for making contact! Our secretary, Wendy Brehm, will be able to give you all the information you need. Please give her a call on 082 366 9987 or email info@franklin.org.za

      Our mid-year production has just been cast and rehearsals are only starting this month. We meet and rehearse at Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre (map and address on this page) on Sunday afternoons, Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings. Please give Wendy a shout to find out when would be a good time to come through and discuss if/how you could become involved in the production 🙂

      Looking forward to meeting you!

    • Hello Mathabiso, we suggest you come and watch our annual One-Act Festival which kicks off on the 10th of April, and meet some Franklin members who will be happy to chat with you 🙂 No experience required, just enthusiasm and dedication!

    • Hi Bonolo, that’s great news! You mustn’t be nervous 🙂 it is so much fun and everybody is very friendly, I promise you will feel right at home 🙂 Looking forward to meeting you. Cheers, Traci

  6. Hi
    I’m a 20 year old full time student at the University of Johannesburg
    I would like to join Franklin group but i specifically want to gain experience of acting,more like being involved in rehearsals on a daily basis because i have never been involved in a kind of acting but i just love it!
    Please advice me on what to do and where to go to start at the bottom and build my way up

    • Hi Londeka, it’s wonderful that you would like to join our group! Why don’t you come along for auditions later this month for the one-act play festival? Every year Franklin Players and other amateur drama societies such as our good friends at EADS put on a festival of about 10 very short plays (only one act each, about half an hour) and it’s the most fun you’re ever going to have!! Check out our Auditions page for the details – this year we have four audition sessions on two Sunday afternoons and two Monday evenings. You do not need to prepare anything, just come along and join in the fun! We look forward to meeting you soon 🙂

  7. I’m a 21 year old
    I would like to join Franklin group an Actor want to gain experience of acting,more like being involved in rehearsals on a daily basis because i have never been involved in a kind of acting but i just love it!

    • Hi Sphelele, thanks for your interest in Franklin Players! Please come to the auditions for our mid-year production. We are holding four sets of auditions on the following days:

      Sunday, April 24th and May 8th, 2.30pm
      Monday, April 25th and May 9th, 7.30pm

      Call Wendy for more info:
      082 366 9987

      Hopefully see you there!

    • Hi Madz, our next auditions are coming up in January (21st, 22nd, 24th) for our One Act Play Festival which takes place in April. I have added you to our mailing list so you can keep up to date with our monthly news 🙂 Also keep an eye on our Auditions page (franklin.org.za/auditions) and Events Calendar (franklin.org.za/events) right here on this site.

  8. I’m a 17 year old actress who is in for the love of theatre because its my passion! I can do it for hours and I may get tired but boy do I love it! Please let me know when there are auditions and for which plays. Thanks

  9. Hi Franklin Players,
    I think your company is doing a great job! Please add me to your mailing list for Script Submissions or Auditions.
    Kind Regards.
    Sanette Shirley

    • Hi Sanette, thanks so much for your kind comment!
      I have added you to our mailing list, welcome.
      I will email our May newsletter which was sent yesterday, so keep an eye on your Inbox…

  10. Hi

    I spoke to a friend and she really loves going to franklin.. she told me about how donations could help and what it is used for and i would love to find out more and how my donations can help.

    i would love to help as far i can..

    hope to hear from you soon…

    kind regards
    Jaun-Pierre Petzer

    • Hello Jaun-Pierre, thanks so much for your message! We are all about community theatre and all membership fees or donations get put right back into the next show. Up to now we have also donated 10% of all our ticket sales to a different charity each year. Certainly nobody gets paid so we can use all the help we can get 🙂 Feel free to pop in at our auditions later this month and say Hi, we would love to meet you (and you can audition at the same time if you like!)
      Take care

  11. Hi
    I would like to join and perform musical parts/acting, so I want to know how? When? About auditioning as well.

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

    • Hi Xolani, thanks for your message. You should come and audition for our year-end pantomime on 18th, 19th and 21st of August. The show will involve acting, singing and dancing and will be loads of fun! I have added you to our mailing list so you can be informed about the auditions and what to prepare. You can also keep an eye on our auditions page right here on our website, we will be updating it soon.

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