May News

Lockdown Showdown 2.0

Beat the lockdown level 4 blues with the Franklin Players’ costume design competition. If you love to dress up or design your own costumes, why not share with us and enter the ‘Lockdown Showdown 2.0′ – Franklin Players’ very first online costume design competition.


  • Competition entry deadline is Friday, 12 June 2020.
  • Competition is open to anyone and everyone – no age limit.
  • You can enter by dressing up as your favourite book character, cinematic character, stage play character, musical artist, superhero or even fairy tale character.
  • If you wish to perform a short skit, monologue or song in your costume, feel free to do so. We love it when you live to entertain!
  • Enter either or both of our two categories:
    • Pulled and composited wardrobe – which means your costume is put together by what you have at home.
    • Designed – made from scratch.
  • Winners will be announced on Sunday, 14 June 2020.
  • The winner of each category will receive four tickets to our next showcase.
  • Top five entries will be featured on the Franklin Players social media platforms (Facebook page and Instagram).


  1. Choose your favourite character and dress up either by:
    • putting together an outfit from items in your cupboard; or
    • designing an outfit from scratch.
  2. Record your performance or photograph your costume.
  3. Post it on your social media pages – Instagram, Facebook or both.
  4. Get your friends to like it!
  5. Finally – Tag us! We will post our top five in each category on the Franklin Players social media platforms:


  1. Entries must be ALL-age appropriate. No profanity or nudity will be accepted.
  2. One entry per person, per category.
  3. If your entry includes a performance, it must NOT be longer than three minutes.
  4. DM us including your full name, age, contact number, credit the original story / character, and category under which you entered.
  5. Have FUN!!


Congrats to the Winners

Big round of applause for the winners or our first Lockdown Showdown talent competition!

  • Shanon Zoghby and partner singing a cover of ‘Shallows’.
  • Bophelo Marumo with her own dance choreography.
  • Thole Boikanyo performing a monologue from ‘Death of a Salesman’.

The winner of each category will receive four tickets to our next showcase. 

Top five performances have been featured on the Franklin Players social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram). 

Winners will be invited to showcase their performance at the next live Franklin event after lockdown ends.


Grab the Popcorn

While stuck at home under national lockdown, catch up on some great old movies to brush up on those acting skills. 
We, at Franklin, have our firm favourites as individuals and much was up for debate. One thing we did agree on was that we suggest you challenge yourself to watch something you normally would not watch. Watching some of these performances is like obtaining masterclasses in performance art FOR FREE!
In no specific order, our recommendations for ‘acting master class performances’ worthy of watching include:

  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Schindler’s List (1993)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Vertigo (1952)
  • Amadeus (1984)
  • The Shape of Water (2019)
  • Birdman (2015)
  • Twelve Years a Slave (2014)
  • Argo (2013)
  • The Departed (2007)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2002)
  • American Beauty (2000)
  • Kramer vs Kramer (1980)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • Sweeney Todd (2007)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Midnight Express (1978)
  • Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
  • Tulip Fever (2017)
  • And so many more…

Don’t like our listing? Then go check out a complete list of every ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winner ever:
PLEASE NOTE:  Some of the above and below recommendations carry age restrictions and need parental guidance. We want to PREVENT causing any unnecessary issues for you at home while most of you are home-schooling your children during this national lockdown period.

  • Back To The Future (1985)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Under the Skin (2014)
  • The Irishman (2019)
  • Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  • And so many more…

Making recommendations is difficult as each choice is purely dependent on individual taste, but perhaps the above suggestions can get you to start watching. Do you have any movies you would like to recommend? Please let us know on Facebook or Instagram. We always look forward to hearing from you. 
In the next newsletter we will add our recommendations for best action movies (focusing on fight choreography) and musicals.


Happy birthday to our May bunnies, belated and still coming.


News from other societies

Protea’s production of ‘Mary Poppins’ has been postponed until further notice due to the national lockdown.

RLT will be hosting an online charades evening, Friday 29 May, 19h15 for 19h30. To confirm you’d like to take part, drop them a line at They’ll need your name and cell number, and whether you’ll be playing via a mobile device or PC/laptop. RLT will then get back to you with the event link and other details. The RSVP deadline is Tuesday 26 May, but as there is a limit on the number of competitors, we advise replying as soon as you can.



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