One Act Fest about to kick off!

Hi everyone, hope your Easter weekend was awesome!

Soooo have you booked for the One Act Play Festival yet?! Technical rehearsals are done & dusted and everyone is feeling pumped and excited! It kicks off this Friday so the time has finally arrived to start harassing family and friends! Be sure to book as soon as possible ( or call Wendy on 082 366 9987).

Enjoy a relaxed night out, barnyard-theatre style where you bring your own refreshments or buy something at the tuck shop. With four evenings jam-packed with a lineup of up to 3 shows every night, including a top two final play-off, it’s great entertainment at a bargain price of only: R50 Adults, R35 Pensioners & Students, R25 Members, R110 Festival Ticket

Plus, by supporting the shows you will be contributing to a really good cause – 10% of all ticket sales will be donated by Franklin Players to FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals) – a worthy cause if ever there was one. FORA is an animal shelter that survives purely on fundraising & donations from the public. They are pro-quality of life and are currently home to around 300-350 dogs & 100-150 cats. Please feel free to bring an extra donation of dog/cat food, cat litter and PEP blankets or fleece (winter is around the corner!). Visit their website to find out more about this wonderful organization and how we can help:

There are 8 productions taking part this year. Performance dates and lineup are as follows:

FRIDAY 1st APRIL (3 shows)

50 Shades of Gay - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 201650 Shades of Gay

An extremely funny below the belt comedy that loves poking fun at life in Joburg. Every South African can relate to it. This slightly off-centre, embarrassingly side-splitting play, also has some romance weaved intricately with the emotive language of music. Audiences will be able to enjoy a real violinist at his best during scene changes. These characters are far from perfect thus making their mishaps all the more relevant.


Porcelain and Pink - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016Porcelain & Pink (The Inklings – TUKS)

Reminiscent of the times of F. Scott-Fitzgerald and written in a contemporary Wildean style, Porcelain and Pink provides a vignette of the lives of sisters Alexis and Louise, who couldn’t be more different. One of the few things they have in common is Jamie Morris, but does he know it?




All By Myself - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016All By Myself (Protea Stage Production)

Seven years alone on an island after his shipwreck have driven Larry to the edge of sanity, but that’s nothing compared to the shock of discovering he’s not – and never has been – alone!





SATURDAY 2nd APRIL (2 shows)

My Middle Name Is Angry - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016My Middle Name is Angry

When two sisters with vastly different outlooks on life are forced to share an apartment for a week, there are bound to be clashes, tears and plenty of laughs.





A Silly Afternoon - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016A Silly Afternoon

One fine day in the middle of the night on the good morning of a wonderful English eve, there is a man who is believed to have the silliest walk of all those who silly walk. This man finds that his walk is, in fact, not silly and embarks on a series of adventures finding himself feeling that the silly world he once believed to be silly is not the silly life he thought to be so great. It is here that the audience will find themselves immersed in the wonderful silly world of total silliness, from arguing for money to silly pet shops to silly jobs. We can all get the idea of what it’s like to live a day in the life of a silly afternoon.


FRIDAY 8th APRIL (3 shows)

A Likely Suspect - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016A Likely Suspect

This dark drama tells the story of two estranged best friends, Brenda and Iris, who meet up 13 years after a huge argument. Iris’ son has gone missing and needs Brenda, now a high ranking social worker, to pull strings and help find the missing boy. However, all is not what it seems as we follow this tale of unspoken truths, deceit, lies, sacrifices and murder. After all…“We all act stupid when it comes to love.”



The Surrogate - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016The Surrogate

Felicity Plaatjies is knocked up and leaves her boyfriend, Terrence (who beats her twice a week now). She decides to cash in on her surrogacy agreement with her (previous) employer Paul and his (previous) boyfriend Ocean. Watch as the lives of four people unfold over the term of her pregnancy. Is Paul the father or Ocean or Terrence… or none of them?



One Way Or Another - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016One Way or Another

Just a typical day in the life of an aging Hollywood star. Everything is as it should be… Mercia’s life is filled with reporters, agents, fan mail, stalkers and most of all drama… or is it?





SATURDAY 9th APRIL (2 shows)

The Top Two productions battle it out in the finals, followed by adjudication and prize giving.

To all the actors, break a leg!!

To the production crew, a big thanks and VASBYT we’re almost there!

To the audience members, hope you enjoy the shows and thanks for your support!

Now, let’s do this!! 🙂


If anyone is keen to help out backstage for the festival please let us know. Duties include giving timing calls to all casts and crew, as well as the opening and closing of curtains. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in acting but still a bit hesitant to dive in or for those just interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes…


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