November News

Aladdin and the Lamp - Franklin Players 2016 Year End PantomimeAladdin and the Lamp

Rehearsals are in the final week and things are looking nothing short of  SENSATIONAL for this once in a lifetime version of the classic tale of Aladdin with a fantastical Franklin twist! Bookings are selling like hot cakes so best you book NOW!

To book please call Wendy on 082 366 9987 or send an email to bookings@franklin.org.za

This is a must see show for the whole family so bring the kids along to the Sunday matinee! Remember our charity this year is FORA so let’s add some sizeable digits to the total we’ve collected for them so far!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
If anyone is keen to help out with tuck shop or front of house for the show, please let us know as soon as possible, extra hands are always welcome!

TICKET PRICES
R80 for adults
R60 for students and pensioners
R50 for paid up members

SHOW DATES AND TIMES
Friday 18th and 25th November (7:30pm)
Saturday 19th and 26th November (7:30pm)
Sunday 20th (2:30pm) and 27th November (5:30pm)

 


AGM

Another reminder to please make every effort to attend the AGM on 4th December at 10.30am. (Bloody Mary’s can be ordered in advance if you are expecting to be hungover… you won’t be the only one!!) 

Should you wish to nominate anyone for the committee please ensure they are keen to stand for nomination, understand the time constraints, dedication and expectations involved in being a committee member, and last but not least, please make sure they will be attending the AGM!

If you are unable to make the AGM, please complete a Proxy form and email it to committee@franklin.org.za

Here’s a reminder of last year’s AGM minutes.

This year we will also be introducing a suggestion / complaints box for those wishing to voice anything they feel needs to be brought to the committee’s attention whilst having the option of remaining anonymous. 

 


 

OAPF 2017

Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival 2017

A reminder to all our budding scriptwriters and anyone else who has a fabulous one act script they would like to see brought to life framed by emerald green curtains – script submission deadline is 5th January, so get those fingers typing, those eyes reading and the creative juices flowing!

Email your submissions to to committee@franklin.org.za and remember to take the One Act Play Festival Rules into consideration.

For those budding Steven Spielberg’s out there or anyone else keen to try directing, make sure you put your name forward if you have not already done so!

And lastly to all our dramatically dapper divas out there, the audition dates and times in January for you to diarise now are as follows:

Sunday 15th (14h30) Monday 16th (19h30) Wednesday 18th (19h30)

 


Constitution

As from next year we will be asking each and every member to ratify the Constitution. As such, we provide a link hereto – please be sure to brush up on the content.
 

 

October News

Aladdin and the Lamp - Franklin Players 2016 Year End PantomimeAladdin and the Lamp

Bookings are now open for this not to be missed story of Aladdin, his genies and Princess Jazz!! This is a pantomime with pizzazz and offers something for everyone with our colourful characters, spectacular set design, funky dance routines, a Cave of Wonders and a Magic Carpet!!! To book please call Wendy on 082 366 9987 or send an email to bookings@franklin.org.za

This is a must see show for the whole family so bring the kids along to the Sunday matinee! Remember our charity this year is FORA so let’s add some sizeable digits to the total we’ve collected for them so far!

TICKET PRICES
R80 for adults
R60 for students and pensioners
R50 for paid up members

SHOW DATES AND TIMES
Friday 18th and 25th November (7:30pm)
Saturday 19th and 26th November (7:30pm)
Sunday 20th (2:30pm) and 27th November (5:30pm)

 


AGM

Please make every effort to attend our AGM on 4th December at 10.30am. Be there and be heard! Please make sure that your membership is current and fully paid up so you can cast your vote! If you cannot make the meeting, we will be sending out a proxy form soon so please keep a look out and do the necessary!

This year we will also be introducing a suggestion / complaints box for those wishing to voice anything they feel needs to be brought to the committee’s attention whilst having the option of remaining anonymous.

 


Social Event

A truly awesome day was had by all who attended – huge loss for those of you who didn’t, you missed out BIG time!! Gorgeous weather, overtly eager cyclists, impromptu “Absolutely Fabulous” skits, belly aching laughs and memorable moments. This is definitely something we will look at doing again so be sure you make it next time!

social

 


OAPF 2017

Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival 2017The end of the year means 2017 is just around the corner and THAT means it’s time to start submitting any and all scripts for our Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival next year.

Please note that submission deadline is 5th January and be sure to take the Festival Rules into consideration. Likewise, if you would like to try your hand at directing a One Act play for the festival, please put your name forward as soon as possible!

Likewise, if you would like to try your hand at directing a One Act play for the festival, please put your name forward as soon as possible!

 


Constitution

As from next year we will be asking each and every member to ratify the Constitution. As such, we provide a link hereto – please be sure to brush up on the content.

 


EADS

EADSThe EADS end of year show this year is “The Jungle Book.” We would love to turn this into a social event and go and support our fellow thespian friends at EADS. Please let us know if you would be keen to go in a group and we can organise a block booking. Alternatively you can book directly at EADSbookings@gmail.com or 063 200 3725.

TICKET PRICES
R75 for adults
R40 for children under 12

SHOW DATES AND TIMES
4, 5, 11, 12, 18 November (7:30pm)
6 November (2pm Matinee)

VENUE
St Chad’s Anglican Church Hall
Cnr 4th Street and 8th Ave, Edenvale
(Safe parking available on cnr 7th Ave & 4th Street)

 

 

Year End Musical

ALADDIN AND THE LAMP

While ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ has some technical difficulties with the script we are happy to announce our plan B. Auditions were intense and after a very difficult deliberation the cast has finally been chosen for Aladdin And The Lamp, Franklin’s end of year musical written and directed by Els De Bundel.

It’s far away and long ago when storytelling was an art. When Sinbad sailed the seven seas and Ali Baba led his 40 thieves. So begins the massive task of rehearsing Aladdin and his Genies. Yep, you heard it here… Not one, but twoooo genies! Added to this tale is pretty Princess Jazz, her father the Emperor of China and our evil Zaritha, sorceress extraordinaire and the Emperor’s right hand woman. Give it some Ying and Yang, two ditzy sergeants named Chop and Suey, and you have an year end play. Now we just need to rehearse….

So be it ‘salam wa aleikum’, ‘ni hăo’ or just hello, come along for a magic carpet ride with the Franklin Players in November 2016. Keep an eye out for developments and our double whammy of fundraising attached to this massive project all in the name of developing community theatre.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November
Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November

 

August News

TERRIFIC TALENT

Gareth Meijsen from Franklin Players ~ awarded scholarship to IMTA New York!We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gareth Meijsen on being awarded a scholarship to IMTA New York!!! This is such an awesome achievement and we are super duper stoked that his roots will forever be with us here at Franklin.

Gareth, we wish you all the success imaginable and can’t wait to see your name in huge neon lights on Broadway in the near future!

 

 

 


CHARITABLE DONATIONS

Just to prove that we do stick to our word and donate a percentage of our ticket sales to chosen charities, we have included herewith a letter of thanks from last year’s chosen charity, the Randburg SPCA.

 


VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR

AUDITIONS EXTENDED!!!
We have added another two audition days as follows:
Sunday 21st August at 14h30
Monday 22nd August at 19h30

AVAILABLE ROLES:
– 3 non-singing actors from three different generations (gender not specific)
– 4 or 5 strong vocal actors: 2 female, 2 or 3 male (singing a bonus, not essential)
– An ensemble of singers (group and soloists) and dancers

Our big bang year-end musical spectacular is titled Video Killed The Radio Star and promises entertainment through the decades! We start from way back when radio theatre was all the rage and then continue our musical journey through music from the Kings of Soul, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, Pop and beyond. Come and enjoy old fashioned entertainment including upbeat music from a whole collection of genres guaranteed to be enjoyed by young and young-at-heart alike. The show will open around late November.

 


AGM

The date for this year’s AGM will be 4th December at 10.30am – diarise now!

 


SOCIAL EVENT

Our next social event will be a theatre sports/improv event (think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”).

It will take place at Emmarentia Dam, September 17th from 1pm.

Please bring along friends, family, a picnic or stuff to braai, and let’s have a laugh and just hang out in the Spring time sun together!

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Best wishes to all our August babies!

 

 

Run For Your Wife

Run For Your Wife - Franklin Players mid year 2016 productionAs promised, our mid-year production was nothing short of spectacular and has definitely raised the bar as far as productions at Franklin go!

A resounding well done and congratulations to Hennie and everyone involved.

We also raised over R1400 for our furry friends at FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals) so thank you for filling those seats!

Download the programme »

 

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR:

When first approached to direct the 2016 mid-year production, my immediate choice was Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney. The first play I starred in as a Franklin Players member, 13 years ago.

Auditions spanned over two weekends and with a very limited budget, the production crew and I set out on the mammoth task of putting together a cast and then building a stage set.

Over a period of 11 weeks the crew spent a total of 75 hours on stage that went by in a flash and before we knew it opening night loomed before us.  Needless to say sleepless nights and constant worry had taken its toll on my frayed nerves. Was my cast ready? Would they remember their lines verbatim? Would the audience find the play funny? And why, oh why did I agree to direct this play in the first place?

Then the curtains parted on opening night and, like the audience, I was swept away by the hilarious madness unfolding on stage and all my fears dissipated like mist before the rising sun.

Looking back now, the stress of directing seems trivial, because the laughter from audiences each evening during the four performances was a reward that only directors and cast members can truly appreciate.

My conclusion is that the 2016 mid-year production was a resounding success and without a doubt the best cast ensemble that I’ve had the privilege to work with. This may have been an amateur production but it was performed by true professionals.

So until the 2017 mid-year production, I say to everyone involved, a heartfelt thanks and “Break a leg”.

Hendrik Greyvenstein
“El Directore”

 

July News

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Run For Your Wife - Franklin Players mid year 2016 productionWith less than two weeks to go, our mid-year production is looking nothing short of spectacular! The set is phenomenal, lines are slick and Hennie still has his hair intact!!! This laugh-a-minute farce is sure to be one of Franklin’s best productions to date, so make sure you are there!

BOOK NOW
Don’t waste any time in dropping Wendy a line to secure your seats. Send an email to franklinbookings@gmail.com or call Wendy on 082 366 9987.

 

TICKET PRICES
R80 for adults, R50 for pensioners and students and R40 for paid up members.

WORTHY CAUSE
Remember that 10% of all ticket sales go towards this year’s charity, FORA (Friends of Rescued Animals), so be sure to rope in as many supporters as you can and let’s make sure we get some full houses!

SHOW DATES
July – Friday 29th and Saturday 30th
August – Friday 5th and Saturday 6th

All shows 7 for 7.30pm.
As usual the tuck-shop will be available to take care of all your snack attacks!

 


END OF YEAR MUSICAL AUDITIONS

We certainly hope by now you have diarised the audition dates for our year end musical. If not, the dates and times are as follows…

AUDITION DATES
Sunday 14th August at 14h30
Monday 15th August at 19h30
Wednesday 17th August at 19h30

Be sure to bring along a backtrack (preferably mp3 format) you feel best showcases your vocals!

Please note non-singing roles are also available!

See you there!

 

 

 

June News

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Run For Your Wife - Franklin Players mid year 2016 productionCast and crew have been braving the cold winter days and nights and putting in a ton of hard work for our upcoming mid-year production. This one is most definitely “not to be missed” so make sure you diarise the following dates and bring along family and friends for a superbly side-splitting and fantastically funny farce!

SHOW DATES:
July ~ Friday 29th, Saturday 30th,
August ~ Friday 5th, Saturday 6th

 

 


AUDITIONS

Auditions for the end of year show will take place on the following dates in August – be there!!

Sunday 14th, Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th

 


RLT MAY-RIOTY FESTIVAL

Congratulations to all who participated and all who supported. The festival was an undisputed success! Thanks again to RLT for including us in the line up – what a jol!!

 


RLT AT GRAHAMSTOWN FESTIVAL

We would like to wish RLT all the best for the Grahamstown Festival. Here’s to having an
absolute blast and breaking loads of metaphorical legs!!

 


“ABBADashery” – EADS

If you are an ABBA / Kardashian fan, make sure you do not miss EADS’ latest production,
“ABBADashery.”

Show dates in July are 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th and bookings can be made through Storm
on 063 200 3725 or EADSbookings@gmail.com

Tickets are R70 pp. Let’s pull through and support our fellow thespians in what’s sure to be a fantastic production!

 

RLT May-Rioty Show

And now for something completely different …

RLT May-rioty Show

THE FABULOUS MAY-RIOTY SHOW

In a colourful community theatre collaboration RLT PRODUCTIONS presents THE MERRY WIVES, THE FRANKLIN PLAYERS and PHOENIX RISING in 3 great plays for 2 shows only! 

Karen Zaal and Sheila Smith, leading lights of the acclaimed Merry Wives ensemble, and two of the stars of RLT’s recent Summer Funsations Showcase, will be bringing their unique musical and comedic talents to the fore with A Bit of This and a Slice of That, a fun and frothy frolic featuring super songs, brilliant banter and one or two delicious surprises!

Next up Ladies and Gentlemen: The winning production in the recent Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival, My Middle Name is Angry. Written by Ashley Nader, directed by Jessica Urbani and starring Traci Scerri and Taryn Brehm. 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.

And rounding off the programme: Phoenix Rising’s National Arts Festival-bound.

Death’s Reject. Written by Josie Pelzer and directed by Oriela van der Walt. Hazel Brown (Josie Pelzer) is feeling more than a little blue and decides to end it all. However, her hopes of a peaceful eternal slumber are rudely shattered when she finds herself a most unwelcome guest in the lair of the Grim Reaper himself (Graham Shirley). Will kindly but firm Dr Durrell (Oriela van der Walt) be able to coax her back to the land of the living, or will the sinister, scabrous and thoroughly unpleasant Reaper succeed with his own plans for her immortal soul?

Please note: Some items contain strong language and adult content and parental guidance is advised.

When: Friday 27 May 2016 @ 19:30 
Saturday 28 May 2016 @ 14:30 

Where: The Basement @ Roodepoort Theatre
Civic Centre Complex 
100 Christiaan de Wet Road
Florida Park 

Tickets: Full-price: R80 
Students, scholars & pensioners: R60 

Space is limited and advance booking is strongly advised: Drop a line to rltproductions1950@gmail.com or give Oriela van der Walt a call on 082 456 7528.

Seating is unreserved at tables of four. Patrons are welcome to bring their own eats but the theatre requests that drinks be purchased from the Basement bar.

 

2016 One Act Festival

Franklin Players and Friends One Act Play Festival 2016

This year’s Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival brought a variety of plays to the stage keeping our audiences on the edge of their seats. With a variety of different genres this festival has been growing from strength to strength becoming an institution within Franklin itself. On behalf of the Franklin Players I extend a heartfelt thank you to YOU, our patrons for your continued support!

We were also very pleased to have welcomed fellow amdram societies ‘Protea Stage Productions’ from Benoni, and ‘The Inklings – TUKS’ from Pretoria who entered this fest with 2 productions ‘All By Myself’ and ‘Porcelain & Pink’ respectively.

To all participants, Franklinites and friends, a warm thank you for bringing your talents to our stage once more. My personal thanks as producer of this year’s festival also go to the committee members of The Franklin Players for their support and assistance in producing this year’s festival, as well as Vernon Janse van Rensurg and Traci Scerri.  A thank you is also extended to our wonderful adjudicators Cati Muller, Lynda Bomyer and our ghost adjudicator, Thorsten Wedekind, all of whom provided constructive and insightful comments throughout the festival.

It has been a privilege to have seen the festival grow over the last two years and we are pleased to announce that 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to our chosen charity for the year, Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA).

If you missed the festival this year, keep your eyes open for our calendar dates 2017.

If you wish to become part of The Franklin Players family and our next project, simply join us for auditions for our mid-year play on 24 and 25 April 2017. Further details are available in our monthly flyer, on our website Auditions page and other social media platforms. Hope to see you there!

Keep singing, acting and dancing!
Els


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Overall Production – My Middle Name is Angry
Runner-up Best Production – All By Myself
Best Original script – Ashley Nader (My Middle Name is Angry)
Best Director – Jessica Urbani (My Middle Name is Angry)
Runner-up Best Director – Ben Frey (The Surrogate)
Best Actor – Michael Brownhill (All By Myself)
Best Supporting Actor – Mark Worrell (All By Myself)
Best Actress – Euwelia Louw (The Surrogate)
Best Supporting Actresses – Taryn Brehm & Traci Scerri (My Middle Name is Angry)
Best Newcomer – Dylan Liebenberg (All By Myself)
Best Novice Production – A Silly Afternoon
Best Cameo Role – Jessica Urbani (50 Shades of Gay)
Best Set – 50 Shades of Gay
Best Lighting – 50 Shades of Gay
Best Music – My Middle Name is Angry

MERIT AWARDS:

Merit Award – Best Production – The Surrogate
Merit Award – Best Adapted Script – A Likely Suspect
Merit Award – Most Socially Relevant Script – The Surrogate
Merit Award – Convergence of Theatrical Styles – Porcelain and Pink
Merit Award – Most Innovative Use of Props on Stage – Porcelain and Pink
Merit Award – Best Use of Costume – Tracey von Bulow (One Way or Another)
Merit Award – Best Poster Design – Porcelain and Pink
Merit Award – Best Ensemble – The Surrogate
Merit Award – Most Physically Convincing Performance – Gareth Meijsen (A Silly Afternoon)
Merit Award – Most Convincing Emotional Performance – Traci Scerri (My Middle Name is Angry)
Merit Award – Best Suited Casting of a Role – Tracey von Bulow (One Way or Another)
Merit Award –  Best Suited Casting of a Role – Kathy Clayton (A Likely Suspect)
Merit Award – Most Improved Acting Year on Year – Wendy Brehm (50 Shades of Gay)
Recognition Award – Most Diverse Acting Roles – Ralph Roos (50 Shades of Gay, One Way or Another)
Polyfilla Award – Most Committed – Carri Lyons

ACTING MERIT AWARDS (SCORE OF 75 & ABOVE):

Acting Merit – Jessica Urbani (A Likely Suspect)
Acting Merit – Mary Collyer (A Likely Suspect)
Acting Merit – Devan Fleetwood (A Silly Afternoon)
Acting Merit – Gareth Meijsen (A Silly Afternoon)
Acting Merit – Taryn Brehm (A Silly Afternoon)
Acting Merit – Ben Frey (The Surrogate)
Acting Merit – Neil Meyer (The Surrogate)
Acting Merit – Amorita van den Heever (The Surrogate)
Acting Merit – Dirk Jonker (All By Myself)

 

This year’s festival showcased a line up of 8 productions, including 2 entries from fellow societies, Protea Stage Productions and The Inklings – TUKS.

Download the Programme »

Here are posters of the 8 plays that took part:

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!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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?

 

 

 

 

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 (franklinbookings@gmail.com 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: www.fora.org.za

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!! 🙂


CALL FOR BACKSTAGE

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…