July News 2024


A Massive Success: One-Acts Festival

We are thrilled to announce that our One-Acts Festival was a resounding success! A huge thank you to everyone who participated, attended, and supported this wonderful event. We are incredibly proud of all the talent showcased and the hard work put in by everyone involved.

A Word from the Chairperson

First and foremost, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to every actor who had the courage to step on stage. It takes a special kind of bravery to perform in front of an audience, to share a piece of your soul through your craft. Your performances have not only entertained us but also moved us, inspired us, and reminded us of the power of storytelling. Thank you for your dedication, your talent, and your unwavering commitment to the art of theatre.

I would also like to express my deepest appreciation to our directors, stage crew, lighting and sound technicians, set and costume designers, and of course, my committee and shadow committee. To everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, your efforts have created a seamless and magical experience for our audience, and your contribution is invaluable. A special mention must go to our volunteers and sponsors, whose generosity has helped make this festival possible.

We celebrate not just the success of our festival but also the incredible individuals who have significantly contributed to our theatre community. It is my honor to announce that we are renaming our Best Actress and Best Actor awards to recognize two extraordinary people who have left an incredible mark on our theatre.

The Best Actress award will now be known as the
“Betty Rawheath Best Actress Award.”

Betty, your generous financial contributions have been instrumental in supporting our lighting system and enhancing the overall production quality. Your support has not only illuminated our stage but has also helped us bring our artistic vision to life. This renaming is a small token of our immense gratitude for your unwavering support.

Similarly, the Best Actor award will be renamed the
“Hendrik Greyvenstein Best Actor Award.”

Hennie, your contributions, not only this year but for the past decade, have played a crucial role in keeping Franklin’s doors open and ensuring the sustainability of our theatre. We are deeply grateful for your dedication and support.

As we look back on the success of our one-act theatre festival, let us also look forward with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. Together, we have created something truly special, and I am confident that with passion and teamwork, we will continue to achieve great things.

Thank you once again to everyone who has made this festival a resounding success. Your hard work, talent, and love for theatre are what make our community so extraordinary.






Congratulations to our award winners!

Merit Awards:



  • Anna Stroud

  • Louise Daneel

  • Soné Pieterse

  • Elsie Mantwa

  • Azuke Ntshiza

  • Khaya Dube

  • Tess Doust

  • Daniel Solomans



  • Nelvia Rawheath

  • Tracey Von Bulow

  • Claudia Noble-Areff

  • Natalija Cerimaj

  • Kate Hilton-Barber

  • Kyle Pieterse

  • Faatima Brownley

  • Thobile Mkwanzani



Betty Rawheath Best Actress Award:

  • Louise Daneel
  • Tess Doust

Runner-Up Best Actress:

  • Elsie Mantwa

Hendrk Greyvenstein Best Actor Award:

  • Daniel Solomans

Runner-Up Best Actor:

  • Khaya Dube

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Tracey Von Bulow

Best Supporting Actor:

  • David Clarke

Best Cameo:

  • Kyle Pieterse

Best Overall Production:

  • Transylvania

Runner-Up Best Production:

  • Kill The Presenters


2024 Midyear – Threads of Identity

In this heartfelt dramedy, Owami, a talented teenage girl, flees her home in pursuit of her dreams of stardom, defying her mother’s wishes for a traditional career. As she navigates the harsh realities of the streets of Johannesburg, she encounters a cast of characters who teach her valuable lessons about resilience and purpose. Meanwhile, her mother, driven by love and concern, searches for her daughter, forming an unlikely bond with the police. 


Through music, dance, and poignant drama, “Threads of Identity” explores the struggles of self-discovery, the power of family, and the quest to find one’s true voice


Upcoming Auditions and Workshops

Pantomime Auditions🎭 



Excitement is building as we prepare for our much-anticipated Panto auditions! This year, we promise a show filled with laughter, enchantment, and a sprinkle of holiday magic. Whether you’re an aspiring actor or a seasoned performer, this is your chance to shine on stage and be part of a beloved community tradition.



Panto is all about fun, creativity, and bringing joy to our audience. With colorful costumes, catchy songs, and hilarious antics, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent and have a blast with fellow theatre enthusiasts. Plus, you’ll be making memories that will last a lifetime!



Mark your calendars and join us for auditions on the
5th Audust at 19:30
7th August at 19:30
11th August 13:00
Stay tuned for the big reveal of this year’s Panto title, and get ready to embark on a magical journey with us. Let’s make this Panto season the best one yet!


Don’t miss out – the stage is calling! 🎭✨


✨ Writing Workshop📝



Do you have a story to tell? A character in your mind waiting to come to life? Our Writing Workshop is the perfect place to start your journey as a playwright! Whether you’re an experienced writer or new to the craft, this workshop will guide you in developing your ideas into a compelling one-act play.



Led by the talented Tess Doust, this three-session workshop will provide you with the tools and inspiration you need to create a strong play framework. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a solid framework that you can further develop and refine. Plus, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to submit your play for potential production in next year’s season!



This is your chance to bring your unique voice to the stage and share your story with the world. Join us for an engaging and supportive environment where creativity thrives and ideas flourish.


Workshop Details:

Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th August

Time: 11:00 AM – 13:00 PM

Presenter: Tess Doust

Fee: R200 per person for all 3 days 

Send us an email on info@franklin.org.za by 28 July to book your spot.



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