February News

Rehearsals for our One Act Play Festival are in full swing as we enter the last few weeks before showtime.

We have seven productions on offer this year – four brought to you by our own Franklin members, two by our good friends at Protea Stage Productions and Startime Players, and Parktown Girls High School is a new entrant this year.

Bookings are now open and the front row of tables is filling up fast, so don’t delay! Contact Wendy on 082 366 9987 (WhatsApp only) or email bookings@franklin.org.za

EFT payment secures your seat. PLEASE NOTE: Cash only at the door and tuck shop. Tuck shop stock is limited to crisps, chocolates, cold drinks, water, tea & coffee. You are welcome to bring your own food & refreshments.


  • Adults: R80
  • Pensioners and full-time students: R60
  • Franklin members: R50
  • Festival ticket (all 4 nights): R150


  • Friday 27th March
  • Saturday 28th March
  • Friday 3rd April
  • Saturday 4th April (finals & prize-giving)

Our next flyer will have details of the individual shows and their posters, so watch this space!

Click to enlarge the festival poster


Mid-year auditions

While the Franklin committee narrows down its selection for the mid-year production, please diarise the following dates and times. Watch this space for more info!


  • Sunday 10th May, 2.30pm
  • Monday 11th May, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 13th May, 7.30pm

Before you audition, please make sure you will be available on the following show dates: 24th, 25th, 31st July and 1st August


The Franklin family

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. For more information and background about The Franklin Players, read more about us here.



If you think you might enjoy working with stage lighting and sound equipment, or if you are already skilled in this area and would like to get involved with our productions, please give us a shout because we are always looking to expand our tech team.

We offer training on all the equipment and you will work together with someone who already knows the ins and outs, so don’t worry you’ll never be thrown into the deep end! Since this is voluntary community theatre, there is unfortunately no payment (other than free show tickets which you can offer to family and friends 🙂 


Protea Stage Productions

Protea will be performing at the Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival on Saturday 28th March. Watch this space for more info!

Follow Protea on Facebook.


Startime Players

Startime will also be performing at the Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival on Saturday 28th March. Watch this space for more info!

Follow Startime on Facebook.



EADS is presenting “An Evening Of Song” at St Chad’s Anglican Church in Edenvale this weekend, 28th and 29th February at 7 for 7.30pm. R50 per person. Kiosk available (no own drinks allowed). Bookings at eadsbookings@gmail.com

Follow EADS on Facebook.


RLT Productions

An Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Oriela van der Walt – only their 8th in 70 years – in recognition of two decades of unstinting and selfless service to RLT. 

Follow RLT Productions on Facebook.


Events calendar

  • 27, 28 March & 3, 4 April
    Franklin & Friends OAPF
  • 10, 11, 13 May
    Franklin Players mid-year auditions
  • 24, 25, 31 July & 1 August
    Franklin Players mid-year show
  • 16, 17, 19 August
    Franklin Players year-end auditions
  • 20, 21, 27, 28 November
    Franklin Players year-end show
  • 6 December
    Franklin Players AGM


Great acting quotes

“You have to understand your best. Your best isn’t Barrymore’s best or Olivier’s best or my best, but your own. Every person has his norm. And in that norm every person is a star. Olivier could stand on his head and still not be you. Only you can be you. What a privilege! Nobody can reach what you can if you do it. So do it. We need your best, your voice, your body. We don’t need for you to imitate anybody, because that would be second best. And second best is no better than your worst.”

Stella Adler

Source: Stagemilk.com


You tell us!

When we put on a production, we try and select a script that will delight and entertain our audiences. It’s difficult to please everybody all of the time, so we are asking YOU –

What would like to see performed on the Franklin stage?

You can be specific and give us the names of plays, or just let us know your preferences in terms of comedy, drama, slapstick, mystery etc. 

We also want to do our best when communicating with you, so we want to know your preferred method of communication. Is it email? Whatsapp? Facebook? In other words –

How should we communicate with you?

Telling us what you prefer will give us the opportunity to meet and hopefully exceed all your expectations. So please pop an email to committee@franklin.org.za or simply reply to this newsletter. You could also drop us a Facebook message or send a Whatsapp to 082 366 9987. 

Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!


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