May News

FORA Donation

On Friday 24th April we undertook a little road trip to FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals) to hand over the monies we collected for them from last year’s ticket sales. The total came to R5,290 and they were over the moon with the generous donation. Well done to all of you who helped contribute to this extremely worthy cause!

This year our chosen charity is Barking Mad / Dogtown SA and a donation of R1,673 has already been set aside from our one act festival ticket sales, which will be donated together with 10% of takings from our forthcoming mid-year and year-end productions – the total will be handed over at the end of the year. 

That’s how much we love our furry friends! A huge round of applause to all our loyal patrons for making these donations possible by coming to watch our shows!


The Rat Trap

A super warm welcome to Riandi Malan and Eugene Malan (not related!) who have jumped at the opportunity to direct this challenging yet hilarious large cast farce. In true Franklin style they have hit the ground running with final casting done and rehearsals already underway!

A huge congratulations to all who have been cast – let the chaos (and tons of fun) begin!!

Our mid-year production will run over two weekends:
28th & 29th July and 4th & 5th August


EADS Showcase

We are super excited to announce that we are entering a skit into the EADS Showcase! Written by Ashley Nader, “Your Last Resort” is sure to be a side-splitting entertaining treat for all.

Henry has tried absolutely everything to try find his forever love. Scraping the proverbial love barrel he ends up on a dating show aptly called “Your Last Resort.” Could one of the three bachelorettes be “The One”?


The EADS Showcase will take place on 9th and 10th June at St Chad’s Anglican Church Hall, Cnr 4th St & 8th Avenue, Edenvale. Bookings can be made through

“The Last Resort” will hit the stage on Friday 9th June at 7.30pm. Bring your pom-poms and cheerleading gear and come show some support for Franklin!!


Short Film Auditions

We are very chuffed to announce that two of our newest Franklin members are taking things to the next level by filming an original short film!

Written and directed by Warwick Eccles and produced by Caleb McClarty, the story follows a family (mom, dad and their little girl) as they return home from a disastrous family dinner.

Dad has been on his phone all evening ruining mom’s hopes for a nice evening together. Driving home, mom and dad argue about the evening and dad’s work invading their home. Caught in the midst of the arguments in the car and back at home is their daughter, who tries to understand why things have become the way they are.

A touching family drama about the strains of balancing work and home life and the consequences of neglecting the ones you love and who love you.

Auditions for the mom and dad (ages mid 20’s to 40s) will take place on Monday 22nd May from 7:30pm. Auditions for the little girl (6 to 10yrs) will take place on Sunday 28th May from 10am (time to be confirmed).

All auditions will take place at Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre, cnr Anton van Wouw Street and Preller Drive, Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg. Email if you have any questions or would like more information.

Please note that should you be cast, you will need to be available to shoot from 1st to 17th July. Also note that actors will not be paid!

Although this is not a Franklin Players project, we fully support Warwick and Caleb and foresee great things to come. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who is keen to get some “on camera” experience! See you there!!


Medieval Fayre

A little mystery, a little madness and a lot of magic! – 2 September, Kyalami

Avaunt all ye merry, minstrels, strolling players, stilt walkers, fire dancers and all manner of buskers and barons, knights, jousters, fair maidens and their steeds to join us for a midsummer night of merriment!

Knights in shining armour, fair damsels (in not so much distress), warlocks, wenches, ruffians and rogues, handsome steeds and huge hunting hounds.

The team that organises South Africa’s biggest annual Magical Medieval Fayre, Meryl Rosenberg and Dayle Robyn Mallinson, have a flair for the fantastic and this year’s event is going to be bigger and better. The Medieval Fayre is now in its 6th year and the ladies Dayle and Meryl wish to make the experience event more authentic.

This is where you come in. They are looking for drama students, performers and all those with a flair for the fabulous to help bring this experience to life.

This is what they need:

  • Town criers who are strong of voice, sound of mind and brave of spirit.
  • Singers, dancers, jugglers – all manner of artistic flair.
  • Actors who are able to take on character roles and bring them to life.
  • Buskers.

The event will run from midday until 21:00 on the 2nd of September. Participants will be watered, fed and costumed on the day and will be required to perform their roles at specified intervals throughout the event. Scripts will be provided and rehearsal dates will be confirmed closer to the time.

The Fayre is a special event, well attended by over 5000 people. Please email for more information.



Characterisation Tips

The following points are based around Stanislavski’s acting technique and his seven questions, which have hereby been adapted into 10 key acting questions every actor should answer in order to be a fully rounded and connected actor.

  1. Who am I?
  2. Where am I?
  3. When is it?
  4. Where have I just come from?
  5. What do I want?
  6. Why do I want it?
  7. Why do I want it now?
  8. What will happen if I don’t get it now?
  9. How will I get what I want?
  10. What must I overcome?

Click here to go into greater detail on each point…



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