The Playhouse Company – call for proposals for 2017-18


Do you have a fabulous stage production but no venue to present it in? re you looking for a potential partner to assist with the financial costs of staging a drama, musical or dance production? Then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

The Playhouse Company invites arts practitioners, including independent producers, directors, playwrights and production houses, to submit proposals for cutting-edge stage productions in the areas of dance, drama and music to be staged at the Playhouse in Durban during its 2017/8 financial year.

Productions will be considered either on a ‘co-producer’ or partnership basis and preference will be given to arts practitioners and productions in line with The Playhouse Company’s mandate, mission and vision, which is available on the company’s website under annual reports.

Applicants are invited to apply in one or more of the following categories:

  • South African Women’s Arts Festival: A combination of events, vibrant and innovative productions, exhibitions and workshops make up the programme celebrating women’s month. All productions are either created by or performed by women, or both.
  • News Stages Festival: New Stages is recognized as a platform for taking productions to new heights, preparing them to be staged in other popular venues around the province and the country.
  • Schools programme: The Playhouse Company’s mobile stage provides a platform and medium to expose schools in rural communities to the world of the performing arts, as well as communicating important lifestyle messages to learners in these areas.
  • Partnerships: Fully-fledged professional productions that are ready to be staged during the year will be considered.  The Playhouse Company provides access to existing costumes, sets and available technical requirements.

Consideration and evaluation of proposals will only be given to stage works that are beyond concept or script phases that are ready to be staged, or have previously been staged, and that meet the stringent artistic standards of The Playhouse Company. The Playhouse Company will give preference to productions and artists from KwaZulu-Natal.

How to Apply: Application forms can be downloaded from The Playhouse Company’s website:  Fully completed application forms with the required supporting documentation must be dropped in the “Arts Proposal Applications” box situated in the foyer of The Playhouse Company head office situated at 29 Acutt Street, Durban.

The review process will be conducted by an independent panel of industry professionals. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

Join the Playhouse for tea to discuss application processes on Friday, February 19  in the Playhouse, A1 rehearsal studio. Please RSVP your attendance to Khulekani on 031 369 9440 or email

Applications close on 31 March at 4pm.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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