Shakespeare Playhouse Production Programme

Durban Actors Studio has been a proud supporter of the national initiative, Shakespeare for School Festival, having staged 5 hugely successful productions since 2015, with over 110 students performing on the professional stage.

We believe having students perform Shakespeare gives them a deeper understanding of the use of Shakespearean text; they learn the intrinsic meaning of words, the structure and reasoning for use of specific heightened language and the underlying character motivation. All of this allows them to use their own judgement to define the best method of performing the part given as well as broaden their general understanding of the language of Shakespeare, which assists all when studying Shakespeare in school as part of the English curriculum

This production programme is open to any young person who can commit to the rehearsal schedule and the performance. There are no auditions and no entry requirements. Places are given on a first come, first serve basis and we will teach you everything you need to know to perform in this production and join the Durban Actors Studio Hall of Fame, adding your name to our list of fabulous Young Shakespeare Performers.

2015: Merchant of Venice | 2016 : Macbeth | 2017 : Hamlet….2018 Production: Richard III

Our Senior Production Programme can be attended by any teen, aged 13 (min Grade 8) to 19 who has a passion for performance and/or wants to learn more about the world’s most successful playwright and understanding why words, which were written over 400 years ago, are still relevant today. All we need is commitment and dedication to every rehearsal.

Rehearsal and Performance Date  – all compulsory, ensure availability before registering

  • Rehearsals@ Durban Actors Studio 
    • 25 May,  6 to 9 pm read through
    • 25 to 29 June, 9 am to 4 pm – (holiday intensive)
    • 20 July to 31 August, 6 to 9 pm (every Friday)
  • Playhouse Production – 8 September 
  • Hilton Arts Festival (tentative) 15 September

Production Participation Fee

  • R 2000. This includes…
    • 56 hours of professional stage training
    • production license and Playhouse performance
    • 12 hours of chaperoned care at the Playhouse
    • costume, stage make up, scripts
  • Discounted rates available to 2018 DAS students

Registration

May 18th registration update: only 8 places remaining – every student will have a speaking role!

  • Payment is due on registration.
  • When we reach capacity we will close online registration and cancel registrations received but not as yet settled.
  • Click the button below to register

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2016 : Midsummer Nights Dream | 2017 : As You Like It….2018 Production: Much Ado About Nothing

The Junior Production Programme is FULL.  To be added to the waiting list, in case a performer cancels – please click the button below and select “ADD TO JUNIOR WAITING LIST” in programme selection. We will notify you via email on the 30 May to advise if you have been able to secure a place.

Our Junior Production Programme can be attended by any child, Grade 4 to 7, who wants like to develop and expand performance skills and perform at the Playhouse. All we need is commitment and dedication to every rehearsal.

Rehearsal and Performance Dates all compulsory, check availability before registering

  • Rehearsals @ Durban Actors Studio 
    • 9, 10 & 11 July – 09h00 to 16h00 (holiday rehearsals), 
    • 21 July to 1 Sept – 13h00 to 16h00 (every Saturday)
  • Playhouse Production – 8 September 

Production Participation Fee

  • R 1500. This covers…
    • 42 hours of focused training 
    • Production license and Playhouse performance
    • 12 hours of chaperoned care at the Playhouse
    • costumes, stage make up, script
  • Discounted rates available to 2018 DAS students

Registration

The Junior Production Programme is FULL.  To be added to the waiting list, in case a performer cancels – click the button below and select “ADD TO JUNIOR WAITING LIST” in programme selection. We will notify you via email on the 30 May to advise if you have been able to secure a place.

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