Sundowners and Test Drive Auditions for 2019

KwaZulu-Natal musicians, get your saxophones, guitars, pianos and tambourines ready! The Playhouse Company has just announced the dates for the auditions of both the 2019 Sundowner Concerts and the Test Driving the Arts programmes.

Over the years the Sundowner programme has become a regular entertainment feature in the Durban city centre. The Playhouse Company is looking forward to an even more entertaining 2019 season.

Through our Sundowners and Test Drive programmes, The Playhouse Company aims to support the city’s artistic core as we believe artists and musicians are an essential part of the rhythm and energy of eThekwini.

Some of the names featured on the current programme include well known stars such as Brian Thusi, Madala Kunene, Elias ‘Sdumo’ Ngidi, Malini, Lucia Mthiyane, AfroSoul, Lu Dlamini, Ndu Shezi, Dani Foster Trio, Bongani Nkwanyana, Philani Ngidi and Thando Nyameni among others.If you fancy being counted alongside these names, auditions for the 2019 Sundowners programme are to be held at The Playhouse Company on the 28 September 2018.

Meanwhile, upcoming artists will be given an opportunity to showcase their talent in the Test Driving the Arts sessions. Test Driving the Arts programme showcases aspirant practitioners by providing performance space for free lunch time shows in the city. Aimed largely at the younger viewer, Test Driving the Arts includes poetry and musical performances across a wide range of genres. This means that whether you are an upcoming Jazz, Maskandi, Gospel, Kwaito, Afro Reggae, Imfene, Pantsula, or Hip Hop artist, this is your chance to showcase your skills in a public space.


Test Driving the Arts

Dates:   26 September 2018  (for Pansula Dancers /Zulu Dancers/Poets)  OR  
             27 September 2018 (for Bands and backing tracks)

Venue: The Playhouse Company Grand Foyer

Booking process: No walk-ins will be accommodated. It is essential to book your slot.

Registration forms can be collected from The Playhouse Head Office, 29 Acutt Street, from 13 August till 14 September 2018, or downloaded the form here


Sundowner Concerts

Date: 28 September 2017

Venue: Playhouse Company Grand Foyer

Booking audition process: Artists are requested to submit profiles to Khulekani Kunene at