Call for Auditions: iLembe


iLembe will be presented in association between The Playhouse Company and the Sibikwa Arts Centre.  Auditions will be held from 7-12 October 2013, from 09:30 am to 16:30 pm. “iLembe” will be staged at the Playhouse in April – May 2014 as part of The Playhouse Company’s New Stages season. iLembe is a potent drama depicting  the last few months of the reign of King Shaka before his death.

For many years the earliest writings about Shaka by white traders and officials remained unquestioned because of the acceptance of the written word. It took many years for the oral tradition to gain respect. These two perspectives – written and oral   are often contradictory and have set up contested positions around the famous warrior. Contradiction and tension are the hallmarks of good drama and iLembe promises to entertain while provoking food for thought. The story will be a composition told via the perspectives of four individuals.

iLembe will be written and directed by the multi award winning team of Smal Ndaba and  Phyllis Klotz. These two playwrights and directors have received Naledi Life Time Achievement Awards and have been acknowledged by The Star newspaper as  being among the top ten contributors in South Africa to the performing arts. The music for the production will be composed by Themba Mkhize, two time SAMA award winner and respected South African musician.

Those who wish to audition need to prepare the following:

    • Five male dancers between the ages of 20 – 30 who have training in contemporary and African dance and are able to sing. Please prepare a short dance piece and a song.
    • Three women who have some storytelling experience and are above 35 years old to sing and play traditional South African bow instruments. Please bring along and play a traditional music instrument, sing a song and tell a story.
    • A female actress above 30 who can play Shaka’s half-sister. Prepare a short monologue and tell a story
    • A young male actor between the ages of 22 – 30 to play Henry Fynn, an Englishman who came to the Cape Colony in search of opportunity and adventure who arrived at  Shaka’s kraal  was well received by  him and remained. Prepare a short monologue and tell a story.

Aspirant performers must be of a professional standard and preference will be given to performers with professional experience. Auditions will take place at The Playhouse in Rehearsal Room A1 from Monday 7 October to Saturday 12 October, between 09:30 and 16:30 daily.

Please contact Phyllis Klotz on 011 422 4359 or e-mail by Friday 4 October no later than 12pm to book your audition slot.