Playhouse Auditions this month for new Mandela Musical

The Playhouse Company, an Agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, will hold auditions for fulltime professional performers to take part in its premiere production of Mbongeni Ngema’s latest stage creation, Nelson Mandela Through the Eyes of an Artist. This musical production will presented in Durban from 29 March to 5 May 2019. Auditions will be held in Durban at The Playhouse on 24 November, with call backs on 25 November Further auditions will be held in Johannesburg in December (dates and venue to be announced).  


A limited number of singer-actors are required for principal, sub principal and ensemble parts. Aspirant performers must be of professional standard, and be able to sing, dance and act. Young performers must be at least 18 years in order to audition for roles. Aspirants need to know at least one of the following three songs (a pianist will be provided, however they can bring a  back-track should they wish): Isoka Lami  (from album Baba Ka’Mdudu); Greatest Love of All  (Whitney Houston); Good Black Woman (Brenda Fassie).


Casting includes the following characters: 


  • Majavajava, a vibrant and flamboyant  young man with a gift of speech, great acting, musicality and a superb dancer whose range includes tap to modern and any other required form of dance routine;

  • Albertina Sisulu (lead singer), a middle aged woman who has a great presence and commanding vocal range;

  • Walter Sisulu, youngish to middle aged man, who has a lovable character;

  • Oliver Tambo, a soft spoken attorney in his early thirties, a commanding personality;

  • Nelson Mandela, a tall young man in his early thirties with a charismatic appearance, also with a gift of speech;

  • Adelaide Tambo (lead singer), young lady in her early thirties, who can also double up as a singer/dancer; 

  • Evelyn Mase, a young lady in her early thirties, who can also double up as a singer/dancer; Justice (Nelson Mandela’s cousin), a singer/dancer;

  • Winnie Mandela, a young beautiful girl, in her mid-twenties or early thirties, with a striking appearance and a beautiful singing voice, who has the capacity to handle dialogue;

  • White Magistrate, young to middle aged, preferably Afrikaans-speaking male;

  • White Prosecutor (also plays Advocate George Bizos), young English speaking male;

  • Bram Fisher, White Lawyer to the Rivonia men, very astute and intelligent, in his mid thirties;

  • Judge Quartus De Wet also plays Swanepoel, very calm and determined Afrikaans Judge, who will double up as Winnie Mandela’s Interrogator in detention;

  • Prosecutor Pervy Yutar, will double up with the other white characters;

  • Zindzi and Zenani, early teenage daughters of Winnie and Nelson Mandela;  and

  • Bishop, a friend of Winnie Mandela.


To secure an audition, contact Kipi Skweyiya on 031-369 9463 between the following dates only: Tuesday 13 November (office hours) to Thursday 22 November (by no later than 15h00).


Please take note of the following:  

  • Start time of audition: 10am;

  • Durban Venue: Playhouse Studio 410;

  • Each candidate will be given five minutes each to audition. Walk-ins will not be entertained;

  • Bookings are between 9am – 12pm & 14h00 – 16h00 (no voice mail messages will be returned);

  • Candidates might be expected to wait for their audition;

  • Please bring a headshot or full length photograph, as well as a resume with you to your audition; 

  • Candidates should arrive at least 30 minutes before their audition time;

  • Dance Audition:  Dance auditions will take place on 25 November and will be done in a group format. Candidates should be dressed ready to dance;

  • Rehearsals for the production will take place at The Playhouse in Durban from 18 February until 17 March 2019.

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