Call for bursary applications

Actors, between 20 and 30 years old, can apply to audition for the 2016 Brett Goldin Bursary.

This marks the 10th anniversary and final year the bursary will be made available.

The closing date is 5pm on Friday April 29, and no late applications will be accepted.

Auditions will take place at the Baxter Theatre Centre on Wednesday and Thursday May 18 and 19, with finals on Friday May 20, when the winners will be announced at a special function on the same day.

For the audition, actors are required to perform two classic speeches (one tragic and one comic) as well as motivate why they should be awarded the bursary. All applications should include a detailed CV and a letter of motivation.

The Brett Goldin Bursary was set up immediately after the young actor and his friend, fashion designer Richard Bloom, both 28, were brutally murdered on April 16, 2006, just days before he was due to leave for Stratford-upon-Avon.

He was to perform the role of Guildenstern in the Baxter’s production of Hamlet, directed by Janet Suzman, which launched the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival.

The double murder sent shockwaves throughout South Africa and England.

The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Actors Centre in Johannesburg and the Baxter Theatre Centre established the bursary, which was kick-started by donations from respected South African-born actor Sir Antony Sher and Honorary RSC Associate Dame Janet Suzman to give another young actor the opportunity Brett was denied and to honour his memory in an appropriate manner.

For more details you can contact Nicolette Moses on 021 680 3964 during office hours.

Applications should be addressed to Nicolette Moses, on fax 021650 5260, email nicolette.moses@ or posted or delivered to the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch.