Deadline extended for Zabalaza festival

The Baxter theatre has extended the deadline for Zabalaza Theatre Festival applications to tomorrow Friday September 29.

Theatre-makers,directors, script writers, community groups and theatre companies are encouraged to apply to take part in the festival.

The eighth annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival will take place from March 9 to 16 next year.

It is designed to showcase new and upcoming talent that may otherwise not be seen on professional stages.

The full name, Zabalaza Intsika eBaxter Theatre, loosely translated, means two things: striving towards being a pillar of the Baxter Theatre Centre and striving towards success.

Productions that are selected from applications received for 2018 will first be auditioned and will then be invited to participate in the Zabalaza mini-festivals, which are planned for January and February, when the final selection for the 2018 line-up will be made.

Auditions take place from October through to December this year, so artists are urged to apply early.

The festival organisers are looking for one or two-handers, children’s theatre productions, puppetry, musical theatre, drama, comedy, physical theatre and storytelling.

Entry forms may be obtained from the festival office at the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch.

They can also be downloaded from or

Arrangements will also be made for application forms to be sent to the Makukhanye Art Room, Zolani Centre, as well as the Delft Rent Office. For more information contact Lauren Hannie on 021 680 3980, fax 021 689 1880 or email or Zoleka Helesi on

Application forms can also be found on