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Playhouse Drama Festival 2022

Playhouse Drama Festival 2022


The sixth annual Playhouse Drama Festival will be hosted in August 2022. Co-hosted and managed by Parel Vallei High School this event has become a highlight in the local theatre calendar.

“We look forward to welcoming more and more schools as we have seen the festival grow. We have plays participate and three South African languages and would love to see this diversity grow and increase. Despite the lockdown we had 13 schools enter in 2020,” explains festival co-ordinator and Head of Culture Darryl Spijkers.

Started in 2017 by Annelie van Zyl and Yanou Pienaar, the festival allows youth to express themselves in a real theatre environment and take on the challenge of creating, acting, designing, operating and stage-managing.

The festival will take place at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West from 11 – 21 August 2021. The Playhouse Theatre Somerset West is a community based NPO facility known for its high standards in musicals, plays and dance shows.

The festivals’ winning plays over the past 4 years were:

2017 - Kopskoot

2018 – Too Bad

2019 – (V)LUG

2020 - Wentelkind

2021 - Hansie Slim

This year, to accommodate school entering from far and the limitations some schools have placed on their Drama departments – the festival will have both live and digital options and is open to primary and high schools. Schools can enter full-length one act plays, shorter one-person plays or monologues.

Schools can find out more about how to enter or participate by emailing

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