Market Theatre Drama Classes for 2020. The Market Theatre Laboratory offers an intensive full-time course in theatre and performance. The course is a minimum of one year long, after which students apply to continue into a second year.
The Market Lab has contributed, and aims to continue to contribute, to the South African theatre and entertainment industries by graduating young professionals who are skilful, talented, and disciplined. Furthermore, these graduates are able to tell important South African stories that might otherwise go untold. The Laboratory also has a profound impact on the students who participate in its courses. With affordable tuition fees, quality training and its close connection to the professional industry, the Laboratory is unique in what it can offer students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a passion for the performing arts. The intensive and comprehensive training it offers develops its students into young professionals who have the capacity, experience and knowledge to get work and build careers in a highly competitive industry. This is the core intention of the programme: to train actors and theatre-makers who will be able to make a good living and have sustainable careers, thus freeing themselves from the disadvantages and poverty that would have made this impossible without institutions such as the Laboratory.
Applications for the full-time courses open in August and close at the end of September every year. Auditions are held in October, for which an audition brief is provided, and successful applicants are informed by the end of that month. Successful applicants are required to pay 50% of the tuition fee by the end of November, with classes running from January to November the following year.