Two New Musicals!

Audiences will be the first to see two brand new South African chamber musicals at the Athenaeum Theatre in Gqebera at the end of March. "La Familia" by Ntlantla Swana & Khanyisa Sigwanda, as well as "Call Me A Fool" by Leah Mari, are produced by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in association with Mandela Bay Theatre Complex.


And the Winners Are:

Following the success of the CAB Festival showcase in October, 2021,
winners Ntlantla Swana and Leah Mari have been receiving support
and guidance to complete their one-act musicals.

Janice Honeyman is engaged as dramaturg and has been guiding and encouraging, alongside Roland, as they assist in developing these new musicals.
Joining Ntlantla is Khanyisa Sigwanda, as bookwriter, for their piece: “La Familia”. Leah Mari is assisted by arranger Jaco Griessel in the development of her musical: “Call Me A Fool”.

Casting is underway and rehearsals for these works will begin at the end of February with performances in Gqebera and Durban. More information to follow soon. Philisiwe Twinstra will direct “La Familia” and Steven Stead is at the helm for “Call Me A Fool”


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CAB Festival 2021

21 music theatre composers, lyricists
& book writers participate in

“Cabaret and Beyond” Festival 2021.

Roland is the curator and executive producer for CAB Festival 2021. This is a new initiative hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, at UKZN. The project brings new music theatre writing and development to the forefront with 21 creaties currenly composing for a showcase in October, presented at Seabrooke’s Theatre. Building on the success of “Stories 2020” this partnership with the CCA and Mandela Bay Theatre Complex promises to grow development of local writers’ skillset within the genre exponentially. For more info visit the CAB Festival Website.

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Crazy Carousel

Crazy Carousel features the music
of legendary songwriter and cabaret
artist Jacques Brel.

Directed by Steven Stead and choreography by Simone Mann, Roland is musical director and band leader for this production featuring learners from Westville Boys’ and Westville Girls’ High. The production is on at the Roy Couzens Theatre.

“Rehearsal Selfie”

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Cabaret & Beyond

Artfluence Human Rights Festival | 5 to 8 May 2021

Artfluence Human Rights Festival, presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, will culminate with the announcement of yet one more new festival to be added to the Centre’s bouquet of annual festivals.

The Centre’s director, Ismail Mahomed, explained that after watching a preview of an extract of Stories 2020, produced by Roland Perold and which will be presented at the opening of the Artfluence Human Rights Festival, the idea was inspired for creating a dedicated platform for musical theatre-makers and composers.

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Publicity Matters!

By Sophie Thompson | 5th February, 2021

Day two of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature we meet the fabulous Roland Perold. Roland spent the early part of lockdown collaborating with fellow musical thespians from around South Africa and created a marvellous piece  […]


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Stories 2020

Want to know more about our Stories 2020 song-circle?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created a difficult time for everyone; including the entertainment industry. Many shows, festivals, and theatres have been forced to close their doors and cancel future events. For those at home, try to use this time to reconnect with your creative side. A new piece by Gershwin? An old Chopin favourite finding its way back into the fingers? Perhaps it’s even time to learn a new monologue or upskill by doing an online course. LinkedIn Learning, Udemy and other sites have many interesting subjects to explore.

Some online reading suggestions:


Urban Craft Magazine

Digital magazine for promotion of the arts.


The Stage

Theatre news, reviews, interviews and blogs from London’s West End


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Alice In Wonderland

29 November – 5 January

Sneddon Theatre, Durban

Roland has been cast as “Knave of Hearts” in Kickstart’s popular annual festive season pantomime. Working for the evil Queen of Hearts, the Knave quickly reassess his stance when meeting the beautiful and enchanting Alice. Expect to see Mad Hatter, Rabbit, gentle White Queen and all the other favourite characters.