Hundreds audition for SABC HIV show

A crowd of hopefuls line the ampitheatre at CPUT for the Intersexions auditions. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

29 August 2012

Hundreds of hopefuls lined the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s ampitheatre on Saturday hoping to be cast in the SABC 1 television drama series, Intersexions.

The series has 25 episodes and it follows the AIDS infection chain. It looks at the lives and loves of those infected and affected by HIV as well as the circumstances of their contracting the virus and the relationships in their lives.

Nondumiso Hlwele who came to the open audition said she was a bit nervous but she loves Intersexions which is why she decided to audition.

“There was a monologue online but I decided to do my own one. I did one about a woman frustrated because of being rejected all the time. When you enter the auditions, you have a one-on-one with a judge who asks you different questions like acting experience, why you chose Intersexions, what you do for a living and so on. After that you have to perform your monologue. When you are done you go to another table where three more judges sit. They tell you whether you have made it or not,” explained Hlwele.

Though she did not make the cut, Hlwele said it was a nice experience.

Programme manager, Sara Chitambo from Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa who are in partnership with Intersexions, said a total of 1,200 people came through to the open audition.

“We did not anticipate such an amazing turnout, people started arriving at about 7:45am in the morning and the last person was auditioned at 6:15pm. The testing centres were visited as well and the numbers I received showed that 85 people tested in the campus clinic on that day, which is great news. We are happy that people came through and for the support that was given to us. Intersexions 2 will be on our screens in January 2013,” said Chitambo.

The crowded ampitheatre went crazy when Intersexions leading actress Noxee Maqashalala made an appearance.

“Hello everybody, how are you all doing? Are you guys nervous? Well, you shouldn’t be. It is no big deal. As long as you are prepared, you should be fine,” said Maqashalala to the crowd.

Though the weather was windy and rainy, it did not dampen the spirits of the hopefuls, some even started dancing to the sounds played by the DJ to keep warm.