The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), through its Theatricals team, is responsible for administering the rights of authors, visual artists, poets and playwrights. It’s the first port of call for anyone wanting to produce and license works for professional or amateur performance.
DALRO Theatricals’ licensing services include the supply of scripts, musicals and other theatrical resources to schools and theatres in Southern Africa. It holds a catalogue representing thousands of shows, including iconic South African theatre works, as well as hits from the Broadway and West End stages.
Schools, colleges, universities and community theatres are currently performing a large number of amateur productions licensed through DALRO Theatricals.
Here are a few of the DALRO-authorised professional productions currently being produced in Gauteng:
- Frecklaceface Strawberry – National Children’s Theatre
- Winnie the Pooh Junior – Peoples Theatre
- Sophiatown – Market Theatre
- Sarafina! – South African State Theatre
- Itsoseng – Market Theatre
- Rent: The Musical – Joburg Theatre
Catalogue of theatrical works
DALRO Theatricals’ international catalogue of musicals and plays incorporates shows from:
- Music Theatre International
- Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals
- Pioneer Drama Services
- Josef Weinberger
- Dramatic Publishing Company
- The Really Useful Group
- Baker’s Plays
- Dramatist Play Service
- Theatrical Rights Worldwide
DALRO Theatricals licenses a number of iconic South African theatre works by notable luminaries such as:
- Andrew Buckland
- Can Themba
- Mbongeni Ngema
- Athol Fugard
- John Kani
- Barney Simon
- Lara Foot
- Dalene Matthee
- Junction Avenue Theatre Company
- Zakes Mda
- Reza de Wet
Should you wish to produce a work for performance, whether as amateurs (schools, community theatres and so on) or as professionals (for commercial performance), you must apply for a performance licence through DALRO. Even if DALRO does not administer the rights of the work you wish to perform, they will direct you to the correct place to apply for your licence.
For playwrights and literary creators…
Should you wish to sign a mandate with DALRO, allowing the organisation to license performance rights on your behalf, send them an email and they will happily assist you.