Casting Calls

MTV Shuga: Renewed! - and now casting in South Africa for Down South

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Casting Calls on 06 Aug 2018
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MTV's HIV-awareness series Shuga has landed itself a triple season renewal.

One of the new seasons will be filmed in South Africa again - under Season 5's "Down South" title - and the other two seasons will film in Cote d’Ivoire for the first time.

If you aren't familiar with the show, you'll find everything you need to know about it on the TVSA Show Page here: MTV Shuga 

The second season of Down South will be filmed in South Africa between September and November this year and the search is on for cast to be part of it.

Auditions are happening online and at two venues.

What you need to know:

Live auditions: venues and dates

Open auditions are taking place at these venues:


Venue: Zone 6 the Venue, Soweto (click here for map)
Date: 25 August 2018
Times: 08h30 to 18h30 (Cut off time is 15h30)


Venue: Olive Convention Centre, Durban (click here for map)
Date: 26 August 2018
Times: 08h30 to 18h30 (Cut off time is 15h30)

Audition must-knows

All entrants must:

- Be a South African citizen or be eligible to work in South Africa without the requirement of a work permit,
- On the date of entering, you must be aged between 18 and 25 (you'll be required to show proof of age),
- Speak fluent English,
- Have no criminal record, and
- Be available, on reasonable notice, for filming at a location as the production directs between September 2018 to November 2018.

This is what you need to take to the auditions:

- Your ID,
- Refreshments and snacks,
- A photo of yourself (Not mandatory but useful to have),
- A positive attitude.

Audition scripts

You can prepare a performance based on one of the scripts provided by the production. 

There are two female and two male scripts.

You'll find them on the MTV Shuga website here: Audition scripts

Online auditions: what to do

You can also audition by submitting a video of your audition performance.

You can submit your online audition to MTV Shuga via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by following these instructions:

Record a video of yourself reciting one of the recommended scripts. (Tips: Ensure that your video and sound quality are of the highest standard possible. Practice a few times if you need to and take your time until you have the perfect audition. Feel free to dress like your characters too!)

Once you’re happy with your audition, upload your video to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Don't submit your audition via Inbox or DM, make sure it is visible on your Timeline.

This part is extremely important: make sure you tag @MTVShuga and use the hashtag #MTVShugaAudition in the caption of your video. Without these two elements, your audition video will not be counted.

Has your video uploaded? Is your caption correct? Watch your video one more time and read through your text to make sure you haven’t missed out on anything. 

Closing date for submissions: 1 September 2018 at 23h59 CAT. Anything uploaded from 2 September will no longer count.


Only ONE online video per auditionee will be counted.

If you audition online, you can also audition at one of the venues.

Audition Ts & Cs

You’ll find the terms and conditions for the auditions here: Audition Ts & Cs

Flash fact: Lupita Nyong'o landed her big break on the first season of Shuga, which was based in Nairobi, Kenya.

What to expect after the auditions

Those who make it through the online and live public auditions will be contacted by the MTV Shuga production team who will advise of the next steps.

The season will air on MTV Base, BET and other international networks in 2019.

The future

You can stay up to date with what's happening with the auditions by following MTV Shuga on their Twitter account here: @MTVShuga

Shows in this post: MTV Shuga

Channels in this post: MTV Base, BET Africa

1 Comment

06 Aug 2018 17:48

Splendid! I really enjoyed Down South. I have not yet watched this past season that saw it return to Naija. I will be watching the new seasons though. After Down South, my 2nd fave season was season 3 of the series which happened in Naija.

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