Backstage (South Africa)

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Genre Soap opera
Starring Charl Timotheus
Michelle Levin
Nqoba Ngcobo
Nqoba Ngcobo
Carmel Fisher
Mari Michael
Lorcia Cooper
David Dukas
Nokuthula Ledwaba
Doctor Khasu-Nkatlo
Duke Motlante
Loyiso Mangena
Godfrey Lekala
Leroy Gopal
Tselane Tambo
Quincy Myeza
Boshadi Nkomo
Sello Motloung
Baby Cele
Thahira Syed
Amu Muyanga
Lehlohonolo Makoko
Grace Mahlaba
Ryan Laatz
Duncan Lawson
Mpho Malatsi
Tessa Jubber
Salamina Mphelo
Sindi Khambule
Mandla Hlatshwayo
Tshepo Mosese
Phuti Mngqibisa
Nonkululeko Ndlovu
Katlego Danke
Thobi Mkhwanazi
Antonio Summerton
Paul du Toit
KB Motsilanyane
Krijay Govender
Shashi Naidoo
Mpho Joseph Molepo
Henré Pretorius
Gordon van der Spuy
Dini Nondumo
Rantsatsi Rantsatsi
Pam Andrews
Pepi Khambule
Casey B. Dolan
Luzuko Nkqeto
André Jacobs
Country of origin South Africa
Original language(s) English
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time approx. 30 minutes
Original channel
Picture format PAL
Audio format Monaural
Original release 2000-05-01 - 2007-07-06 – Present
Preceded by Backstage 2000-2007
Followed by Backstage 2009 to present


Backstage is a South African youth-targeted soap opera produced by Bottom Line Productions. The story is set at Vulindlela College. The school is a performing arts college for youth in Johannesburg.

The series originally aired on from 1 May 2000 to 6 July 2007 showing in weekdays at 18h 30. The show was later cancelled and aired it last broadcast on the 6th of July 2007.

A rebroadcast of Backstage premiered on on Monday 5 January 2009, at 16h40. Till present Backstage airs daily from 16h40 - 17h10.


Backstage is a youth-soap opera in which kids from a host of background in South Africa come to a college of performing arts in downtown Johannesburg. The story follows a host of characters as they experience the trials and tribulations of performers all trying to be the best. The show business they are involved in sees them deal with musicians, dancers and film makers alike. Besides school and the pressures it brings the story also revolves around the personal life of the student dealing with love, passion and betrayal throughout the plot.

We see the head of the college is Ipeleng Theledi dealing with the stresses of running a professional college and dealing with the personal lives of the other charcacter, mainly the students. We also see the lecturers who assist her mainly being Katlego Rathebe, Naomi Singh, Sebastian Young, Charmaine Jacobs and Keketso Chaka.

Cancellation[edit] cancelled the first running of Backstage in 2007.

According to the channel the reason for cancelling the show is that "modern youth culture is dynamic and ever evolving, and it is the right time to adapt to these fresh challenges as well as the changing television market."[1]

According to Deon Opperman of Bottom Line Productions, the producers of the show, the time is right for the channel "to aggressively compete in this primetime slot."[2]

The reason for cancellation may have arisen from the stiff competition given to Backstage by SABC 1's TAKE 5 and SABC 2's highly popular 7de Laan and even more pooular SABC 3's Isidingo.


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