August 26, 2016

KBT raises R9690.07 for Theatre Benevolent Fund

Kalk Bay Theatre’s tenth birthday celebrations have raised an incredible R9690.07 in five days for the Theatre Benevolent Fund. The Theatre marked its first decade with a week-long celebration last week featuring a programme of different artists each night who have all performed on the Kalk Bay Theatre stage. “The birthday week was our way of saying thank you to all those people who have supported us since we started,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre. “In addition, we wanted to give back to members of the theatre industry, who have inspired us so profoundly and provided us with years of theatrical delight. We decided to donate the proceeds of ticket sales from the birthday week to the Theatre Benevolent Fund, and invited our guests to make further donations.” The Theatre Benevolent Fund is a Public Benefit Organization that supports individuals who have been connected to the performing arts on a professional basis – at any stage in their lives, and in any manner whatsoever – and who now find themselves in financial difficulties due to old age or ill health. The Fund provides care to them in the form of monthly financial grants; donations for funeral expenses; assistance with medical expenses; placement in care centres or old age homes etc. Kalk Bay Theatre is one of the country’s leading independent theatres. It was created by Simon and Helen Cooper and Nicholas and Liz Ellenbogen who lovingly converted the 1876 heritage-protected Dutch Reformed Church into an intimate 78-seat theatre and restaurant. The Theatre has created a unique dinner and theatre experience where guests can linger after the show and meet the performers in a relaxed environment. It presents […]
August 26, 2016

An arts extravaganza for a cause

It’s time to celebrate the arts and especially the artists with four days of theatre presented in aid of the Theatre Benevolent Fund at the refurbished and redesigned Aula on the University of Pretoria campus from 29 May to 2 June 2016. With Lizz Meiring wanting to give back in abundance after 30 years in the business, she has gathered friends on the boards to present a few dazzling productions that will delight audiences. All the proceeds go to the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF), a charitable organisation for destitute, aged and infirm arts and entertainment industry professionals. We all know what a tough profession this is to make ends meet and often, while artists can manage that, saving for the future is a much tougher proposition. Apart from the theatrical productions, audiences will have a chance to mingle with some of their favourite TV, theatre and film celebs. Fine wines and high-quality art pieces will be for sale. For the first time, guests can delight in a unique exhibition of old theatre photo- graphs, garnered from the private collections of industry greats. Young professionals from the industry will serve as ushers and all these events are hosted by the legendary Louis van Niekerk and Wilna Snyman. On 29 May, it’s a chance for those who are new in the profession, or those who are hoping to become artists, to pay attention. An evening titled I Want to Be An Artist will comprise lectures about being successful in this very tough environment. It runs from 6pm to 10pm. Attendance is free and bookings can be made with Gert van Niekerk at This is followed by Liefde, Anna on 30 May […]