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 gvnsa@msn.com This is followed by Liefde, Anna on 30 May […]
August 25, 2016

Lizz Meiring: ‘Ons kan akteurs se verval nie toelaat’

Die aktrise Lizz Meiring se oë skiet vol trane. “Ek was nou die dag by ’n baie bekende oud-akteur se huis, waar ek net ’n halwe boksie suur melk in die yskas en in die koskas ’n pakkie beskuit gekry het wat reeds twee jaar gelede verval het,” vertel sy van haar huisbesoeke aan bejaarde akteurs. “Ons gaan gewoonlik twee-twee. Die ander persoon maak geselsies, maar my werk is om in die kaste te gaan krap.” Sy is vanjaar tot raadslid van die Teater Bystandsfonds (TBF) verkies. Dié fonds, wat 52 jaar gelede gestig is, onderhou tans 25 bejaarde kunstenaars. Dit sluit onder meer akteurs, tegnici, kunste-joernaliste en fotograwe in. “Ons het verlede jaar vir Kersfees skoendose vir hulle gepak. Binne-in die boksies was ’n koekie seep, ’n tandeborsel, ’n waslappie, ’n blikkie koffie en ’n pakkie koekies. Dít was hul Kersgeskenk.” Sy raak weer tranerig. “Jy sal nie glo hoe daardie mense gehuil het nie. Dit is dieselfde mense wat ons jare lank op die kassie en op die verhoog vermaak . . . gedien het. En moenie dink hulle het met geld gemors nie. Tog vind ons van hulle wat nou onwettig in vervalle fabrieke slaap, omdat hulle eenvoudig niks anders kan bekostig nie. Ons kan mos nie toelaat dat dit met hulle gebeur nie en daarom neem ons verantwoordelikheid vir ons eie mense.” Die fonds staan ook werkende kunstenaars by wat mediese onkostes moet dra, soos die kameraman wat onlangs ’n dubbele heupvervanging ondergaan het. Sy preek ook nou gereeld vir die jong akteurs: Gaan neem nóú daardie annuïteit uit. “As jy jonk is, is jy baie soos ’n Teflon-pan – enigiets gaan van jou afspring. Maar ek sê vir […]
March 2, 2015

Theatre Benevolent Fund coffers swell thanks to National Arts Festival and Standard Bank

For the second consecutive year, audiences at the National Arts Festival dipped their hands in their wallets to show appreciation to South African artists who can no longer perform due to illness or infirmity. The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) partner on the first Monday of the Festival to raise the profile of the TBF and support the work of the Fund. This year, audiences at the National Arts Festival contributed R54 000.00 towards the Theatre Benevolent Fund and the Standard Bank provided a matching contribution to raise the total amount to R108 000.00. “We extend our appreciation to our generous audiences who have demonstrated their compassion for the artists who have entertained and inspired them over the years,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed, when he jointly presented a cheque with Standard Bank arts sponsorship manager, Mandie van der Spuy to the Theatre Benevolent Fund. “We are also grateful to our sponsor Standard Bank for matching the contribution raised by audiences at the Festival. This is a wonderful indicator that the Festival, our audiences, our sponsor and the Theatre Benevolent Fund have a shared vision and passion to allow artists to enjoy their dignity even when they are in their twilight years” he added. The TBF is a welfare and humanitarian fund that helps maintain the dignity of professional performers after they have taken their last bow and the curtain has fallen on their working lives. The Fund supports individuals who have been connected to the performing arts on a professional basis, and who now find themselves in financial difficulties due to old age or ill health, by providing care to them in […]