Stages are dark across the country due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some artists have been able to create work on virtual platforms and others have managed to create work in less severe levels of the lockdown, the theatre industry has been severely affected by this pandemic and live productions cannot be staged with the current restrictions in place.
What can you do to help keep theatre alive? Firstly, get vaccinated. We need to be able to commune in theatres and that is only going to happen when the government is able to declare that we can share our spaces more safely. Secondly, donate to the Theatre Benevolent Fund, a welfare and humanitarian fund that supports all 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. Thirdly, look out for online productions to support and view in your own home. The National Arts Festival currently has a wide range on offer, but you’ll find options elsewhere too. Fourthly, buy copies of plays by local playwrights to read (local bookshops will always have one or two and independent publishers like Junkets offer a wide range of texts) and enjoy on the stage of your mind.
While we wait to see what musicals will light up our South African stages, feel free to use the contact form to ask for your your online musical theatre offering to be listed here. Stay safe!