Streaming issues? Report here
Aubrey Masango 2019 BW Aubrey Masango 2019 BW
The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 22:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Best of CapeTalk
See full line-up
The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 22:00
Home
arrow_forward
Business
fiber_manual_record
Lifestyle
fiber_manual_record
Local
fiber_manual_record
Entertainment

Closure of Fugard Theatre threatens survival of District Six Museum

18 March 2021 1:28 PM
Tags:
The Fugard Theatre
District Six
District Six Museum
Theatre
The Midday Report
Lester Kiewit
COVID-19
arts
covid-19 in south africa
covid-19 in cape town
Fugard Theatre closes down
iraj Desai

"The theatre is a major income stream," laments Siraj Desai, Chair of the District Six Museum Trust.

On Tuesday, arts-loving Capetonians learned of the permanent closure of the Fugard Theatre in the old District Six.

"After a year of Covid closure,” reads a statement on the Fugard’s website, “it is with great regret and sadness that I have to confirm that The Fugard Theatre will close permanently with immediate effect.

“We are not persuaded that it will be Covid-safe or financially viable to reopen as a theatre in the foreseeable future.

“The theatre will be handed back to the owner of the freehold of the building – the board of The District Six Museum – as a working theatre and we hope that they will be able to use it for the benefit of the District Six community…”

© dotshock/123rf.com

RELATED: Fugard closure: 'Theatre is a very expensive business and it needs support'


“The arts industry and the theatre industry are fragile,” said Greg Karvellas, the former Resident Director at the Fugard.

“It's kind of a surreal day for many of us and many of the audience members that came to The Fugard over the years.”

The District Six Museum is independent and has itself suffered tremendously under Covid-19.

The loss of the Fugard as a tenant will affect how it operates.

Lester Kiewiet asked Siraj Desai what his plans are for the building.

Desai is a former High Court judge and Chairperson of the District Six Museum Trust.

It came to us as a total surprise… It affects us very badly. The theatre is a major income stream… I propose to speak to other theatre personalities… Covid will come to an end…

Siraj Desai, Chairperson - District Six Museum Trust

Most theatres are under considerable restraint…

Siraj Desai, Chairperson - District Six Museum Trust

We’re getting a working theatre… What do we do with that? … It’s well-located and beautiful, it seats more than 300 people…

Siraj Desai, Chairperson - District Six Museum Trust

Keeping the museum going is a problem… The majority of people paying to enter the museum are foreign tourists…

Siraj Desai, Chairperson - District Six Museum Trust

Listen to the interview in the audio below.




18 March 2021 1:28 PM
Tags:
The Fugard Theatre
District Six
District Six Museum
Theatre
The Midday Report
Lester Kiewit
COVID-19
arts
covid-19 in south africa
covid-19 in cape town
Fugard Theatre closes down
iraj Desai

More from Covid-19 coronavirus explained

Companies benefitting from Covid-19 TERS to be audited

12 April 2021 7:33 PM

Bruce Whitfield interviews Ruth Maforimbo of People Advisory Services at EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Should you keep working from home after the pandemic?

12 April 2021 6:48 PM

Will doing so affect you negatively in the long term? Bruce Whitfield interviews Linda Trim, Director at Giant Leap.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Western Cape to start vaccinating over-60s in May'

9 April 2021 10:19 AM

"There’s been no significant sign of cluster events emanating from the Easter weekend," says W Cape Head of Health Keith Cloete.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'World could be $9 trillion richer by 2025, if Covid-19 vaccinations are swift'

8 April 2021 2:57 PM

Vaccinating entire populations against Covid-19 will more than pay for itself, according to the IMF.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rich countries vaccinate low-risk population while Africa waits and dies – MSF

7 April 2021 12:59 PM

"The Economist projects that most Africans will only receive full vaccinations by the end of 2023," warns Doctors Without Borders.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 vaccinations: 'Private sector is raring to go!'

6 April 2021 2:42 PM

Sibanye-Stillwater has set aside R200 million to vaccinate its entire workforce and their families, says Helena Wasserman.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lockdown traffic trends: Less congestion as work rhythms change - research

31 March 2021 7:09 AM

Vehicle tracking specialist Tracker commissioned research into how the lockdown impacted vehicle movement during the lockdown.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Drinking is how we celebrate and mourn. It’s who we are'

30 March 2021 1:42 PM

"We’re all sitting in suspense," says Adrie Vermeulen (South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

UK pandemic starts to end: 'There’s lightness in the air! 20 degrees and sunny!'

30 March 2021 10:57 AM

The United Kingdom is taking its first cautious steps in opening up. "We can play sport again!" says Adam Gilchrist.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Discovery medical aid to vaccinate 50 000 of its 3 million members per day

29 March 2021 6:27 PM

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Ryan Noach, Chief Executive at Discovery Health.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward