The curtain has fallen on live SA theatre. Can it ever rise again?
With the pandemic forcing cancelled shows and no money for performers, the future is dire for stage acts
From Cape Town to Pretoria and Durban, theatres lie in darkness – and they say they will battle to keep the curtain up after the Covid-19 crisis.
The struggle to stay afloat culminated in the demise of Cape Town’s Kalk Bay Theatre this week. Owner Vanessa Harris said: “Sadly, there is no easy way to say this. The Kalk Bay Theatre – or Followspot’s special version of it – is no more. With the ongoing building and staffing costs, and no income since our doors closed, we simply could not keep it afloat.”
Harris said she had tried innovative ideas to save the theatre and its restaurant “but the brick wall in front of us was impenetrable. The devastating end result is that we had to terminate the lease with our landlord, and our running of the Kalk Bay Theatre and Restaurant.”..