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KWASUKA LEASE CHANGES HANDS (article first published : 2006-01-12)

Greg King and Steven Stead have decided to discontinue Kickstart’s lease of the Kwasuka Theatre.

“It is with great sadness that we wish to inform everyone of this decision,” say these two award-winning directors. “Kickstart has enjoyed almost three years of having a venue to call our home, in which we have had the freedom to create many exciting theatre productions, to experiment in and develop our expertise, and earn our stripes as committed contributors to Durban’s artistic community.

“However, in spite of the opportunity and artistic freedom that Kwasuka has provided us with over the past three years, we have realised that without further funding, the administration and upkeep of this much loved, but rapidly deteriorating building is no longer possible or productive. Particularly considering a responsibility of a further five years residence, which is the period we would be obliged to commit to in terms of the new lease agreement.

“This is by no means an indication that Kickstart will not be back at Kwasuka, or that our artistic work and commitment to the Durban theatre scene will be any less,” Greg and Steven go on to say. “We hope that our decision will in fact allow us to grow further as producers of quality theatre, free from the limitations that the venue currently imposes.

“At this watershed in our career, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to a number of people who have been instrumental in making our past productions possible. One of these is Professor Pieter Scholtz for his faith, in allowing us to take on and run his charming venue, which was built with his own funds and out of his own extraordinary passion for theatre.

“Then there is the National Arts Council, the KZN Performing Arts Trust, and more recently several of our patrons, for their generous financial support. We also wish to thank the many talented artists who have taken part in, and often inspired, our projects, usually sharing the financial risks involved. We would also like to acknowledge the theatre critics and arts writers of the local press for their interest and support. Finally, and most importantly, the work we have done at the Kwasuka would have been utterly meaningless without the enthusiasm and encouragement of our loyal patrons, many of whom have become good friends. We look forward to your continued support and good company.”

The lease of Kwasuka Theatre has been taken over by Themi Venturas, well-known director and producer who also runs the Catalina Theatre. More details to follow.




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