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UPDATE:

Re-opened for a three week Spring Season, is hosting a film shoot in November and we are getting ready to welcome "This Moment" A Musical Cabaret of delight opening on 11 December 2020.

The safety of our audiences, casts and crew is a key concern for us all: mask up, social distance and sanitise, dear friends! 

 

Original Appeal:

 

We are raising funds for the Masque Theatre, the 61 year old community theatre in Muizenberg. Already in a tenuous space, the Masque Theatre like many small local businesses is facing bankruptcy due to the (very necessary) #lockdown measures in place.

Update: At our AGM held in May 2020 - and largely due to all the people who have come on board and supported this campaign so far  - the volunteers behind the Masque Thearte are determined to work together to survive the impact of the Corona Pandemic. We have no complete answers yet: only a love of this theatre!

Amateur comes from the root word in Latin for love, and lover. The Masque Theatre is a community space for LOVERS (... of theatre)

We are a community of young, old, professional or passionista who have been bitten by the love of theatre and all it brings to the world.

You know who you are. You know how many hours of your life you gladly give for that indefinable 'it'. And the Masque is a space that provides an it

These doors will reopen, the Masque has survived many challenges in her history, and always through the remarkable ability of those involved to ignite magic:

With your help the Covid-19 crises will become a legend in The Masque Theatre's history, in those days - which will come - when globally we are through the "curve" and have made it through this difficult time together.  

When once again love of this quaint theatre prevails in front of seeming insurmountable adversity (remember that time when the theatre burnt to the ground?)

With this campaign we are looking to raise a skeleton budget so that we can pay staff, and the basic costs, and to build a budget for the first show that we are allowed to perform once lockdown restrictions and our community's safety allows.

Our full needs come to about R250,000 and we are working on several different avenues to get there. With this campaign, you help us with our most essential and time-urgent targets, and the ability to rise from the ashes once more.

 

*As per the campaign creator’s request, funds raised will be paid directly to the relevant institution*

Thank you to the following Masque friends for their direct-to-Masque contributions

John McConnell -  "Having tread her boards many times, I sincerely hope the " old girl" survives"

Lynda Jennings for photos

AFM Kirstenhoff, and their words: "We are all in this together, and together we can make it"

"Somehow what is necessary to keep the Masque Theatre alive must be found.  Why?  Because the Masque Theatre is the lifeblood of Amateur Theatre in the Southern Suburbs. It is also the heartbeat of everyone who, has either performed on  stage, worked backstage, front of house, served refreshments, been part of the audience and even lives in the heart of critics!"   Warmest wishes Sheila Chisholm  

 

This campaign in the Media

 

Donations

  • Oct 28, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keeping the dream alive." - Gary Fargher

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wishing you success in your fundraising" - Margaret Richings

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keeping the dream alive." - Gary Fargher

  • Sep 28, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keeping the dream alive." - Gary Fargher

  • Sep 16, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Stand strong Masque, you're not done yet!" - Improv Theatre Ghost

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keeping the dream alive." - Gary Fargher

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wishing you success in your fundraising" - Margaret Richings

  • Aug 12, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Janet Aird

    " - Snapscan

  • Aug 09, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "If we all do a little bit, we can help to achieve the targets needed." - Sarah Pimentel

  • Aug 07, 2020 - USD $ 171.10
  • "For Helen Mathers and Laureen Hochfelden " - Kathryn Mathers

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keeping the dream alive." - Gary Fargher

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wishing you success in your fundraising" - Margaret Richings

  • Jul 26, 2020 - USD $ 50.77
  • "We need imaginiation and community and that is what theatre is" - Alexandra Sutherland

  • Jul 26, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keeping the dream alive." - Gary Fargher

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 59.07
  • "In memory of TIllie and Bertie" - David

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Wayne Ronné

    " - Snapscan

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    The show must go on.

    " - Gary

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wishing you success in your fundraising" - Margaret Richings

  • Jun 28, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Love you guys!" - Colin

  • Jun 21, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "With love and best wishes to a dear old friend!" - Gill Charman

  • Jun 20, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "For the tribe" - For the tribe

  • Jun 17, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Wayne Ronné

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Carolyn Herrick

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Heather Davies

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    John Gibson

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 13, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Hope lives in the "Hearts" of People! Let us be the People to keep Our Hopes alive." - CLIVE

  • Jun 13, 2020 - USD $ 58.63
  • "In a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theatre is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture (Laurence Olivier). " - Diane

  • Jun 13, 2020 - R 227.85
  • "''The theatre is a wonderful place, a house of strange enchantment, a temple of illusion.'' - Noël Coward" - Arabel

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Anonymous" - Snapscan

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Wishing the Masque great success with this fundraising campaign" - Michele Belknap

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Keep going! We need you more than ever before xx" - tracy

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 15 262.00
  • "

    Good Luck

    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "A Muzies Institution " - Rob

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • ""No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"." - Avian

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Is there no play, To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?" - Kathryn Griffiths

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "I must support my start in theatre" - Janine

  • Jun 09, 2020 - USD $ 59.46
  • "Fond memories. Should hate to see you fold! Good luck. " - Veda

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "All the best and hope to see you soon" - Liesl Ernst

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Keep going and thank you for all the joy the Masque brings us" - John Carne

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 550.00
  • "I have performed on the stage at the Masque Theatre - we must not let this beautiful theatre close down" - Charles Grey

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "We really hope you guys can hang in there." - Gerry McCall

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 640.50
  • "Masque we are the same age, keep going! " - Antoinette

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wishing you success in your fundraising" - Margaret Richings

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you for all the past performances - we truly hope you will be able to open again soon. " - Ian & Judy Paul

  • Jun 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "We would be so sad if The Masque closed. You are doing something so important and special. Every blessing on you." - John and Jilly Freeth

  • Jun 01, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "

    Daniel Nickelsen

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 01, 2020 - R 367.50
  • "For SJ. " - Anonymous

  • May 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Art is the very soul of our being. " - Robert

  • May 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "When we lose arts, we will really be bankrupt. Long live the Masque theatre." - Lauren

  • May 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "We'll be back. Open with a big party." - Gary Fargher

  • May 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck " - Kevin

  • May 29, 2020 - USD $ 28.69
  • "Thank you and all the best. " - Anonymous

  • May 27, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck Masque " - Helen Brain

  • May 26, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Look forward to seeing supporters when we re-open

    " - Scott Gill

  • May 19, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Let's keep the lights on at the Masque Theatre" - Jane De Sousa

  • May 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "With love, the Wilke family" - Wilke Family

  • May 18, 2020 - R 360.00
  • "

    Belinda Blaine

    " - Snapscan

  • May 18, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Stephen Bornman

    " - Snapscan

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Best Wishes and keep going!

    " - Derek & Pat

  • May 16, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "Looking forward to being back at the Masque! " - Louise

  • May 15, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "hope you get to your goal" - lina

  • May 13, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Keep the arts alive!" - Guys from Glow

  • May 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Sue Milner

    " - Snapscan

  • May 12, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • May 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Wim Kluijfhout

    " - Snapscan

  • May 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    S&T Browne

    " - Snapscan

  • May 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Patrick Milner

    " - Snapscan

  • May 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Bernadine Gordon

    " - Snapscan

  • May 12, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Survived a fire, drought & electricity shortages, lets pull together to overcome Covid-19

    " - Marilyn

  • May 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Looking forward to being back on the stage at The Masque" - Tayla Sargent

  • May 11, 2020 - R 2 512.00
  • "

    Thank you for many happy hours!

    " - Maria Nulty

  • May 08, 2020 - USD $ 500.00
  • "Dad's ghost will be happy to haunt the Masque" - Shoshannajean Kaplinsky

  • May 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "All the world's a stage but the Masque's one is particularly magical <3" - Jaime Uranovsky

  • May 08, 2020 - USD $ 53.73
  • "The play's the thing... " - Diane

  • May 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Keep going!" - D+MA LE JEUNE

  • May 07, 2020 - R 162.00
  • "

    "Win Or Lose, Sink Or Swim, One Thing Is Certain We'll Never Give In, Side By Side, Hand In Hand We All Stand Together!!!!"

    " - Reg & Dolores

  • May 06, 2020 - USD $ 13.62
  • "Stayin' alive, stayin' alive ..." - John & Biddy Greene

  • May 06, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Wayne Ronné

    " - Snapscan

  • May 06, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Catherine Catwa

    " - Snapscan

  • May 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "May you continue to raise an enthusiastic audience and triumph." - Hilda Wilson

  • May 05, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "This theater is a true community institution of Muizenberg! Thank you. " - Family Gluckman

  • May 05, 2020 - R 50.00
  • "

    Erica

    " - Snapscan

  • May 05, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Let's keep The Masque going!

    " - Rebecca Hunter

  • May 04, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Goodluck with keeping the Arts alive! " - Nazneen

  • May 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Go Well!" - Dave and Jacky

  • May 04, 2020 - R 2 500.00
  • "

    Don't let the bastards grind you down.

    " - Dignam

  • May 04, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Had some good times here!

    " - Susanna

  • May 04, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Hope that my donation will in some small way contribute towards the preservation of this iconic theatre; every good wish

    " - Marilyn Hoole

  • May 04, 2020 - R 312.00
  • "" - Colin & Lorette

  • May 04, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    See you at the end of lockdown

    " - Roger

  • May 04, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    The show must go on...

    " - Anonamouse

  • May 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "In memory of my Mother Lieske Bester" - Lisette Genseberger

  • May 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Neither fire nor virus can destroy this most special theatre. Viva Masque Viva!" - Daphne Jubber

  • May 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for many memorable experiences - looking forward to many more!" - Geney

  • May 02, 2020 - USD $ 165.98
  • "Glad to help!" - Andrew Hamilton-Smith

  • May 02, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "More shows such as Dark Side of the Moon and For Kinks and Country please." - Tony & Kathy Nicholas

  • May 02, 2020 - USD $ 58.37
  • "Thank you Masque for the happy memories - keep on giving pleasure!" - Val

  • May 02, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck. The show must go on!" - Joy

  • May 02, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Looking forward to theatre #nomasks" - Belinda

  • May 02, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Have amazing memory of dancing on the Masque stage during the massive earthquakes in 1969. Thought it was a train at the station!!" - Paula Kelly

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 5.00
  • "In honor of my granddaughter, Justine Rubesch " - Joan Rubesch

  • May 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best of luck!" - Louis de Villiers

  • May 01, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "looking forward to the Masque, without masks..." - Anonymous

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 11.07
  • "Good luck" - Henyk Ibsen

  • May 01, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "A small contribution" - Alan Roberts

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 110.66
  • "The show(s) must go on! " - Diane

  • May 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "In memory of Margie Blewett" - Sandra

  • May 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Glad to be able to help keep the lights on" - Wendy

  • May 01, 2020 - USD $ 33.20
  • "Fondest memories of the Masque Theatre. Wishing you all the best from Australia. " - Jo Derby

  • May 01, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "The Masque led me to a career I never believed I could have. May it continue enriching lives for many more years! " - Tim

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 27.13
  • "May the dream live on. Xx " - Linda

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Thank You!" - Uwe Hass

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Bertie would be so happy to know you are able to stay open to serve his Muizenberg and surrounds!" - glendyr

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Wishing you all the best into a Brighter future " - Anonymous

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck" - Janet Aird

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 27.13
  • "An amazing community space - I definitely hope to appear on stage again here!" - Thomas Bowman

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Life without the Masque? No! All the best." - Peter and Grizéll Luxton

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wishing the Masque Theatre continued success!" - Ced

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "I grew up attending shows at the Masque, from the old one to the new. Here's to many more years of theatre. " - Child of the Masque

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Never been to your theatre ... but certainly will once you reopen :-)" - Torsten

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "My husband and I love the Masque and all the wonderful shows and experiences. We can't wait to be in the auditorium seats again." - Kirsten Corin

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Stay sane and stay safe and till we all meet again.." - Colleen

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 2.71
  • "keep going" - Maling

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Support the Masque! " - Leigh

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "In memory of Joanna Ward and happy times at the Masque" - Ivan Christian

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • ":)" - Anonymous

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "See you on the other side of Covid 19!!" - Will & Briggie Duk

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 472.50
  • "I really hope you can raise enough !!!" - Elke Hofmeyr

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "This community hub must be kept alive " - Judy

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "A bit far for me to get there often, but holds many memories, hope this helps. Good luck" - June Wells

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Keep the Masque alive! " - Kim R2

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "The show must go on!" - Angela Lee-Wright

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "We would hate to lose such a fabulous venue! Enjoyed watching and filming shows there. Lovely place with very friendly staff and crew. :-D" - RMC Videographers

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Good luck, hope it works out. Masque is a gem." - Jannie

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "For my other home, my happy place!" - Faeron

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "A wonderful intimate theatre that our studio has had the pleasure of performing in. We hope to perform there again in the near future. " - Jacqui Pells School of Ballet

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Hope this helps to keep the doors open

    " - Friend of Masque

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    The Masque is a special place for us. Long may she live.

    " - Matthew & Santie Roy

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Hope this helps to keep the doors open

    " - Friend of Masque

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    To support the ones we love.

    " - Vikki and Nick

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "The Masque, it's part of the fabric of the south. " - Patrick Richard Rupert

  • Apr 27, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "The Masque is a community theatre that offers the arts community more than could ever be described here. It must be helped, and thrive again." - Kirsten Veenstra

  • Apr 27, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "As has been said all donations help, no matter the amount" - S Dutton

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 1 102.50
  • "Spread the word. Even small donations add up!" - Raymond

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Let's keep the dream alive." - Gary

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "For pat " - Victoria

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Keeping my promise! This is for all the wonderful memories!" - Erica

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 300.00
  • "In memory of Tillie and Bertie Stern" - Doris and Richard Stern and Grandchildren

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "A privilege to be able to give back in a small way after receiving so much value from my association with the Masque." - Anthony Storr Lister

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 551.25
  • "This very special place has been a part of our lives for over 40 years and it would be tragic to see this part of Cape Town history compromised. " - Yvonne and Nigel

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keep the Masque alive!" - Robert Shenton

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hope you reach your and beyond...." - Jennifer Mc Calgan

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Happy to support this wonderful community asset " - Caz

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Looking forward to be at the Masque soon!" - Willem Coetzee

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Can't imagine community theatre without The Masque." - Laura Bosman

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 26.34
  • "Many years, many memories, many friends. The show must go on." - Wesley Figaji

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "a worthwhile cause for a very special community" - Thomas von Zahn

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Will double this when we hit R5000 :)" - Erica

  • Apr 25, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Save the Masque for all community to enjoy the arts!" - Daniel & Nicky

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 120 003.87

Fundraising target

R 130 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 3 000.00
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We are raising funds for the Masque Theatre, the 61 year old community theatre in Muizenberg. Already in a tenuous space, the Masque Theatre like many small local businesses is facing bankruptcy due to the (very necessary) #lockdown measures in place.