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The Show Must Go On

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Thanks to our amazing community, we have reached our first milestone of R50 000!! Thank you so much for your support. As we will not be able to open our doors for the foreseeable future, we have decided to move with the times and stream our first online production! "A Streetcar Named Desire" will be streamed, for free, on our website from 10-17 July 2020. Feel free to watch the production online and, should you wish to support our little theatre, please do consider making a donation to keep our theatre going.

The Playhouse Theatre is nestled at the foot of the Helderberg mountains in Somerset West, a small town bursting with vibrant colours, majestic scenery and awe-inspiring talent.

Established in 1947, The Playhouse Theatre has been entertaining its patrons - both local and from further afield - for over 7 decades, making it one of the oldest amateur dramatics societies in the Western Cape. Our society puts on an average of four shows a year, with around 400 people on and backstage each year. We also hire our space to local drama schools, dance studios, schools, bands and professionals. This amounts to about 30 000 locals that have volunteered since we began. They will speak of fond memories of friendship, teamwork and many valuable lessons learned.

As of 18 March 2020, the theatre has been closed in order to adhere to regulations of the National State of Disaster we find ourselves in. This is the longest period that the theatre has been dark, and we need your help, in these trying times, to ensure that we can continue to entertain our communities for decades to come.  As a non-profit, amateur Dramatic Society the Playhouse Theatre is managed by a team of incredible, dedicated, unpaid volunteers. Having said that, there is a slew of monthly bills and commitments that need to be paid, bills which would ordinarily be covered by the profits brought in by our shows.

How can you help? 

We are hoping to raise R 100 000 to keep us going during this dark time but, in the spirit of community and fun, we would like to give you all a gift to thank you for your generosity. 

Below are a few options:

  • Watch our first filmed production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" online for free, and donate any amount of your choice
  • Donate R100 and receive a limited edition Playhouse Mug as well as a complimentary Rustic Roast coffee when the Playhouse reopens.
  • Donate R500 and secure two VIP seats for the opening night of The Sound of Music (dates to be confirmed).
  • Donating R1000 gives you the option of naming one of our 194 seats. This is a beautiful way to show your appreciation of the dramatic arts, or paying tribute to a loved one.

You are, of course, free to choose to donate any amount you wish. :)

In order to remeem your "Thank You" gift, please contact us at [email protected]. If you have chosen the "Name a Seat" donation gift, please include the name or wording you would like inscribed on your seat.

If you would like to support the Playhouse but are unable to donate, please feel free to share this page :) Also, feel free to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates and fun.

https://www.facebook.com/PlayhouseSW 

https://www.instagram.com/playhouse_theatre_sw

Thanks in advance, folks, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre soon! With the appropriate social distancing and monitoring in place, of course... ;)

Donations

  • Jul 10, 2020 - USD $ 12.55
  • "Thank you for a riveting performance. Love how you make lemonade and I get to drink it half across the planet. Love the playhouse community forever. xxx" - Bettina

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Bravo!" - Val Dixie

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "

    To many happy memories of dance shows and productions

    " - Wessels Family

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "To a fabulous theatre, can’t wait to be back there! " - Two Tall Ladies

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Something small for a place that has done so so much ! The Playhouse will forever be my happy place." - Tanya Erasmus

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    For the joy of being together!

    " - Stekhoven Family

  • Jun 16, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "So looking forward to the Songbook. Thank you" - Lindsay de Kock

  • Jun 15, 2020 - USD $ 30.93
  • "For all the amazing memories " - Robyn Humphreys

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sound of music x2 yaaaay! " - Daisy Hopwood Bonaria

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Can't wait for the shows to begin

    " - The Matthews Family

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "From the PV drama class with all the best wishes and many thanks" - PV matrics

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "SO SO SO much love for the place I spent so many glorious hours playing the fool. Thank you to everyone still making it available for the generations ahead xx " - Leila Kidson

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Always entertaining!

    " - ZMalan

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "If this time has taught me anything, it's that the arts are needed now more than ever. Here's to making memories for years to come" - Andrew Goldie

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Love the playhouse" - Sidney B-J

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "2 mugs please. Will email with the ones I want. Gotta have one for home and for second home at the playhouse. :-D" - Rory Currin

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "A creative home from home. Keep those doors open glorious Playhouse! Please may I purchase 4 mugs. " - Gretel Schulze-le Roux

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "I would like to name a seat please: Two Tall Ladies and Family le Roux thank you for the magic. “Exit, pursued by a bear.”" - Gretel Schulze-le Roux

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Flourish on your own wave length." - Abigail

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Love our theatre! " - Leanne & Perry

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Always happy to help" - Clifford Ekron

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 630.00
  • "Here's to many more happy memories!" - Joy

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "We get by with a little help from our FRIENDS!!!!!" - Nikoleen&Melinda

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Wonderful local gem. May it continue the good work" - Kerry Devine

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Keep the shows coming!" - Pat Davidson

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "The most amazing shows over so many years ...keep going !" - Heike Evans

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 630.00
  • "Looking forward to many more happy shows at the playhouse!" - Anne

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thurtell Family in memory of all the many happy hours spent at the Playhouse by our family. " - Debra Thurtell

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "We loved watching many many shows at the Playhouse! Thanks for all your efforts in making sure the show will go on!" - Alison Budge

  • Jun 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hang in there" - Sherri Williamson

  • May 31, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you for the shortand inspiring snippets you've been sharing" - Lindsay de Kock

  • May 28, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "...to many more cups of coffee at the Playhouse" - anonymous

  • May 27, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "We'd like to buy a chair under the names: Stevie Hendricksz, Luke Botha, Sashka Peterson, Raechel-Leigh Basson, Winston Gelderbloem." - Alice in Wonderland 2020 Directors Team

  • May 26, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "This is to name one of the seats after "Bev Tarling Dancing Studio" in memories of all the great dancing shows we took part in - Anne S" - Dancing Ladies

  • May 26, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    From my seat I will watch all the wonderful work my son Jon-paul will do at this place he loves.

    " - Paul Ruschenbaum

  • May 25, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Here, is where I found my self with encouragement from our Playhouse family." - Debi

  • May 25, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keep going strong!" - Louisa le Roux

  • May 24, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Two seats for opening night of Sound of Music" - Ruan le Roux & Peter Bergel

  • May 24, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "We would like to have one of the 194 seats named after FIONA WALKER who passed away last week doing what she does best, giving years of selfless service to the hungry children of the Helderberg." - Ruan le Roux & Peter Bergel

  • May 23, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Love your shows!" - Chris & Cliff

  • May 22, 2020 - USD $ 59.04
  • "A local gem" - Anonymous

  • May 22, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "To many more years of Lunch Bars in the foyer, Rambo in the lighting box and magic on the stage." - Rose Family

  • May 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Love the playhouse and indeed the show must go on!" - Edel Goldbach

  • May 21, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    hope to see you soon!

    " - anonymous

  • May 20, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "First pantomime at the Playhouse in the 70s...been back many times since. Wonderful to watch friends on stage" - Encore!

  • May 20, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "To life, to life, L Chayim!" - Mornét

  • May 20, 2020 - USD $ 28.93
  • "We love coming to watch the local artistes at work, therefore would not like to see the Palyhouse close." - Nick & Barbie Cameron

  • May 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thanks for the wonderful opportunities for our kids" - Joanne

  • May 20, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    A wonderful community Theatre with a great group of volunteers and talented artists. Long may it prosper.

    " - Pam & Darryl Cousins

  • May 20, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    The Playhouse kept me going during some very difficult times. I'll always be grateful to the people and the space that has been provided for everyone to show love for the Arts and each other.

    " - Mieke Botha

  • May 19, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Many hours on stage, back stage and in the audience of this wonderful community theatre. " - Erasmus family

  • May 19, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Keep up the good work. I've enjoyed volunteering and scouting for props. Hopefully I'll be able to do so in the future." - Keaton Arendse

  • May 19, 2020 - USD $ 128.18
  • "Forever our second home x" - Anonymous

  • May 19, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    It would be sad to say goodbye to a place full of so many memories...Let’s keep it going! I look forward to the next show :)

    " - Taryn Nel

  • May 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thanks for all the wonderful memories, we support our local theatre hole heartedly!" - Riette Viljoen

  • May 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keep the lamp burning" - Lindsay de Kock

  • May 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "We would love to have the show go on!!" - Justine kruger

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "This theater has become our family's and my home over these last few years. There is no greater joy sitting in the audience or standing on that stage performing. It is time we officially get a seat." - Van der Spuy family

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Theatre where awesome memories are made with awesome people. "We didn't even realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun."- Winnie the Pooh - " - Nicoline Murray

  • May 18, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Thank you for the laughter, the tears, and the joy, and the absolute awe of our local talent." - Lee Last

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "From one family to another. "There is no place like home..."" - Currin Family

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Keep the magic of theatre alive! R1000 seat donation, Jean Wilke" - Jean Wilke

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 283.72
  • "For all the joy the theater brings into the JvR home it would be wonderful to name seats for Dylan, Nicola, Abigail, Charlotte and Danie. " - Anonymous

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Sit back and enjoy the show! - R1000 donated for a seat Rosemary Wilke " - Rosemary Wilke

  • May 18, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "A part of my childhood, I hope the playhouse remains open for years to come." - Kate Turner

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 113.49
  • "12 years this theatre was my second home, it’s time one of the chairs bares our name :) I have only the fondest and warmest of memories " - Bettina and Raphael Horvath

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "R1000 donation for a seat Munro family" - The Munro family

  • May 17, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "A Second home for us, we would never want to see the Playhouse close. We will continue our support for years to come. Family, friends and many memories! " - RMC Videographers

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 5.64
  • "Thank you for all the joy you bring to our community!" - Samantha Taylor

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 61 266.87

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 10 000.00
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Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

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We are one of the oldest amateur dramatic societies in the Western Cape and are proud of our reputation for producing quality shows of all genres.

Amateur simply means nobody gets paid. Everybody in front of the stage, on it or behind it does what they do for the love of it - which has no negative impact on the quality, quite the opposite. Many a professional actor has started out in the AmDram scene.

As a community theatre, we are always looking for those helpful folks who'd love to support the HHDS - Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society - in running the theatre. It takes much more than acting!

Join the fun - Besides enjoying our shows, why not take part and try your hand at the stage, just look out for any of our Audition Notices, and perhaps one day you'll be part of the family community too.