Knysna Theatre to open next month

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Copy Dog, a multi-award-winning public relations and production company, specializing in the performing arts, recently relocated from Durban to Knysna.

Copy Dog team, pictured from left, Riaan Timson, Clinton Marius and William Charlton-Perkins
Copy Dog team, pictured from left, Riaan Timson, Clinton Marius and William Charlton-Perkins

Copy Dog’s three-man team, comprising Clinton Marius, Artistic Director; William Charlton-Perkins, Media Director; and Riaan Timson, Administrative Director, announced last week that the company is opening a theatre in Knysna.

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“Situated on Main Road in Melville Centre, one of the town’s most iconic heritage buildings, The Knysna Theatre aims to be a home for the performing arts in the area, to nurture and serve as a platform for emerging talent, and to be a regular stop for South Africa’s favourite entertainers,” they stated.

The Knysna Theatre
The Knysna Theatre

“While the venue, with its beautiful yellowwood interiors, upper and lower floors, and a charming stage once served as a theatre, the reality is that the performance space is now in need of infrastructure. To this end, Copy Dog is launching a crowdfunding campaign to appeal for donations. Anyone who would like to support the Performing Arts in this region, and see the theatre sustain itself until fully established, is requested to contact the team at knysnatheatre@gmail.com. ”

The company is eager to engage with theatre practitioners and performers, both amateur and professional, in order to fully involve the community. “We plan to bring comedy, drama, dance, music, and children’s theatre to the area, embracing both local and visiting productions.” The team will offer skills-sharing workshops pertaining to the performing arts, as well as training in arts administration.

Already underway is the Knysna Theatre Youth Drama Club, which aims to use theatre to nurture talent, confidence, trust, respect and expression, by using education, workshopping, crafting and performance. Interested members can WhatsApp 082 573 3704.

Full particulars regarding Copy Dog’s professional track record can be found at www.copydogonline.com.

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