Help them find a new dance venue

2019-07-23 06:25
Heideveld Theatre Company

Heideveld Theatre Company

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Heideveld Theatre Company is looking for a venue to continue their practises after they were allegedly kicked out of their usual venue earlier this year.

The non-profit organisation (NPO) was founded by resident, Joeline Anastachia Kingsley-Daniels. It works with youth from Heideveld and the neighbouring communities, helping them realise and shape their talents. They previously used the Heideveld Community Centre.

Kingsley-Daniels says it was not clear why they were kicked out because there were no irregularities or complaints about their practises, and they paid the rent on time.

Because they are a NPO, she says they were charged about R20 per day and they were practising three times a week.

The closure interfered with their schedules and they no longer practise regularly since she now has to accommodate the children at her home.

Kingsley-Daniels says this is inconvenient for some children as her home is not easily accessible for all and does not have enough space.

“We are looking for any safe venue – a public facility would be ideal. We rely on the generosity of the parents to cover our costs.”

They practise in the afternoons and would sometimes like to host shows.

Kingsley-Daniels says at the time of being kicked out they had already started getting exposure and have performed in some local recognised shows.

She wants to retrieve that and continue showcasing the young talent.

Kingsley-Daniels is a school teacher in Bridgetown and was inspired by her love for children and art to create a platform where talented young people can meet and talk in one language.

She started it as a profit-making company but because she saw the passion from children and was advised by an influential community leader to consider moving it to where it was most needed, she made the change to a NPO.

Little did she know there would be no support. “He promised to support me and make it a community project for the benefit of the children. He did not keep his promise,” Kingsley-Daniels said.

“It is sad that for some unknown reason children cannot freely do what they love. Some come from far and find it risky to walk to my place. One was robbed. I cannot continue letting them take that risk,” she says.

Kingsley-Daniels says the NPO was making a positive impact on the lives of the children as she says one even stopped smoking and expressed his dreams and love for art.

“I have recently found out he is smoking again. These children have nothing to do after school and the theatre was their go-to spot; they had something to look forward to,” Kingsley-Daniels says.

She says she tried to get answers about this from Moses with no luck.

People’s Post tried to get a comment from ward councillor Anthony Moses. At the time of going to print he had not replied to a query sent to him or returned calls.V To help the NPO call Joeline Anastachia Kingsley-Daniels on 074 339 9525.

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