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Why theatre makers continue to need state and audience support

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In addition to taking their practice to radio, The Baxter Theatre is  calling on its patrons to support the theatre with donations. (Supplied)
In addition to taking their practice to radio, The Baxter Theatre is calling on its patrons to support the theatre with donations. (Supplied)

When South Africa moved from Level 5 to 4 of the state imposed lockdown in May, Arts24 reported how Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa,  said theatres and playhouses would be allowed to function for filming and broadcasting purposes only. 

Since then the country's theatre community has seen some industry altering developments. 

In June, the National Arts Festival went online, turning stages and exhibitions into audio recordings, Whatsapp groups, films, Zoom meet-ups and virtual rooms for audiences across the world. The virtual festival then extended its 11-day run (taking from 25 June to 5 July) into a 36-day period that will come to an end on 31 July.   

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