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Wednesday, September 2, 2009


(Pic: Winner Joel Wilmot (centre) with Stable Theatre board members Madoda Mtshali (chairman), Thuli Dumakude, Ramoll Bugwandeen and Caroline Smart and Administrator and Production Manager Mandla Mlotshwa)

Joel Wilmot wins Stable Theatre logo competition.

The Stable Theatre complex in Johannes Nkosi Street (formerly Alice Street) is now supported by the KZN Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism. After a lengthy transformation process, the venue is now operating as a Section 21 company under a new management structure with stricter financial controls. The theatre itself has an upgraded lighting system and offers performance and rehearsal space as well as an easily accessible venue for workshops, exhibitions or seminars.

In keeping with the new pro-active vision of Stable Theatre, the Board considered that the time had come to create a new logo. Without the budget to approach design houses or to present a cash reward, the decision was made to offer the competition to the students of the Vega Brand Communications School in Westville. The winner and the three runners-up would then have the valued opportunity of having their designs on show at the top contemporary art gallery artSPACE Durban for the period of a week alongside the work of established artists Martin Burnett and Di van Wyk.

Some 13 logos were submitted but it was Joel Wilmot’s design of an energetic dancing man with a trumpet and a guitar that won the competition.

“We offer our sincere thanks to Simon Morgan of Vega who facilitated the whole competition and also to Karen Bradtke of artSPACEdurban for her continued visionary support of the arts,” says Stable Theatre chairman, Madoda Mtshali.

Proudly bearing the new Stable Theatre logo, the letter in the frame is signed by all the board members and reads: “The Stable Theatre has recently undergone a transformation of management and identity and we would like to congratulate you for encapsulating in your design everything that the complex stands for in regards to the performing arts – energy, excitement, a joyous spirit and the capacity to move forward in a positive direction.”

More information from Mandla Mlotshwa at Stable Theatre on 031 309 2513