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Saturday, June 1, 2013


Aardklop National Arts Festival brings the award winning production Sunday Morning  performed by James Cunningham) to KZN in aid of the Theatre Benevolent Fund.

From June 2 to 6, the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival personnel will cycle hundreds of kilometres in aid of the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF).

As part of the fundraising process, Clover Aardklop brings an award-winning play, Sunday Morning written by Nick Warren and performed by James Cunningham, to the Catalina Theatre in Durban as well as to the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in the Midlands.

The TBF is a charity organisation and was founded 50 years ago with the vision of helping deserving arts and showbiz professionals of every genre and every creative discipline, in their time of need. Currently the TBF permanently cares for more than 20 aged, destitute and desperately infirm entertainment industry professionals.

Andries Vrey, CEO of Clover Aardklop, says the aim with the cycle tour is not only to raise money for the TBF, but it is also a campaign to raise awareness of the TBF’s selfless work. “Without artists, festivals won’t exist. While we create opportunities for young artists to find their feet in the industry, we should not forget about the artists that were part of the industry for many decades.”

Sunday Morning has received numerous award nominations, namely Best New South African Script and Best Actor in a Solo Performance at The Fleur du Cap. Best Production, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Lighting at the Naledi Awards, also winning the Fleur du Cap for Best Actor in a Solo Performance.

It deals with a successful photographer who has his life exactly how he likes it - ordered, neat, and beautifully composed - until the day his girlfriend tells him she is pregnant. In an attempt to process this disturbing information, he goes out for a run. Straying from his regular route, he ventures into a strange part of the city where he makes a gruesome discovery that changes everything.

Those who want to make a further contribution can simply SMS “TBF” to 40770 until June 10. A SMS costs R20.

Sunday Morning will have performances on:

June 6 at 19h00 at Catalina Theatre, Durban. Tickets R80 a from Computicket on

June 7 at 19h30 at Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse, KZN Midlands. Tickets R80 from Angela Jonsson at email: theatre@michaelhouse.orgor on 033 234 1314 (weekdays between 08h00 and 13h00). For more information contact Chrizanda van Wyk on 084 831 3142.

(See Margaret von Klemperer’s review of “Sunday Morning” for artSMart on