Theatre, Drama, and Performance in Post-apartheid South Africa
Edited By Greg Homann and Marc Maufort
“Don’t start him on the funding question, ever.” Mark Fleishman and Jay Pather Talking to Geoffrey Davis and Anne Fuchs
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Mark Fleishman and Jay Pather Talking with Geoffrey Davis and Anne Fuchs in Toulouse, 8th June, 2013
GD: I happened to listen to your long stories this morning over breakfast and also yesterday. It might be interesting for us to hear something about the sort of problems you have with the Department of Arts and Culture, with cultural bureaucrats generally and how it has affected your work.
AF: Yes and there is another point. Yesterday I had been intending to ask a question about funding and the different kinds of funding and sponsorship, and what was the role of sponsorship and how sponsorship had changed, but then Mark said, “We don’t want to end with doom and gloom,” so I thought, “Oh dear, it’s not the right time.” I think there are the two aspects, your relations with the Arts and Culture people, obviously, and State funding, but also sponsorship. Because it seems to me that for instance, compared with somewhere like France, sponsorship plays an enormous part in South African theatre?
MF: You mean, sponsorship as in “commercial sponsorship”?
JP: Actually, commercial sponsorship took off on quite a few different layers, even before 1994, but it’s very sporadic and very tense. One of the big significant things is BASA,1 an organisation which is an incentive to sponsor. It brought all the corporate sponsors under...
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