Cate Theatre - Port Elizabeth
Founding and early history
Cate Theatre is the name of the Port Elizabeth Technical College auditorium situated on their Summerstrand campus. The theatre was equipped at a cost of R320 000. The college was incorporated into the University of Port Elizabeth, later known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and is now known simply as Nelson Mandela University.
The theatre was opened on September 11, 1974, with the staging of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's drama, The Heiress. The drama is about an unattractive spinster who turns the tables on a money-hungry suitor, was directed by Dorothy Sutherland. The presentation of The Heiress was by Cate's hockey club as a fundraiser. Dorothy Sutherland was asked by the club to direct the play. The inaugural use was for a seminar of the Master Builders’ Association under the aegis of the college.
Aims and function
Impact on SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Eastern Province Herald newspaper clipping: August 27, 1974.
Evening Post newspaper clipping August 27, 1974.
Original Theatre programme of The Heiress, 1974.
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