Ms Camilla Rogers (centre) with her production
cast for the stage show Ashes To Ashes.

Postgraduate Arts student Ms Camilla Rogers and her production cast, are fund raising to participate at the 2015 Grahamstown National Arts Festival; where her production Ashes To Ashes will be performed.

‘We need to raise a substantial amount of money for my cast of seven and I to make our way to the festival, perform and return home,’ said Rogers.

‘We have therefore initiated fund raising with the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on 18 June for their show called 50 Carat Gold.’ 

This show will feature songs from the great rock and roll hits to songs by modern pop singers, to great South African hit songs to Afrikaans and even classical music.  Tickets for 50 Carat Gold are R145 each.

‘The only way we are sure to make a profit is if the public book the tickets through us. We have another fund raising committee called The R50 Challenge in which we ask people to give us R50 and in return they are guaranteed two tickets to our show Ashes To Ashes when we return to Durban after the Arts Festival in August,’ added Rogers.

Rogers, who is doing her honours in Directing, Acting and Opera Voice at UKZN, sees her directorial debut as part of her exploration journey. ‘The play is quite technical, with voice overs, projections and smoke machines being used. Characters and spoken of characters are metaphors for our Mother Nature and us as the people.’

‘There are references to our current political state and the characters are quite satirical in the way they are dressed as well as the things they do. My real challenge and hope is that I can put what I envision on stage.’ 

One of the cast members, Mr Sboniso Alex Msimango said, ‘I act as Tutu. I think out of all the characters in the play, he is the serious one and he likes to keep order.’

Another cast member, Ms Chanté du Plessis, who plays Lenny (Helen Zille) added, ‘I know our play will reach many audiences. Ashes To Ashes will be a play of change! I am excited to see the effects of our performance.’


*To support the Fundraiser at the Barnyard Theatre Gateway on the 18 June or to contribute to The R50 Challenge, please email Camilla Rogers at