About us

Our History

The George Society of Arts was formed as an adjunct to the National Council of Women in 1948. The Society consisted of a handful of members, under the guidance and inspiration of Mrs. Mary Heunis.

One or two plays were staged every year, in the Old Town Hall for a couple of nights at a time, drawing an average of 275 people to a production. With no sets of its own, the Society presented its plays against the three rather tatty Municipal backdrops – the kitchen scene, the baronial hall and the shady wood. 

In 1958, with the advent of Peter Painter’s interest, assistance and great skill, the Society became more ambitious and produced scenery for each play. 

Ultimately, with only R200 in the bank, the enthusiasm and support of members and the public of George, the Society leased an old cafe and converted it into an intimate theatre, seating under 100 persons. 

The original “Arts Theatre” was born in Davidson Road on December 5, 1962 and was opened by Prof. Donald Inskip, the vice principal of the University of Cape Town and Director of The Little Theatre from then until October, 1969. 

In 1969, the Society acquired a theatre of its own – the only amateur group in the Republic to do so. The new Arts Theatre was opened on April 26, 1969.

Our Commitee members

Chrisma Theron

Cindy Prinsloo

Carel Mouton

Gayle Botes

Alexander Venter

Chané Lombard

Candice Koen

Simoné Kleynhans

Erané van Zyl

Our Staff members

Quintin van Biljon

Jolien Pietersen

Sevi Botha

Rosemary Petersen

Rico Muller

“Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.” – Mason Cooley

Costume hire

Monday to Friday 9:00 - 16:00

Contact us for any queries or come and visit us at the George Arts Theatre.