Theatre foyer her joy

BEING part of a group tasked with the urban regeneration of Port Elizabeth’s city centre is not easy, but the Mandela Bay Development Agency’s (MBDA) Dorelle Sapere is facing the challenge with aplomb.

The architect and artist chose the Pemads Little Theatre’s reception area at the Athenaeum in Belmont Terrace, Central as her favourite room.

Sapere, who is MBDA planning and development manager, said she chose the room because it represented “the hard work that went into securing the Athenaeum and refurbishing it” by the team she worked with at the MBDA.

The room forms part of the Pemads (Port Elizabeth Music and Drama Society) theatre which has a rich history, dating back to the 1850s when it was first opened.

Now, the room is splashed in a myriad of colours and artwork done by first year students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University which Sapere said was a “concerted effort to bring art and dramatic arts together”.

My style in five words: Uncluttered, alternative, eco-conscious and fun.

On my wish-list: A fabulous painting.

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