Just as the Catalina aircraft, after which the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf has been named, is an intrinsic part of Durban (and South Africa’s) history so too are the productions which take to its stage.
Created to be the voice of Durban’s playwrights, poets and musicians, Catalina UnLtd is constantly on the search for new works – and this is what makes Catalina unique! Not to mention the setting, which is probably the most beautiful in the city with its panoramic views of the harbour.
Whether it is comedy or drama, musical theatre or poetry you are promised a theatrical journey of a lifetime. So let your imagination take flight each and every time you visit the Catalina. Take a mental note of all who showcase their productions for this is a stepping stone into the annals of Durban’s theatrical history.
At Catalina there is a seat in our house to suit every artistic taste and personality.
The Catalina Theatre was one of the first businesses to open its doors at Durban’s iconic Wilson’s Wharf. Since its inception the theatre has sought to stage a variety of artistic works with the specific aim and intention of bringing these new artitsic works (and the artists involved) into the public eye – an extremely difficult and challenging task.
The company was registered as a Not For Profit Company in 2006 so that it can better serve its development goals. We are incredibly grateful to RCL Foods, Themi Venturas, Ethekwini Municipality and the Department of Arts and Culture KZN for the funding that they give. Without their assistance, the shear cost of operating a theatre in the city would ensure the company’s closure and we surely wouldn’t be able to do as much good for the artists and the arts industry in Durban.
The theatre is undoubtedly a continual work in progress and we continually push forward incrementally as skills and funds allow. Our hearts are open and so are our doors.