Look­ing for things to do in Cape Town? Alexan­der Upstairs is a well-equipped inti­mate per­for­mance space com­pletely sep­a­rate from the bar area with a festival-style pro­gram­ming model fea­tur­ing drama, com­edy, cabaret, jazz, acoustic ses­sions, read­ings and more.

For Generations

Drama | Running Time: 55 mins
Written & performed by Kurt Egelhof
For Generations is an energetic one person show that has been running since 2008, enjoying a national and international tour in formal and informal theatre venues. Kurt Egelhof uses the technique of autobiography to tell a universal story about the legacy we leave for our children's children for generations to come. Who would think a WW2 veteran could produce a future Protea captain of color, and that they would experience the almost identical life path in two totally different worlds?

"a riveting biography, which holds the audience spellbound" - Maurice Kort, artSMART
Kurt Egelhof graduated from the UKZN in 1980 with a B.A. in Speech and Drama, in a time when South Africa had no place for artists or actors of colour - the numerous offers to play racially caricatured degenerates not withstanding. Somehow Kurt was able to carve out a respectable career as an actor in pre-and-post apartheid SA, and to garner international recognition for his professional standards and expertise. For Generations is the story of that story!

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Fri 25th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 26th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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The Phax Trio

Brass Instrumental | Running Time: 60 mins
Alto Saxophone & Clarinet: Shaun Acker | Euphonium: Andrea Fisher-Jeffes | Baritone Saxophone: Levi Alexander | Composed by Shaun Acker & Andrea Fisher-Jeffes
Witness this band leading you through some of their sultriest and hair-raising Contra-Balkan, Hosh-Klezmer and Parisian peep show inspired music. A powerful wind triumvirate comprising Eu(PH)onium and two S(AX)ophones formed by the alumni principal players of the South African National Youth Orchestra: Shaun Acker, Andrea Fisher-Jeffes and Levi Alexander. Original compositions.






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Sat 26th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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A Certain Lady

Theatre – Solo Performance | Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Gregory Karvellas | Performed by Emily Child | Based on the short stories of Dorothy Parker with thanks to the NAACP for the use of Ms Parker's work
Based on the short stories of American literary icon, Dorothy Parker, A Certain Lady explores the heart of a woman in the 1920’s. Through five interwoven stories, the play examines a woman of wit living in the Jazz Age and her relationships with men, whiskey and the waltz. Dry, dark and sarcastic, A Certain Lady says what we wish we could at a dinner party and what we never should say on the telephone. Directed by Greg Karvellas, the acclaimed director of Champ and The Frontiersmen, and performed by award-winning actress and member of The Mechanicals Collective, Emily Child, A Certain Lady is an unsentimental, painfully funny and unromantic look at romance, taxi rides and disobedient garters…

 

Emily Child graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting.  Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed theatre troupe The Mechanicals, whose work has garnered her numerous Fleur Du Cap award nominations. Her recent work includes Shakespeare's “LEAR” directed by Guy De Lancey,  “CHAMP” by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas which she performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2013, as well as Marc Camoletti’s  farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner” directed by Steven Stead, which toured Johannesburg and Cape Town. In December 2013 Emily was part of LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground and Mechanicals’ co-production  “Urban Death”, directed by Jana Wimer. On screen Emily can be seen in the online Mockumentary series pilot “Armed Response” which just won the best short film at the SHNIT International Festival.

 Greg Karvellas is a UCT alumni who studied under Christopher Weare, Mark Fleishman, Liz Mills and Geoffrey Hyland. Greg has worked as a director, producer, actor and production manager in theatre, film and television for over ten years. He is the co-owner (with Louis Viljoen) of Dark Red Productions which has produced the plays “The Abusers” (director), “The Bile Boys” (actor), “The Frontiersmen” (director) and “The Verbalists” (designer), as well as the feature film “Cowboy” (actor). Greg also directed the hit play “CHAMP”, which ran at Artscape, the Fugard Theatre, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.

 

 



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Mon 28th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Thu 31st Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Fri 1st Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 2nd Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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After Dark - a burlesque story

Burlesque Theatre Show | Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Directed by Sapphire Supreme, St. Fox & Diva Disastar | Produced by Black Orchid Burlesque | Starring: The Black Orchids, Diva Disastar, Miss B.have, Bon Bon & Dear James | Hosted by Tony Shine, our brave narrator
Warning: Mature audiences only - no under 18s please!
As the sun goes down, so do the inhibitions of our favourite Burlesque beauties!

Black Orchid Burlesque invites you to embark on a tale of mystery and intrigue with all the razzle and dazzle of the theatre. Think femme fatales wrapped up delicately in glamour, silk and stockings, using their weapons of mass distraction to entertain and excite you!

We dare you to take a walk on the wild side... after all, the best things happen After Dark!
Enjoy the opulence and arresting sophistication of these beauteous ladies of burlesque, as they playfully tease and titillate you. Featuring everything from extravagant feather fan shows to giant feather boas, this show is packed full of classy cabaret acts. Join us as we celebrate the golden age of vintage burlesque by paying homage to the iconic props strategically used to beguile and bewitch audiences across the decades.

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Fri 1st Aug 11pm R120 (R100 online)
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The Funeral: What The Silence Is For

Theatre / Drama | Running Time: 60 mins
Director Mpapa Simo Majola | Assistant director Modise Sekgothe | Starring Billy Langa, Obakeng Makhutle & Mpapa Simo Majola | Written by Modise Sekgothe & Mpapa Simo Majola
Mbongeni and Thomas find themselves in a predicament after the death of their friend Elijah. They're left with the task of handling every aspect of the funeral by themselves but Elijah also left them with strange demands and instructions.

Mixing theatre techniques, poetry and music to create a unique performance style, The Funeral is a meditation on the changing thinking and traditions around death in South Africa.

‘’This young director is reaching for the stars’’, if you have not seen his play The Funeral I would prompt you waste no time and find out where they will be showing next. ­ - Dikgang Dube, Daily Sun

The Funeral is the best poetical show I have seen so far, their beautiful poetry accompanied by grounded acting makes this epic body of work a must see. –Neil Coppen,­ Think Theatre


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Mon 11th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Wed 13th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Thu 14th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Fri 15th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 16th Aug 3pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 16th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Carla Conradie & Natasha Meister

Acoustic/Folk-Rock | Running Time: 80 mins
Come join the inspiring Natasha Meister (CAN) and Carla Conradie (SA) as these songstresses promise a night of passion, heartfelt lyrics and pure musical genius in one of Cape Town’s most intimate and magical venues: The Alexander Bar, Café & Theatre.





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Sat 9th Aug 9pm R75 (R60 online)
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The Modern African

Satire | Running Time: 60 mins
Written & performed by Thoko Masikini
Would you be able to spot the African if they walked into a room? Probably not! There have been many false assumptions that have been circulating in recent years regarding who and what the African is. And now the time has come for the truth to emerge. A species unlike any other: this lecture sheds a light on the identity of the African in the 21st century. Prepare to be enlightened.
Growing up in Malawi and coming to South Africa to study Acting, the question as to whether I am an African has circulated in my mind for many years. Yes I am black and yes I have lived my entire life on the African continent but my heart doesn't feel African. This show does not attempt to define what being African is but rather it creates a space in which I as an artist can think out loud as to why it is I feel what I feel. And why it is I do what I do.

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Mon 11th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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Wed 13th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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Mon 18th Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Wed 20th Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Thu 21st Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Fri 22nd Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 23rd Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Vittorio's Secret

Stand-Up Comedy | Running Time: 75 mins
Written, directed and performed by Vittorio Leonardi
Warning: Language
Vittorio Leonardi has taken it upon himself to reveal the immortal secret of relationships... as soon as he finds a lady to tell him what it is.

After 15 years in stand-up comedy, few of them knowing the love of a woman, he has had plenty time to build up desperation, loneliness and depression.

He's also fixated on the relationships between the sexes and wonders why, on occasion, they tend to resemble the last moments of the Hindenberg.

Now, in his first one-man show, he turns his cartooned, surreal eye to the things luckier people take for granted.
The show is about relationships, specifically my experiences on the battlefield of the heart and the survivors tales I've been told.

It's a personal collection of observations that I want to share about what I've seen myself and many others do in an attempt to find someone special - Miss Right and on occasion, Miss Right Now.

In the end, the message is that it's OK for them to ask "Can we still be friends?" and that it's perfectly fine to respond with, "No thanks, I already have a dog."

The Box Show Review - http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=35152

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Thu 14th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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Fri 15th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 16th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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The Kingmakers

Dark comedy | Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Louis Viljoen | Designed by Greg Karvellas | Performed by Pierre Malherbe, Brendon Daniels and Rebecca Makin-Taylor
Warning: Explicit language
The Kingmakers follows a group of opposition-party strategists as they attempt to a neutral party member in contention for leadership. After an internal power struggle leaves them out in the cold and on the fringes of the party, they come up with a plan to shape an seemingly ambition-less, but well-respected politician into a leader. With the help of a rising corporation seeking political clout and possible government contracts, the stage is set for a merciless power grab and perhaps a chance at revenge.
This dark political comedy is written and directed by Louis Viljoen, the award winning writer of the critically acclaimed plays Champ and The Frontiersmen. It is set in the familiar world of skullduggery, backstabbing, one-upmanship, disloyalty, blackmail and profiteering, otherwise known as South African politics. Our three heroes spend their days making sure the system works for no one except the lucky few or the ones who can afford to do as they please. But after years of working &subid=g-511165-9f4eecd2716842c9b52a0c037c621a09-&data_itn_test=20140717_c1&data_tagname=DIV” id=“_GPLITA_13” href=”#”>in the dark and the cold, finan­cially speak­ing, they con­spire to get some­thing for them­selves, whether it be gold or power. Never mind the body count.

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Mon 25th Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online)
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Today (Fri­day)

For Gen­er­a­tions
Drama
7pm


Tomor­row (Saturday)

For Gen­er­a­tions
Drama
7pm

The Phax Trio
Brass Instru­men­tal
9pm


This Mon­day

A Cer­tain Lady
The­atre – Solo Per­for­mance
28 Jul 7pm


This Tues­day

A Cer­tain Lady
The­atre – Solo Per­for­mance
29 Jul 7pm


This Wednes­day

A Cer­tain Lady
The­atre – Solo Per­for­mance
30 Jul 7pm


July

A Cer­tain Lady
The­atre – Solo Per­for­mance
Thu 31 7pm


August

A Cer­tain Lady
The­atre – Solo Per­for­mance
Fri 1 7pm
Sat 2 7pm

After Dark — a bur­lesque story
Bur­lesque The­atre Show
Fri 1 9pm 11pm

The Funeral: What The Silence Is For
The­atre / Drama
Tue 5 7pm
Wed 6 7pm
Mon 11 7pm
Tue 12 7pm
Wed 13 7pm
Thu 14 7pm
Fri 15 7pm
Sat 16 3pm 7pm

Carla Con­radie & Natasha Meis­ter
Acoustic/Folk-Rock
Sat 9 9pm

The Mod­ern African
Satire
Mon 11 9pm
Tue 12 9pm
Wed 13 9pm
Mon 18 8pm
Tue 19 8pm
Wed 20 8pm
Thu 21 8pm
Fri 22 8pm
Sat 23 8pm

Vittorio’s Secret
Stand-Up Com­edy
Thu 14 9pm
Fri 15 9pm
Sat 16 9pm

The King­mak­ers
Dark com­edy
Mon 25 7pm
Tue 26 7pm


Sep­tem­ber

The King­mak­ers
Dark com­edy
Tue 2 7pm
Wed 3 7pm
Thu 4 7pm 7pm
Fri 5 7pm
Sat 6 7pm
Mon 8 7pm
Tue 9 7pm
Wed 10 7pm
Thu 11 7pm
Fri 12 7pm
Sat 13 7pm


For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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