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.

The Devil & Billy Markham

Epic Poem | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
writ­ten by Shel Sil­ver­stein | per­formed by Gra­ham Clarke
Gra­ham Clarke revives his award-winning per­for­mance of the late Amer­i­can author Shel Silverstein’s epic one-man com­edy poem. It is filled with a mix­ture of pro­fan­ity and pro­found wis­dom.

Billy Markham is an out of work blues singer. A boozer and loser, Billy is in a bar one evening where he is chal­lenged to a game of dice by the Devil; the stakes are his soul. It kicks off a esca­lat­ing game, tak­ing the char­ac­ters between Hell, Heaven and Nashville, and mov­ing from hilar­ity to poignant drama. The text is a lively cel­e­bra­tion of the Eng­lish lan­guage.

“Clarke is a com­pelling, mas­ter­ful and humor­ous story-teller… he holds the audi­ence in his grip with­out a fal­ter for an hour.” — Fiona Chisholm, Argus 2005
Gra­ham Clarke won the FNB Vita award for best com­edy per­for­mance in a one man show for this show in 1998.


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Sat 19th Apr 7pm R100 (R80 online)
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Dirty Words

Sketch Com­edy | Run­ning Time: 50 mins
Writ­ten by Jack Hard­cas­tle | per­formed by Ali­cia McCormick & Kim Ker­foot | cre­ated by Jon Keevy | assis­tant direc­tor Joanna Evans
Dirty Words was born in the fast and loose cru­cible that is Alexan­der Upstairs’ own monthly exper­i­men­tal plat­form, Play Things. Imme­di­ately it became a cult sen­sa­tion. Filthy, Explicit and incred­i­bly funny… Dirty Words pulls back the cov­ers on erot­ica, chat sex, dirty talk and naughty sexy gram­mar. In seven sketches Ali­cia and Kim turn up the raunch, slip­ping in sexy tongue twisters and bur­lesque shenani­gans.

Warn­ing: con­tains all the dirty words and also some almost nudity.

Ali­cia McCormick is the straight-laced alter ego of bur­lesque sen­sa­tion Cookie Von Tas­tee. You can usu­ally find Ali­cia onstage in plays like Dirty Words, An Absolute Turkey and Hitched. If she’s not there she’s either design­ing cos­tumes in the wardrobe or bak­ing up a storm.

Kim Ker­foot likes to tell peo­ple what to do, so he became a direc­tor which he’s been doing pro­fes­sion­ally for a num­ber of years on shows like State­ments Made After an Arrest under the Immoral­ity Act (Fleur Du Cap for Best New Direc­tor), Closer, and Get Kraken! (Stan­dard Bank Ova­tion Award at NAF 2013). But he’s also fond of turn-about so you can catch him in one of his rare onstage moments.

Jack Hard­cas­tle is a fic­tional rake and writer made up so Jon Keevy won’t feel too embar­rassed about writ­ing filthy, explicit things. Jack doesn’t blush.


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Sat 19th Apr 9pm R90 (R75 online)
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Stu­art Light­body — Illusive

Mag­i­cal The­atre | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Directed by Tara Not­cutt, writ­ten & per­formed by Stu­art Lightbody

Join multi-award win­ning magi­cian Stu­art Light­body in the Ova­tion Award win­ning show “Illu­sive” — Pure sleight of hand artistry, immersed in psy­chol­ogy and wrapped in imag­i­na­tion, this show deliv­ers an expe­ri­ence of won­der that is rare, beau­ti­ful and illu­sive.

“Every part of the per­for­mance is breath­tak­ing and so ele­gantly exe­cuted you find your­self, if only for a moment, believ­ing in magic.” – Cape Times

“His per­for­mance is mea­sured, grace­ful and unpre­ten­tious…” – Cape Times

“Sleight-of-hand gets a shot of ele­gant the­atri­cal­ity…” – Cape Argus

“… an unreal expe­ri­ence that relies on pure artistry to enter­tain.” – Cape Argus

“…beau­ti­fully impos­si­ble while still being impos­si­bly beau­ti­ful.” – Cape Argus



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Tue 22nd Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Wed 23rd Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Thu 24th Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Fri 25th Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Sat 26th Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)
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Lance Her­man: “Of Psy­che­delic Land­scapes & Red-Blooded-Vignettes”

Indie-Pop Music | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Lance Her­man singer-songwriter (of the eclec­tic Fly Paper Jet, and most recently of the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Art-Performance project ELIEZER) dips into his cat­a­logue of songs and com­po­si­tions to offer a unique selec­tion of psy­che­delic land­scapes and red-blooded-vignettes. “Slow-Gaze” “Chill-Step” “Dream-Pop” -  these are some tags to help describe Lance’s inim­itable style. In addi­tion to his lucid deliv­ery and skilled per­for­mance, for this par­tic­u­lar show Lance invites the audi­ence to a more inti­mate gaze of his cre­ative process, offer­ing sketches and dia­logues towards fur­ther illu­mi­na­tions of song­writ­ing craft.


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Thu 24th Apr 9pm R60 (R50 online)
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Clouds Like Waves

play read­ing | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
writ­ten by Megan Fur­niss | read by Jaci de Vil­liers, Tandi Buchan, Heather Mac, Nicole Franco, Char­lie Kee­gan & others
Clouds Like Waves is a brand new, strange, orig­i­nal play by Megan Fur­niss. It looks at long­ing, loss, love, acci­dents, vio­lence, death and bicy­cles in a ran­dom and per­sonal way. This event is a read­ing of that play.


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Sat 26th Apr 3pm R50 (R40 online)
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Docta Makumba

Cuban, Salsa, Reg­gae, Soul | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Per­formed by Eric Omba & Friends
Eric Omba & Friends are back with their unique blend of Cuban, Reg­gae, Salsa and Soul. Ready to set the crowd ablaze with all-new songs from their upcom­ing album “Docta Makumba”.
Eric Omba is the founder and com­poser of Eric Omba & Friends. Since their for­ma­tion in 2004, the band has trav­eled to Dubai, toured Africa for numer­ous fes­ti­vals, includ­ing South Africa’s 2010 Ubuntu Fes­ti­val. In 2011 they were hon­oured to play along­side Jimmi Dludlu, Steve New­man, Khoitrans, and more. The band played a show at Rock­ing the Daisies 2013, and are busy record­ing an album, “Docta Makumba”.



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Thu 1st May 8pm R80 (R65 online)
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That song by Lexi Frame

Singer-Songwriter | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Lexi Frame’s warm and emo­tion­ally haunt­ing music plays with the bor­ders of folk and pop. In this very per­sonal show Lexi shares her process, explor­ing what goes into writ­ing a song. Who inspires the melody and lyrics? When and where does it all begin? What’s the end goal? Lexi shares her answers to these ques­tions and more with an exclu­sive show about the sto­ries and inspi­ra­tion behind her music.



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Fri 2nd May 7pm R65 (R55 online)
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between

The­atre | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Writ­ten by Oskar Brown | Directed by Geof­fery Hyland | Per­formed by Oskar Bron & Nicholas Campbell
“Between” returns to Alexan­der Upstairs hav­ing toured exten­sively over the last year, play­ing to sold-out houses and stand­ing ova­tions.

“Between is very engag­ing, fast paced and SEXY… the­atre that explores aspects of male sex­u­al­ity rarely seen so hon­estly.”

This inti­mate story of a man’s life, loves and losses was nom­i­nated for BEST WRITING and BEST ACTOR at the Dublin Gay The­atre Fes­ti­val 2012

If you’re GAY then you MUST see this show!
If you’re STRAIGHT then you MUST see this show!
If you have ever been IN LOVE then you MUST see this show!
If you have ever had your HEART BROKEN then you MUST see this show!

IF YOU HAVE:
had SEX, NEVER had sex, KISSED a girl, kissed a boy, read a SONNET, never read a son­net, writ­ten a LOVE LETTER, had a CRUSH on a TEACHER, pre­tended to be BATMAN or ROBIN, found a DIRTY MAGAZINE, watched PORN, fought with a lover, con­soled a lover…


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Mon 19th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Mon 26th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Tue 27th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Thu 29th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Fri 30th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Sat 31st May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Today (Sat­ur­day)

The Devil & Billy Markham
Epic Poem
7pm

Dirty Words
Epic Poem
9pm


This Tues­day

Dirty Words
Sketch Com­edy
22 Apr 9pm

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Sketch Com­edy
22 Apr 7pm


This Wednes­day

Dirty Words
Sketch Com­edy
23 Apr 9pm

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Sketch Com­edy
23 Apr 7pm


April

Dirty Words
Sketch Com­edy
Fri 25 9pm

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Sketch Com­edy
Fri 25 7pm
Sat 26 7pm

Clouds Like Waves
Sketch Com­edy
Sat 26 3pm


This Thurs­day

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Mag­i­cal The­atre
24 Apr 7pm

Lance Her­man: “Of Psy­che­delic Land­scapes & Red-Blooded-Vignettes”
Mag­i­cal The­atre
24 Apr 9pm


May

Docta Makumba
Cuban, Salsa, Reg­gae, Soul
Thu 1 8pm

That song by Lexi Frame
Cuban, Salsa, Reg­gae, Soul
Fri 2 7pm

between
Cuban, Salsa, Reg­gae, Soul
Mon 19 7pm
Tue 20 7pm
Wed 21 7pm
Thu 22 7pm
Fri 23 7pm
Sat 24 7pm
Mon 26 7pm
Tue 27 7pm
Wed 28 7pm
Thu 29 7pm
Fri 30 7pm
Sat 31 7pm


For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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