Looking for things to do in Cape Town? Alexander Upstairs is an 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. We often schedule more than one performance per night so please check times carefully when booking.

Play Things

Open-mic performance, writing, film & music • Running Time: 70 mins
Joy Smith, Lyndal Caine, Khanya Mashabela, Dani and the Lion, Jason Jacobs, Christopher MacArthur, and Matthew King
Warning: Running time may vary drastically
Surprises. The unexpected. The unforeseen. If these words fill you with dread then Play Things is not for you. Play Things is a platform for the odd, the eclectic, the unpredictable. It's an open-mic night of multiple genres and styles... we have poetry and comedy, drama and dancing, film and shenanigans. What will you see this time?

I don't know.

Meanwhile downstairs it's  SINGLE MALT MONDAY - all single malts are R30 a tot!

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Mon 1st Jun 8pm R30 (R20 online)

Dani and the Lion

Cabaret • Running Time: 65 mins
Performance, music & lyrics by Daneel van der Walt | Performance & musical arrangement by Roelof Colyn | Direction & design by Jason Potgieter | Presented by the Instant Arts Collective
Ever thought what it might be like if everyone had their own personal band following them around from birth, playing the soundtrack to their life? Some might have a 3-piece garage set, some a full orchestra, others a mariachi quartet. Dani (Daneel van der Walt) has Leo (Roelof Colyn). Leo is a depressed lion who plays the keys and occasionally offers a \"do-whup\" or an \"oooh-wah\" if he's sober enough to sing. Together, Dani and the Lion present a 65 minute cabaret-styled journey into the mind of a rather charming and somewhat quirky chick, featuring all new work by Daneel herself and a couple of covers that will get you laughing, clapping, sighing and maybe even bebopping too.

Book for Dani and the Lion by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 3rd Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 4th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 5th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online)


Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and directed by Philip Rademeyer, Presented by Rust Co-Operative, Performed by Stefan Erasmus and Jason Jacobs
Presented by the award-winning Rust Co-Operative, Ashes is a hard-hitting two-hander chronicling the life of a young gay man through the eyes of six characters. It explores his small-town upbringing, his entrance into adulthood and the excitement and thrill of first love. A sudden, violent event ruptures the world of the characters, forcing them to pick up the pieces in the void that remains. Inspired by actual events, Ashes examines family, love, and the scourge of violence against gay lives in our country.

Presented by the dynamic Rust Co-Operative team of Philip Rademeyer and Penelope Youngleson, the creators of award-winning works such as The View (winner of two awards at International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards), Siembamba (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, played at Amsterdam Fringe Festival) and Expectant (Standard Bank Ovation Award, played at Afrovibes Festival). Ashes features the exciting talents of rising stars Stefan Erasmus and Jason Jacobs. 
The impetus for Ashes is the ongoing violence against gays and lesbians in our country, specifically three excessively violent attacks on young gay men in the Western and Northern Cape in 2014 (which mostly remained unreported in the mainstream media) – in one particular instance an assailant called over a group of teenagers to watch as he was “going to kill a moffie.” With Ashes, the writer examines systemic homophobia and the scourge of violence against young gay lives in our country, deftly exploring the thin line between the personal and the political. Ashes is an intimate theatrical piece, serving as a reminder that individual lives are not isolated events but part of the social fabric, intricately woven up with and into other lives.

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 28th May 2015 CapeTowner Article

Book for Ashes by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 4th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 5th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 6th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 8th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 9th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 10th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 11th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 12th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 13th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 15th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 16th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 17th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 18th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 19th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 20th Jun 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Black Prophet Down

Drama - Staged Reading • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by Kim Kerfoot | Written by Ian Tucker | Performed by Brendon Daniels & Rebecca Makin Taylor
A staged reading of the new political text-in-development by Ian Tucker. A fast thinking, fast talking political drama, "Black Prophet Down" is a new South African play, set in the United States of America, telling a story of global significance.
Kim Kerfoot took his degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town, specialising in Theatremaking. He graduated top of his class with distinction in 2007. While studying, he directed and co-created Hope Lies…which was performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, at the UCT Arena Theatre in Cape Town and at the Odin Teatret in Denmark. Since graduating Kim has worked with some of South Africa’s top companies and theatre practitioners including Mandla Mbothwe, Christopher Weare, Magnet Theatre, ZANews (the award-winning satirical puppet news program) and FTH:K (From The Hip: Khulumakhale is a multiple award-winning non-verbal, visual theatre company that integrates deaf and hearing artists). He has also presented original work as part of the Iqonga platform at the Out The Box Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2011, creating and performing in Left Inside, and creating and directing Lynchpin and Guillotine. In 2011 Kim received the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary and used it to stage Athol Fugard’s Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act. The production received 5 star reviews as well as accolades from Athol Fugard himself, before transferring to the Fugard Theatre in early 2012, where it had a sold-out extended run. It was also a part of the critically acclaimed Assembly South African Season on the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. In March 2013 Kim received the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards for his direction of Statements. His subsequent direction of Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys at the Fugard Theatre in March 2013 was equally well received. As part of his ongoing creative partnership with Jason Potgieter, Kim directed Potgieter’s The Things You Left Behind at the Intimate Theatre in December 2010, January 2012, and again at the South African National Arts Festival in July 2013 where it won one of only six Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards. Kim’s production of Jon Keevy’s Get Kraken! also won a Standard Bank Ovation Award and was commended for innovation in physical theatre. In 2014Kim participated in the Director’s Lab at the Lincoln Center, and devised and directed the play Inherent End in London with Tamarin McGinley. In 2015 Inherent End had a successful season at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre in Cape Town.

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Sat 6th Jun 3pm R60 (R50 online)


Sleight of Hand • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Stuart Lightbody | Written by Stuart Lightbody & Tara Notcutt | Directed by Tara Notcutt
Warning: May blow your mind
Just back from Fringe World Perth where "Devilish" was nominated for the Theatre Award!

They say that the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. Well, Stuart Lightbody remains unconvinced.

From the creators of the Illusive, which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Creative Award at the Prague Fringe Festival comes a diabolical mix of sleight of hand artistry and psychological illusion filled with secrets and confessions. Whether you’ve danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, or just want to flirt with something wicked, come and take a seat with Stuart Lightbody: he has a story to tell…
“Stuart Lightbody [is a] sleight of hand extraordinaire” – Cape Argus (2009)

“Stuart Lightbody is a well spoken affable young man, lucky to be alive in the 21st century – otherwise he’d be burned as a witch.” - Adelaide Advertiser (2013)

“Every part of the performance is breathtaking and so elegantly executed you find yourself, if only for a moment, believing in magic.” – Cape Times (2013)

“…everyone he invites up onto the stage becomes part of a quite amazing disruption of everyday belief” – Adelaide Advertiser (2013)

“… he replaces normal human gullibility with an awestruck sense that what you have seen has to be magic” – Adelaide Advertiser (2013)

“Sleight-of-hand gets a shot of elegant theatricality courtesy of performer Stuart Lightbody…” – Cape Argus (2013)

“…beautifully impossible while still being impossibly beautiful.” – Cape Argus (2013)

“… an unreal experience that relies on pure artistry to entertain.” – Cape Argus (2013)

Book for Devilish by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 8th Jun 9pm R100 (R80 online) Tue 9th Jun 9pm R100 (R80 online) Wed 10th Jun 9pm R100 (R80 online) Thu 11th Jun 9pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 12th Jun 9pm R120 (R90 online): Hurry! Only 16 tickets left! Sat 13th Jun 9pm R110 (R90 online)

Violet Online

Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed by Lynita Crofford | Directed by Megan Furniss
How can a divorce, being over forty and single, dating, being broke, having a thing for grammar and spelling, and an ever present tingling between the thighs be so utterly, delightfully delicious?

Violet, who certainly isn’t a shrinking one, makes it so. Recently divorced, she barges into the world of cyber dating, Scrabble sex (you heard it here first), a midlife Brazilian wax discovery, crossing the colour barrier, struggles with clothes, and smouldering real time sex with virtual strangers. Violet lives and learns, dispenses advice and confesses all in a delightfully unselfconscious way.

Gorgeous Cape Town Actress Lynita Crofford comes back to The Alexander stage as Violet. Violet is modern, sexy, funny and confident. And, quite simply, she is looking for love. Or sex. Or love and sex. And she does it all in her own tongue in his cheek way.

Violet Online is based on blog posts by a well known, anonymous, over 40, mother, ex wife, grammar fiend.
Megan Furniss directs. After a sold-out run here last year, and another at The Kalk Bay Theatre Violet Online comes back to The Alexander with a quick run before heading off to the NAF. If you have managed to miss her, now is the time to catch her, or for those of you who fell in love with her, you get to see her again.

Press & Reviews

Book for Violet Online by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 15th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 16th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 17th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 18th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 19th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 20th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online)
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This Monday

Play Things
Open-mic performance, writing, film & music
1 Jun 8pm

This Wednesday

OMG Quiz Night
3 Jun 8pm

Dani and the Lion
3 Jun 9pm


OMG Quiz Night
Wed 10 8pm
Wed 17 8pm
Wed 24 8pm

Dani and the Lion
Fri 5 9pm

Fri 5 7pm
Sat 6 7pm
Mon 8 7pm
Tue 9 7pm
Wed 10 7pm
Thu 11 7pm
Fri 12 7pm
Sat 13 7pm
Mon 15 7pm
Tue 16 7pm
Wed 17 7pm
Thu 18 7pm
Fri 19 7pm
Sat 20 7pm

Black Prophet Down
Drama - Staged Reading
Sat 6 3pm

Sleight of Hand
Mon 8 9pm
Tue 9 9pm
Wed 10 9pm
Thu 11 9pm
Fri 12 9pm
Sat 13 9pm

Test Show
Sat 13 8pm

Violet Online
Mon 15 9pm
Tue 16 9pm
Wed 17 9pm
Thu 18 9pm
Fri 19 9pm
Sat 20 9pm


OMG Quiz Night
Wed 1 8pm
Wed 8 8pm

This Thursday

Dani and the Lion
4 Jun 9pm

4 Jun 7pm

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