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.

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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Wed 23rd Apr 9pm R90 (R75 online)
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Fri 25th Apr 9pm R90 (R75 online)
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Mon 28th Apr 8pm R90 (R75 online)
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Tue 29th Apr 8pm R90 (R75 online)
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Wed 30th Apr 8pm 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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Thu 24th 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. 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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Civil Parting

Comedy | Running Time: 55 mins
Pieter Bosch Botha and Shaun Acker. Directed by Zanne Solomon. Written by Nicholas Spagnoletti.

Nominated for Fleur du Cap for Best New Script and director Zanne Solomon nominated for Best New Director!

Civil Parting is a savagely funny comedy-drama about two men getting divorced. Glenn and Jean-Pierre have been married for seven years, as long as gay marriage has been legal in South Africa. Things have soured between them but since they are professional, respectable members of the community, they have resolved to divorce amicably. As they are kept waiting alone together in the divorce lawyer's reception, the cracks in their cordiality begin to show.

Catch this brief run before the dysfunctional couple jet off to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

"Deliciously biting comedy" - Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent
"[An] acutely observed portrait of relationship failure... the dialogue positively crackles... doesn't exoticise the phenomenon; it turns out the ending of a gay relationship looks much the same as the ending of a straight one " - Rebecca Davis, The Times
"Deliciously funny... believable characters... impeccable sense of dialogue" - Tracey Saunders, Cape Times


Zanne Solomon has a Masters Degree in Drama from Rhodes University, and has most recently performed in an acclaimed Cape Town and National Arts Festival run of Yasmina Reza's The Unex­pected Man, which she also pro­duced and directed along with Shaun Acker. Their pro­duc­tion received a Stan­dard Bank Ova­tion award.

Shaun Acker is also a Rhodes grad­u­ate with both a bach­e­lor of music and mas­ters degree in drama. As an actor he works both on stage (Get Kraken, The Unex­pected Man) and screen (Black Sails, Women in Love BBC). As an aer­ial dance the­o­rist his work is pub­lished at The Uni­ver­sity of Cir­cus and Dance in Swe­den. As a musi­cian he has com­posed for the late play­wright Reza De Wet.

Pieter Bosch Botha recently appeared on stage in Cape Town, Joburg and Gra­ham­stown in his critically-acclaimed show Fully Com­mit­ted in which he por­trayed 36 dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. He is also some­thing of a the­atre all-rounder hav­ing directed 19 pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions to date.

Nicholas Spag­no­letti is best known for his hit play Lon­don Road which won him a Fleur du Cap and the Olive Schreiner Prize and recently toured to the Edin­burgh Fringe as part of The Assembly’s SA Sea­son. His play Spe­cial Thanks to Guests from Afar was pro­duced by Artscape and had two runs in Cape Town before tour­ing to the National Arts Fes­ti­val this year. He also works as a soft­ware devel­oper and co-owns Alexan­der Bar which houses Cape Town’s buzzing micro-theatre Alexan­der Upstairs.

More of what the press had to say:

’n seker tre­f­fer. Civil Part­ing gaan egter gehore se lagspiere én traankliere nog lank prikkel.” — Marina Griebenow, Die Burger

Civil Part­ing will appeal to any­one who knows what the dete­ri­o­ra­tion of a rela­tion­ship feels like… the show’s actors are ded­i­cated, ver­sa­tile (pun intended) and a joy to watch… pre­dom­i­nantly a com­edy of deli­ciously bitchy one lin­ers [but also with] sev­eral unex­pected moments of vul­ner­a­bil­ity” — Steyn du Toit, Sun­day Independent

“The plot unfolds beau­ti­fully, allow­ing us glimpses into the char­ac­ters’ shared pasts and their cur­rent endeav­ours, and it cli­maxes in the most epic of break­downs.” — Mar­ilu Sny­ders, Artslink.co.za

Every­thing about Civil Part­ing is agile” — Rebecca Davis, The Times



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Tue 6th May 7pm R100 (R90 online)
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Wed 7th May 7pm R100 (R90 online)
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Thu 8th May 7pm R100 (R90 online)
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Fri 9th May 7pm R100 (R90 online)
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Steal­ing the Show: Bette Midler

Cabaret | Run­ning Time: 55 mins
per­formed by Lucy Tops | direc­tion by Garth Tavares | writ­ten by Jon Keevy
Bette Midler started off singing in bath­houses and went on to fill sta­di­ums. Her charm, tal­ent and humil­ity raise her above other divas and secure her place in many people’s hearts which is exactly why we are sell­ing tick­ets to a trib­ute show. Join Lucy Tops as a luck­less and des­per­ate diva dis­cov­er­ing the rea­sons why Bette’s music has the power to move us like no other in the small­est the­atre in Cape Town, a very long way from Las Vegas.
This is the first show in Alexan­der Upstairs’ own trib­ute series ’Steal­ing the Show’, a shame­less move on our part to cash in on musi­cal leg­ends like Bette. If there’s some­one you’d like to see on our stage send us a sug­ges­tion at stealingtheshow@jonkeevy.com and we’ll see what we can do…


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Tue 6th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Thu 8th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Fri 9th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Sat 10th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Mon 12th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Tue 13th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Wed 14th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Thu 15th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Fri 16th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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Sat 17th May 9pm R100 (R85 online)
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between

The­atre | Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Writ­ten by Oskar Brown | Directed by Geof­fery Hyland | Per­formed by Oskar Brown & 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…


Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Mon 19th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Tue 20th May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Wed 21st May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Thu 22nd May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Fri 23rd May 7pm R110 (R90 online)
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Sat 24th 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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Wed 28th 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 (Wednes­day)

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Mag­i­cal The­atre
7pm

Dirty Words
Mag­i­cal The­atre
9pm


Tomor­row (Thursday)

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Mag­i­cal The­atre
7pm

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


This Fri­day

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Mag­i­cal The­atre
25 Apr 7pm

Dirty Words
Mag­i­cal The­atre
25 Apr 9pm


This Sat­ur­day

Stu­art Light­body — Illu­sive
Mag­i­cal The­atre
26 Apr 7pm

Clouds Like Waves
Mag­i­cal The­atre
26 Apr 3pm


This Mon­day

Dirty Words
Sketch Com­edy
28 Apr 8pm


April

Dirty Words
Sketch Com­edy
Tue 29 8pm
Wed 30 8pm


May

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

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

Civil Part­ing
Cuban, Salsa, Reg­gae, Soul
Tue 6 7pm
Wed 7 7pm
Thu 8 7pm
Fri 9 7pm

Steal­ing the Show: Bette Midler
Cuban, Salsa, Reg­gae, Soul
Tue 6 9pm
Wed 7 9pm
Thu 8 9pm
Fri 9 9pm
Sat 10 9pm
Mon 12 9pm
Tue 13 9pm
Wed 14 9pm
Thu 15 9pm
Fri 16 9pm
Sat 17 9pm

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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