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.
Official venue of the Cape Town Fringe

Alexan­der Bar is a par­tic­i­pat­ing venue of the first ever Cape Town Fringe run­ning from 25th Sep­tem­ber to 5th October

Lord of the Flings

Com­edy • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Writ­ten & Per­formed by Andrew Simp­son
Cape Town Fringe
Please note book­ing for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and there­fore Florin points and dis­counts do not apply.
What do you get when you mix some of the great­est movies ever made with SA pol­i­tics? The Must-See Com­edy of the Cape Town Fringe, of course! This hilar­i­ous satir­i­cal par­ody spoof tells the story of South Africa through hit movies like “Lord of the Rings”, “Star Wars”, “Harry Pot­ter”, “Twi­light” and “The Matrix”. A young hob­bit from Lower Earth must become a Wiz­ard Jedi, destroy an evil ring of power and defeat the evil Darth Duma. This “pow­er­ful”, “inspir­ing” and “bril­liant” show is writ­ten and per­formed by Andrew Simp­son – the cre­ator of “Ghost Story” and “To Kill a Koeksister”.



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Wed 1st Oct 4pm R90Fri 3rd Oct 2pm R90Sat 4th Oct 10pm R90Sun 5th Oct 12pm R90

The Fron­tiers­men

The­atre • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Writ­ten by Louis Viljoen | Directed by Greg Karvel­las | Per­formed by Nicholas Paul­ing & Mark Elderkin
Warn­ing: 18+ L
Cape Town Fringe
Please note book­ing for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and there­fore Florin points and dis­counts do not apply.
In the com­pet­i­tive world of prop­erty devel­op­ment, two men go to extreme lengths to secure a lucra­tive real estate deal and to dig them­selves out of a finan­cial hole. As dark­ness begins to fall and para­noia sets in, they find their ideals chal­lenged, their moral­ity shaken and their blood-lust slowly increas­ing. The Fron­tiers­men is a dark tale about land, blood and good old South African greed.
The script, by award-winning writer Louis Viljoen, is fast-paced, pro­fane and unset­tling and is com­ple­mented by the direc­tion of acclaimed the­atre maker, Greg Karvel­las. Added to that is a pow­er­house team of actors: Nicholas Paul­ing and Mark Elderkin. The Fron­tiers­men will unnerve, agi­tate and entertain.

The script, by Fleur du Cap win­ning writer Louis Viljoen, is fast-paced, pro­fane and unset­tling and is com­pli­mented by the direc­tion of acclaimed the­atremaker, Greg Karvel­las (Champ, Frank-n-Stein, The Abusers). Added to that is a power-house team of actors: Nich­las Paul­ing (Wait­ing for the Bar­bar­ians) and Mark Elderkin (Betesda) .

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Wed 1st Oct 10pm R90Thu 2nd Oct 4pm R90Fri 3rd Oct 10pm R90Sat 4th Oct 2pm R90

Cre­at­ing The­atre with your stories

The­atre • Run­ning Time: 65 mins
Pre­sented by Bon­fire The­atre
Cape Town Fringe
Please note book­ing for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and there­fore Florin points and dis­counts do not apply.
What is the story you are burn­ing tell? It’s through shar­ing our every­day sto­ries, no mat­ter what they are, that we ignite the pos­si­bil­i­ties con­tained within sto­ries: the poten­tial to learn, grow and be trans­formed by our expe­ri­ences or those of some­one else and to expe­ri­ence the inter­con­nect­ed­ness of us all and our shared human­ity. Our actors and musi­cians will take this snap­shot of your life – the inspi­ra­tional, painful, happy, and sad or any­thing in between – and we will trans­form it imme­di­ately into live the­atre. In this way, each person’s unique­ness is hon­oured while at the same time con­nec­tions between us as a com­mu­nity of peo­ple are strength­ened and affirmed. Come and tell YOUR story, or hear oth­ers tell theirs, around our BONFIRE this CT Fringe Festival



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Thu 2nd Oct 12pm R90Thu 2nd Oct 8pm R90Fri 3rd Oct 12pm R90Sat 4th Oct 4pm R90

Happy Days

The­atre • Run­ning Time: 50 mins
by Samuel Beck­ett | Directed by Zena Wood
Cape Town Fringe
Please note book­ing for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and there­fore Florin points and dis­counts do not apply.
Happy Days, by absur­dist play­wright Samuel Beck­ett, deals with our attempts to ward off exis­ten­tial iso­la­tion by end­less chat­ter and rit­u­als. Direc­tor, Zena Wood, adds visual stim­u­la­tion to the expe­ri­ence of iso­lated entrap­ment which the char­ac­ter, Win­nie, expe­ri­ences with a visu­ally smoth­er­ing dress. Win­nie rep­re­sents the colo­nial woman in a patri­ar­chal, con­ser­v­a­tive South African cul­ture. In our multi-lingual, multi-cultural coun­try we are try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate through bar­ri­ers. Words fail. Active lis­ten­ing becomes dif­fi­cult and lone­li­ness and con­fu­sion is expe­ri­enced within our own cul­ture and iden­tity as we try to pass the time ami­ca­bly until our own mor­tal­ity merges into reality



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Thu 2nd Oct 10pm R80Fri 3rd Oct 8pm R80Sun 5th Oct 4pm R80

Athol Fugard’s Hello & Goodbye

Drama • Run­ning Time: 75 mins
Writ­ten by Athol Fugard | Directed by Chris Weare | Pre­sented by Sugar-daddy The­atre Com­pany
Warn­ing: Smok­ing onstage
One of Athol Fugard’s most pro­found works, a pow­er­ful and mov­ing fam­ily drama.

Set in the 1960s against a gritty Port Eliz­a­beth, Hello and Good­bye tells the story of two dirt poor white South Africans, an estranged brother and sis­ter who meet again after twelve years. Johnny’s older sis­ter Hes­ter hears news of their father’s fail­ing health and returns home to col­lect her half of their inher­i­tance. Look­ing back on their child­hood, they try to come to terms with their dys­func­tional family.
The action takes place in a house that is no more than a shack in Fugard’s native town of Port Eliz­a­beth.
After a dif­fi­cult child­hood Hes­ter was kicked out of the house by their father and has since become a pros­ti­tute in Johan­nes­burg. Johnny stayed behind to take care of their father who had lost his leg in a rail­way acci­dent. Over the years Johnny’s life became more and more iso­lated and now he is clearly on the edge of a men­tal breakdown.


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Tue 7th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 8th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 13th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 14th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 15th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 16th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 17th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 18th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 20th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 21st Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 22nd Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 23rd Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 24th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 25th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 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 first here), a midlife Brazil­ian wax dis­cov­ery, sex in hotels, 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 takes on Vio­let. Seen recently on stage as the for­mi­da­ble Emily Hob­house, she does a com­plete about turn with Vio­let; who is mod­ern, sexy, funny and con­fi­dent. And, quite sim­ply, look­ing for love. Or sex. Or love and sex.
Vio­let Online is based on blog posts by a well known, anony­mous, over 40, mother, ex wife, gram­mar fiend.


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Wed 8th Oct 9pm: Sorry, sold out Thu 9th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 13th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 14th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 15th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 16th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 17th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 18th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online)

YouTUBE night presents Scifi Surprise

Screen­ing • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
The most interesting/weirdest/funniest/not-anything-est of youtube.com
Warn­ing: Con­tent may con­tain swear­ing and hashtags
This YouTUBE Night eschews the usual videos of amus­ing cats, psy­chotrophic imagery and peo­ple falling over to bring you some­thing spe­cial… we’ve crawled through the shady tan­gle of the web to bring you Scifi Sur­prise, a night of short movies guar­an­teed to give you a nerd on of note. Fan flicks, spe­cial effects, ter­ri­ble cos­tumes, ani­ma­tion and sto­ries from the silly to the sub­lime await you.

As usual, ADMISSION IS FREE. Just book a ticket online or at the bar to make sure you have a seat.



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Fri 10th Oct 8pm R0

Two Years of Theatre

cel­e­bra­tion • Run­ning Time: 70 mins
pre­sented by the Alexan­der Bar team
It was two years ago that Nicholas and Edward realised their ambi­tion of own­ing a the­atre. They got in Jon to climb through the crawl spaces and hang lights and deal with email­ing per­form­ers and musi­cians, and together they set about mak­ing the small­est the­atre in Cape Town a real­ity. It was a pretty crazy idea. But per­form­ers and musi­cians bought into it. Jour­nal­ists bought into it. Audi­ences bought into it. Alexan­der Upstairs has been going for two years. Come celebrate.
For our two year anniver­sary we’re going to cel­e­brate in style with wine and snacks and some guest per­for­mances. We’ll also be recog­nis­ing the per­form­ers and pro­duc­tions that have made our life so far so excit­ing and won­der­ful. Maybe with stick­ers.

Income from the ticket sales will go our I Make The­atre Hap­pen fund, our next crazy idea which will be launched at the celebration.



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Sat 11th Oct 8pm R150 (R120 online)

Smaar­ties

Drama • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Directed & Designed by Quintin Wils | Writ­ten & Per­formed by Jannes Eras­mus | Videog­ra­phy by Jaco Jansen van Rensburg
Smaar­ties is a pow­er­ful one-man show about Mr Lotz who finds him­self in a psy­chi­atric ward after the death of both of his parents.He still has a 12-year-old sis­ter he has to look after. The play looks at his daily life in the ward and how he is cop­ing and try­ing to word and explain what really hap­pened that night to him and his parents…
After a hugely suc­cess­ful run at the South African State The­atre ear­lier on in the year, Smaar­ties has been invited to play at var­i­ous other the­atres in South Africa, includ­ing the­atres in Rusten­burg, Pre­to­ria, Cen­tu­rion and Johan­nes­burg. Now the time has come for Cape Town to wit­ness this great pro­duc­tion.

With some of the country’s best the­atre artists who are eager to excel in their art and to enter­tain audi­ences, this young col­lec­tive is tak­ing the South African the­atre indus­try by storm. It is directed and designed by the­atre direc­tor Quintin Wils, who says that Smaar­ties is by far the most com­plex show that he has ever directed, but adds that “…it is by far the most excit­ing pro­duc­tion that I have directed thus far! A pro­duc­tion that makes you think twice about what schiz­o­phre­nia actu­ally is.”

Described as “…It is excel­lent the­atre, a real treat!” Hurter (Artslink.co.za) and “…Smaar­ties can com­pete with some of the best one-man shows in the coun­try!” Breyten­bach (Artslink.co.za) Smaar­ties is one show that is not to be missed this year!


Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Mon 17th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 18th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 19th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 24th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 25th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 26th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 27th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 28th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 29th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online)
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Today (Wednes­day)

Happy Days
The­atre
2pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
4pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
10pm


Tomor­row (Thursday)

Happy Days
The­atre
10pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
4pm

Cre­at­ing The­atre with your sto­ries
The­atre
12pm 8pm


This Fri­day

Happy Days
The­atre
3 Oct 8pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
3 Oct 2pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
3 Oct 10pm

Cre­at­ing The­atre with your sto­ries
The­atre
3 Oct 12pm


This Sun­day

Happy Days
The­atre
5 Oct 4pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
5 Oct 12pm


This Sat­ur­day

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
4 Oct 10pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
4 Oct 2pm

Cre­at­ing The­atre with your sto­ries
The­atre
4 Oct 4pm


Octo­ber

Athol Fugard’s Hello & Good­bye
Drama
Tue 7 7pm
Wed 8 7pm
Mon 13 7pm
Tue 14 7pm
Wed 15 7pm
Thu 16 7pm
Fri 17 7pm
Sat 18 7pm
Mon 20 7pm
Tue 21 7pm
Wed 22 7pm
Thu 23 7pm
Fri 24 7pm
Sat 25 7pm

Vio­let Online
Com­edy
Wed 8 9pm
Thu 9 9pm
Mon 13 9pm
Tue 14 9pm
Wed 15 9pm
Thu 16 9pm
Fri 17 9pm
Sat 18 9pm

YouTUBE night presents Scifi Sur­prise
Screen­ing
Fri 10 8pm

Two Years of The­atre
cel­e­bra­tion
Sat 11 8pm


Novem­ber

Smaar­ties
Drama
Mon 17 9pm
Tue 18 9pm
Wed 19 9pm
Mon 24 9pm
Tue 25 9pm
Wed 26 9pm
Thu 27 9pm
Fri 28 9pm
Sat 29 9pm


For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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