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.

The Very Best of Naked Girls Reading Cape Town

Live reading • Running Time: 75 mins
presented by Naked Girls Reading Cape Town | Readers: Cherry Lesque, Jezzy Belle, Lyricnotic & Charlie French | Producer: Kelly Smith
Warning: No under 18s | Nudity | Running time includes 15 minute interval
We bring you a scintillating round-up of popular readings selected from all the previous Naked Girls Reading events to date! In the past year and a half we've delighted you with tales of love, horror, wisdom and celebration and can't wait to share our favourite picks of the bunch.

This event is being held in conjunction with The Grand Exhibition, International Burlesque Benefit and proceeds will be donated to Rape Crisis.

What is Naked Girls Read­ing?
Naked Girls Read­ing is a nude lit­er­ary salon that takes place in twenty cities around the world and on five dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents. At each event, a small cast of beau­ti­ful ladies remove their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and read per­sonal selec­tions to an ador­ing audi­ence. It is enter­tain­ing, mag­i­cal, often funny, some­times heart-wrench­ing and really very sexy.

Are the girls really naked?
Yes, we are.

Is the audi­ence naked?
No, they are not.

There’s some­thing beau­ti­ful, some­thing alto­gether more inti­mate, about a woman read­ing in the nude. It’s just that sim­ple.

The Cape Town chapter of this international event has been described as a "performance art sensation" on eTV Primetime News and has been featured in The Sunday Times, as well as recommended by Elle magazine's online gig guide and CapeTownMagazine.com.

More info: http://nakedgirlsreading.com/press


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Sat 1st Aug 3pm: Sorry, sold out

James Grace: Guitar Hero

Live music performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Created, written and performed by James Grace
Acclaimed guitarist James Grace presents his new show, Guitar Hero which recently debuted at the Stellenbosch University Wordfees. Guitar Hero pays tribute to the 20th century’s guitar icons and includes music by The Shadows, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and of course the Spanish greats. Featuring unique arrangements for solo guitar by James Grace, Guitar Hero celebrates the diversity of the modern day instrument, drawing on a variety of playing techniques from an array of genres. For more info visit www.jamesgrace.co.za



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Sat 1st Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online): Hurry! Only 17 tickets left!

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.

Press & Reviews




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Sat 1st Aug 9pm: Sorry, sold out

Play Things

Open-mic performance, writing, film & music • Running Time: 70 mins
Featuring Dawn Garisch, Milton Schorr, Luke Luies, Tamsin Hastings, Rosa Lyster, Thenji Stemela, Penny Youngelsen, and Jason Potgieter
Warning: Running time may vary wildly
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, we'll find out together on Monday

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




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Mon 3rd Aug 8pm R35 (R20 online)

Anthology: Anti-Matter

A selection of new short plays • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Louis Viljoen, Joanna Evans & Jon Keevy | Starring Andrew Laubscher & Brendon Daniels
Facebook Event
Three writers, two actors, and one director come together to create an anthology of three short plays on the theme 'Anti-Matter'.

Alexander Upstairs loves new writing and Anthology is a platform for exciting new voices to play with style and material. The first installment earlier this year explored the theme "A Change in the Weather" - this time the writers have been challenged to come up with stories inspired by the term "Anti-Matter". Each play is around 15 minutes in length, making for a evening of surprises and punchy story-telling.



Book for Anthology: Anti-Matter by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Tue 4th Aug 7pm: Sorry, sold out Wed 5th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online): Hurry! Only 10 tickets left! Mon 10th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 11th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online): Hurry! Only 10 tickets left! Wed 12th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 13th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 14th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 15th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Caroline Blundell Band: Telling Tales

Contemporary folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Original music by Caroline Blundell | Performed
South African singer-songwriter and folk legend Caroline Blundell teams up with Brydon Bolton and James van Minnen, who will be bringing you new works from Caroline's upcoming album, some unexpected twists on traditional tales, and above all, beautiful acoustic music. A celebration of life's palate of love, tragedy and humour, this show will warm up your Thursday night from the inside out! 
Folk singer/songwriter Caroline Blundell's music comes from the heart - and from the heart of experience. Her succinct (and often humorous) lyrics, conveyed by her pure voice and accompanied by the beautiful melodies she creates with fine fingerstyle acoustic guitar, touch us with a gentle wisdom, resonating with the quintessential human adventure we all share. Check out www.carolineblundell.com for more information.  Brydon 

Brydon Bolton is a musician, composer and educator. He has performed widely throughout the world in many different guises. He has played with most of the great South African jazz musicians, he has been a member of the South African New Music Ensemble for the past 3 years, he is the bassist for sonic renegades Benguela and he writes music for plays.  

James van Minnen is an accomplished percussionist and drummer. He plays drums, Middle Eastern percussion and the odd flourish of mandolin. Playing professionally since 2000, James has played in various other musical projects in Africa, Europe and Japan, including Ottoman Slap, Mean Black Mamba, Andrew James & The Steady Tiger, Hot Water and Sirena Riley. 

https://www.facebook.com/carolineblundellmusic



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Thu 6th Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)

Chaos, Smith & Grierson

Folk, Blues, Indie • Running Time: 150 mins
Performed by Cami Chaos, Joy Smith and Joshua Grierson
Facebook Event
The Artists:  

Cami Chaos:  Cami Chaos is a lone gunslinger, a steam punk minstrel with the swing blues. Wielding her double bass like a weapon, she wanders the world looking for something undefinable at present; chaos following in her wake.  

Joy Smith: 23 year old Joy Smith is something else; she is the real thing.  Horses dipped in yellow, suit-wearing foxes under her bed, watercolours painted for a dying grandmother and many other tales filled with love lost, gained and misplaced; this is just a tiny peek into the beautifully imaginative and visceral, yet near auto-biographical mind of Cape Town based singer/songwriter Joy Smith.

Joshua Grierson: Joshua Grierson is a passionate 31 year old Folk-Rock singer, songwriter and musician. And over the last 11 years, has built the reputation of being one of the hardest working artists South Africa has bred.  Through his sheer bull-headed determination, grierson has found himself supporting award winning acts like Finley Quaye, Yoav, Dan Patlansky, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, John Ellis, KONGOS, Tony Cox, Gary Thomas, Plush and Taxi Violence.  “Grierson’s central gift…is performances so gripping the world could be falling down around you and you wouldn’t notice.” – Rolling Stone magazine South Africa  “Whether you know it or not, and whether you believe it or not, Grierson is a rare and genuine talent.” – Jon Savage



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Fri 7th Aug 8pm R100 (R90 online)

The Game: Redemption

Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Performed by Milton Schorr and Brendan Murray
Hailed as ‘pure genius’, ‘superb’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherf****r’, The Game: Redemption is back by public demand. For just five nights join legendary coach Frik Du Perez (Milton Schorr) and the giant female player Tatiana Romkova (Brendan Murray), as they face a shared secret that has haunted them all their lives.  Improvised according to a set story-line, every performance of The Game is one of a kind and never to be repeated, creating the on-the-edge energy that has made this show notorious.   
The Game is long-form improvisation, with balls. It was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the Grahamstown Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. \"A waste of time and money..\', \'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…\' and ‘no game, no talent, no storyline’ are just a few snippets from that landmark text.   As with all ground-breaking theatre real opinion was divided. \"It was like being on a f*****g roller coaster”, \"shock and awe\" and “I’ve never seen a group of people laugh this hard” were a few of the impressions gleaned.   That first review went on to form an integral part of the saga. Fueled by its unique improvised style The Game has continued to challenge audiences with its gut wrenching humour and searing subject matter, earning the franchise a cult status.   After a blazing debut at the Alexander Bar earlier this year, and following hot on the heels of the wildly successful Shannon’s Tongue, The Game: Redemption is back by public demand. 


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Mon 10th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 11th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 12th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 13th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 14th Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Dead Yellow Sands

Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed By Bo Petersen | Written & performed by Graham Weir | Lighting designed by Guy de Lancey
As a small boy at the funfair I let go of my father's hand. I was so caught up in the distracting sights and sounds I did not realise I was lost until somebody switched off the lights.
Graham Weir telling tales of places that were and people he knew.
Graham Weir wrote a number of one man plays in the 1990s including Brief Descriptions which won the Vita Award for Best New South African Play. This is his first one man play for some time. Graham and Bo Petersen worked together on Graham's Letters from Patient Essop, a one man musical which played over a number of years to great critical acclaim. Graham is perhaps best known for his song writing and performances with Not the Midnight Mass, which he founded with his sister in 1988. The Mass still appear together, most recently at the Baxter Theatre and they have been invited to perform at the 2015 Fleur du Cap Awards. Graham also co produced and wrote the music and lyrics for Noah of Cape Town, the countries first acapella musical. Graham most recent work with Guy de Lancey was in 2013 in the title role of Lear in King Lear. This production was highly acclaimed and was one of the last productions at the Intimate Theatre.

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 16th Apr 2015 Cape Times Review of Dead Yellow Sands by Tracey Saunders in the Cape Times.
  • Wed 15th Apr 2015 ★★★★★ Argus Review of Dead Yellow Sands by Beverley Brommert
  • Sun 12th Apr 2015 Weekend Argus Sands of time recall younger inspiration - Robyn Cohen



Book for Dead Yellow Sands by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 17th Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 18th Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 19th Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 20th Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 21st Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 22nd Aug 7pm R100 (R90 online)

Josie Field Unplugged

Acoustic Soul • Running Time: 60 mins
Created, written and performed by Josie Field
Her signature sound is a potent mix of lyricism and fire, heart-felt issues and tender constructions, rooted in folk but encompassing multiple genres. Like silk on gravel, Field has a unique textured blues infused voice and soulful vocal delivery style which sets her apart. Having dabbled in soul, blues and country in her third album and with strong elements of jazz coming through on her latest release, Josie is no ordinary folk musician, don’t be misled by the singer/songwriter tag. Earlier this year Josie Field’s latest release S’bongile was nominated for a South African Music Award. Her fourth offering is a completely indie acoustic album which includes some of her best work and embodies the magic of her stripped down acoustic show. Born from pure demand for a more acoustic representation of Josie’s sound, the album has delivered, S’bongile has a real organic feel. Stripped of a glossy full production, the warmth of Josie’s voice and lyrical style glides over tasteful guitars with hints of percussion. Lyrics have space to breath and it’s clear what an exceptionally talented songwriter Field is. Experience the intimate nature and soulful performance of one of South Africa’s most versatile and experienced singer songwriter.
Earlier this year Josie Field’s latest release S’bongile was nominated for a South African Music Award. Her fourth offering is a completely indie acoustic album which includes some of her best work and embodies the magic of her stripped down acoustic show. Born from pure demand for a more acoustic representation of Josie’s sound, the album has delivered, S’bongile has a real organic feel. Stripped of a glossy full production, the warmth of Josie’s voice and lyrical style glides over tasteful guitars with hints of percussion. Lyrics have space to breath and it’s clear what an exceptionally talented songwriter Field is. Experience the intimate nature and soulful performance of one of South Africa’s most versatile and experienced singer songwriter.


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Fri 28th Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)

The Plot hole

Stand-Up comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Stuart Cairns and Westley Cockrell
Cape Town based comedy duo Stuart Cairns and Westley Cockrell bring to life the trials and tribulations they have faced while pursuing careers in stand-up comedy. From keeping a day job to chasing the impossible dream of impressing their parents, these two oddballs will have you laughing at their expense.
“A highly energetic show. Two whimsical characters take you on an explorative journey to becoming standup comedians. They maintain good humour, despite obstacles in their journey. Their creative use of props and audience interaction guarantee an hour of hearty laughter.”

- Simone Ferreira for Cue Magazine

Press & Reviews




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Thu 3rd Sep 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 4th Sep 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 5th Sep 9pm R90 (R80 online): Hurry! Only 15 tickets left!

Watervolk

Live Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Souldada | Vocalist Femke Hoeksma | Guitarist Herman Woltman | Cellist Carel van Leeuwen | Bass Guitarist Johan Keus | Drummer Willem Smid
Watervolk is an eclectic, live music performance by the touring Dutch band, Souldada. This is their first return to South Africa since their previous invitation to Darling in 2008, where they will be performing again at this year's 'Voorkamer' festival. Their sound and lyrics is a mixture of African, Papiamento, Frysian, English, Dutch and French. This mix of languages, and World music, contributes to the unique sound that is Watervolk. The title, Watervolk is taken from a poem by the South African writer Carina Stander. Time is like a river of passing events. The water always flows different. It is a metaphor for the ever-changing nature of life.
The best Dutch World music ever.
- Holly Moors

'Watervolk' has got a lot of beautiful songs.
- Hessel Fluitman

Femke has got a expressive wonderful voice. It fits perfectly in Watervolk. 
- Assie Aukes

Because of the great singing the Frisian language is just as beautiful as the African. 
- Jacob Haagsma



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Tue 8th Sep 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Obsessions of a Thought Reader

Magic • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed by Bryan Miles
Warning: Not recommended for under 12s
Bryan Miles has just returned from his tour across the USA which took him from Las Vegas to Hollywood –including performing at the world-famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles. His one-man show “Obsessions of a Thought Reader” sees Bryan sharing some of his unique obsessions with the audience. Bryan Miles is an ordinary person with extraordinary skills … whether it is extracting people’s inner most thoughts or controlling their behaviour – this show will keep you questioning the potential of the human mind! “I am obsessed with the human mind. Does Free Will exist? Are the thoughts and decisions we make truly our own? Every thought we have results in some kind of action – I don’t read minds, I read people.”



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Wed 9th Sep 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 10th Sep 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 11th Sep 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 12th Sep 12am R90 (R80 online)

The New Abnormal

Afro-Jazz/Dance Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed By Silas Miami | Supported by dancer, Nadine Adams | An event by Greenback Events
The New Abnormal is a live music performance by Kenyan born artist, Silas Miami. It is unique in that it is a very visual experience for the audience. It will include a mix of afro-jazz music and contemporary dance. Silas will perform his own original music and mix it up with a few heart-warming covers. The audience will also be treated to a cross-over of languages as Silas will switch between English and Swahili. 
Silas is a Kenyan born singer/songwriter who now resides in Cape Town. Before moving to Cape Town, Silas had built a rather strong following in his home country. He is now expanding his horizons and sharing his music with the rest of the world. His music is a mix of Afro-jazz and Afro-pop. He sings songs in English and Swahili. Silas writes songs about love, positivity and heartbreak. Silas has performed on various stages around the world. This includes his performance at Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in 2015. HIFA is the biggest arts festival in Southern Africa. Other notable events that Silas has performed at include “Blankets and Wine” in Kenya.


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Tue 22nd Sep 8pm R60 (R50 online)
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Today (Saturday)

The Very Best of Naked Girls Reading Cape Town
Live reading
3pm

James Grace: Guitar Hero
Live music performance
7pm

Dani and the Lion
Cabaret
9pm


This Monday

Play Things
Open-mic performance, writing, film & music
3 Aug 8pm


This Tuesday

Anthology: Anti-Matter
A selection of new short plays
4 Aug 7pm


This Wednesday

Anthology: Anti-Matter
A selection of new short plays
5 Aug 7pm

OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
5 Aug 8pm


August

Anthology: Anti-Matter
A selection of new short plays
Mon 10 7pm
Tue 11 7pm
Wed 12 7pm
Thu 13 7pm
Fri 14 7pm
Sat 15 7pm

OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 12 8pm
Wed 19 8pm
Wed 26 8pm

Chaos, Smith & Grierson
Folk, Blues, Indie
Fri 7 8pm

The Game: Redemption
Comedy
Mon 10 9pm
Tue 11 9pm
Wed 12 9pm
Thu 13 9pm
Fri 14 9pm

Dead Yellow Sands
Drama
Mon 17 7pm
Tue 18 7pm
Wed 19 7pm
Thu 20 7pm
Fri 21 7pm
Sat 22 7pm

Josie Field Unplugged
Acoustic Soul
Fri 28 8pm


This Thursday

Caroline Blundell Band: Telling Tales
Contemporary folk
6 Aug 8pm


September

The Plot hole
Stand-Up comedy
Thu 3 9pm
Fri 4 9pm
Sat 5 9pm

Watervolk
Live Music
Tue 8 7pm

Obsessions of a Thought Reader
Magic
Wed 9 7pm
Thu 10 7pm
Fri 11 7pm
Sat 12 12am

The New Abnormal
Afro-Jazz/Dance Performance
Tue 22 8pm


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