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

Wish you were (t)here

Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling • Run­ning Time: 50 mins
Writ­ten and per­formed by Dinah Eppel Directed by Tossie van Ton­der aka Nobonke
Cape Town Fringe
Please note book­ing for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and there­fore Florin points and dis­counts do not apply.
It is 1995. In the Cape town­ships, an inclu­sive, open­hearted, for­giv­ing, gen­er­ous spirit lies wait­ing. We have been invited to unite and build together. Dinah Eppel, extra­or­di­nary sto­ry­teller, enters this world and is embraced by our par­tic­u­larly indige­nous South African style of good man­ners. South Africa’s trans­for­ma­tion antic­i­pates com­mu­nity involve­ment in restruc­tur­ing and devel­op­ing the land we strug­gled for. Love and learn­ing begin. The show is for those of us who never knew, who have for­got­ten, who feel out of touch with our essence, and those of us who are will­ing to learn to be freely and enthu­si­as­ti­cally South African. Wish you were (t)here, a one-hander of excel­lence exudes spon­tane­ity and ambigu­ous hilar­ity – truly South African!



Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Thu 25th Sep 4pm R70Fri 26th Sep 3pm R70Sat 27th Sep 1pm R70Sat 27th Sep 9:30pm R70Sun 28th Sep 6pm R70

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.



Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Thu 25th Sep 6pm R90Fri 26th Sep 9:30pm R90Sat 27th Sep 3pm R90Sun 28th Sep 4pm R90Mon 29th Sep 6pm R90Tue 30th Sep 4pm R90Wed 1st Oct 10pm R90Thu 2nd Oct 4pm R90Fri 3rd Oct 10pm R90Sat 4th Oct 2pm R90

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”.



Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Thu 25th Sep 8pm R90Fri 26th Sep 7:30pm R90Sat 27th Sep 7:30pm R90Sun 28th Sep 2pm R90Mon 29th Sep 4pm R90Tue 30th Sep 10pm R90Wed 1st Oct 4pm R90Fri 3rd Oct 2pm R90Sat 4th Oct 10pm R90Sun 5th Oct 12pm R90

Live with Ivy

Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling • Run­ning Time: 80 mins
Per­formed by Nicholas Ellen­bo­gen & Claire Berlein
Cape Town Fringe
Please note book­ing for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and there­fore Florin points and dis­counts do not apply.
Star­ring the multi award-winning duo of Nicholas Ellen­bo­gen and Claire Berlein, Live With Ivy jour­neys from Nyasa­land (Malawi) in the 1950s to London’s West End in the 1980s. The Gar­rick fam­ily have been actors for gen­er­a­tions – but young Ivy is caught between choos­ing law or fol­low­ing in her uncle Rex’s foot­steps on the stage. This lyri­cal story gen­tly guides you down the lanes of African nos­tal­gia through the eyes of Ivy, who starts off as an inno­cent 11-year-old girl and fol­lows her through the most mem­o­rable sea­sons of her life.



Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Fri 26th Sep 5pm R100Sat 27th Sep 5pm R100Sun 28th Sep 8pm R100Mon 29th Sep 8pm R100

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



Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Tue 30th Sep 8pm R80Wed 1st Oct 2pm R80Thu 2nd Oct 10pm R80Fri 3rd Oct 8pm R80Sun 5th Oct 4pm R80

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



Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Thu 2nd Oct 12pm R90Thu 2nd Oct 8pm R90Fri 3rd Oct 12pm R90Sat 4th Oct 4pm R90

Athol Fugard’s Hello & Goodbye

Drama • Run­ning Time: 65 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.


Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
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.


Book now by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Wed 8th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) 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)

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) Thu 20th Nov 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 22nd 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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This Thurs­day

Wish you were (t)here
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
25 Sep 4pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
25 Sep 6pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
25 Sep 8pm


This Fri­day

Wish you were (t)here
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
26 Sep 3pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
26 Sep 9pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
26 Sep 7pm

Live with Ivy
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
26 Sep 5pm


This Sat­ur­day

Wish you were (t)here
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
27 Sep 1pm 9pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
27 Sep 3pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
27 Sep 7pm

Live with Ivy
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
27 Sep 5pm


Sep­tem­ber

Wish you were (t)here
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
Sun 28 6pm

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
Sun 28 4pm
Mon 29 6pm
Tue 30 4pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
Sun 28 2pm
Mon 29 4pm
Tue 30 10pm

Live with Ivy
Per­for­mance Poetry and Sto­ry­telling
Sun 28 8pm
Mon 29 8pm

Happy Days
The­atre
Tue 30 8pm


Octo­ber

The Fron­tiers­men
The­atre
Wed 1 10pm
Thu 2 4pm
Fri 3 10pm
Sat 4 2pm

Lord of the Flings
Com­edy
Wed 1 4pm
Fri 3 2pm
Sat 4 10pm
Sun 5 12pm

Happy Days
The­atre
Wed 1 2pm
Thu 2 10pm
Fri 3 8pm
Sun 5 4pm

Cre­at­ing The­atre with your sto­ries
The­atre
Thu 2 12pm 8pm
Fri 3 12pm
Sat 4 4pm

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


Novem­ber

Smaar­ties
Drama
Mon 17 9pm
Tue 18 9pm
Wed 19 9pm
Thu 20 9pm
Sat 22 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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