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.

Lance Her­man live

pop-indie music • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Lance Her­man
Lance Her­man singer-songwriter & musi­cian, brings a 1hr per­for­mance of orig­i­nal songs & com­po­si­tions: a dream-inducing set of music played on nylon gui­tar with vocals. Lance will be joined on stage for parts of the per­for­mance by Cana­dian Born slam poet Croc E Moses.

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Thu 18th Dec 9pm R100 (R70 online)

The Sweet Sounds of Maya Spector

Jazz/ Soul Music • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Maya Spec­tor
A fast-rising tal­ent in jazz and soul, singer/songwriter Maya Spec­tor has a voice tex­ture that is best described as an old soul, weath­ered by life and schooled by adver­sity, yet still so alive in vocal tone and bub­bly in its expres­sion. Fol­low­ing the release of her debut EP, she will be joined by some of Cape Town’s finest instru­men­tal­ists for a soul­ful and bub­bly unfor­get­table show at The Alexan­der.

“Spector’s voice is pure honey, with the dark­ness as well as sweet­ness that implies, and she tells her sto­ries con­vinc­ingly.” — Gwen Ansell (Busi­ness Day)

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Fri 19th Dec 8pm R90 (R80 online)

The Late Night XXXmas Boy­lesque Show

Com­edy Cabaret Vari­ety Show • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Cre­ated by Staninir Stoykov and Sibu Radebe | Star­ring Sibu Radebe, Sta­n­imir Stoykov, Cameron Camargo, Franco Lam­precht | Fea­tur­ing Cape Town-based guest bur­lesque per­form­ers
Warn­ing: Adults only
“Boy­Lesque” is a tongue in cheek vari­ety show, which pays trib­ute to early 20th cen­tury Amer­i­can style bur­lesque com­edy and striptease per­for­mances, but with a twist — this revue has a dis­tinct South African flavour. It is a fun jour­ney through a vari­ety of gen­res and styles of per­for­mance from com­edy, cabaret, bal­let and drag, vogu­ing and of course, the art of strip tease.
The show stars hree times Naledi award win­ner singer, actor, chore­o­g­ra­pher, dancer and TV per­son­al­ity Sibu Radebe (best known for his por­trayal of the iconic char­ac­ter of Vusi on e TV soapie “Back­stage”, as well as his many appear­ances in musi­cals like “Chicago” and “Beauty and the Beast”).

The show was con­ceived by cult film — maker Sta­n­imir Stoykov ( “Doobee Boo­bies”). This ver­sion of the show is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Joburg and Cape Town based per­form­ers.

“Boy­lesque” began its first run at the Fox­wood The­atre in Feb­ru­ary 2013 and has been run­ning in sev­eral venues like the Sand­ton The­atre on the Square, POPart The­atre in the Mabo­neng Precinct, Cantare at Monte Casino, Casta Diva in Pre­to­ria and the Alexan­der Bar Upstairs The­atre in Cape Town.

There have been dif­fer­ent ver­sions and col­lab­o­ra­tions derived from the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion. In 2013 the Boy­lesque team cre­ated the “Wel­some to Bur­lesque” show fea­tur­ing new cast mem­bers Emmanuel Castis and Michael Riff Themba. This was fol­lowed by the “Late Night Vari­etease Show” fea­tur­ing Golden Del­ishas. Most recently Boy­lesque cre­ated the suc­cess­ful “Late Night Boy­lesque Show” which fea­tured an entirely new cast.

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Fri 19th Dec 11pm R150 (R130 online): Hurry! Only 17 tick­ets left! Sat 20th Dec 11pm R150 (R130 online): Hurry! Only 13 tick­ets left!

Don’t Stop us Now

Music • Run­ning Time: 100 mins
Fea­tur­ing Stone­Jets, Fruit Ven­dor, Richard Stir­ton, Mary Anne Con­sta­ble & Marie Claire de Villiers
5 Artists with 5 dif­fer­ent vibes and 5 dif­fer­ent sto­ries will be shar­ing, 1 stage for 1 night using 1 thing, Music!

Stone Jets turned one this year. Hav­ing learnt so much in such a short space of time, we’ve met peo­ple who share the same sen­ti­ment and have made our jour­ney even more worth­while. We’d like to share our newly made friend­ships with the peo­ple that have sup­ported us so far and seem to believe in what we do.

Don’t stop us now, we are on to something…

Stone Jets will be shar­ing the stage with friends : Fruit Ven­dor, Richard Stir­ton, Mary Anne Con­sta­ble and Marie Claire de Villiers.

5 Artists with 5 dif­fer­ent vibes and 5 dif­fer­ent sto­ries will be shar­ing, 1 stage for 1 night using 1 thing, Music!

Stone Jets :
Out of gen­uine inter­est and love for music, Stone Jets was born. Music has the abil­ity of mak­ing you feel like a fly­ing jet even when the world weighs you down like a stone… From acoustic to big band, their music jumps bor­ders. With all said and done, it remains all about the music. Stone Jets is: Given and Man­fred

Richard Stir­ton :
Born and bred Cape Town boy. Went to Ron­de­bosch boys high. Stud­ied busi­ness sci­ence at UCT in 2013 but cur­rently tak­ing a gap year to pur­sue his music career. Work at star­dust restau­rant in Wood­stock and lov­ing life doing music.

Brian Bohlin moved here from the states in 2007. Same year he picked up a gui­tar and has been play­ing amaz­ing blues riffs ever since. Jimmy Hen­drix is a hero of his. Teamed up with Richard at the begin­ning of 2014 to start writ­ing orig­i­nals and get a band going. Been a strug­gle though because he is in matric this year. Well hope­fully he would have just matric­u­lated in fact (from Ron­deb­soch boys High)

Fruit Ven­dor :
Born from an impromptu song­writ­ing ses­sion, the name Fruit Ven­dor; first a title of a song and some­what an ode to the human con­di­tion became the most pre­ferred title of a melodic alter­na­tive hip hop/folk artist from the hin­ter­land of Cape Town’s music scene in Stel­len­bosch. – Fruit Ven­dor cre­ates a fresh sound that appeals to a diverse audi­ence.

Marie Claire de Vil­liers:
Marie-Claire is a singer/songwriter/producer from Cape Town. Hav­ing stud­ied clas­si­cal music and opera, she has always kept an alter-ego root in elec­tro and has writ­ten and per­formed in a broad range of gen­res includ­ing elec­tro, rock, and soul. She loves an array of musi­cal flavours and enjoys her own wide range of gen­res and exper­i­ments through song­writ­ing.

Mary Anne Con­sta­ble :
Mary Anne Con­sta­ble has been writ­ing poetry and singing in the shower most of her life. A late bloomer by music world stan­dards, she got her first gui­tar at the age of 21 and began to turn her poetry into songs and dis­cov­ered that she had a voice too! She cre­ates her own unique fusion of soul­ful folk melodies com­bined with hon­est and inci­sive lyrics — an intense reflec­tion of the jour­ney through life and expe­ri­ence of The human con­di­tion. She released her first sin­gle “Twenty Nine” in Octo­ber 2014 which is avail­able for free down­load on noistetrade.com/maryannesong. She has plans to record a full album in 2015. Find her on face­book at facebook.com/maryannesong.

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Sat 20th Dec 7pm R100 (R90 online)

Oscar & Noel Encore

Trib­ute show • Run­ning Time: 65 mins
Peter Gilchrist
In my study, we will chat about my ado­ra­tion of Lily Langtry, among oth­ers, and my even­tual mar­riage to Con­stance — all sprin­kled with wit! We will share the delight­fully absurd Lord Gor­ing and his manser­vant Phipps and revel in the macabre story of Pic­ture of Dorian Gray. The out­ra­geous Lady Brack­nell is our high­light. My life is incom­plete with­out con­sid­er­ing my calami­tous 2 years in Read­ing gaol, saved by hilar­i­ous chats between Wilde and his Irish warder, Tom Mar­tin. Noel Cow­ard is plan­ning to chat to you about his thor­oughly event­ful and com­i­cal jour­ney out to us in Cape Town.

We cre­ate the illu­sion of ask­ing my audi­ence to join me in my study and share my life. I play some 7 dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters in the show, includ­ing the iconic Lady Bracknell.

I so enjoy the sharp and witty insights that Wilde gives into the, at times, hilar­i­ously idi­otic snob­bery of the Eng­lish upper classes of his time.

As well as the humor, there is also the sad­ness asso­ci­ated with his later decline and impris­on­ment. Noel Cow­ard gives us a delight­ful encore.

Com­ments from mem­bers of pre­vi­ous audiences:

I have twice had the priv­i­lege of enjoy­ing Peter Gilchrist’s Oscar Wilde pre­sen­ta­tion which he does with such empa­thy for both the humour and the poignancy of his writ­ings and plays.” — Peter Steyn, (Ornithologist)

A won­der­ful, cre­ative show. Like a breath of fresh air at Kelvin.” — Robert Per­mual (Kelvin Grove Club)

A sen­si­tive, gen­tle chron­i­cle of Oscar Wilde’s pri­vate life. Peter is mes­mer­iz­ing in demand­ing, com­plex roles.” — Saman­tha Gray (Film Director)

A fan­tas­tic night. I have spo­ken to sev­eral mem­bers since the evening and they have all com­mented on a won­der­ful per­for­mance and want us to hold more evenings like it!” — Tar­ryn White (Func­tions Man­ager at Erin­vale Golf Club)

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Mon 29th Dec 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 30th Dec 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Bang Bang You’re Done: Good­bye 2014

Party • Run­ning Time: 180 mins
The eter­nal march of time drags us for­ward, past mile­stones, past dead­lines, past head­lines into a future we can only imag­ine until we arrive there and go right on past that too.

I for one am tired of march­ing. Time to switch footwear. Throw away your march­ing boots and slip on your danc­ing shoes for Alexan­der Bar’s New Years Eve dance party. The the­atre opens up into s sweet lit­tle dance floor for you to flash the moves you learnt this year, or just flail about joy­ously too. Either works.

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Wed 31st Dec 7pm R250 (R200 online)

Some­thing Outrageous

The­atre Per­for­mance • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Writ­ten and per­formed by Wil­son Car­pen­ter & Bren­dan Mur­ray | Directed by Greg Karvel­las | Props/Effects: Juanita Fer­reira & Jim Rauben­heimer | Fight Chore­og­ra­phy by Alex AnLos
Warn­ing: There will be blood. Great movie, also applic­a­ble to the show.
Some­thing Out­ra­geous is com­ing to the Mother City…

Actors are ego­tis­ti­cal, pam­pered shits. In their world noth­ing is real: brick walls are made from bal­sar wood and gun­shot wounds are cre­ated pain­lessly in the makeup trailer… The only way onto this deca­dent merry-go-round is the cast­ing room, a ster­ile white cham­ber where tal­ented and untal­ented alike scram­ble for the next role. Rejec­tion is a way of life. No won­der they’re bas­tards, but can you blame them?

In this world of paran­iod inse­cu­rity, insin­cer­ity and out­right lies; two actors are wait­ing for an impor­tant cast­ing to begin. Once friends, now rivals the two are forced to endure each other’s com­pany for the first time in years and as their real­tion­ship unrav­els they stug­gle to seper­ate real­ity from fan­tasy. The result is Some­thing Outrageous.

The show stars Wil­son Car­pen­ter (USA) in his South African stage debut along­side Bren­dan Mur­ray in a play that lives up to it’s title. Directed by Greg Karvel­las. No under 16 due to strong lan­guage, rib­ald humour and onstage violence.

Go on. Be cool. Be the per­son who gets to ask their friends “Do you want to see some­thing out­ra­geous tonight?”. You know you want to.

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 20th Nov 2014 Cape Times Cape Times

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Tue 6th Jan 8pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 7th Jan 8pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 8th Jan 8pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 9th Jan 8pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 10th Jan 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Today (Thurs­day)

Lance Her­man live
pop-indie music

Tomor­row (Friday)

The Sweet Sounds of Maya Spec­tor
Jazz/ Soul Music

The Late Night XXXmas Boy­lesque Show
Com­edy Cabaret Vari­ety Show

This Sat­ur­day

The Late Night XXXmas Boy­lesque Show
Com­edy Cabaret Vari­ety Show
20 Dec 11pm

Don’t Stop us Now
20 Dec 7pm


Oscar & Noel Encore
Trib­ute show
Mon 29 7pm
Tue 30 7pm

Bang Bang You’re Done: Good­bye 2014
Wed 31 7pm

Jan­u­ary 2015

Some­thing Out­ra­geous
The­atre Per­for­mance
6 Tue 8pm 8pm
7 Wed 8pm 8pm
8 Thu 8pm 8pm
9 Fri 8pm 8pm
10 Sat 8pm 8pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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