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.

Athol Fugard’s Hello & Goodbye

Drama • Run­ning Time: 75 mins
Writ­ten by Athol Fugard | Directed by Chris Weare | With Marlisa Cooper-Doubell and Steven Jub­ber | 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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Sat 25th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Naked Girls Read­ing Cape Town presents The Hal­loween Show

Live Read­ing • Run­ning Time: 75 mins
Pro­duced by Kelly Smith | Read­ers: Bel­ladonna D’vil, Black Soda, Eva Bee & Sue Cubus
Warn­ing: Nudity | No under 18s
Face­book Event
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 removes their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and reads 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.

Come and delight in the read­ings shared by the ghoul­ish Bel­ladonna D’vil, Black Soda, Eva Bee and Sue Cubus as they read chill­ing tales of ter­ror — if you dare.
Naked Girls Read­ing, called “appro­pri­ately racy” by Enter­tain­ment Weekly and “the best thing to hap­pen to books since they were put on tape…” by Car­son Daly, was founded in Chicago in March of 2009 by Inter­na­tional Show­girl Michelle L’Amour and hus­band Franky Vivid.

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Sat 25th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online)

The Epicene Butcher

Sto­ry­telling • Run­ning Time: 50 mins
Directed by John Tren­gove, writ­ten by Gwydion Beynon, star­ring Jemma Kahn & Dylan Esbach as ‘Chalk Girl’. Illus­tra­tions by Jemma Kahn, Car­los Amato & Gwydion Beynon

A cult hit across the globe, The Epicene Butcher and Other Sto­ries for Con­sent­ing Adults returns to Alexan­der Upstairs for a mere week before the team dis­ap­pear off to another exotic loca­tion. Come and see the deploy­ment of a 12th Cen­tury Japan­ese Bud­dhist story-telling tra­di­tion known as kamishibai to tell 7 star­tling pop sto­ries. The show is a mash-up of manga, sex, gothic hor­ror and main­stream pop­u­lar cul­ture using hand-drawn illus­tra­tions and lus­cious narration.

The Epicene Butcher has to date received:
A Sil­ver Ova­tion Award, NAF Gra­ham­stown 2012
Crit­ics’ Choice & Audi­ence Favourite, Fringe Ams­ter­dam 2012
Best New Script & Audi­ence Favourite, Musho! The­atre Fes­ti­val
**** The Her­ald (Edin­burgh Fringe)
**** The List (Edin­burgh Fringe)
**** Broad­way­baby
**** Broad­way World

Jemma Kahn is bril­liant. I came away with my mind slightly blown.’ Annie Lennox, who saw the show at Alexan­der Bar!

Jemma Kahn was selected as one of M&G’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2013 and as one of AfriPOP’s Top 5 Women to Watch in SA Theatre.

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Mon 27th Oct 7pm R120 (R100 online) Tue 28th Oct 7pm R120 (R100 online) Wed 29th Oct 7pm R120 (R100 online) Thu 30th Oct 7pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 31st Oct 7pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 1st Nov 7pm R120 (R100 online)

The Open Couple

The­atre • Run­ning Time: 50 mins
Writ­ten by Dario Fo | Pro­duced & Directed by Christo­pher Weare | Light­ing by Luke Ellen­bo­gen | Cos­tume by Leigh Bishop | Per­formed by Lar­ica Schnell & Nathan Lynn | Foley artists Amelia Vernede & Ameera Conrad
The Open Cou­ple is a com­edy about sex­ual pol­i­tics in mar­riage. The play is cen­tred on an extended argu­ment between a hus­band who enjoys an array of part­ners and his wife who wants him for her­self. Despite reach­ing a mutual agree­ment about liv­ing in an open rela­tion­ship, they find them­selves faced with unex­pected com­pli­ca­tions when their pas­sion for each other re-emerges. When things blow up and the tables turn their mar­riage is left in a pre­car­i­ous conundrum.
“Nathan Lynn’s hus­band is a clas­sic Woody Allen-style under­dog Casanova.” — David Fick, Broad­way World
“Lar­ica Schnell cuts a styl­ish fig­ure as the wife.”- Cape Argus
“Anar­chic humour… Impec­ca­ble tim­ing and hilar­i­ous effect”- Cape Argus
The Open Cou­ple, under direc­tion of Christo­pher Weare, pre­miered at Nicholas Ellenbogen’s inti­mate Rose­bank The­atre in Cape Town in May 2014, as a double-bill with an Afrikaans adap­ta­tion of Anton Chekhov’s Die Buf­fel (The Bear) and was received with much pos­i­tive crit­i­cal acclaim.

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Mon 10th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 11th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 12th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Mon 17th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 18th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 18th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 20th Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 21st Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 22nd Nov 7pm R100 (R90 online)


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!

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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 (Sat­ur­day)

Athol Fugard’s Hello & Good­bye

Naked Girls Read­ing Cape Town presents The Hal­loween Show
Live Read­ing

This Mon­day

The Epicene Butcher
27 Oct 7pm

This Tues­day

The Epicene Butcher
28 Oct 7pm

This Wednes­day

The Epicene Butcher
29 Oct 7pm

This Thurs­day

The Epicene Butcher
30 Oct 7pm


The Epicene Butcher
Fri 31 7pm


The Epicene Butcher
Sat 1 7pm

The Open Cou­ple
Mon 10 7pm
Tue 11 7pm
Wed 12 7pm
Mon 17 7pm
Tue 18 7pm 7pm
Thu 20 7pm
Fri 21 7pm
Sat 22 7pm

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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