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.

Inher­ent End

Drama • Run­ning Time: 65 mins
Pre­sented by Instant Arts Col­lec­tive | Directed by Kim Ker­foot | Per­formed & writ­ten by Tamarin McGin­ley | Dra­maturgy by Kati Francis
A cheeky, ten­der, mixed-up play about mis­placed affec­tion. How do our early expe­ri­ences define us for­ever? Part con­fes­sion, part com­edy, and part sci­en­tific trea­tise, Inher­ent End ques­tions how we affect each other, how we alter each other and how we pass on the expe­ri­ences we received at the hands of oth­ers.

Stacey is only 11 but she is learn­ing about seduc­tion and love. A woman is hurtling towards dis­as­ter on par­al­lel tracks of inap­pro­pri­ate attrac­tion. A sci­en­tist seek­ing her own sal­va­tion in field of epi­ge­net­ics is hunt­ing down the genetic extent of trauma. United by cir­cum­stance these woman strad­dle the gaps between vic­tim and preda­tor, cir­cum­stance and action, inno­cence and guilt.
A solo show with Tamarin McGin­ley, directed by Kim Ker­foot, and pre­sented by the Instant Arts Col­lec­tive, Inher­ent End is fresh from artis­tic devel­op­ment in Lon­don and is pre­mier­ing in Cape Town before embark­ing on an inter­na­tional adven­ture.  It’s a reunion, a new inter-continental explo­ration and an exper­i­ment in sto­ry­telling and style. See it here first!

Book for Inher­ent End by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Sat 28th Mar 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 30th Mar 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 31st Mar 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 1st Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 2nd Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)

The Game: Redemption

Anti-Theatre • Run­ning Time: 70 mins
Col­lec­tive: Frik ‘The Leg­end’ du Perez, Tatiana Petrokova, Mil­ton Schorr & Bren­dan Mur­ray
Warn­ing: Run­ning time may vary.
Face­book Event
Tatiana, a giant female player from rural Rus­sia, is plan­ning to com­mit sui­cide after one last game with leg­endary Coach Frik ‘The Leg­end’ Du Perez. Her plans are scup­pered when they are locked in by a hap­less secu­rity guard, forc­ing them to spend the night together. As the sex­ual ten­sion mounts a dev­as­tat­ing secret is revealed. Will Tatiana live to play another day? Will Frik finally face the awful real­ity of his secret life? All will be revealed when they play The Game.
The Game 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 tal­ent, no story-line, no game…’ are just a few snip­pets from that land­mark text. The review went on to form an inte­gral part of the saga of The Game, as it con­tin­ued to chal­lenge audi­ences with it’s unique non-theatrical style. After a hia­tus of nearly four years, The Game is back with its third install­ment: Redemp­tion.

Some responses from atten­dees have been:

“It was like being on a fuck­ing roller­coaster!”
“Shock and awe.”
“It’s the kind of thing I’d rec­om­mend to my friends. And my ene­mies.”
“I felt embar­rassed to be a part of the human race.”
TOTALLY inap­pro­pri­ate.”
“funny as hell, brave as a moth­er­fucker”
“I agree: TOTALLY innapro­pri­ate!”
“I have never seen a room of peo­ple laugh this hard.”

Book for The Game: Redemp­tion by click­ing this button:
Sat 28th Mar 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Anthol­ogy: A Change in the Weather

A col­lec­tion of short plays • Run­ning Time: 65 mins
By Louis Viljoen, Nicholas Spag­no­letti & Jon Keevy | Fea­tur­ing Adrian Collins & Amy Wil­son | Directed by Louis Viljoen, Megan Fur­niss & Jon Keevy
Three writ­ers, two actors, make an anthol­ogy of short plays on the theme ‘A Change in the Weather’.

Jon Keevy’s Bul­let Point an enig­matic pack­age throws two con artists into a tight spot.
In Nicholas Spagnoletti’s Drowned Bride, a best man and a bride find them­selves at the bot­tom of the Atlantic, dead, after the wed­ding went hor­ri­bly wrong.
And there’s Louis Viljoen’s Trop­i­ca­lypse: Some hang­overs feel like the end of the world; some hang­overs are the end of the world.

The writ­ers were given the theme, and aside from con­straints on cast-size and set, total free­dom. Bril­liant act­ing tal­ents Adrian Collins and Amy Wil­son are up for the chal­lenge that Anthol­ogy presents.

Anthol­ogy: A Change in the Weather was first pre­sented in a lim­ited run in Decem­ber 2014. Anthol­ogy is the brain­child of Nicholas Spag­no­letti and Louis Viljoen, hatched as a plat­form for local writ­ers to exper­i­ment with short for­mat plays, net­work, and have fun. The first short run was over too soon, so before mov­ing on to the next edi­tion we decided to reprise this. How­ever Can­dice D’Arcy, one of the writer-directors, has moved on to Aus­tralia so Jon Keevy has filled in with a con­tri­bu­tion. Bren­don Daniels, who was in D’Arcy’s piece, will return in Anthol­ogy Two sched­uled for August.

Book for Anthol­ogy: A Change in the Weather by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Tue 7th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 8th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 9th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 10th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 11th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Mon 13th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 14th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 15th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 16th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 17th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 18th Apr 9pm R100 (R90 online)


Sleight of Hand • Run­ning Time: 60 mins
Per­formed by Stu­art Light­body | Writ­ten by Stu­art Light­body & Tara Not­cutt | Directed by Tara Not­cutt
Warn­ing: May blow your mind
Just back from Fringe World Perth where “Dev­il­ish” was nom­i­nated for the The­atre Award!

They say that the great­est trick that the devil ever pulled was con­vinc­ing the world that he doesn’t exist. Well, Stu­art Light­body remains uncon­vinced.

From the cre­ators of the Illu­sive, which won a Stan­dard Bank Ova­tion Award at the National Arts Fes­ti­val, Gra­ham­stown and the Cre­ative Award at the Prague Fringe Fes­ti­val comes a dia­bol­i­cal mix of sleight of hand artistry and psy­cho­log­i­cal illu­sion filled with secrets and con­fes­sions. Whether you’ve danced with the devil in the pale moon­light, or just want to flirt with some­thing wicked, come and take a seat with Stu­art Light­body: he has a story to tell…
“Stu­art Light­body [is a] sleight of hand extra­or­di­naire” – Cape Argus (2009)

“Stu­art Light­body is a well spo­ken affa­ble young man, lucky to be alive in the 21st cen­tury – oth­er­wise he’d be burned as a witch.” — Ade­laide Adver­tiser (2013)

“Every part of the per­for­mance is breath­tak­ing and so ele­gantly exe­cuted you find your­self, if only for a moment, believ­ing in magic.” – Cape Times (2013)

“…every­one he invites up onto the stage becomes part of a quite amaz­ing dis­rup­tion of every­day belief” – Ade­laide Adver­tiser (2013)

“… he replaces nor­mal human gulli­bil­ity with an awestruck sense that what you have seen has to be magic” – Ade­laide Adver­tiser (2013)

“Sleight-of-hand gets a shot of ele­gant the­atri­cal­ity cour­tesy of per­former Stu­art Light­body…” – Cape Argus (2013)

“…beau­ti­fully impos­si­ble while still being impos­si­bly beau­ti­ful.” – Cape Argus (2013)

“… an unreal expe­ri­ence that relies on pure artistry to enter­tain.” – Cape Argus (2013)

Book for Dev­il­ish by click­ing this button:
Thu 9th Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online): Hurry! Only 5 tick­ets left!

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.

Book for Dead Yel­low Sands by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Fri 10th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Sat 11th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Mon 13th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Tue 14th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Wed 15th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Thu 16th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Fri 17th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online) Sat 18th Apr 7pm R90 (R100 online)

Body Lan­guage II: the Mat­ing Game

Com­edy • Run­ning Time: 55 mins
Per­formed & writ­ten by Gaë­tan Schmid | directed by Lara Bye | sound design James Webb
After ‘Body Lan­guage’ SOLD OUT 5 years ago, Gaë­tan Schmid is back with more fas­ci­nat­ing rev­e­la­tions in this high octane phys­i­cal com­edy. A jour­ney span­ning 400˙000 years of human evo­lu­tion, explor­ing our (some­times very con­fus­ing) mat­ing rit­u­als and hid­den non-verbal mes­sag­ing. A must see for the sake of the sur­vival of our species!

Press for Body Language:

 “solo tour de force”

“Strange … psy­chotic energy”

“Hilar­i­ous roller­coaster ride”

“Gaë­tan Schmid at his rolling mar­vel­lous crazy best”

Gaë­tan is a Bel­gian the­atre artist cur­rently liv­ing and work­ing in South Africa.

After study­ing the­atre at the École Inter­na­tionale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France he toured excit­ing new cre­ations to fes­ti­vals and the­atres all over the world. Rus­sia, Swe­den, Roma­nia, USA, Bel­gium, The Nether­lands, Eng­land, Wales, Uganda, Andorra, Spain and Scot­land.

Since arriv­ing in South Africa 15 years ago – his South African wife (not wife then) told him to “come … come and have a look … cou­ple of weeks max …” – Gaë­tan pro­duces, cre­ates, writes and per­forms his own excit­ingly orig­i­nal one-man-shows … well, most of them are his own: The Bel­gian, Body Lan­guage, Rump­steak (Fleur du Cap nom­i­nated), The Dog’s Bol­locks, The Incred­i­ble Beer Show, the pigeon and The Com­i­cal Tragedy. The first 2 and lat­ter 2 were directed by his extra­or­di­nary wife Lara Bye (Lon­don Road, The Fly­ing Dutch­man, Rain­bow Scars, Yel­low Man), mother of their son Mat­teo (11) – Minecraft specialist.

Book for Body Lan­guage II: the Mat­ing Game by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Mon 20th Apr 7pm R80 (R70 online) Tue 21st Apr 7pm R80 (R70 online) Wed 22nd Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 23rd Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 24th Apr 7pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 25th Apr 7pm R90 (R80 online)

A Woman Alone

Drama • Run­ning Time: 65 mins
Writ­ten by Dario Fo & Franca Rame | Trans­lated by Gillian Hanna | Directed by Michael Kirch | Per­formed by Anna Kur­gan
Face­book Event
Entropy implod­ing. A woman hit by fifty shades of blue. A gold­fish in a bowl. The ham­ster on its wheel. Going round and round and round.
Therein hangs a chased tail.

A Woman Alone by Dario Fo and Franca Rame takes a wry look at a repressed, dis­em­pow­ered house­wife killing time while adrift in time­less issues. As Rame said, “I draw on prob­lems that women have within soci­ety at large. The most impor­tant thing that I would wish to see… is respect for women every­where: at home, in the street, in the fam­ily and in bed.” The play, post-feminism, intro­duces a woman unhinged by patri­ar­chal clam­our, unable to turn down its noise. A dis­turbed woman. An abused woman. A woman alone.

Book for A Woman Alone by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Mon 20th Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 21st Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 22nd Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 27th Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 28th Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 29th Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 30th Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 1st May 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 2nd May 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Dirty Words

Sketch Com­edy • Run­ning Time: 55 mins
Per­formed by Ali­cia McCormick & Dylan Esbach | cre­ated by Jon Keevy
Warn­ing: Con­tains all the dirty words | no under 18s
Dirty Words was born in the fast and loose cru­cible that is Alexan­der Upstairs’ own monthly exper­i­men­tal plat­form, Play Things. Imme­di­ately it became a cult sen­sa­tion. Filthy, Explicit and incred­i­bly funny… Dirty Words pulls back the cov­ers on erot­ica, chat sex, dirty talk and naughty sexy gram­mar. In seven sketches Ali­cia and Dylan turn up the raunch, slip­ping in sexy tongue twisters and bur­lesque shenani­gans.

Warn­ing: con­tains all the dirty words and also some almost nudity.

Press & Reviews

Book for Dirty Words by click­ing the but­ton of the per­for­mance you wish to attend:
Thu 23rd Apr 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 24th Apr 9pm R120 (R100 online)
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Inher­ent End

The Game: Redemp­tion

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Inher­ent End
30 Mar 7pm

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Inher­ent End
31 Mar 7pm

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Inher­ent End
1 Apr 7pm

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Inher­ent End
2 Apr 7pm


Anthol­ogy: A Change in the Weather
A col­lec­tion of short plays
Tue 7 9pm
Wed 8 9pm
Thu 9 9pm
Fri 10 9pm
Sat 11 9pm
Mon 13 9pm
Tue 14 9pm
Wed 15 9pm
Thu 16 9pm
Fri 17 9pm
Sat 18 9pm

Sleight of Hand
Thu 9 7pm

Dead Yel­low Sands
Fri 10 7pm
Sat 11 7pm
Mon 13 7pm
Tue 14 7pm
Wed 15 7pm
Thu 16 7pm
Fri 17 7pm
Sat 18 7pm

Body Lan­guage II: the Mat­ing Game
Mon 20 7pm
Tue 21 7pm
Wed 22 7pm
Thu 23 7pm
Fri 24 7pm
Sat 25 7pm

A Woman Alone
Mon 20 9pm
Tue 21 9pm
Wed 22 9pm
Mon 27 9pm
Tue 28 9pm
Wed 29 9pm
Thu 30 9pm

Dirty Words
Sketch Com­edy
Thu 23 9pm
Fri 24 9pm


A Woman Alone
Fri 1 9pm
Sat 2 9pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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