Current and Forthcoming Shows at Alexander Upstairs

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Live Reading • Running Time: 60 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith | Featured Readers are Baby Ray, Charlie French, Tswana Hippie & Velvet Nix
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s

They’re here, they’re queer, they’re naked! 

Naked Girls Reading presents Queer AF is exactly what it sounds like - completely nude, queer women reading literature aloud. It's a sexy book club and a sumptuous and scandalous event sure to arouse, educate and entertain all at once. 

We’ll be sauntering through a literary landscape of all things camp and our unclad readers will share a lively selection of LGBTQI literature sure to leave you laughing, provoked and full of Pride.

The Cape Town chapter of this international event has been described as a "performance art sensation" on eTV Primetime News.





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Sleight of hand and psychological illusion • Running Time: 75 mins
Written and performed by Stuart Lightbody | Directed by Tara Notcutt | Graphic art and set design by Sharleen Hollick

The magicians' secret world exists behind locked doors, Stuart Lightbody offers you a key. Spend an evening inside Stuart's mind, a place full of fading memories where strange impossibilities lurk. Each night the audience chooses exactly which wonders unfold, so no two performances are alike and anything could happen. Welcome to "Unique Wonders".


Press & Reviews

  • Thu 7th Mar 2019 Brainwaves

    "This is my favourite of Lightbody's shows because the mix is just perfect"

    Review of Unique Wonders by Mandy Watson

  • Fri 18th Aug 2017 Broadway World

    "Lightbody has always been a disarming worker of wonders; his manner is as masterful as his magic. In UNIQUE WONDERS, he excels himself. Whether he is working with cards or coins, he is captivating from start to finish, the meticulous eye of director Tara Notcutt an active and valuable collaborator in his work."

    Review of Unique Wonders by David Fick

  • Fri 18th Aug 2017 Times Live

    "I knew it would be all right when I heard one 14-year-old gasp "What?!" and the other hiss "No way!" There's nothing more splendid than sitting wide-eyed in the presence of the obviously impossible: it makes an adult feel like a kid. Even better, it makes a teenager feel like a kid too."

    Review of Unique Wonders by Darrel Bristow-Bovey

  • Wed 16th Aug 2017 Fine Music Radio


    Rodney Trudgeon interviews Stuart Lightbody on People of Note for Unique Wonders

  • Tue 15th Aug 2017 Weekend Special

    "[Stuart Lightbody] is warm and self-deprecating in just the right amounts. And he is so, so neat and precise that he makes every single move a dance. His cards flow from his hands. His glances are so precise and intended we never look in the wrong place, and he has an absolute gift when handling each member of the audience; especially those he brings onto stage. He is also very, very funny in a totally old fashioned and delicious way."

    Review of Unique Wonders by Megan Furniss

  • Mon 14th Aug 2017 Weekend Argus


    Review of Unique Wonders by Bianca Coleman

  • Fri 21st Jul 2017 Cape Times

    "The Magicians' world exists behind locked doors and this is the curious audience's opportunity to see what lies behind them."

    Newflash: Unique Wonders - An Opportunity to See a Master of Misdirection




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Drama | Solo performance • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by Mbulelo Grootboom | Created & Performed by Sipho Mahlatshana

Young, queer and struggling. With life. With love. With money. Sipho Mahlatshana brings to the stage the story of an actor caught between big dreams and bad decisions. A story of chance, taking them and asking for them in audition after audition until and tragedy throws everything off course. Will a new obsession keep him sane? Or will he be just a number...





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Pub Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins
presented by Alexander Bar

Who? What? When? How? Why are you shouting answers at me? Oh, it's because I'm the quiz master and have all kinds of drinkable prizes for the rightest of the righteous. Am I using those words right? Actually, don't answer that question. There will be others soon. And they will be a lot harder. So strap your smarty-pants on over your party-pants because 'Let's Get Quizzical' isn't your ordinary pub quiz. Stock up on strange facts! Prepare for Quiz masters with sexy voices! Thirst for spot prizes that almost 100% will be liquid! And of course there'll be quirky formats and categories like 'Um, Actually' and 'Famous Cats'!
Watch out for our Specialist Nights when we focus on categories like Film & TV or Music.

Ready? Then Let's Get Quizzical!

Kindly note: Quiz tickets are per person (not per team)

Rules:
Each team must have at least 2 people but no more than 6.
Pineapples disguised as people will be counted as people.
Silly team names are compulsory.
The Quiz Master is always right. Even if google says no.
Brains only! No phones, laptops, or encyclopedias!




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physical-drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei
Warning: Themes of abuse

Joe Solomons is returning home after 10 years in prison. But for his daughter ammy this isn't something to celebrate. With growing dread she waits for her father's return and the whole community holds its breath... has prison made him a better man? The truth has been buried in silence for so long, what will happen when it escapes?

A new and original physical theatre play performed in Afrikaans. Created and performed by two upcoming theatre makers, Onweer explores important questions with fearless performances from Abigail Mei and Carlo Daniels.

ONWEER is a new and relevant theatre piece, that tells a very important story about a young woman Tammy Solomoms who is caught in a web of emotional abuse by her father. The play is created by Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei both trained in physical theatre at Magnet theatre under Jenny Reznek. Onweer won best of festival at the Zabalaza Fest in 2018 out of 40 productions and is the the first Afrikaans play to do so. The production got five nominations and two awards (Best Production and Carlo Daniels as Best Actor). This production is also directed by Carlo Daniels who has played in several David Kramer and Fugard Theatre productions like: Kat and The Kings, Orpheus in Africa and District Six Kanala.  Daniels was last seen in Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit at Magnet Theatre directed by Mark Fleishman.

With the high levels of violence against women in South Africa, this physical theatre piece speaks to a frightening reality for many. “Onweer was a chance for me to create my own language,” says Daniels. “It was a way for me to communicate my vision as a director. When I wrote this play I’d heard of many cases of rape around me. It motivated me to research the theme and the impact on the victim and the community. Abigail and I developed the piece, first for a competition as a 20-minute play, then as a fully-fledged production."

Daniels is a physical theatre-trained actor, singer and theatre-maker, who grew up in Mitchell’s Plain where he started performing on street corners. He later performed at Madame Zingara and had his first big break in David Kramer’s 2011 musical hit production Some Like it Vrot. He went on to star in several other David Kramer productions such as Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, District Six Kanala and Fred Abrahamse’s Robin Hood Canal Walk. He also performed alongside David Kramer in Platteland, at the 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). Both artists recently completed the 2-year, full-time, training and job creation programme at Magnet Theatre.




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Magic / Illusion • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and Performed by Brendon Peel

This April catch one of South Africa’s busiest performers in the art of illusion in an all new show that is guaranteed to blow minds. The Trickster is a show filled with mentalism, psychological illusion, as well as classic magic tricks. Brendon Peel is back to perform in Cape Town's amazing Alexander Bar. Brendon is regarded nationally as one of the top in his field of magic and mystery. Avoid missing out by booking a ticket today and find out for yourself why he is known as The Trickster. 

For the last 4000 years magic and illusion has been a popular art form in the theatre realm and 2019 is no different. Brendon has performed all over South Africa and even internationally including the world famous Edinburgh Festival, he is a true artist and a hard-working talent that is on the pursuit of spreading the magic to where ever he goes. There are so many different disciplines, genres, and facets of the art of magic and in this show Brendon covers practically all of the prominent forms of magic. Not only is the show highly entertaining but it is also somewhat educational as he weaves you through the ins and outs of the history of magic and illusion. Brendon Peel is a true trickster as he has been performing tricks and illusions for well over a decade. In this truly magical show, satisfaction is an absolute guarantee - so come along and witness something different and truly magical.

Press Info: Brendon Peel has written, created, and starred in over 12 totally different and unique magic shows. With his majorly successful show 'Hocus Pocus' being performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 as well as being toured all across South Africa in 2018. Even at quite a young age, one could consider him to be somewhat of a veteran performer with over 500 live performances under his belt. All this hard work and dedication led him to be the winner of The South African Theatre Magazine's 'Performer of the Year' award in 2017. 




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Improvisational comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Improguise

5 nights, 5 formats, every show made up!

ImproGuise , Cape Town’s best-loved and longest running improv troupe are delighted and excited to bring their 7th annual Improv Festival to their favourite theatre, the Alexander Bar. This year, ImproGuise will be performing a mix of improv formats, from the most popular , TheatreSports, to outrageous musical mayhem in Tribute. Every show is totally different, guaranteeing an hour of the most entertaining and creative theatrical improv. 

ImproGuise, Cape Town's longest-running, award-winning, Improv Company have been performing continuously in Cape Town and around the country for the past 23 years, bringing you the internationally recognised short form Improv, TheatreSports. They have also introduced audiences to other fabulous Long form improv formats; some that they learned from fellow improvisers across the globe, and some that they invented themselves such as: Superscene, On the couch, Period drama, Improvised Chekov, Tribute, Little Space between, Soapathon, Jam Sandwich, First Kiss, Last kiss, Musical, Naked Improv, The Chair, Stuck in the Middle, Wordplay, Film Noir, Easy Inn and their annual Improv fest, to name but a few. They perform and teach at various theatres, schools, corporates and festivals both in South Africa and abroad.

Formats:
Fake Place is a homespun tale. A handful of highly skilled improvisers explore a fictional place and play all the loveable and eccentric characters in it. Heart-warming and gut-wrenchingly funny.

Stuck in the Middle, created by Rik Brown, tortures one brave improviser, who is stuck on stage for a whole hour while all the other improvisers come on and change the scenes. It is crazy, hilarious and high energy improv.

Tribute is an Improvised “rockumentary” tribute show about a made up band, with real, made up songs based on titles from the audience. Raucous, rambunctious fun! This format is always sold out, so book early.

TheatreSports is by far the audience favourite. Old school highly competitive short form improv where two teams compete for the highest score, judged by the audience. Book for the whole family now.

In SuperScene 5 actors take turns to direct a scene. One by one the scenes are voted off by the audience with a clap-o-meter. Finally, a winner of the ultimate prize of “SuperScene” emerges. This is Improv at its best: wildly creative, hugely competitive and highly entertaining.




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Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Authentik Productions | Written & performed by Dennis Stander | Produced by Nic Leonidas | Directed by Nic Leonidas & Dennis Stander | Music Directed by Adrian Williams
Warning: English and Afrikaans

Told with humour and pathos, this show is a man’s search for his self-identity and the many paths it leads him down. He develops an obsession with the stage and the mirror at a tender age, and at high school he experiments with cigarettes and the bitter sweet taste of alcohol. Without the guidance of his teachers and classmates he becomes a menace to society. Unable to sustain a job because of his TIK (Crystal meth) addiction, the end of the road seems to have come much sooner than he expected. Where does he draw the line? The voices ring in his ears, “Kill!!! Die!!!” How does this tragicomedy end? Is there the silence of defeat or are we left with a song of hope?

Biographies:
Dennis Stander was born in the seventies and grew up on the Cape Flats. He embraced acting from a young age by performing in plays at his local church and found his passion for the stage.

Later in life he got caught up with the scourges of society and became enslaved to alcohol and drugs for years. His travels in life found him completing his Drama Studies at CADA in Cape Town which allowed him to achieve his Honours in Speech and Drama. Having been distracted by his compulsive drive to live on the edge, he found himself addicted to "tik" (crystal meth) for three years. His life almost came to an end when he was faced with a choice to either commit suicide or choose to live.

He shares his message of suffering, hope, peace and love in the form of comedy, song and dance. His personal message: "There is hope for the hopeless, peace for those at war with themselves and society, and love to those who feel hated. Life is filled with choices, the choice is yours."

Adrian Williams was born on the Cape Flats, South Africa. His musical experience spans over 20 years, both in the recording industry and playing professionally as a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums and Vocalist). He spent the last 25 years, working with some of the best South African artists including The Rockets, Malaika, Simphiwe Dhana, Lebo Mathosa, Allou April, Robbie Jansen, Jabu Khanyele and Bayete and Danny K, and gained extensive experience within the music industry in South Africa and abroad. He also shared the stage with various international artists such as Will Smith, Brian Mei (Queen), Katie Maloua and Johnny Clegg on one of the 46664 concerts.

As an artist he had the opportunity to travel extensively locally and abroad and is currently involved with writing, producing and recording different artist in studio under his recording label Simplicity Productions.




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Afro-folk, Alternative • Running Time: 60 mins
Blessing Tabang on vocals and guitar | G stickz on Drums | Ifeoluwa on bass | Uduak EJ on Keyboard

Come experience an evening of pure, intimate, afro-folk melodies with Nigerian musician Blessing Tangban at the Alexander theatre. For the first time ever in Cape town, The Nigerian queen of folk music will share her artistry, alongside her band for an unforgettable musical experience.





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Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Conceived and Directed by Jenine Collocott | Performed by Taryn Bennett | Presented by Contagious Theatre | Written by Jenine Collocott and Taryn Bennett | Additional dramaturgy by Nick Warren | Sound effects by Peter Cornell

Winner of a 2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award, Contagious Theatre’s newest production, Silkworm, is an evocative exploration of the ordinary things that make life extraordinary. The story is told to us through the eyes of the at once gregarious and socially awkward Georgina. Georgina is about to have the single most important day of her life. On this day, she takes the audience on a journey that reveals how the small things are, ultimately, big things. 

Silkworm makes extensive use of storytelling and clowning techniques borrowed from Italy’s Helikos School of Theatre Creation, adding a dollop of humour and a touch of whimsy. The result is a theatrical experience that explores, pushes, and ultimately punctures the gossamer thin veil that divides the wistfully surreal from the frighteningly real.

Silkworm is conceived and directed by Jenine Collocott and stars Taryn Bennett, with additional dramaturgy by Nick Warren. Audiences can anticipate the sensitive and insightful entertainment delivered by other Contagious Theatre productions and collaborations, including The Snow Goose, The Old Man and The Sea, Babbelagtig, Kaput, Dirt, Sunday Morning and Making Mandela.

‘Superbly brought to life.’
- The Critter

‘A shining beautiful gem.’
- The Witness 

'Bennett is a delight to watch.'
- Robyn Sassen

Jenine studied theatre creation at Helikos in Florence, Italy. Her production Making Mandela won the 2016 Naledi for Best Youth Production and was most recently selected as part of the Assitej World Congress Main Programme. Much of her work has travelled internationally, namely Dirt (Official selection Fringe World, Perth and the Brighton Festival); Sunday Morning (Official selection Edinburgh Festival); A Day in the Desert (Sold out tour in California).

Jenine is an acclaimed director and designer and has been nominated for a number of awards. Her most recent work Silkworm won a 2018 Ovation Award and The Old Man and the Sea was nominated for two Naledi Awards and have played to critical and audience acclaim. Her most recent production Babbelagtig won Best Youth Production and Best Debut at the KKNK Kanna Awards and has been nominated for Best Production at the 2019 Fiestas.

Instagram @jeninecollocottwarren
Twitter @jeninecollocott

Taryn studied theatre at Rhodes University. She has performed for TV and stage and is a regular at the National Arts Festival with hits like The Snow Goose, Doctor Colliinger’s Funeral Service, Kaput and Sie Weiss Alles. Taryn performed nationally for both Ubom and FTH:K theatre companies to critical and audience acclaim. In 2015 she worked on twenty-six episodes of the children’s TV series Silly Seasons. Taryn was most recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Old Man and the Sea at the 2018 Naledi Theatre Awards. Her critically acclaimed Silkworm won a 2018 Ovation Award.

Instagram @tarynsandrabennett




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Comedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Pierre Malherbe | Directed by Adrian Collins | Designed by Guy de Lancey | Performed by Juliette Pauling, Brett Williams, and Pierre Malherbe
Warning: Some fruity language.

That which is seen, cannot be unseen; unless that which is seen was never seen in the first place. Or maybe it was seen, but not quite in the way that it happened. If it even happened at all.

Apple Face is a surreal comedy adventure that takes place at an outdoor music festival. A 40th birthday celebration turns sour when somebody witnesses something disturbing. Is this just a mid life crises on party sweets or did they really see something? 

Pierre Malherbe is an actor and writer with over 20 years theatre experience. More recently he has appeared in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversty In Chicago and a number of Louis Viljoen plays. He was most recently seen in Brent Palmers The Visit and had a brief stint in Shakespeare In Love. His camera credits include Black Sails, Roots, Troy: Fall Of A city, and the SAFTA award winning short film Armed Response. His has written and performed stand up comedy as well as three one man shows. Apple Face is his first self penned show to feature additional cast members.

Juliette Pauling has a BA in drama from Rhodes University. There, she performed in several productions which were featured at the National Arts Festival. She took a brief break from acting in 2013 and obtained a diploma in culinary arts. She has appeared in both Suzelle DIY and Tali's Wedding Diary and now in 2018 we see her in Apple Face.

Brett Williams, is a seasoned actor and reluctant entrepreneur with a penchant for karaoke. Having glimpsed the greener pastures of Australia, he returned to Cape Town to make his fortune in film and is now doing theatre. Due to the drought, his #hotbathcoldtea calendar photos have come to a close but you can find him on Instagram at @notbluesteel and @albanywatchco. Please enjoy the play.

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 2nd May 2018 Weekend Special

    "I could not stop laughing."

    "All three of them are absolutely perfect at delivering this bizarre and hilarious piece."

    REVIEW: ‘APPLE FACE’




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Music • Running Time: 90 mins
Produced by Sthe Mfuphi | Directed by Sthe Mfuphi & Bulelewa Sakayi | Performed by 4 Tons of Fun

The undisputed 'Queen of Soul' created a legacy that spans six decades. Join 4 Tons of Fun as they pay tribute to this iconic singer. This is a chance to see four of Cape Town's finest vocalists with their big voices honouring a musical icon.

Following the untimely death of Aretha Franklin in August 2018, the three founder members of 3 Tons of Fun, Sthe Mfuphi (Saxy Sthe), Bulelwa Sakayi (Beautiful Bee) and Michelle Thomas (Mysterious Mich) together with powerhouse Soi Soi Gqeza, have produced a fitting tribute to this iconic singer. Included in the show are lesser known favourites like ‘Chain of Fools’ and ‘A deeper love’ as well as the big numbers such as ‘Respect’, ‘Natural Woman’ and ‘Ain’t no mountain’.

In this performance, these four women, Sthe, Bee, Michelle and Soi Soi, with their amazing voices will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin in what will be a celebration through song of the life of a woman who has influenced generations of singers and touched the lives of so many. Combining vocal power, skillful harmonies and smoldering sensuality with vivacious energy, these larger than life women will entertain the audience like no other.




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Schedule

Today (Saturday)


Unique Wonders with Stuart Lightbody
Sleight of hand and psychological illusion
at 9pm

This Tuesday


Just A Number
Drama | Solo performance
26 Mar at 7pm

This Wednesday


Just A Number
Drama | Solo performance
27 Mar at 7pm
Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
27 Mar at 7pm

This Thursday


Just A Number
Drama | Solo performance
28 Mar at 7pm
ONWEER
physical-drama
28 Mar at 9pm

Rest of March


ONWEER
physical-drama
Fri 29 at 9pm
Sat 30 at 9pm

April


The Trickster
Magic / Illusion
Mon 1 at 7pm
Tue 2 at 7pm
Wed 3 at 7pm
Thu 4 at 7pm
Fri 5 at 7pm
Sat 6 at 7pm
ONWEER
physical-drama
Mon 1 at 9pm
Tue 2 at 9pm
Wed 3 at 9pm
Thu 4 at 9pm
Fri 5 at 9pm
Sat 6 at 9pm
Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
Wed 3 at 7pm
Wed 10 at 7pm
Wed 17 at 7pm
Wed 24 at 7pm
ImproGuise presents: The 7th Annual Improv fest
Improvisational comedy
Tue 9 at 7pm
Wed 10 at 7pm
Thu 11 at 7pm
Fri 12 at 7pm
Sat 13 at 7pm
One Man Stand
Comedy
Mon 15 at 7pm
Tue 16 at 7pm
Wed 17 at 7pm
Thu 18 at 7pm
Blessing Tangban Live
Afro-folk, Alternative
Sat 27 at 7pm

May


Silkworm
Theatre
Mon 6 at 7pm
Tue 7 at 7pm
Wed 8 at 7pm
Thu 9 at 7pm
Fri 10 at 7pm
Sat 11 at 4pm 7pm
Mon 13 at 7pm
Tue 14 at 7pm
Wed 15 at 7pm
Thu 16 at 7pm
Fri 17 at 7pm
Sat 18 at 4pm 7pm
Apple Face
Comedy
Mon 13 at 9pm
Tue 14 at 9pm
Wed 15 at 9pm
Thu 16 at 9pm
Fri 17 at 9pm
Sat 18 at 9pm
Mon 20 at 9pm
Tue 21 at 9pm
Wed 22 at 9pm
Thu 23 at 9pm
Fri 24 at 9pm
Sat 25 at 9pm

June