Current and Forthcoming Shows at Alexander Upstairs

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Comedy • Running Time: 90 mins
Created, directed & presented by The Brothers Streep (Dylan Hichens and Simon van Wyk) with Andrew Kerr
This show includes an interval

Join The Brothers Streep for a brand new panel show all about life’s quibbles and how to solve them. Each show Andrew, Dylan and Simon are joined by fellow comedians to answer Agony Aunt letters, debate worst world problems, and discover new life hacks for old troubles.

Hosted by Andrew Kerr (TheatreSports & The Brothers Streep Show), the Brothers bring their love of BBC panel shows (Would I Like To You?, Mock the Week, The Unbelievable Truth, QI), to inspire a fresh outlet for their fun and uplifting look on life.

The Brothers Streep are an acoustic comedy act from Cape Town, South Africa. Performing as both a duo and full band, they have made their mark locally through playing at major South African events such as Rocking the Daisies, Synergy, The Annual Comics Choice Awards and Grahamstown Festival, whilst also broadening their horizons internationally by playing to Anna Paquin on The Graham Norton Show and debuting their first full length show at The Gilded Balloon as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe back in 2010. They are perhaps best known in South Africa for their performance on the first and last episode of SA Idols Season IV.

Formed in 2005 by Dylan Hichens (guitar and vocals) and Simon van Wyk (guitar and vocals), The Brothers spent their early years performing their harmonious blend of comedy and music in the Cape Town band scene, before later branching into the comedy arena. The result is a comedy band where melody and music don't take the back seat to the laughs. Their songs span a variety of topics, from flavoured milk products to Disney princesses, as well as pirates, the economy, movie twists and other day-to-day observations - there's certainly something for everyone with The Brothers Streep.

When they're not playing music, the Brothers have also been known to host radio shows and produce podcasts, their most recent being The Brothers 

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Running Time: 120 mins
Alexander Bar presents 4 new short plays by: Jemma Kahn, Louis Viljoen, Dara Beth & Jon Keevy | Directed by Louis Viljoen | Performed by Nicholas Pauling & Maggie Gericke
Warning: Profanity & Sexual Themes | Run time includes an interval

A pair of shipwrecked pirate perverts. A psychologist with a suspicious client. A drama student with a seance candle. An estranged son circling the widowed step-mother. All that from four writers, two actors, and one director... Anthology is back.

Alexander Bar's very literally named showcase of new writing returns after a two year absence with four fresh stories to tell. This time round writers Jemma Kahn, Louis Viljoen, Dara Beth, and Jon Keevy played with the theme: Clean Break, to each produce a 10 to 20 minute play for actors Nicholas Pauling and Maggie Gericke.

The Actors

Nicholas Pauling has appeared in A Steady Rain, The Pervert Laura, Blue/Orange, Champ, The Fontiersmen, Epstein, Twelfth Night, and Shakespeare in Love. He toured the UK with The Tempest and Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canada with Waiting for the Barbarians, and the United States with a production of The 39 Steps. Nicholas won the 2007 Fleur Du Cap Award for Best Actor for his role as Mozart in Amadeus. His television credits include Black Sails, Dominion, You Me and the Apocalypse, Bluestone 42, Book of Negroes and most recently the HBO series Warrior. His film credits include Black Butterflies, Doomsday, Death Race 2, Challenger and was recently seen in The Dark Tower with Matthew McConaughey.

Maggie Gericke is a performer based in Cape town, she was most recently seen in Peter Schafer's Equus directer by Fred Abramse at Theatre on the Bay and Montecasino in Joburg. She's a graduate of the University of Cape Town's performance programme and has taken parts in independent plays, short films and television adverts. She is looking forward to playing characters closer to her age. She also takes pretty nice photos, writes and illustrates. Her social media game is neglected at best, which is commendable.

The Writers (and the director)

Louis Viljoen is a Cape Town based playwright and director. He has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, The Emissary, The Eulogists, The Demon Bride, and The Hucksters. He is also the writer of Rob van Vuuren’s internationally acclaimed one-man show, Dangled, which was invited to the 2017 Brighton Fringe Festival. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

Jemma Kahn has captivated audiences from Alexander Bar to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique visual style and aesthetic, drawing on diverse inspirations from the 12th century Japanese art form 'kamishibai' to modern pop movements to the kind of books you could pick up from a thrift shop for R5. Her unique plays include The Epicene Butcher and other stories for consenting adults, In Bocca Al Luppo, The Borrow Pit, and Cellist with Rabies. In 2018 she was the National Arts Festival's Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre an honor she jokes about occasionally. 

Dara Beth is first and foremost an angry, Jewish feminist. Secondly, they are one half of the cabaret duo Plumsong with mom and fellow performer, Sharyn Seidel. Dara completed UCT’s Theatre and Performance programme in 2018, receiving the class medal for theatre-making, the Ruth Peffer’s Prize and distinctions in Drama). Since graduating, Dara has written several plays, their most recent production being Nasty Womxn which has had three sold-out runs at the Alexander Bar. Dara is a part of The Furies, a womxn-centric artistic co-op with whose help they will be staging their new production, “The Chronicles of Athena, Babes”.

Jon Keevy has trouble remembering what sort of bio he should be writing – a writer? A designer? A director? A producer? Like many people hustling in the Cape Town theatre industry he has to be more than one of these at any given time. He somehow graduated form UCT with a Masters in Theatre-making and trimmed his teeth working for directors like Lara Bye, Geoff Hyland, and the late Peter Krummeck. His own plays have taken him to festivals around the world and been published in international theatre journals. They include Under the Stars Above the Tree, A Girl called Owl, Get Kraken!Every Beautiful Thing, Dirty Words, Single Minded, and The Underground Library. He can found daily at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre where he manages one of the smallest but busiest stages in Cape Town.

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Workshop • Running Time: 60 mins
Sessions are led by Kemsley Dickinson, founder and owner of the Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai, and the new owner of the Alexander Bar.
NOTE: Times have changed from previously advertised to accommodate a extra session

Our drop-in improv sessions at the Alexander are open to everyone, whether you are an experienced actor or not. All levels of improv experience welcome, all that is required is a great attitude and a willingness to play! It's a great opportunity to practice, de-stress, have some fun and meet new people, and best of all, there's no fee to join! The workshop is free!

Improv is great for people who love to be on stage and want to learn the core elements of improvised theatre, or for business people learning to feel comfortable with public speaking... in fact, anyone who wants to have fun while learning to be more spontaneous, creative, playful, open and aware.

Every Sunday evening, after the workshop we have a Maestro Improv™ Show. Participants in the workshop may be cast to perform at the Maestro that evening. A great opportunity to get in some stage practice. 

We're looking to put together an ensemble of actors to perform together at the Alexander on a regular basis. Casting for this will take place from the pool of people taking part in the drop-in sessions.

Please register your attendance here and if for any reason you can no longer attend then please let us know at least one hour in advance so someone else take jump in. 

Contact or Whatsapp 083 648 1324 for more details.

There is no workshop fee.

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Improvisational comedy • Running Time: 120 mins
Running time may vary | Includes and interval

Fast-paced, unpredictable, and hilarious.

Ten of Cape Town's virtuoso actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. You score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and after each round, the players with the lowest scores are eliminated.

When only one remains they, are crowned the Maestro! 

Entrance is free of charge, however, you will be given an opportunity to support the theatre by contributing your preferred amount as a donation at the end of the show.

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Improv Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins

Improv Comedy performed by The Long Shots!

They’ll be making it up on the spot…come see a series of Improvised scenes and stories inspired by audience suggestions. Everything is improvised - no planning, no script - just the comedy that comes from being in the moment!

The cast hails from South Africa, the UK and USA and have been performing together in some configuration or another since 2011.

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Sketch Comedy (but sexy) • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed by Maggie Gericke & Sanda Shandu | Directed by Andrew Laubscher | Created by Jon Keevy
Warning: Contains all the dirty words and also some almost nudity | no under 18s

Filthy, Explicit and incredibly funny… Dirty Words pulls back the covers on erotica, chat sex, dirty talk and naughty sexy grammar. In seven sketches Maggie and Sanda turn up the raunch, slipping in sexy tongue twisters and burlesque shenanigans.

Warning: contains all the dirty words

The team!

Andrew Laubscher (Mr Director) is a very sexy Cape Town-based film and theatre actor. Trained at the University of Cape Town (graduated 2007), Laubscher has performed in numerous stage productions both locally and internationally, as well as several feature and short films. Some theatre highlights include: ‘As You Like It’ directed by Geoffrey Hyland; ‘Cosi’ directed by Scott Sparrow; ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ directed by Marthinus Basson; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ directed by Guy de Lancey; ‘Lovborg’s Women’ directed by Chris Weare (Fleur Du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor); ‘Mafeking Road’ directed by Tara Notcutt; ‘A Comedy Of Errors’ directed by Matthew Wild; and ‘Balbesit’ directed by Jaco Bouwer.

In 2014, Andrew won the Fleur de Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Riff-Raff in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, performed at The Fugard Theatre from 2013 - 2015. More recently Laubscher’s theatre work includes ‘The Emissary’ written and directed by Louis Viljoen; ‘The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner’ directed by Adrian Collins, ‘Marat/Sade’ directed by Jaco Bouwer; and ‘Tiger Bay’ performed at The Artscape Theatre. In 2018, he acted in the award winning Afrikaans play ‘Swerfgoed’ directed by Tinarie van Wyk Loots.

In 2019, Laubscher made his directorial debut with Gaëtan Schmid’s one man physical theatre play, ‘Zombie Attack!’ which enjoyed a successful tour to the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (fka Grahamstown). 'Dirty Words' will be his time in the director's seat. Come see how he handles it.

Jon Keevy first wrote 'Dirty Words' under the nom de plum of Jack Hardcastle, fictional author of even more fictional erotica. His cover was uh blown almost immediately by the press and so he had to explain to his mum what the play was about. Like many people hustling in the Cape Town theatre industry he has pretend to be able to multi-task as a writer, producer, designer, stagehand, fight choreographer, teacher, barman, husband, and dungeon master (not the sexy kind).

He graduated from UCT in 2007 for the 3rd time with an MA in theatre-making and started making theatre with Bosnian-born director Sanjin Muftic, a long time collaborator on many ill-advised schemes. Together they produced four plays at the National Arts Festival, toured to faraway places like Rwanda and Knysna, ran an underground theatre until the cops shut it down, created projections for operas directed by Lara Bye and generally kept themselves busy.

As a writer Keevy flounces through different genres, from Children’s theatre to saucy sketch comedy, to solo shows dealing with dark South African themes. Most of these he has produced himself or with the aid of ASSITEJ and/or the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.

Maggie Gericke (the Actress) is a performer based in Cape town, she was most recently seen in Peter Schafer's 'Equus' directer by Fred Abramse at Theatre on the Bay and Montecasino in Joburg. She's a graduate of the University of Cape Town's performance programme and has taken parts in independent plays, short films and television adverts. She is looking forward to playing characters closer to her age. She also takes pretty nice photos, writes and illustrates. Her social media game is neglected at best, which is commendable.

Sanda Shandu (the Actor). Raised in Newcastle KZN, Sanda moved to Cape Town in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Organisational Psychology at UCT. Once graduated and acquiring a keenness in performance as an actor/singer from a young age, Sanda worked as a waiter at Stardust Theatrical Dining restaurant. Not so long after he landed his first professional role in 2015 at The Fugard Theatre in David Kramer’s musical 'Orpheus in Africa' as “Richard Collins” during the run of which he entered SABC3’s Presenter Search and finished as a runner up. In 2016 December season he joined forces with David Kramer once again playing various roles in The Fugard’s musical 'District 6: Kanala'. 2017 brought about more work at The Fugard Theatre,  he got the role of “Lucky” in South Africa’s legendary hit musical 'King Kong', which also toured to Johannesburg the same year. He made his Netflix debut in an American teen romantic comedy film 'The Kissing Booth' (2018). After the film's success worldwide he reprised his role 'The Kissing Booth 2' which is set to be released in 2020. In 2018 he joined The Long Shots improvised comedy troupe which performs weekly in and around Cape town. That same year he received his first acting accolades by winning best supporting actor in a musical for his role in 'King Kong' at both the Fleur du Cap and Naledi award ceremonies. Despite these awards he still agreed to deliver 50 minutes of lewd, rude and pun-ridden comedy in 'Dirty Words'.

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Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed and co-written by Faeron Wheeler and Erika Marais | Directed by Sue Diepeveen | Produced by F Creations

A woman should have it all – a career and a family! But what if you don’t? Karlien and Caitlyn are at their 20 year reunion, bracing for the “So? What have you been up to?” questions. One has the family, the other the career. Neither is sure they have what they want.

Your Perfect Life won a 2019 Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown).

F Creations is proud to present Your Perfect Life – a loosely autobiographical story, inspired by the lives of the writers and performers: Erika Marais and Faeron Wheeler. They play Karlien and Caitlyn, who were close friends in high school but attending different universities and having to make grown up decisions just got in the way. It’s now twenty years later and they couldn’t be more different.

As the one-time friends reminisce about their high school years, ex-boyfriends and all the fun they had, it’s almost hard to imagine why they haven’t kept in touch. Your Perfect Life is a poignant and funny look at how life can take unexpected turns and how society judges us for dealing with it the best way we can.

“a well-rounded performance filled with the … nerves that surface during a dreaded reunion day” – The Herald Spotlight

“very thought provoking” – Rachelle Scott, audience member

“Wheeler and Marais held nothing back … a thoroughly entertaining piece of local theatre” – Cape Town Theatre Desk

“It’s been a long journey getting to this point, and winning a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival up in Makhanda this year was just incredible,” say Faeron Wheeler (producer, writer, performer). “The feedback from audience members was really great too. Young and old, male and female, they all said that the characters and the emotions resonated with them. I guess, we all do it – look at other people’s lives and compare ourselves to them – all the time.”

The idea for this play first sparked when the two real-life friends, Erika Marais and Faeron Wheeler, were struck time and again by how close they were despite leading such vastly different lives. They also regularly have a good eye roll at how society judges women for not managing to do it all. It’s a conversation the pair have had many times and turning it into a play seemed like the natural progression.

As a testament to women for women, director Sue Diepeveen was brought in to help steer Your Perfect Life from conversations over catch-up coffees to a thoughtful, funny and truthful take on women’s lives. We all know that other people’s lives aren’t perfect, but we can’t help thinking that somehow, they are.

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Improv Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Running time may vary

The Second Liners present... Improvisational Comedy Theatre!

Bang the drums and send forth the birds! The Second Liners stand ready to perform again! For one night only! Essentially always, as once it’s seen it will never be seen again!  They will transform the stage into a dreamcatcher of madness and wonderment. Then drawing in audience suggestions they will transforming them into an unrehearsed, unscripted and entirely ungovernable performance.

Join these Mother City rogues and prepare yourself for: hilarious portrayals of this world and beyond; benevolent audience interaction; elaborate hats (sometimes)!

The Second Liners shows are replete with plausible accolades such as:

“I thought it was comparable in surprise and excitement to what, I expect, being carried off by a Pterodactyl is like.” – Fairly generous audience member.

“Why do they keep asking us for suggestions? There’s so much ruckus, isn’t this the theatre? Is that one pretending to be a bus? By themselves? We’ve made a terrible mistake…” – Alarmed audience member.

“Probably very watchable, if I ever found myself without a puzzle to do, or anything really.” – Typical friend of the troupe

“There was laughing! Sometimes from us, sometimes from them, but mostly from the universe when they explained how improv works at the start.” – Agreeable audience member.

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Improvisational comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Anne Hirsch, Leon Clingman, Ryan Jales,Pete Faure, Brett Anderson, Dave Cambell Watts and James Harvey

This Halloween, ImproGuise, Cape Town’s best-loved and longest running improv troupe are “dying’ to share their Improvised Horror fest with you. Join them for 3 nights of completely made-up chilling and thrilling theatre where they celebrate the Horror film genre and all things scary, spooky and supernatural.

Tuesday 29 October
Horror Film Tribute Horror Tribute is an Improvised “documentary style” show about a made up B-Grade Horror film director, and we pay homage to him by celebrating his career highs and lows and see clips from some of his films. Think weird plots, low budgets, zombies, mutant bats and laugh-inducing brilliance. This is so bad it’s good!
CAST: Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Anne Hirsch, Leon Clingman, Ryan Jales,Pete Faure, Brett Anderson, Dave Cambell Watts and James Harvey.

Wednesday 30 October
An Improvised Horror Musical. Vampires, monsters, haunted houses, ghosts. It’s all on the table in an original mad musical show. Inspired by audience suggestions, the cast creates a completely new horror inspired musical, to die for!
CAST: Tandi Buchan, Megan Furniss, Ryan Jales, Leon Clingman, Brett Anderson, Keren Lindley, Pete Faure and James Harvey.

Thursday 31 October
Inspired by Gothic fiction and writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, this is a suspense filled Gothic Horror like no other. Full of intrigue, desire, death and romance, this one will elicit fear and give you gooseflesh…
CAST: Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Ryan Jales, Anne Hirsch, Leon Clingman, Brett Anderson, Pete Faure, Dave Cambell Watts and James Harvey.

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Variety Theatre (Circus, Live Music, Burlesque, Drag etc.) • Running Time: 60 mins
Creative Director & Producer Miss Kitty Kat (Jessica Köhler) with performances by Midnyte Vixen (Clara Rosslee), Duchess Da Silva (Franciely Beckert), Soneda B (Charli JvR) & Miss Kitty Kat
Recommended 16+ due to progressive nature of the show. Please note that this production uses strobe lighting and loud noises.

A seductive cabaret of tantalising live entertainment brought to you by the Circus Mistress herself, Miss Kitty Kat. Prepare to be teased, mesmerised and amazed by an ensemble of some of the most indulgent and inspiring Variety Theatre Cape Town has to offer.  Each show promises to entice you with spectacular creations of music and movement. Brought to you in a variety of magnificent styles, The Kitty Kat Club celebrates the art of burlesque, circus, music, dance, drag, and so, so much more…

The Kitty Kat Club was created as a Production Company in mid-2019, and envisioned as a platform that would present spectacular Variety Theatre in Cape Town, featuring a broad variety of disciplines: music, song, dance, burlesque, drag and circus.

Established out of Jessica Kohler desire to establish a space in which different theatrical mediums could co-exist, mingle and co-create, The Kitty Kat Club’s ethos is one of co-creation and unapologetic expression. 

Too few spaces exist that allow South African artists to revel in a space of uninhibited creation and co-creation, and it is out of that very need that The Kitty Kat Club was born. At The Kitty Kat Club, artists revel in their unique talents, explore how they can collaborate with other artists, and create an accepting and celebrating space in which many identities thrive alongside one another. Connection, collaboration, curious creation — that is the centre of this world; and that is exactly what we at The Kitty Kat Club want our audiences to experience. 

We believe that free expression is harmless and, importantly, powerful. It is not to be feared, but instead, it should be CELEBRATED and REVELLED IN. We at The Kitty Kat Club believe that if we all hold space for each other's individual expression, the most powerful, magical and magnificent of things can and will come of it.

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Open-mic performance, writing, film & music • Running Time: 70 mins
Featuring talented musicians, writers, performers, film-makers, dancers, magicians, comedians and genre-bending folks of all kinds
Running time may vary wildly

Surprises. The unexpected. The unforeseen. If these words fill you with dread then Play Things is not for you. Play Things is a platform for the odd, the eclectic, the unpredictable. It's an open-mic night of multiple genres and styles... we have poetry and comedy, drama and dancing, film and shenanigans. What will you see this time? 

Play Things is the Alexander Bar’s monthly experimental space for performers both established and up-and-coming to showcase anything they might be “playing” around with.

To be involved with Play Things please visit our website.

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Prose poem for performance • Running Time: 50 mins
Written & performed by Megan Furniss | Directed by Tandi Buchan | Original soundscape composed by Jane Rademeyer

"This story is like other stories. It is a story about love. All stories are about love. Stories are either about love and power or power and love."

The Deep Red Sea is a love story, told in words, and music. It’s about love… and power… and… love. It’s about loss… and pain… and growing. It is about the sea… and lies… and the act of creating. 

Megan Furniss wrote The Deep Red Sea in 2011 and has been waiting to perform a full performance of this prose poem. Here, long-time collaborator Tandi Buchan directs with musical accompaniment by James Harvey.

The Deep Red Sea is an exploration of the facets and phases love, as well as an exploration of narrative form. Megan says, “I believe this piece is meant to be listened to, to be heard. The words should be a trigger into the visual, both literally and metaphorically.”

Megan Furniss is a South African born playwright, actor, writer, director and improviser. She has spent all of her life involved in theatre and make-believe. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1986 and worked as an actress before starting her own improvisation troupe in Cape Town. She has written and co-written numerous plays and musicals, performed and directed theatre, and she creates industrial theatre with her company Improvision. Megan loves improvisation the most, and performs regularly with ImproGuise, and teaches and facilitates improv.

She has self-published a novel, has just finished her second one, and she writes short stories for competitions.

The Tent, written in 2009, was published in an anthology of South African and Argentinian plays by Projecto 34˚ South, and was chosen as one of six African plays to be workshopped and showcased at the National Theatre Studio in London in 2011. Drive with Me, a one-woman show written and performed by Megan Furniss, won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the prestigious Grahamstown National Arts festival in 2013. Most recently her play Clouds Like Waves premiered at the NYC Winter Festival 2019. 

Megan won a Fleur du Cap award for Innovation in Theatre in 2009. In 2017 she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for best supporting actress in The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner.

She also achieved critical acclaim for her tiny role in the Showmax smash hit Tali’s Wedding Diary.

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 23rd May 2019 Weekend Special

    "I loved the way The Deep Red Sea unfolds, and I loved the way musician James Harvey unobtrusively, yet very essentially, provides a lilting, wavy soundtrack to the poem. And thanks to Tandi Buchan for her focused, yet fluid directorial hand on the tiller. Also, I couldn’t imagine anyone other than Megan in this role – she inhabits it, breathes it, owns it."

    Review of The Deep Red Sea by Karen Rutter

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Variety Theatre (Circus, Live Music, Burlesque, Drag etc.) • Running Time: 70 mins
The Rouge Revue
No under 18s

The Rougettes bring you night of decadent sensuality. Lady Magnolia, Jezzy Belle, Kitty Kat, Sweet Cheeks, Cherry Lesque and Lady Danger, as well as special guest from Black Orchid Burlesque, King St. Fox, promise you a sensory experience that is bound to tickle one of your fancies.

Whether you want it a little rough around the edges, crave a gentle caress, have a sweet tooth, or long for sweet nothings - there's something for everyone during this night of wild delights. Come luxuriate with us in all the best pleasures that life has to offer...we promise to leave you just a little senseless.

Photo Credits: Exclusively Boudoir

Creative Team: Presented by The Rouge Revue, Produced by Cherry Lesque, Lady Danger, Sweet Cheeks and Lady Magnolia. Performed by The Rougettes with special Guest, King St. Fox

Bios: Full cast: Cherry Lesque, Lady Danger, Sweet Cheeks, Lady Magnolia, Jezzy Belle, Kitty Kat, Special guest King St. Fox, Ziggy, Satine and The Dutchess.

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Drama • Running Time: 70 mins
Written & directed by Wessel Pretorius | Starring David Viviers, Emma Kotze & Wessel Pretorius | Stage Manager: Wicus Louw
Warning: Brief smoking | Profanity and Religious themes

The Gospel is a reworking of the Afrikaans play Al Julle Volke, which debuted in 2015 at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. It is a "soortvan" Passion Play that tells the story of a rural Afrikaans boy who believes he’s been called upon by God to lead the Afrikaner to salvation. Three performers unravel Jan Coetzee’s story by piecing together half-remembered scenes and testimonies that chronicle Afrikaner history and myth making. We get to know some of his so-called disciples, including the woman he fell in love with. The Gospel is a portrait of lost faith, changing times and a search for new identities.

“You can rest assured that the things you were led to believe are completely reliable.”

The Gospel According to Jan Coetzee began life as an Afrikaans play written for KKNK 2015 (then titled Al Julle Volke). When writer/director Pretorius was approached by the Cape Town Edge team to submit a show for the National Arts Festival Fringe 2019 as part of their curated venue, he thought it would be a good time to revisit the project. After translating the piece, however, Pretorius decided to rewrite the play entirely as a satire on nationalism. Pretorius is joined by two exciting young actors - David Viviers (Macbeth, Klara Maas Se Hart is Gebreek) and Emma Kotze ( Oh Baby I'm A Wild One, Fototstaatmasjien) in this darkly comedic foray into political and historical satire.

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Physical Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Written & performed by Gaëtan Schmid | Directed by Andrew Laubscher

“It’s mad, and funny, and quite brilliant.” Weekend Special

Little Gaëtan is about to recite his poem in front of the class. And he panics. And his panic morphs into an apocalyptic zombie nightmare.

Big Gaëtan is the actor who plays Little Gaëtan. And Big G furiously mimes this apocalyptic zombie nightmare to a thrilling soundtrack made of hundreds of his movie faves.

Gaëtan jumps from one movie into the other, alternating perspectives and scales. Zooming in and out again, from characters that are fingers, to a face-in-shock close ups. A brilliant juxtaposition of a grandiose odyssey performed from a teeny-weeny little school chair.

“The premise of Zombie Attack is a very thin one. But who cares? This is fast, sexy, funny physical theatre” - Megan Furniss.

“… transfixing, mesmerising, hypnotising performance …” The Critter

This is the upgraded ZOMBIE ATTACK version with an exhilarating sound power boost from the one and only James Webb.

Audience feedback from first Zombie Attack run at Alexander Bar' Upstairs Theatre:

“Loved this wacky Hi-NRG show” - Evan

“a mastermind labyrinth journey in to conquer your fears, highly entertaining” - Richard

“Gaetan is a master performer! Brilliant!” - Shirley

“brilliantly awesome, precision at its finest ... thanks” - Terry

“What an exhilarating, thrilling mad rollercoaster ride! Utterly brilliant. Gaëtan was outstanding! A wonderful stimulating show! We all LOVED it - ages between 13 and 54 years.” - Sue

“I was worried about not knowing film trivia enough, but he made enough commonly-known hooks and looping through the first section helped to follow along. Very clever!” - JD

Director Andrew Laubscher
Andrew is a Cape Town-based film and theatre actor and Dirty Words director. Some theatre highlights include Richard III at Maynardville, Mirror Mirror directed by Geoffrey Hyland and written by Mike van Graan; As You Like It directed by Geoffrey Hyland; Cosi directed by Scott Sparrow; Antony and Cleopatra directed by Marthinus Basson; A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Guy de Lancey; Lovborg's Women directed by Chris Weare (Fleur Du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor); Mafeking Road directed by Tara Notcutt; A Comedy Of Errors directed by Matthew Wild; and Balbesit directed by Jaco Bouwer. In 2014, Andrew won the Fleur de Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Riff-Raff in The Rocky Horror Show performed at The Fugard Theatre.

Since then Andrew's work includes The Emissary written and directed by Louis Viljoen; The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner directed by Adrian Collins, Marat/Sade directed by Jaco Bouwer performed at The Baxter Theatre and Tiger Bay performed at The Artscape Theatre. Most recent work includes the award-winning Swerfgoed directed by Tinarie van Wyk Loots with Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Nicole Holm and Richard September which will be performed at The Baxter Theatre in September.

Author/Performer Gaëtan Schmid
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 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 20 years ago – when 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: Body Language I & IIThe Belgian (Fleur du Cap nominated); RumpsteakThe Dog’s Bollocks; The Incredible Beer Show; the pigeon; The Comical Tragedy; and Zombie Attack (the original version).

Press & Reviews

Book for ZOMBIE ATTACK by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:

Variety Theatre (Circus, Live Music, Burlesque, Drag etc.) • Running Time: 60 mins
Vava Voom Entertainment
No under 18s

Oh Crêpe, the Gorgeous Geeks are at it again...

The Nerdlesque story continues as we enter the world of popular culinary delights, where performers add their tongue-in-cheek spin on food-love. This Foodlesque Adventure is guaranteed to be decadent, juicy, messy and just the thing to nourish your soul this December!

Cheesy, corny, salty, instantly gratifying and dangerously addictive, come salivate at our buffet of burlesque and get your sugar fix, on us!

After the successful launch of Vava Voom Entertainments' Nerdlesque Adventure series, we are excited to bring you something tastier than ever experienced on stage before!

What is Nerdlesque you may ask? It's a sub-genre of Burlesque that pays glorious tribute to cosplay, popular culture and all things considered "nerdy" in today's' society. Cult films, comic book heroes, food, anime, and social commentary acts are the name of the game; so if you're looking for a little something different for an interactive fun night out at the theatre - then this is for you!

Foodlesque celebrates everything about food that makes us happiest, trust me we have every flavour you can imagine. Come salivate at our buffet of burlesque and get your sugar fix, on us!

Book for Gorgeous Geeks in a Foodlesque Adventure by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
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Today (Monday)

Agony Uncles
at 8pm

Tomorrow (Tuesday)

This Wednesday

Anthology: Clean Break
16 Oct at 8pm

This Thursday

Anthology: Clean Break
17 Oct at 8pm

This Friday

Anthology: Clean Break
18 Oct at 8pm

This Saturday

Anthology: Clean Break
19 Oct at 8pm

Rest of October

Improv Drop-In Sessions
Sun 20 at 4pm
Sun 27 at 4pm
Maestro Improv ™
Improvisational comedy
Sun 20 at 6pm
Sun 27 at 6pm
Improv Comedy with The Long Shots
Improv Comedy
Mon 21 at 8pm
Dirty Words
Sketch Comedy (but sexy)
Filthy, Explicit and incredibly funny… Dirty WordsTue 22 at 7pm
Wed 23 at 7pm
Thu 24 at 7pm
Fri 25 at 7pm
Sat 26 at 7pm
Tue 29 at 7pm
Wed 30 at 7pm
Your Perfect Life
Thu 24 at 9pm
Fri 25 at 9pm
Sat 26 at 9pm
The Second Liners
Improv Comedy
Mon 28 at 8pm
ImproGuise presents: Improvised Horror Fest
Improvisational comedy
Watch ImproGuise get spooky this Halloween, in their hilarious improvised comedy.Tue 29 at 9pm
Wed 30 at 9pm
Thu 31 at 9pm


Le Petite Cabaret
Variety Theatre (Circus, Live Music, Burlesque, Drag etc.)
Prepare to be teased, mesmerised and amazed by some of Cape Town's finest variety theatre.Fri 1 at 8pm
Sat 2 at 8pm
Improv Drop-In Sessions
Sun 3 at 4pm
Sun 10 at 4pm
Sun 17 at 4pm
Sun 24 at 4pm
Maestro Improv ™
Improvisational comedy
Sun 3 at 6pm
Sun 10 at 6pm
Sun 17 at 6pm
Sun 24 at 6pm
Play Things
Open-mic performance, writing, film & music
New writ­ing, exper­i­ments, mono­logues, physical theatre, film, and music.Mon 4 at 8pm
The Deep Red Sea
Prose poem for performance
Tue 5 at 7pm
Wed 6 at 7pm
Thu 7 at 7pm
Fri 8 at 7pm
Sat 9 at 7pm
Dirty Words
Sketch Comedy (but sexy)
Filthy, Explicit and incredibly funny… Dirty WordsTue 5 at 9pm
Wed 6 at 9pm
Thu 7 at 9pm
The Rouge Revue - Sense & Sensuality
Variety Theatre (Circus, Live Music, Burlesque, Drag etc.)
A sensory experience that is bound to tickle one of your fancies.Fri 8 at 9pm
Sat 9 at 9pm
Agony Uncles
Mon 11 at 8pm
The Gospel According to Jan Coetzee
Tue 12 at 7pm
Wed 13 at 7pm
Thu 14 at 7pm
Fri 15 at 7pm
Sat 16 at 7pm
Tue 19 at 7pm
Wed 20 at 7pm
Thu 21 at 7pm
Fri 22 at 7pm
Physical Theatre
Thu 21 at 9pm
Fri 22 at 9pm
Sat 23 at 9pm
Tue 26 at 9pm
Wed 27 at 9pm
Thu 28 at 9pm
Sat 30 at 9pm


Gorgeous Geeks in a Foodlesque Adventure
Variety Theatre (Circus, Live Music, Burlesque, Drag etc.)
Cheesy, corny, salty, dangerously addictive, come salivate at our buffet of burlesque.Fri 6 at 9pm
Sat 7 at 9pm