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.

Improvised Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by ImproGuise

ImproGuise, Cape-Town's most loved Improv troupe returns to their favourite theatre with more Pop-Up Improv. Two nights of unscripted, made-up on the spot theatre, two completely different casts and two of their favourite formats (which were both originally conceived by their friends at Impro Melbourne.)The first night is “Stuck in the Middle” and the second night is “Naked Improv”. This is unexpected, unpredictable, unmissable, theatre at its best! Come to One or both!

Tuesday 20th Feb -  Stuck in the Middle-which sees one Improviser ‘stuck in the middle’ and on stage for an hour, while everyone else includes them in brand new scenes.  Absolute Mayhem.

Cast: Megan Furniss, Leon Clingman, Tandi Buchan, Brett Anderson, Ryan Jales and Pete Faure and Guest starring the extraordinary  Timothee Ansieau all the way from Paris!! Music by Jaco Griessel

Wednesday 21st Feb - Naked Improv – One of our audience favourites. Stripped down to the bare minimum. Improv from nothing. Dangerous and thrilling improv and loads of fun.

Cast: Megan Furniss,  Ryan Jales, Brett Anderson, Pete Faure and Music by Jaco Griessel

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Comedy, Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Written by Sue Pam-Grant and Sheena Stannard | Adapted and directed by Kei-Ella Loewe | Performed by Jamie-Lee Money & Donna Cormack-Thomson
Warning: Smoking and Mature Themes

The ‘Virgin’ and the ‘Whore’. Two waitresses prepare themselves for another nauseating night on the battlefields of Horrifying Hospitalica! Armed with toothpick, their razor-sharp wit, and ripe, suck-able tits, they don their aprons, hoist their fishnets and limber up to perform In Whorefish Bloomers! 

An adaptation of Pam-Grant and Stannard's underground 1980s feminist ‘cabaret’. Two young Cape Town actresses take on the patriarchy one tit-bit at a time in this collection of pro-femme episodes stuffed with humour, word play, cheesy dance moves, a sprinkle of song and a drizzle of darkness.

Nominated for Best Production and Best Creative (Directing) Awards at the Cape Town Fringe and back after a sold out run in Johannesburg, don’t miss you last chance to see this high-energy, feminist comedy.

“With an excellent set of performers and tight, crafted direction, it’s sassy, it’s snazzy, it’s slick, and a damned good show” – The Critter

“The performances by Money and Cormack-Thomson are sterling; both are exceptionally talented and astute in their portrayal of their characters. A definite must see” – Nasty Women, Joy Watson

“A witty cabaret with a sharp delivery, the choreography is inventive and aerobic, and the actresses’ energy never dips for a second” – What’s On In Cape Town, Suzanne Duncan

Director Kei-Ella Loewe obtained the script from her mother Sheena Stannard, one of the original writers and performers. The text had never been published, though the original runs of the show in the 1980s received good response, with media and audiences calling it hilarious and provocative. Loewe and cast heavily adapted it to a modern Cape Town context, inserting new writing and scenes, though majority of the original writing remains. Both Stannard and Pam-Grant have viewed the new staging of their long-forgotten work and were moved, by remembering a play they wrote and performed 30 years ago, and by the fact that so many years later the issues of sexism, sexual assault and sexual harassment are on-going to this day. The original play’s political satire poked fun at the Apartheid regime. The new generation has attempted to make humour out of their own situation as privileged, white, heterosexual women in South Africa. And the oppression they often face at the hands, and under the gaze, of men.

This will be the 5th run of the production, it has enjoyed full houses and positive responses from audiences, especially women who leave the theatre feeling empowered. 


Jamie, Donna and Kei-Ella have been working together since their 1st year of theatre and performance studies at the UCT Drama Dept.

Kei-Ella is a director, stage-manager, techie, visual artist and craft extraordinaire. She directed throughout university, including Don’t Shoot the Harbinger! which won Best New Script at the NAF Student Program in 2015 and Monster, a visual theatre collaboration with Jamie and Donna which was created at university and performed again at the Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016. She was awarded the Mavis Taylor Theatre-Making Award and the class medal in 2015 for her efforts. She presented her second collaboration with Jamie and Donna In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament in May this year. She was a waitress and now works for the UCT Drama Dept. as the Senior Stage Manager.

Other than working with her two favourite people, Donna Cormack-Thomson has performed on film and on stage. Including The White Whore and The Bit Player directed by Chris Weare, in Anthology: After The End written by Nicholas Spagnioletti, Jon Keevy, Louis Viljoen, and directed by Louis Viljoen and in a sold-out run of Bad Jews written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Greg Karvellas at The Fugard Theatre.

Jamie-Lee has gained experience acting on film and television series, some of which will be releasing late 2017 and early 2018 on BBC and Cinema. She been involved in more than just acting but also in admin, technical and casting sides for film. She works part time at the Alexander Bar.

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Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins

OMG Quiz Night has crash landed their trivia machine right into the belly of Alexander Bar. Every Wednesday the cosy chairs and tables of the bar get turned into your throne from which you will enter into a battle of the minds. But don't start googling general knowledge trivia answers just yet.... Among the 'what is the capital of...' this quiz has a plethora of hands-on, get-your-tastebuds-guessing, blind-fold-necessary questions. This is not just any games night, this is OMG QUIZ NIGHT AT ALEXANDER BAR. Minimum of 1 person per team (note: your name will automatically be entered as Han Solo) up to 6 players in a team. The game starts at 7:30pm sharp and finishes at 9:30pm. Please be aware that portions of the quiz will be filmed for use on Channel24.

PS We take kindly to tweets and competitive slurs between teams.

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Performance | Illusion | mentalism • Running Time: 55 mins
Created and Performed by Andrew Klazinga

Andrew is an experienced mentalist and magician who has performed his craft throughout Africa. Using psychology, illusion and some devious trickery, his new show takes the audience on a journey into a magical world were having powers of the mind appear to be possible. Prepare to experience and be part of quirky jaw dropping demonstrations that will make you laugh and gasp at the same time. You will be mystified and amazed as you slowly start wondering whether the title's "if" should actually be there.

Fresh off performing at the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival, Andrew is bringing you his one man mentalism stage show to the Alexander Bar for one night only before taking it to the 2018 National Arts Festival.

Andrew has been involved in the world of magic for over 15 years and is a silver medallion graduate from the College of Magic in Cape Town. He believes in creating moments of art through his performance that people never forget. He regularly gets asked if what he does is real after his performances which is what lead to the title of his current stage show.

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Burlesque performance • Running Time: 80 mins
Created, Written and Performed by The Rougettes | Baby Ray | Cherry Lesque | Jezzy Belle | Maiden D'nude | Lady Magnolia | Vita Nova
Warning: Partial nudity, no under 18s

Grab a glass of your favourite tipple as you join The Rougettes at the Honky Tonk. Share in their shenanigans as they bring you all the burlesque flavours of the night, served as you like it: neat, on the rocks, or with a mixer of your choosing. 

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Pop, Soul, Jazz. • Running Time: 65 mins
Marc Hendricks on vocals | Amanda Tiffin on keyboard | Dave Ledbetter on guitar/bass | Original compositions by Marc Hendricks | Musical arrangement and direction Amanda Tiffin.
Warning: 10 Minute interval

SOUL’D OUT (Marc Hendricks – vocals, Amanda Tiffin – keyboards, Dave Ledbetter – guitar/bass) features the original compositions of Marc Hendricks off his latest debut solo album, UPRIGHT CITIZEN, released in April 2017. The trio will also be performing new compositions by Hendricks as well as paying homage to the great voices of soul music.

Marc Hendricks is a singer/songwriter who took his first run at songwriting as a teenager encouraged by a musical family. From school he continued in amateur performance on to university where he was to meet many of the people who were to become his musical collaborators over the next 20 years. An early collaboration with friend and musician, Gavin Goldberg, in the late nineties gave rise to Dreamshop (BMG Africa). The duo recorded two singles, Danger (1999) and Satisfy (2000), the latter earning them recognition as newcomers with a SAMA nomination in the ‘Best Pop-Rock Single’ category in 2001. The full album, Clear, followed later that same year.

Apart from writing music and lyrics for the Dreamshop project, Marc’s most notable writing exploits includes ‘Are You Still There’ [Judith Sephuma, A Cry, a Song and a Dance, 2001] and ‘Place For You’ [Judith Sephuma, New Beginnings, 2005]. Writing collaborations with production duo, Goldberg and Andy Wright brought about ‘Hundreds’ [Peter Grant, Debut Solo Album by the same name, 2012] and ‘Our Song’ [Naomi Suzuki, Our Song, 2012]. Marc co-produced ‘Sing The Body Electric (Baxter Theatre) for the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences Centenary Celebration in 2012, with Amanda Tiffin and Gerard Samuel for which he wrote and performed ‘Birdsong’ in 2012. He also co-produced ‘UHAMBO: The Journey’ with Quanita Adams, Jacki Job and Amanda Tiffin in the same year, a production which featured his original works, ‘Wasteland’ [Dreamshop, Clear, 2001] and ‘Song for the Living’ [unrecorded]. 

In 2015 Hendricks and Tiffin collaborated again this time producing a new arrangement of Hendricks’ ‘My Song For The Living’ performed with the New Apostolic Children’s Choir and UCT Jazz Choir for the closing ceremony of the 47th International Society of Paediatric Oncology meeting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

‘Upright Citizen’, released in April 2017 is Marc’s first solo album and featured 11 as yet unrecorded original songs. SOUL’D OUT features music from the album, new compositions by Hendricks and pays homage to the great voices of soul music.

Amanda Tiffin was born in Zimbabwe, but has made her home and her name in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied Jazz Composition and Performance at the University of Cape Town. She received her Masters Degree with distinction, and has gone on to become one of Cape Town’s best-loved vocalist-pianists, and a respected Musical Director/Arranger, orchestrator and composer. Amanda has performed extensively as a vocalist and pianist in South Africa in numerous Jazz venues, Concert Halls and festivals. She has appeared in London, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, tours regularly as a jazz artist in Japan and Taiwan, and most recently performed in Paris. A versatile artist, Amanda has performed in varying genres: from Musical theatre and stage shows to intimate jazz concerts. She has produced several of her own successful theatre shows, to critical acclaim, is in demand as a Musical Director, and is a busy vocal arranger, writing for a variety of vocal combinations. She has recorded 5 albums: 3 solo, and 2 with her Asia-based trio, the a.s.k. trio. Amanda is also a passionate and respected educator, and regularly conducts workshops and master classes in South Africa and abroad. She is Head of Jazz Singing and Acting Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Cape Town.

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Kamishibai Memoir • Running Time: 75 mins
Written by Jemma Kahn and Tertius Kapp | Directed by Jane Taylor | Illustrated and performed by Jemma Kahn | Sound Design by Charl Johan Lingenfelder | Lighting Desgn by Themba Stewart | Costumes by Ella Buter
Warning: Sex, profanity, octopus biltong

What could follow The Epicene Butcher and We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants? In bocca al lupo, Jemma Kahn's third kamishibai show: a graphic and candid and whimsical journey across three continents, using four story boxes, one giant cicada, a naked Catholic (or two) and one golden surprise.

Using simple but beautifully drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Jemma Kahn has spent the last four years captivating audiences from Alexander Bar to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique take on the 12th century Japanese art form 'kamishibai'. The effect is like watching a sort of live Manga cartoon, her sheer verve in combination with all the elements at play create an utterly original and sometimes bizarre theatre experience, a joyous tribute to visual and verbal storytelling.

In bocca al lupo, like Kahn's two shows before it, brings together a truly wonderful creative team. And like the two shows before it, In bocca al lupo is not for the faint hearted or the easily offended.

Jane Taylor:  writer, Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997), writer Wild Dogs (winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize 2006), director After Cardenio (2011)

Tertius Kapp: theatre, Rooiland (Fleur Du Cap, Smeltkroes & Fiesta Awards 2013), Oorsee (Smeltkroes, 2014). Kapp won the Herzog Prize for theatrical work in 2015. His screen adaptation Dis ek, Anna won the SAFTA for best script in 2015 as well as the Silwerskerm for Best Picture.

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 7th Feb 2017 Whats on in Cape Town

    "Kahn has the charisma of an old Hollywood starlet, and to be a member of her audience is to be in a state of enchantment for a full 80 minutes. Her gift is in her ability to be accessible: you feel that you’re in the company of a friend entertaining you with stories of her travels, coating them in humour to mask the taste of desperation."

    'In bocca al lupo' reviewed by Suzanne Duncan

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Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins

2018 might still be as fresh as Trevor Noah's attitude, but you best believe that these films are all vintage
Set to be bigger than the Avatar budget. Let's get you screaming Yippe Kai Yay all night.
We're handing out candy fit for Willy Wonka and wine that Hannibal himself would enjoy (maybe that's not such a good thing?)
There's something for everyone. Just make sure you know your Tom Cruise from your Tom Hanks or you'll crash harder than the Titanic.
Bring your favourite rug, Potter glasses and drive your Delorean to Alexander Bar.

Get there by 6:45pm. - Arrive on time or it's hasta la vista baby

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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Tamryn Speirs | Cast include: Shannyn Fourie, Sive Gubangxa, Leon Clingman, Alison Hofer, Liese Kuhn, Allistine Grady & Evan Hengst

Welcome to VDAY season! Sugardaddy theatre Co is back with a new VDAY play: ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer'! Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. 

A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down. All profits are donated to charity. 

Established in 2010, Sugar-daddy Theatre co seeks to explore topical issues at the leading edge of society. Sugar-daddy received ‘The People’s Choice’ Fleur du Cap award in 2013

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Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, directed and performed by Phil de Lange

The Phil Spectrum is the debut show written and produced by comedian and radio broadcaster Phil de Lange. It cleverly integrates stand-up, music, and radio sketches. The show's content can be described as a blend of irreverent political commentary, ukulele songs, satire and disarming self-deprecation. 

"Ukulele rockstar Phil de Lange brilliantly straddles political awareness and tongue-in-cheek humour. His slightly self-depreciating humour is more relatable than Taylor Swift could ever hope to be. His engagement with the audience is as warm as it is sharp." - Cue Magazine

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Improvised Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
The Long Shots Improv Comedy Troupe
Warning: The Long Shots occasionally use foul language and have adult content. Some times they don't. You never know.

What would happen if a cast walked onto stage without any scripts or stories - took any word from an audience member and then began! Discovering a series of characters and worlds moment by moment inspired by that word? That's The Long Shots: LIAR!

The Long Shots are a long-form improv comedy troupe performing in Cape Town since 2011.

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Ballads | Blues • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed and Composed by Tanja Storm

"Music is a part of me - it is who I am." Capetonian-born singer-songwriter, musician and performer, Tanja Storm, performs a carefully selected collection of her favorite songs as well as her own compositions. 

Expect meaningful music by artists such as Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Nina Simone, Beth Hart & Patti Smith all sculpted to Tanja's personal style. 

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Talkback • Running Time: 60 mins
Produced and Presented by Sarafina Magazine

After a successful year of bringing womxn's stories to the forefront, Sarafina Magazine invites you to join the conversation. Inspired by The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtables, Sarafina Magazine: Live will feature discussions with South Africa’s leading womxn artists and arts industry professionals. Sarafina Magazine founder, Candice Bernstein, will moderate the second installment of the bi-monthly talkback series which kicked off in January 2018. Audience members are encouraged to engage in the discussion through a Q&A session at the end of the talkback.

All funds raised from ticket sales will go towards ensuring the longevity and expansion of this vital womxn narrative-driven platform.
The conversation will centre around three veteran performers as we reflect on their careers, the trails they’ve blazed and their contributions to the South African performing arts industry. The panel members will be announced shortly.

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Dark Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Richard Wright-Firth | Written by Candice van Litsenborgh | Performed by Daneel van der Walt and Candice van Litsenborgh | Presented by Canned Rice Productions
Warning: Language - English, some Afrikaans, a bit of swearing and 'n sokkietreffer.

Two small-town sisters, Cobalize and Jacomine, "klap the sokkietreffers" and discuss the finer points of braai ettiquete and casual alcoholism as they navigate the harsh realities of flame-grilling, hard chilling and finding a guy whose first name is not also a surname. 

Unwilling to conform to any rules set by their culture, careers, or good taste, and with a tenuous grasp on social niceties, the van der Vlok sisters attempt to soar in life, as long as it doesn't take too much effort.

The show features this year's Maynardville leading "man", Daneel van der Walt as Jacomine alongside her former classmate, Candice van Litsenborgh who also wrote the script. The two met at UCT where they both completed a BA Theatre and Performance, but they have not been seen on the same stage since Geoffrey Hyland's 2004 production of Hamlet.

Daneel, born in Sasolburg, studied Theatre and Performance at UCT before Instagram existed. She then went on to work on her waitering skills and after a fairly impressive level of servitude was reached, she approached the theatre industry with a new found fervor. Since then she has been in shows like Juliet Jenkin’s Big Girl, Long Street Nights (Directed by Nicky Rebelo), The Fugard’s Rocky Horror Show, Missing, (Directed by Mdu Kweyama), Dani and the Lion: Last night at The Den, (Written by her and directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti) and just made her Maynardville debut as Petruchio in Tara Nottcut’s The Taming of the Shrew. Also, if you listen to RSG, you might have heard her in a “radio drama” or two or voicing several animals in “RSG se Storiedieretuin”. 

Candice grew up in Port Elizabeth (which at least isn’t Sasolburg). She also studied Theatre and Performance at UCT. She made her Cape Town theatre debut at Maynardville in Fred Abrahamse’s Much Ado About Nothing before going on to perform in a lot of musicals, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Annie; Little Shop of Horrors; Sweeney Todd; Jesus Christ Superstar; Chess; Assassins; Showboat; Sunset Boulevard and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She has also became a perennial baddie at the annual Canal Walk children's show. Now people find it weird if she does a show and doesn’t sing. She also works as a dubbing artist and photographer. For Canned Rice she adapted the June Carter Cash book From the Heart for stage. She also wrote, co-produced and starred in Understudy Blues, Vacancy and Court. 

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A Dramedy with Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Dianne Simpson | Directed by Onida Cowan

From the creator of the critically acclaimed, ‘Rose Red’, comes the sequel – The Sisters Ugly – The other Side of the Cinderella Story from the perspective of the Ugly Sisters. It debuted at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2017, it also featured at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in September 2017. Dramatic, witty and thought provoking, we finally find out WHY these girls did what they did and why they became who they became. This cabaret explores the sabotage, intrigues and events that shaped their motives and features music covers by the likes of Elton John, Sara Bareilles, Queen and others.

Dianne as appeared in Musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MY FAIR LADY (State Theatre) A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Nelson Mandela Theatre) and SPOOF FULL OF SUGAR and theatre productions such as, BLITHE SPIRIT and George Bernard Shaw’s OVERULED and HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND (Last three at The Auto and General Theatre on the Square) and WITHOUT A HITCH, directed by Tobie Cronje at Monte Casino, Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre. 

She has appeared on TV in GENERATIONS, RHYTHM CITY, THE WILD and BINNELANDERS. She was an on-set voice artist for the movie, “RACING STRIPES” (for Warner Brothers) and can be heard as the voice of Lillian in the SA 3D Animated Movie, “JOCK”.

She worked for two years for The Flying Circus under the directorship of Daniel Buckland, doing Motion Capture Animation for the animation series, SILLY SEASONS, where she voiced two of the main characters and wrote – alongside Daniel Buckland and James Cairns - for the series. 

She currently lives in Cape Town where she works for SAfm as a voice artist and writer for the children’s shows, SHARP SHARP and NALI BALI.

Onida Cowan’s career spans over almost 25 years. She kicked off as an actress in the permanent companies of PACT and PACOFS, and was then part of the Free State of Mind Theatre Company that ran the Observatory Theatre in Bloemfontein. During this period, she did an average of 10 productions a year, and was nominated and won several theatre awards. In 2000 she moved to Johannesburg to pursue her freelance career. Here she worked as actress, writer, director, workshop facilitator, did a lot of dubbing, worked in a casting studio, created a comic strip for Rapport, and had a run in every soap ever made, except Egoli. Onida went on holiday to Cape Town in 2011 and stayed. She became a mom and is working at ERM Management – one of the most established actor’s agencies in Cape Town. Doing THE SISTERS UGLY is pure joy, and keeps the creative juices flowing.

Press & Reviews

  • Fri 5th Jan 2018 Weekend Special

    "The real delight is in Dianne Simpson, from the minute you clap eyes on her as she comes onto stage, she is magnetic, beguiling, hilarious, powerful, wicked and amazing."

    Review of "The Sisters Ugly" by Megan Furniss

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Tribute • Running Time: 65 mins
Devised & Directed by Paul Spence | Performed by Cat Simoni

This is Cat Simoni's highly-personal salut! to her favourite wine-drenched composers and artists. From Johan Strauss' tipsy title song, Johnny Mercer's haunting Days of Wine and Roses and Nino Rota's sumptuous theme from The Godfather to reckless Amy Winehouse, Chrissie Hynde, a wasted Billy Joel, blasted Janis Joplin (Take Another Little Piece of My Heart) and a totally wrecked Marianne Faithfull (Ballad of Lucy Jordan); hold on tight as Cat takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, in vino veritas!

After ten years playing and singing for the international crème de la crème at the Steinways of London\'s 5-star venues and exclusive clubs, The Ritz, Carlton, Dorchester, Mayfair, Park Lane Intercontinental, Cat Simoni is back home and delighted to be entertaining South African audiences. Cat now performs her cabaret entertainments from the Oyster Box to Theatre on Mandela Square, Sandton, and venues from the Garden Route to the Cape Winelands.

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Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Pieter-Dirk Uys

A new show about forgetting, forgiving, remembering, faking, making-up and doing: "WHEN IN DOUBT SAY DARLING."

An entertainment with Pieter-Dirk Uys and other darlings.

Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment. Pieter-Dirk Uys is sorting out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla. Wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas. From Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers. At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt say darling.  If you can't remember their names, just say darling.  If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling. He did it, and now Pieter-Dirk Uys also lives in Darling. Join him and many darlings on an exciting walk to the edge of the next cliff when the end of the world seems nigh. It used to be called a sunset. Here's a secret: the sun will also rise tomorrow, darling.

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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Richard Kaplan | Starring Kai Luke Brummer and Mbulelo Grootboom
Warning: Mature Themes

“A theatrical gem. Five Stars.” Beverley Brommert, the Argus.

“This is a poignant, tender piece of theatre - wryly observed, skilfully crafted, funny and affirming.” Robyn Cohen, The Cape Times.

After sold out performances in September 2017, Selwyn & Gabriel returns to the Alexander Bar.

In the dead of night, Selwyn Aaron Bernstein wakes to find the intruder Gabriel in his home. Something terrible has happened. Gabriel who is at once interrogator, bureaucrat and therapist begins an investigation. “Where were you on the 10th July 2016 at 2.34am when the lights went out?” he asks. “I was asleep,” Selwyn replies.

But was he? What follows is an intriguing inner journey of discovery about regret & real estate, flight & friendship, lies & integrity. And love – always love...

Kai Luke Brummer graduated from UCT in 2016 with a B.A Honours in Theatre and Performance, with distinction in Acting. He was awarded the Ellie Walendorf Prize for best male actor in 2015. He has performed in numerous theatre productions, including The Dead Wait directed by Mdu Kweyama, Ebola directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen, Black Dog/ Inj’enyama directed by Clare Stopford, Gavin Krastin’s Trophy and in (s)kin directed by Mbongeni Mtshali.

Mbulelo Grootboom is a Film, TV and stage thespian. He received a Fleur du Cap award in 2013 for his role in Mike van Graan’s 'Just Business'. He is currently appearing in four shows across the television channels. 

Richard Kaplan is a medical doctor working in the field of HIV research at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. His first play, 'The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner' was performed at the Alexander Bar and the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2016. 'Selwyn & Gabriel' is his second play.

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 5th Sep 2017 ★★★★★ Argus

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Burlesque /Boylesque • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Black Orchid Burlesque and featuring King St.Fox, Bon Bon, Diva Disastar, Wolf.Steel and Dear James, as well as guest performing artist - Vita Nova from The Rouge Revue
Warning: No under 18s - for mature audiences only

Black Orchid Burlesque ZA is excited to present “Wo!MAN”, another Gender Bender variety showcase featuring creative performances pieces from some of your favourite burlesque and boylesque performers. This topsy turvy evening will be hosted by the Queen of Bawdy Banter herself, Proff. DD Boobs, and we guarantee you will leave laughing. So come on down and experience the world of DRAG and DRAB. 

"Sometimes, I feel sexy in a slinky dress and lipstick. Sometimes, I feel handsome in a button down and tie. Sometimes, I wear ties with skirts, corsets and cufflinks. I am a gender-bender, and I can bend gender norms to fit my conception of who I am!”

By pushing the envelope of gender conformity, fashion and human spectacle through expression of elaborate, glamorous and often satirical performance art forms, our performers play on topics that are often considered taboo by general social standards. 

What is gender bending?
“A gender bender is a person who disrupts, or "bends", expected gender roles. Gender bending is sometimes a form of social activism undertaken to destroy rigid gender roles and defy sex-role stereotypes. Some gender benders identify with the sex assigned them at birth, but challenge the societal norms that assign expectations of particular, gendered behaviour to that sex. This rebellion can involve androgynous dress, adornment, behaviour, and atypical gender roles.”

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Argentine tango music performance | singing and guitar • Running Time: 60 mins
Alberto Otero | Silvia Otero

The passion and nostalgia of tango, interpreted as only Argentinian porteños can. This music will carry you to a mysterious Buenos Aires which will embrace you in an amazing love affair that will last forever in your memory.

While the universal language of a melancholic and sensual voice evokes and stirs us, a sadness that acknowledges the passing of time, the pleasure of embracing one another leaving you feeling alive in the old and present Buenos Aires with its tales and secrecies. 

Tango is an emotion, a song of the heart as much as the body, as such it requires to be open to the intricacies of an intimate dialogue. Much like the stuff that good relationships are made of.

Silvia and Alberto were born and bred in Buenos Aires, Argentina, sharing their passion for music and life. 

Alberto is an accomplished guitarist from a lineage of guitarist who was involved in tango from a very early age, studied classical guitar and joined the Buenos Aires tango circuit as guitarist with his father playing together for well-known groups and solo tango singers. 

Silvia has been involved as a vocalist with different Argentinian quartets and choirs and is at present member of “The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town” with years of signing experience in different fields.

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comedy thriller • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Gideon Lombard | Starring De KLerk Oelofse & Richard Septembir | Musical direction by Gertjie Besselsen | Written by Sjaka S. Septembir | a Swart Septembir production

Who murdered Kobus? What lies behind the murder?

Bal-Oog and Brommel decide to investigate. When Boltjie, Bal-Oog's dog, gets a sniff of something rotten, Bal-Oog and Brommel suddenly find themselves on an adventure filled with laughs and thrills, leading them into the dark underworld of Milnerton. To complicate matters, Bal-Oog is in love with Anja, Kobus’s girlfriend. And what is this mysterious bowl? Is it linked to Kobus‘s murder? Actually Bal-Oog en Brommel just want to enjoy their holiday and make music. Moord in Ixiastraat is Bal-Oog and Brommel's first detective adventure.

Moord In Ixiastraat is a rare event. A South African graphic novel of international standard - Bal-Oog en Brommel’s Moord in Ixiastraat - has evolved into a theatre piece.

Gideon Lombard and Sjaka S. Septembir - the same team that gave life to the acclaimed Nagwandelaars - are back. Giving birth to something magical. Physical Theatre and clowning meet in this detective thriller. 

On top of that we have the rare event of two super talented actors coming together on stage – Richard September en De Klerk Oelofse - which makes for theatre history.

To bring everything to light we have the live on stage music and sounds of Gertjie Besselsen who is well known as the front man of Mr. Cat and the Jackal and who has been involved with many award winning theatre productions.

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Burlesque /Boylesque
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The mystery of tango
Argentine tango music performance | singing and guitar
Sun 29 at 7pm


Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
Mon 28 at 9pm
Tue 29 at 9pm
Wed 30 at 9pm
Thu 31 at 9pm


Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
Fri 1 at 9pm
Sat 2 at 9pm

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