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.

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Written by Louis Viljoen | Performed by Rob van Vuuren | Designed by Rocco Poole
Warning: Trigger warning: sexual violence
Dangled is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story Diary of a Madman by mutli-award winning writer Louis Viljoen and performed by multi-award winning actor Rob van Vuuren. A dark psychosexual horror comedy exploring themes of sexual violence, verisimilitude and the creative process, Dangled is the first collaboration between Van Vuuren (The Three Little Pigs, A Dolls House) and Viljoen (The Pervert Laura and The Kingmakers) and promises to disturb, entertain and terrify in equal measure. Dangled is designed by Rocco Poole.

Viljoen describes Dangled as ‘a story about a madman written for one of the maddest men I know.’ Van Vuuren describes Dangled as ‘Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on tik.’

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Live music downstairs • Running Time: 90 mins
Various Artists

The musicians have escaped from the theatre! Every Monday we'll be featuring live music downstairs in the bar for the pleasure of your ear canals. Kick back and enjoy bands and artists like Brynn, The Stone Jets, and Mischa Ruby. The line up will be revealed weekly so keep your ears ready.

23 April 8PM | Angela Stuurman

Angela Stuurman is a 22-year-old indie rock musician, proudly born and bred in Cape Town. Angela's music is fresh and untainted, and can best be described as a mixture of soft rock and folk. Her beautiful soprano voice is accompanied by catchy guitar riffs and light percussive beats. Her lyrics are poignant and deep, reflecting on the times we live in with a socio-critical underscore, but above all a message of hope and unity in the face of adversity.




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Komedie • Running Time: 60 mins
Regie en Teks deur Wessel Pretorius | Opgevoer deur Wessel Pretorius en David Viviers
Warning: Performed in Afrikaans

Twee reisende spelers, ’n verteller en handlanger (afgewater uit die Commedia dell'arte kader), skets drie verhale: die biografie van ’n traan, ’n liefdesdriehoek tussen matador, mantel en bul en ’n legendariese nag van passie. Wessel Pretorius en David Viviers keer terug na KKNK met Klara Maas se hart is gebreek, plus twee nuwe verhale wat saam ’n trilogie oor lewensiklusse van drie hard-‘vogtige’ helde, vorm. Die eerste van dié drie verhale, is as deel van die KKNK se eerste Uikampteater-projek in 2016, met die Kanna vir beste debuutwerk bekroon. 


Press & Reviews

  • Tue 21st Nov 2017 Weekend Special

    "My Afrikaans is not perfect, and the words fly at a pace so I didn’t catch every single one of them, but I think that made it even better, because I was witnessing the wonder of every single prop that surrounded the stage being used, the hilarious and perfect slapstick, the amazing chemistry between Wessel and David, the mastery of the story telling and magic of live performance."

    Review of 'Klara Maas' by Megan Furniss

  • Thu 13th Apr 2017 Blogs

    "a very delicately woven physical theatre comedy experience"

    Review of 'Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek' by Barbara Loots in Krit




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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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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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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 | Sound design by Wayne Joshua for Africa Audio Post
Warning: Some Afrikaans, a bit of swearing and rude hand gestures, chicken sexing

Two small-town sisters, Cobalize and Jacomine, "klap the sokkietreffers" and discuss the finer points of braai etiquette 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. While navigating their way through life – without getting bogged down by constraints such as rules and common sense– the van der Vlok sisters share their morally questionable shenanigans and opinions with the audience. Oblivious to their own confusion and with an unwavering confidence, these common birds provide a how-not-to guide for anyone wanting to succeed at life.

 "Sasolburg Common ‘Birds’ of SA is colourful, crazy, quirky and, as the sisters themselves would say, “k@k funny”! Will leave you gasping for breath between screams of laughter." - THEATRE SCENE CAPE TOWN (Barbara Loots)

"...mad, unexpected, original, edgy and totally, utterly hilarious. This could become a cult thing. It could go viral. Best you get to see it now!" - WEEKEND SPECIAL (Megan Furniss

Bios: Van der Walt, who was born in Sasolburg, has been in shows like BIG GIRL, LONG STREET NIGHTS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Fleur du Cap - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical winner), MISSING and DANI AND THE LION (Fleur Du Cap nominee). This year, she made her Maynardville debut as Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. RSG listeners will have heard her voicing several animals in the radio drama, RSG SE STORIEDIERETUIN.

Van Litsenborgh grew up in Port Elizabeth and made her Cape Town theatre debut at Maynardville in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, before going on to perform in musicals such as PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Fleur Du Cap Nominee, Broadway World Award Winner), ANNIE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Broadway World Award winner, Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Nominee) and SWEENEY TODD (Fleur du Cap nominee). For Canned Rice, she adapted the June Carter Cash book FROM THE HEART for the stage. She also wrote, co-produced and starred in UNDERSTUDY BLUES, VACANCY and COURT.

Wright-Firth split his childhood between Harlow, Essex and Gaborone, Botswana before moving to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where he later became a lecturer and director. He is an award-winning radio actor and former member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. In the UK he has appeared in dozens of productions including HAMLET, MACBETH, THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY and UNDER MILK WOOD. In South Africa he has directed UNDERSTUDY BLUES, SALUTE THE TROOPS, THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID, FROM THE HEART and COURT. He also appeared as Muldoon in 3 seasons of the Starz Network series, BLACK SAILS.

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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 thinks they witnessed something disturbing. But 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




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Improv • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed by Megan Furniss and a Special guest each night | Thursday - Tandi Buchan | Friday - Brett Anderson | Saturday - Anne Hirsch

Veteran improviser Megan Furniss is joined by a different partner each show to make stuff up in an hour of pure improv. There may, or may not, be a ______ (fill in the blank) in the show.

A firm favourite of improv followers, improv duos is all about the pair on stage. Absolutely anything can happen and it usually does. Megan Furniss, Cape Town's oldest improviser delights in having the time of her life on the Alexander stage, and this time around she does it with a special somebody each night.

Joining her on Thursday 3 May, will be actor, improviser, artistic director of ImproGuise, and lecturer Tandi Buchan. Megan and Tandi love improvising together so much that they do it even when nobody is watching. Their improv is naughty, creative and full of relationships, crazy characters and accents.

On Friday 4 May, Megan is joined by Brett Anderson; writer, coach, improviser and all round funny guy. When Megan and Brett improvise anything can happen, and it usually does. Expect wordplay, rhymes, plenty of styles and tons of energy. No, wait. Don’t expect anything. Who knows what will happen?

Anne Hirsch shares the stage with Megan on Saturday night 5 May. Most hilarious host, comedienne, and specialist Western walk improviser, Anne is most in love with fierce and funny short improv games with Megan, and when it’s just the two of them, they will fly through some of their favourites in an hour.



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One-woman Musical Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Written and Performed by Selma

A side-splitting musical comedy about a confused, ditsy woman who mopes around, depressed about all her failed marriages. Her Mother offers to send her on a world trip to go and find 'Mr. Right'. Instead, she goes to see her 'guru' and discovered that she loves to cook. What follows is an hilarious "RECIPE FOR DISASTER' where she accidentally gets drunk while translating her recipe!

"Excuse me! I'm not eating anything that sounds llike...DUBBELZOUTEDROP MUISJEBALLE MET KAAS." Selma says when one of her ex-husbands wants to go and eat at a Dutch restaurant. "If the shpoon gets shtuck in the mixer, remove with drewscriver!"

"I absolutely love to write & perform comedy" Says Selma. She began ballet lesson at age 8 at Joecy Pretorius School of Dancing, progressing to Jazz, Spanish Dancing, Contemporary and Tap with medals for Latin American Dancing and Ballroom. She was Miss S.A. finalist and has done extensive fashion modelling. She obtained her diploma in Musical Theatre Technikon Pta & graduated in 2000. She also obtained her B.A. degree at Unisa in 2006. "I never want to stop writing and singing" Says Selma.




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Komedie | Afrikaans Weergawe • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and performed by Karla Van Wyk | Directed and designed by Francesco Nassimbeni | Costume design by David Hutt
Warning: There is an open flame and flash paper gets burnt during the production

 ‘You Suck (en Ander Afgryslike Waarhede)’ deel die avonture, misverstande en mislukkings van die eksentrieke tiener, Pretina de Jager. Deur haar ‘liewe- dagboek’ vertolking neem die chappie-kouende Pretina, wat sukkel om haar voete te vind in die nuwe Engelse skool, jou op ’n reis deur onbekende hashtags, twerking faux pas en wiskunde wat nie sin maak nie. Groepsdruk en verwerping kry die kleurvolle karakter egter nie onder nie en deur haar eiesoortige selfvertroue, eerlikheid en humor, hou sy die gehoor op hulle tone. 

You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths has recently been translated into Afrikaans, receiving a recent Kanna nomination for ‘beste debuutwerk’ at KKNK. It has also recently completed a ‘bullying awareness tour’ performing to 30 local school audiences after several sold out runs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown. 


 "The manner in which Van Wyk invests the audience in Prettina's experiences, both as a writer and a performer, is masterful and the results - organic comedy and genuine pathos - are quite something to experience." 
- David Fick, Broadway World

“Klara captures the ennui of a Joburg teen magnificently. Extremely funny but not without darkness and pain. Kinda like Die Antwoord made a solo theatre show with elements of clowning after a trip to the shopping centre. But not. You'll have to see for yourself.” 
- Nicholas Spagnoletti.

“A theatrical gem” 
- Robyn Cohen

'Gaan kyk hierdie belangrike stuk' 
-Cliff Roberts (Netwerk 24) 

'Kids went bananas for it' 
-Daily Maverick

Klara van Wyk is an actress, clown, writer and student, trained by Philippe Gaulier. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch, specializing in clowning. She was recently seen in the productions Babbelagtig and Tweespalt. 

Francesco Nassimbeni is an interdisciplinary performing arts practitioner.
He recently completed a Masters in Theatre-Making at UCT, studying the overlap between graphic design and performance.
He will appear in Juliet Jenkin's new choral work, "Woolworths", at the National Arts Festival in 2018.

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Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins
Written and performed by Karla Van Wyk | Directed and designed by Francesco Nassimbeni | Costume design by David Hutt
Warning: There is an open flame and flash paper gets burnt during the production
You Suck (And Other Inescapable Truths) documents the spirited misadventures of a Grade 9 Afrikaans underdog and her crucial survival-advice as a minority in an Anglophile high school. It's about falling apart, fitting in, and getting even. It’s also hilariously funny, with Klara Van Wyk’s portrayal of the gum-snapping, rambunctious teen earning her a Fleur-Du-Cap nomination, Standard Ovation Award and a recent Kanna nomination. 

You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths has recently been translated into Afrikaans, receiving a recent Kanna nomination for ‘beste debuutwerk’ at KKNK. It has also recently completed a ‘bullying awareness tour’ performing to 30 local school audiences after several sold out runs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown. 


 "The manner in which Van Wyk invests the audience in Prettina's experiences, both as a writer and a performer, is masterful and the results - organic comedy and genuine pathos - are quite something to experience." 
- David Fick, Broadway World

“Klara captures the ennui of a Joburg teen magnificently. Extremely funny but not without darkness and pain. Kinda like Die Antwoord made a solo theatre show with elements of clowning after a trip to the shopping centre. But not. You'll have to see for yourself.” 
- Nicholas Spagnoletti.

“A theatrical gem” 
- Robyn Cohen

'Gaan kyk hierdie belangrike stuk' 
-Cliff Roberts (Netwerk 24) 

'Kids went bananas for it' 
-Daily Maverick

Klara van Wyk is an actress, clown, writer and student, trained by Philippe Gaulier. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch, specializing in clowning. She was recently seen in the productions Babbelagtig and Tweespalt. 

Francesco Nassimbeni is an interdisciplinary performing arts practitioner.
He recently completed a Masters in Theatre-Making at UCT, studying the overlap between graphic design and performance.
He will appear in Juliet Jenkin's new choral work, "Woolworths", at the National Arts Festival in 2018.

Press & Reviews




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blues | folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Ettienne Smook

Smook Stoic, a poignant songwriter, is a new arrival to Cape Town. His laid-back style and melancholy songwriting reminds of the bygone era of heartfelt folk music, stone-walled jazz bars and, ultimately, simpler, yet more contemplative times. 

Long gone are the days of smoky jazz bars and contemplative crowds. Long gone are the days of Dylan, Rea, and soulful folk. Long gone are the musical voices bemoaning existential crises. For too long the poets and literary pioneers have been silent. Is this really the case? Perhaps a revival is due...

Music nowadays mostly pander to the all-too-human need to escape our thoughts and be rid, if only for an hour or two, of the existential pressures of life. I do things differently, and believe that we need to think long and hard about the influence of art in our lives. 




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Acoustic Rock/ Blues • Running Time: 105 mins
Bryce Kendall on Vocals, Guitar and harmonica | Mat Winfield on Bass and Backing Vocals | Al Clapper on Keyboard and Backing Vocals | Austin Makhubu on Drums | Recording by Pennylane Studios | Mastering by TL mastering

Keeper of Keys is Bryce Kendall’s debut EP. Recorded at Pennylane Studios, this album has been months in the making and is finally ready to go public. Bryce is a singer-songwriter inspired by the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews and Jeff Buckley. Join Bryce and his band at Alexander Upstairs for an intimate evening of original music. 

Bryce Kendall is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Cape Town. He experiments with blues, folk and funk to create an unusual style of acoustic rock music, carried by his accomplished guitar playing, soulful harmonica, and robust vocals.

Bryce’s song writing layers memorable melodies over intricate guitar-work and percussive picking techniques. He is at his best when indulging in extended bluesy grooves that evolve through a range of sonic moods within a single song. This natural storyteller’s entertaining lyrics invite audiences to step into his world.

A self-professed gear head, Bryce uses guitar and vocal pedals to create a high-impact sound, whether he is performing solo or with a band. His live shows are energetic and powerful, filled with improvisation, rich vocal harmonies and musical ingenuity.




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Afrolatin • Running Time: 60 mins
Luis Gimenez Amoros on guitar and vocals | Asher Gamedze on drums | Eugene Ackerman on bass

Over the last two decades, Luis Gimenez Amoros has been performing internationally, both as a solo artist and with multiple artists from the World Music industry. Luis fuses Spanish musical styles with different types of African (Gnawa, Saharawi, Malian blues, soukous, Afro-beat or chimurenga) and Cuban music. Luis will perform with his new Hispano/South African band formed by Asher Gamedze (drums) and Eugene Ackerman (bass).

Luis has performed and composed with a variety of artists from the World Music industry, including Mariem Hassan (Western Sahara). Together they composed the album 'El Aaiun egdat'  which was awarded number one during April-June in the World Music Charts Europe. Luis has released several solo albums under the name of his two main bands (Dimeiwe and Demachena). 

"An exciting and unique blend of African rythms and Latin flavours, truly something special."

- Hopeton Gordon




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Musical Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Nathalie Vijver | Written by Louise Newman | Performed by Lee van Der Merwe, Chané Otto and Louise Newman

Inspired by true South African stories that seem too ridiculous to be true, The Good, The Bad and The Fugly explores social interactions behind the safety of our screens. Three women, three social media accounts and three times the drama. A tongue-in cheek musical comedy exposing all the hilarious consequences of online personas, strong opinions and bad behaviour. This production showcases the good, the bad and the downright ugly and gives us all an opportunity to laugh at ourselves. The Good, The Bad and The Fugly sets out to embody the complexities of being a South African in today’s social networking fiasco. #nofilter

Nathalie Vijver graduated from UCT with an Honours degree in Drama in 1999 and has been the Head of Drama at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts for the past 13 years, lecturing and directing students of the tertiary full-time course. She is also the Director of the Nathalie Vijver School of Drama which operates as a vocational day school at the CAPA Studios. She has directed CAPA Drama Productions, ‘Fight Sin’ (2007), ‘Kissing Frogs’ (2008/2009), Razor Tongue (2010), collaborated with the Cape Dance Company in 2010 to create the ‘The Devil’s Company’ for the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. More recently Nathalie Vijver has been co-directing with Debbie Turner in CAPA’s school productions, ‘Bittersweet’ (winner of Standard Bank Ovation award at the National Arts Festival in 2013),‘Between the Lines’ (2014) for the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town Fringe, ‘Jilted’ (2015), ‘Chasing Shadows’ (2016) and ‘Ellipses’ for the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town Fringe (2017). In 2016 Nathalie directed ‘Wait’ at the Alexander Bar which was written and performed by Raine Waring. Nathalie is resident Dramaturge for the Cape Dance Company and has worked with Jose Agudo on ‘A Thousand Shepherds’ (2016/2017) and with CAPA graduates Mthuthuzeli November and Lee van der Merwe on their new work ‘Sun, The Rite of Passage’ which premiered in November 2017 in the Cape Dance Company’s season at the Artscape Theatre. Louise Newman, a singer, song-writer, voice-over artist and performer in Cape Town, was a student from the ages of 5 to 19 at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, receiving training in dance, drama and vocals. Thereafter Louise transferred to AFDA in order to focus on her career in music, where she graduated (Cum Laude) in 2016. Louise won the award for Best Music Performance at the AFDA Experimental Festival and Best Music Performance at the AFDA Graduation Festival in 2016. Louise was also awarded Top 3rd Year Music Student at AFDA in 2016, as well as Top 2nd Year Music Student at AFDA in 2015. Louise has performed in 'It Is What It is' (2017) at the AFDA theatre as well as 'Uncle Vanya' (2017) directed by Chris Weare. Louise has also performed in numerous productions at the Artscape Theatre as well as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival including ‘Bittersweet’ (2014) ‘Between The Lines’ (2014), both of which were directed by Debbie Turner and Nathalie Vijver. Lee van der Merwe graduated from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts full-time programme with distinction in 2016. During her studies, Lee performed in many CAPA productions at the National Grahamstown Arts Festival as well at the Artscape Theatre and Baxter Dance Festival. She then went on to write, produce and co-perform the physical theatre play, ‘Laced’ which, after a highly successful premier at the Alexander Bar, toured to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2017. She has been a member of the Cape Dance Company for the past 6 years performing in numerous theatres and festivals around South Africa. Lee recently choreographed and performed a solo dance work in the Awaji Art Circus International Arts Festival, Japan, and then went on to perform in the pioneering, Fleur De Cap nominated, Immersive Theatre production, ‘Immortal’. Lee is currently performing in the Fugard Theatre’s production of ‘West Side Story’ at the Artscape Opera House. Chané Otto hails from sleepy Sedgefield on the Garden Route. Having started dancing at the tender age of 7, she was drawn to the bright lights of the Mother City in 2010, where she began to set about pursuing her lifelong performing dreams, taking up a course of study at the prestigious Cape Academy of Performing Arts. During her three years at CAPA, Chané performed various lead and ensemble roles in a range of dance and theatre productions at the Masque Theatre in Muizenburg, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. Having graduated from CAPA with a distinction in the bag in 2012, Chané has appeared in a number of roles in children’s theatre with AREP:Theatre for Life, site-specific theatre with Yellow Glove Productions, TV commercials, local TV series (Die Byl - Kyknet) and musical theatre. Chané is also a voice over artist and enjoys exploring creative choreography.




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Music Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Godfrey Johnson | Written and Performed by Chantal

A compelling new artist launches a powerful new album. Watch as Chantal – singer, songwriter and pianist – moves and entertains you with songs from her album ‘Scars’.  Every song comes from a deeply personal place, and the creation of the album is about the scars we all have and share in one form or another, whether internal or external; physical or emotional that encompass our human condition.  

For more detail regarding the album please visit Chantal’s website: www.chantalsmusic.com

The title song of Chantal’s new Album ‘Scars’ was written just after Knysna experienced horrific fires last year. There was a lot of media coverage around the fire and its devastation, but several weeks later the reporting slowed and the story eventually vanished…but the people affected had not and Chantal wondered what they were still going through. The song itself speaks to the scars we all carry. Some are shared, others are highly personal, but we all put on a smile and carry on because life goes on.   

The show is directed by Godfrey Johnson.  With six-time Fleur du Cap nominations and numerous awards under his belt, Godfrey Johnson is one of South Africa’s leading performing artists, with a singular reputation as a Cabaret Artist, Composer, Writer and Director.  
In the Fleur Du Cap’s 2015 nominations, Johnson became the first South African artist to be included in the following three categories:
- Best Actor in a Musical
- Best Performer in a One-Person Show
- Best Composer.




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Comedic Play • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Michaela Richards
Warning: Explicit language and language of a sexual nature

From the creators of "The Woods" and "Romeo and Juliet, Sort Of" comes "Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies". A comedic compilation of Monologues, Duologue's and Scenes taking on the hilarious, awkward, embarrassing and completely normal experiences that Dating, Mating and Relating to the world around us have to offer. 

Written and Directed by Michaela Richards, a sex comedy unlike any you’ve never seen before! 

A handful of individuals muddling through Puberty, First Loves, First Times, Sex Slumps and Heart Break making for a side-splitting comedy guaranteed to have you in stitches. Make it a date, Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies- A show not to be missed! 





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comedy thriller • Running Time: 75 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.

For more info go to: http://bal-oog.co.za/




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Musical theater revue • Running Time: 65 mins

Sondheim etc.

A musical revue that celebrates the work of Stephen Sondheim. After a successful run at the Galloway theatre, Sondheim etc. is back! Come join the vibrant cast of performers as they sing and act their way through songs from the familiar to the peculiar, the tragic to the comedic. All done with minimal staging to allow the genius of the writing and narrative to shine, making Sondheim etc. a show for the true theatre connoisseur.





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Absurd Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Margot Wood | Performed by Alecia Daniels and Sue Diepeveen
Warning: PG 13

Two short plays by the Italian playwright Dario Fo in one evening performance.
A Woman Alone deals with a woman entrapped by domesticity and an abusive husband. The play moves through farce to tragedy to a shocking climax. Waking up sees a working mother desperately and hilariously trying to deal with the demands of work and motherhood.





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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Athol Fugard | Performed by Pieter van Zyl | Directed by Thomas Leabhart

This one man play is a stage adaptation of Athol Fugard's riveting short story 'To whom it MUST concern'. It portrays the quest of a Karoo train driver, after his life is derailed by a tragic event. The play was awarded the Patrick Mynhardt prize for best production at the Fugard Festival (Richmond).

'The woman with a baby on her back' is the result of a collaboration between Pieter van Zyl (actor) and Thomas Leabhart (director and senior professor in drama at the Pomona College, California). The play was given its first performances at the Seaver Theatre, California to an international audience. The success of these performances is testament to the universal and deeply human message of the play. The run at the Alexander Theatre pays homage to Athol Fugard who turns 85 in June 2018.

Fugard's short story 'To whom it MUST concern' forms the basis of his play 'The Train Driver'. When Pieter van Zyl (actor) and Thomas Leabhart (director) approached Fugard and asked his permission to make an entirely new stage adaptation of his short story - this time for a one man performance - Fugard re-acted with enthusiasm and generosity. The result is a play that is new and original. Neither actor nor director has seen or read 'The Train Driver'.

Athol Fugard is one of South Africa's most esteemed playwrights. He is also known for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel Tsotsi. The recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, Fugard is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Pieter van Zyl (actor) has studied acting at the Akademie of Dramakuns where he was taught by Babs Laker. He continued his theatre studies in London, Paris and California, specializing in the corporeal mime technique of Etienne Decroux. In London, as a member of Theatre de l'Ange Fou, he performed 'Entangled Lives (Tardieux) and 'The Government Inspector (Gogol); and in California in 'Spoonriver Anthology' (Masters), 'Maid to Marry' (Ionesco). In South Africa he created plays that were much influenced by his study of corporeal mime: 'On a green footpath', 'BREAD' and 'When the Saints go marching in'. For the Spier production of 'The Great Gatsby' by Peter Joucla, he played the character of Wilson. Pieter recently recorded a reading of Carina Stander's novel 'Die Bergengel' for RSG radio. Pieter also has a Master's degree in music and continues to work as a musician.

Thomas Leabhart (director) is Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist at the Pomona College, Claremont. He frequently teaches and performs in Europe, Asia and North and South America. His specific area of scholarship is Etienne Decroux, with whom he studied from 1968 - 1972. Thomas Leabhart is a much published writer on the subject of corporeal mime.




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Drama • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Chris Weare | Written by Win Wells | Performed by Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston | Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French .SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between lifelong partners Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middle class America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other.   

Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.  The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which Wells has woven into an absorbing theatre piece.   




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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Performed by Hlubi Nontlanga

A young man finds himself trapped between financial and academic struggles. He strives to find a balance between the two but the debt that he faces as a result of an unjust system and the manipulators of society becomes too much for him. A pawn in a political game, his dreams and academic success are threatened and shattered. 

Hlubi Nontlanga is an actor, Theatre administrator, writer and director. Hlubi is a graduate at the University of Cape Town after studying theatre and performance specialising in theatre making. Hlubi attained his NQF Level 5 certificate in performing arts at the New Africa Theatre Academy. He has high ambitions of becoming a successful actor, Director and Theatre administrator. He has featured in many theatre productions at The Artscape, the Baxter theatre, the National Arts Festival and Joseph Stone Auditorium in plays like Bendingazi, Finally it rains in the desert, Thabo Mbeki and other nightmares, Canvas, Indonga ziwelene, Only love can mend a broken heart,  He has worked with directors like Clare Stopford, Ntombesizwe Tena, Louse Coetzee, Tsepo wa Mamato, Mbongeni Nomkonwana. He is also a founder and current Artistic Director of Mntam Mbhem Theatre Company (NPO).

Hlubi Nontlanga is currently signed and represented by Jonathan Swart Artists Management.




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Jazz fusion • Running Time: 60 mins
Composed by executive producer Riba Mwakusa | Vinascho Williams on keyboard | Griffin Maarman on drums

We believe music is audible love, therefore we are excited to share our work with audiences. Our very distinctive sound creates a calming and intimate atmosphere.

The sound of The Clan is an amalgamation of genres. Our rhythm section has been exposed to these throughout their musical journeys. Gospel music brought us together and from that point we discovered our mutual love of Jazz, Soul, R&B, Classical and Afro Soul.

Intriguing melodies in a warm atmosphere shared with friends and family. An evening not to be missed.




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Performance • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and Directed by Raine Waring | Performed by Sinead Donnelly and Robyn Ivey
Warning: Language

Marriage! Marriage? Marriage. Fool, an original play uncovers the juicy, secrets of a marriage and the catastrophic turn of events that happen when things go a little pear shaped. A chauvinistic, custard of a husband and a devilish, sour housewife find themselves swimming around in a boiling pot of unwanted and unfortunate realities, bubbling under the surface until their shameful truths unfold. He obviously doesn’t like her cooking, but this wicked woman has much bigger fish to fry and let’s just say that revenge sure is sweet…beastly, dangerous and delicious!

Set in the 1960’s, this dark comedy demonstrates a series of powerful physicality and story-telling, unveiling some pretty wrongful truths. The play exposes a common problem of adultery in marriages today and one resentful and ingenious yet sinful solution. With a cast of two women, Fool leads you through a witty, outspoken, distorted, yet thrilling and liberating story of the revenge a woman takes on her husband. 




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Schedule

Tomorrow (Monday)


Dangled
Theatre
Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on Tik. A psycho-sexual horror comedy. at 7pm
Live Music Mondays
Live music downstairs
at 8pm

This Tuesday


Dangled
Theatre
Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on Tik. A psycho-sexual horror comedy.24 Apr at 7pm

This Wednesday


Dangled
Theatre
Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on Tik. A psycho-sexual horror comedy.25 Apr at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
25 Apr at 7pm

This Thursday


Dangled
Theatre
Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on Tik. A psycho-sexual horror comedy.26 Apr at 7pm

This Friday


Dangled
Theatre
Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on Tik. A psycho-sexual horror comedy.27 Apr at 7pm

Rest of April


Dangled
Theatre
Shirley Valentine meets Steven Berkoff on Tik. A psycho-sexual horror comedy.Sat 28 at 4pm 7pm
Sun 29 at 4pm
The mystery of tango
Argentine tango music performance | singing and guitar
Sun 29 at 7pm
Apple Face
Comedy
Mon 30 at 9pm

May


Sasolburg Common "Birds" of South Africa
Dark Comedy
Tue 1 at 7pm
Wed 2 at 7pm
Thu 3 at 7pm
Fri 4 at 7pm
Sat 5 at 7pm
Apple Face
Comedy
Tue 1 at 9pm
Wed 2 at 9pm
Mon 7 at 9pm
Tue 8 at 9pm
Wed 9 at 9pm
Thu 10 at 9pm
Fri 11 at 9pm
Sat 12 at 9pm
Mon 14 at 9pm
Tue 15 at 9pm
Wed 16 at 9pm
Thu 17 at 9pm
Fri 18 at 9pm
Sat 19 at 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 2 at 7pm
Wed 9 at 7pm
Wed 16 at 7pm
Wed 23 at 7pm
Wed 30 at 7pm
Impromp2
Improv
Thu 3 at 9pm
Fri 4 at 9pm
Sat 5 at 9pm
RECIPE FOR DISASTER
One-woman Musical Comedy
Mon 7 at 7pm
You Suck (en Ander Afgryslike Waarhede)
Komedie | Afrikaans Weergawe
Wed 9 at 7pm
Fri 11 at 7pm
You Suck (and other inescapable truths)
Comedy
Thu 10 at 7pm
Sat 12 at 7pm
Upstairs with Smook Stoic
blues | folk
Sun 13 at 7pm
Bryce Kendall: Keeper of Keys Debut EP Launch
Acoustic Rock/ Blues
Sun 20 at 7pm
Luis Gimenez Amoros trio
Afrolatin
Tue 22 at 7pm
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
Wed 23 at 9pm
Thu 24 at 9pm
Fri 25 at 9pm
Sat 26 at 9pm
Scars
Music Performance
Sat 26 at 7pm
Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies
Comedic Play
Mon 28 at 7pm
Tue 29 at 7pm
Wed 30 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
Sondheim etc.
Musical theater revue
Thu 31 at 7pm

June


Sondheim etc.
Musical theater revue
Fri 1 at 7pm
Sat 2 at 7pm
Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
Fri 1 at 9pm
Sat 2 at 9pm
A Woman Alone And Other Female Parts
Absurd Comedy
Mon 4 at 9pm
Tue 5 at 9pm
Wed 6 at 9pm
Mon 11 at 9pm
Tue 12 at 9pm
Wed 13 at 9pm
Thu 14 at 9pm
Fri 15 at 9pm
Sat 16 at 9pm
The woman with a baby on her back
Drama
Mon 11 at 7pm
Tue 12 at 7pm
Wed 13 at 7pm
Thu 14 at 7pm
Fri 15 at 7pm
Sat 16 at 7pm
Gertrude Stein and A Companion
Drama
Mon 18 at 7pm
Tue 19 at 7pm
Wed 20 at 7pm
Mon 25 at 7pm
Tue 26 at 7pm
Wed 27 at 7pm
Thu 28 at 7pm
Fri 29 at 7pm
Sat 30 at 4pm 7pm

July


The Deficit
Drama
Mon 2 at 7pm
Tue 3 at 7pm
Wed 4 at 7pm
Thu 5 at 7pm
Fri 6 at 7pm
Sat 7 at 4pm 7pm
Sun 8 at 4pm
Riba Mwakusa clan
Jazz fusion
Sun 8 at 7pm
Fool
Performance
Mon 30 at 9pm
Tue 31 at 9pm

August


Fool
Performance
Wed 1 at 9pm
Thu 2 at 9pm
Fri 3 at 9pm
Sat 4 at 9pm

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