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.

Dance, Visual & Physical Theatre • Running Time: 80 mins
Choreographer: Jared Musiker | Director: Jared Musiker | Featured Artists: Asisipho Malunga, Ipeleng Merafe, Jared Musiker (Farnel Smart)
Warning: 13+
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Dear non-dancers; the definitely-not-athletes-of-God; those of you with more than one left foot; the bitter has-beens / once-upon-a-time-I-was-a-prima and those who just don’t care, our dance industry is in perpetual recession. We, the dancers, are not slaves to those stuck in 1970-something. Audiences resemble privileged hospices, directors take our money, orchestras are owed, and we are tired of Swan F**** Lake! Here is our manifesto: #BALLETMUSTFALL! This is a house of the artistic revolution, so don’t come here with that white tendency. This is NOT your average dance play.

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Fri 30th Sep 6pm R100Sat 1st Oct 6pm R100

Drama • Running Time: 45 mins
Written and Directed by Louis Viljoen | Starring Emily Child and Andrew Laubscher | Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen | Poster by Bruno Morphet
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
The Emissary is a dark study of a friendship rooted in a lie. Written and directed by Louis Viljoen (The Pervert Laura, The Kingmakers) and starring award winning actors Emily Child and Andrew Laubscher. While waiting for her long-term boyfriend to return from an extended stay overseas, Delia agrees to meet Douglas, her boyfriend’s best friend, in order to discuss the tensions that have been brewing between them since the beginning of their relationship. But one of them is hiding something terrible and this is the night when old wounds resurface and secrets are unearthed. What follows is an unnerving examination of two troubled people who think they know each other, but have no idea what awful things can lurk in the soul.
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 and The Pervert Laura. He is one of the creators (along with playwrights Nicholas Spagnoletti and Jon Keevy) of the successful short-play initiative “Anthology” which has had three successful seasons at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre. 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. Viljoen is currently the Writer In Residence for The Fugard Theatre.

Emily Child  

Emily graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting. Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed Cape Town based theatre troupe – The Mechanicals. Her work has garnered her numerous awards and nominations including the 2015 Fleur Du Cap for Best Actress for the role of “Laura” in Louis Viljoen’s The Pervert Laura last staged at the The Fugard Theatre. Other theatre projects include Lear, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Guy De Lancey, Champ, written by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas, which travelled to the Edinburgh Festival in 2013, as well as LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre and The Mechanicals’ co-production Urban Death, directed by Jana Wimer. Emily’s one -woman show, based on Dorothy Parker’s short stories, A Certain Lady was directed by Greg Karvellas and performed around Cape Town in 2014. Emily was recently seen at The Baxter Studio Theatre, Grahamstown and Hilton Festivals in Born in the RSA, directed by Thoko Ntshinga as well as Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre, directed by Greg Karvellas in February 2016. On camera, Emily’s projects include the SAFTA winning series pilot, Armed Response, BBC’s youth series Young Leonardo as well as the feature films Shirley Adams, directed by Oliver Hermanus and Beyond the River, directed by Craig Freimond, to be released in early 2017. 

Andrew Laubscher  

Andrew Laubscher is a Cape Town-based film and theatre actor. Some theatre highlights include 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. Andrew\'s most recent work include Anthology: Anti-Matter directed by Louis Viljoen and the South African feature film Modder en Bloed.

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Fri 30th Sep 8:30pm R90Sat 1st Oct 2pm R90Sun 2nd Oct 8:30pm R90Mon 3rd Oct 8:30pm R90Tue 4th Oct 4pm R90Wed 5th Oct 4pm R90Thu 6th Oct 8:30pm R90Fri 7th Oct 8:30pm R90Sat 8th Oct 2pm R90

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Director: Soli Philander | Featured Artists: Justin Sieberhagen
Warning: PG
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
This is a complicated tale of a family of three divided by the circumstances and elements of life, and of how they made sense and dealt with the obstacles they were confronted with. Told by three characters, each with different variations of their feelings, of needing to belong, and the desire of fulfilment.

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Sat 1st Oct 8:30pm R80Sun 2nd Oct 6pm R80Mon 3rd Oct 6pm R80Wed 5th Oct 8:30pm R80Fri 7th Oct 4pm R80Sat 8th Oct 4pm R80Sat 8th Oct 8:30pm R80

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Director: Terence Makapan | Featured Artists: Marlon Swarts & Almar Müller
Warning: 13+
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Twee jong vreemdelinge ontmoet een oggend onder die brug by die Gardens Centre. Die een is uit geskop en die ander een het weg gehardloop van die huis af. Een is wit en een is bruin. Alhoewel hulle van verskillende agtergronde kom, is daar soveel wat hulle eintelik in gemeen het.

Two homeless strangers meet one morning under the bridge opposite the Gardens Centre. The one ran away from home and the other was kicked out. One is white and the other coloured. Despite them being from two completely different worlds, they actually have a lot in common and pretty soon a very unlikely friendship is formed.

“Van swerwers sonder rigting, van soekers wat nooit vind en eindelik was almal maar net kinders van die wind.”

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Sun 2nd Oct 4pm R60Mon 3rd Oct 50% FringeTue 4th Oct 6pm R60Wed 5th Oct 6pm R60Thu 6th Oct 6pm R60Fri 7th Oct 6pm R60Sat 8th Oct 6pm R60

Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins
A new special movie-themed quiz. Expect musical listening questions, interactive sing-back questions and 'complete the famous one-liner' rounds. We'll span over various genres and decades, so guaranteed you'll have your moment of glory.  For the real buffs in the special 'pair the cocktails with the character',  you'll win the whole dang order!

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Mon 3rd Oct 6pm R60 (R50 online)

Quiz • Running Time: 90 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

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

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Wed 5th Oct 7:30pm R40 (R30 online): Hurry! Only 10 tickets left! Wed 12th Oct 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 19th Oct 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 26th Oct 7:30pm R40 (R30 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 65 mins
With Andrew Laubscher, David Viviers & Megan Furniss | Written by Richard Kaplan | Lighting Guy de Lancey | Directed by Adrian Collins
Warning: PG 16 Nudity and Adult Themes
A comedy-drama about love, death and sex. While grappling with a sense of alienation and the spirit of his tragically deceased mother, Nate, a gay artist falls in love with James, his delightfully strange and unusual model. As their relationship grows, we discover why we are on earth, what Walt Whitman really meant, if James Franco is gay and what happened to J D Salinger. Don't miss it.
The play had its first outing as a staged reading at Alexander Bar earlier in 2016 and was wonderfully received by the audience for its humour, poignancy and quirkiness. The characters of portrait artist, Jewish mother and exuberant young gay man are brought together in close quarters by means of a fresh device. It's a rich and enjoyable piece full of literary musings, art, hangups, Jewish culture, sex, the naked body and even how to put together the perfect Friday night dinner.

Creative Team

Andrew Laubscher is a film and stage actor. He received a Fleur du Cap in 2014 for his role as Riff-Raff in Rocky Horror. He most recently appeared on stage at Alexander Bar in Louis Viljoen's acclaimted new play The Emissary.

Megan Furniss is an actor, playwright and improvisor. She works in many capacities as facilitator, writer and performer. She won a Fleur du Cap in 2009 for innovation in theatre. Her play The Tent was selected to be part of an exciting programme of African plays at the National Theatre Studio in London.

David Viviers received the Brett Goldin Bursary this year and was nominated for the 2015 Fleur du Cap for most promising student. He last appeared on stage at Alexander Bar in The Maids.

Adrian Collins is an actor and director. He directed A Steady Rain which premiered at Alexander Bar last year and is transferring to The Fugard Theatre in October. Look out for his hilarious web series, Ryno the game-ranger, on Youtube.

Guy de Lancey is a film and stage actor and director. He's worked extensively both locally and internationally. Local audiences will know him for his work as actor and director in The Mechanicals. He received a Fleur du Cap for his lighting design of Dead Yellow Sands which was staged at Alexander Bar.

Richard Kaplan is a medical doctor working in the field of HIV research at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner is his first produced play.

Evan Oberholster is a figurative artist who has provided the artworks for the play and will be exhibiting a series of male nudes in the parlour room of the Alexander Bar. The exhibition will run in conjunction with the runs of the play at Cape Town Fringe and Alexander Bar.

Nicholas Spagnoletti, playwright and owner of  Alexander Bar, is playing the role of consultant producer and dramaturg on this new production.

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Mon 10th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Tue 11th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Wed 12th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Thu 13th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Fri 14th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Sat 15th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Mon 17th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Thu 20th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Sat 22nd Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Mon 24th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online) Tue 25th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online) Wed 26th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online) Thu 27th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online) Fri 28th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online) Sat 29th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online)

Comedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and directed by Wessel Pretorius | Starring David Viviers | Kathleen Stephens | Du Toit Albertze
Evan doesn't care much about anything, Beverly cares a lot about herself and Stefan just needs someone to care about him. A bittersweet comedy about three friends in their twenties navigating the 'scene' in Cape Town, growing up and growing a conscience. Also there is considerable mention of Sally Field.

Wessel Pretorius debuts with his first full length English production I LOVE YOU SALLY FIELD as writer and director, having spent most of his time creating and performing in Afrikaans theatre over the past few years. He uses a cast of up-and-coming actors of considerable skill and talent to poke fun at the pretension, hysteria and self-awareness that comes with trying to 'adult' in a metropolitan scene today. Three distinct voices get to voice their secret (or perhaps not so secret) desires and neuroses: Evan - the part time model and graphic designer who is trying to perfect the art of cool apathy, Beverly - the woke wannabe poet/artist/whatever who can't seem to crack the love game and Stefan - the Afrikaans boy from Ermelo who would like to be a writer but is currently serving burgers in a tank top. 
Kathleen Stephens graduated from UCT in 2014 with a B.A. degree in Theatre and performance. She is an acute director,performer and theatre maker, with a high level of craft and sophisticated interpretation of text which enables her to create work that has a density of theatrical creativity and speaks directly to a contemporary audience. She has the skills-set to craft meaning and understand the holistic elements of a theatrical process to enhance the vision of the story she is telling.  Kathleen has vast experience both on stage and behind the scenes, working from a young age in professional theatre productions. She is also the co-founder of the production company known as Hungy Minds Productions which looks at working with artists on a collaborative basis. In 2014 she staged her final piece, Present in Culpa, which she devised, designed and directed. This formed part of her end of year practical examination. She also designed and performed (Queen Victoria) in UHM, a 4th Year Theatre Making Project for the Grahamstown Festival, which was then staged at the Artscape. It went on to perform at the KKNK festival after which it was published in 2015. She was approached in 2015 to co-direct and adapt Athol Fugard’s People are living there with Blythe Linger for the Grahamstown National Arts festival. The production was then staged at the Cape Town Fringe Festival and was then taken to Johannesburg to be performed at the Soweto Theatre for a panel of Naledi Award judges. She has directed four children theatre productions for Arepp: Theatre for life and was assistant director for the Western Cape Dept. of Sports and Culture’s musical production City Nirvana. She also performed in People beneath our feet,one of three productions taken to the Grahamstown festival 2016 under Hungry Minds.

David is a film and theater actor. In 2014 he graduated with distinction in Theatre and Performance (UCT). At the beginning of 2015, he received a Fleur du Cap theatre nomination for Most Promising Student and a Kanna nomination for Best Upcoming Performer earlier this year. In May, David was awarded the Brett Goldin Bursary to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in August. At the 2016 NAF, David performed in Wynne Bredenkamp\'s Ovation award-winning production \"Salt\" as well as alongside the venerable Nicholas Ellenbogen in Raiders. 

Du Toit Albertze is a second year drama student at University of Stellenbosch, he has performed in theatre productions such as Bos(2012) with director Marthinus Basson and Vaselinetjie(2015) with Shirley Ellis. He can currently be heard weekly on RSG in Die Groot 5 and the election drama.

Wessel Pretorius was born in 1986 and grew up in Nelspruit. He obtained his B.A. Drama degree at The University of Pretoria and his Honours in Acting at The University of Stellenbosch.  In 2010, he represented the Stellenbosch Drama Department in Den Haag doing a six week workshop with De Appel.  He made his professional debut later that year at Aardklop with Korte Mette Met die Versamelde Werke Van William Shakespeare directed by Hugo Theart for TEATERteater. Other highlights include Yasmina Reza’s Art (directed by Marthinus Basson) Christiaan Olwagen’s ‘Politik Trilogie’: Woza Andries?, Vagina Dentata and Ubu and the Secrecy Bill, P.G. du Plessis’ ‘n Seder val in Waterkloof (directed by Albert Maritz), N is vir Neurose (Olwagen), his self-penned solo show Ont-, Boetie Dis Tyd Vir Bid As ‘n Seekoeikoei Op Jou Skoot Kom Sit for the Klein Libertas Teater directed by Juanita Swanepoel, David Greig’s Die Monster In Die Gang (translated and directed by Hennie van Greunen), Saartjie Botha’s Balbesit (directed by Jaco Bouwer) and Albee’s Wie’s Bang Vir Virginia Woolf?(directed by Christiaan Olwagen).  In 2013 Van Greunen translated Ont- as Undone for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in 2014, it played the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it won the Standard Bank Ovation Award: Gold. He also appeared in Shakespeare’s Richard III (directed by Lara Bye) at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Boesman, My Seun (written and directed by Deon Opperman), Waterpas which he also wrote (directed by Christiaan Olwagen) and Tom Lanoye’s Bloed en Rose. He’s also wrote Slaaf (2014), Al Julle Volke, Sandton City Grootdoop,  Die Dag is Bros (2015). In 2015 he apeared in Philip Rademeyer’s Adam Twee at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, The Maids (Genet, also directed by Rademyer).  In 2016 he debuted Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek at KKNK 2016 as part of the new Uitkamp-teater iniative. He currently resides in Cape Town where he continues to invest in local theatre as actor, writer and theatermaker.

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Mon 10th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 11th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 12th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 17th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 18th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 19th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 20th Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 21st Oct 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Comedy Panel Show • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Brett Anderson, Andrew Kerr, JP Le Riche, Graeme Comrie, and MJ Phillip
All’s Well That Ends Well is a hilarious new comedy panel-show that takes a sideways look at world history. Join host, MJ Phillip, as he guides two teams of comedians on a journey into the many weird and humorous chapters of history.

From the dancing plague of 1518, to John F Kennedy’s coconut, to Peter the Great’s trained bear waiters, we delve into the crazy and hilarious moments in our planet’s past. Further Info: There are 6 rounds in the show including ‘You Can Quote Me on That’ where panelists need to figure out which historical figure said what, and ‘Did That Actually Happen?’ where each panelist must tell a ‘historical’ story that’s either fact or fib while their opponents must figure out whether it’s true or not.

MJ Phillip - When MJ was growing up he had two dreams; to be a historian, and host a comedy show. That dream is now a reality. MJ also presents a video series called 'Know Your Country' about South Africa's unique and interesting history. For a number of years he performed improv comedy in Stellenbosch, and has written and directed 4 short films.  

Brett 'Fish' Anderson - Brett "Fish" Anderson is a person who has been mistaken for Bono, not because of any great singing ability, but because he once owned a pair of yellow Bono glasses and dyed his hair black. Who cares? Bono!!' He is married to tbV and owns the world's most famous stuffed dolphin called No_bob, who doesn't bob hence the name. Brett has been performing Theatresports with Improguise for more than a decade.  

Graeme Comrie - The man who puts the sigh in ‘The Treaty of Versailles’, Graeme Comrie has been performing comedy for many years albeit mostly to his pub quiz team. Currently he works as a script writer for an animation studio, and has recently acted in a short film called ‘My African Dream – Gavin to the Wild’.  

Andrew Kerr – Standing at well over 6 foot tall, Andrew has helped the show rise to new heights. For a number of years he performed Theatresports with Improguise before moving onto other online projects including the Brothers Streep Show and writing sketch comedy for stage. Andrew has also contributed to \'Afterliff\' a book by QI creator John Lloyd.  

JP Le Riche – Despite sometimes getting confused between Saladin and salad, JP’s quick wit and love for comedy is clearly evident on stage. JP previously performed in a comedy panel show called ‘Panel Beating!’.

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Sat 15th Oct 4pm R80 (R60 online)

Popular Folk • Running Time: 75 mins
Nicky Schrire & Ariella Caira
 Friends for over twenty years, Nicky Schrire and Ariella Caira reunite for a special, intimate duo performance after concerts that have seen them collaborate with composer Matthijs van Dijk, Prime Circle drummer Kevin Gibson, and double-bill with Beatenberg frontman Matthew Field. The two recorded and released the EP "An Education" on London label Wild Sound Recordings in 2015, followed by performances at the Cape Town Folk and Acoustic Music Festival, Milk & Honey Festival, Cafe Roux, Youngblood Gallery and an appearance on SABC's Expresso Show. 
“A number of the more and most intelligent female vocalists come to mind-Mia Doi Todd, Tori Amos, Kimiko Itoh, Lorraine Feather, Norma Winstone, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, etc. - in Schrire's work.” — FAME (USA) "Wonderful....an acute eye for observation of the small details." — Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio (UK) “A remarkable talent... Her voice is a bell, a curve of pliant sound, a personality, a vessel for great songs. ”

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Sun 16th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Political Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and performed by Pieter-Dirk Uys
Warning: Irreverent comedy at its finest
Pieter-Dirk Uys started his career of one-man shows with Adapt or Dye in 1981. Now thirty-five years later adapting is still a necessity, while flying is a choice. This a one-man show in which the master of political satire sends up political figures of the past and present. He will take you on a familiar long walk to freedom, through the various chapters of National Party rule with impersonations of DF Malan, JG Strydom, HF Verwoerd, BJ Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk, and into the familiar terrain of amandla-politics with tributes to Nelson Mandela, and through Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe into the reign of Jacob Zuma.
Uys may be years older than when he opened ‘Adapt or Dye’, but his material is as fresh today as it was then. The players may have changed, but the game has not.  – City Press
Uys still has us rolling on the floor after 35 years. There’s enough to keep you laughing at (his) unique brand of satire, to keep you moved, hooked and, at times, in awe too.
– The Sunday Independent
So banish the blues – come and enjoy the blacks, whites, browns, yellows and ‘others’ that make up this unique country of our dreams. As long as we can laugh at our fear, we are still in charge of our future.
– Monday Missile Dot Coza
Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen.
– Los Angeles Times

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Tue 18th Oct 7pm: Sorry, sold out Wed 19th Oct 7pm R180 (R160 online): Hurry! Only 1 ticket left!

R&B Soul • Running Time: 120 mins
Deslynn and Lee-Ron both lovers of the arts in it's purist form, are inviting you to an intimate setting to indulge and share in their stories.  Together, they will present their equally unique brands of #UrbanSoul, backed by the masters of GROOVE in this city, their band BKPro you are bound to have your heart dancing and your head bopping as they take you on a Soulful journey. Because they both believe that soul music speaks to the souls of people, this in essence is what Deslynn and Lee-Ron aim to do.
Deslynn is steadily coming into her own and she is inviting you to share in the journey. She vouches for realism and begins her plea for authenticity within herself. Learn more about Deslynn by following her story and listening to her music – one day and one song at a time.

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Fri 21st Oct 7pm R100

Alternative Folk • Running Time: 65 mins
Original songs written by Jules Terea | Vocals and Guitarist Julian Place | Drummer Joy Millar | Vocals Frances Sholto-Douglas | Bassist Robert Fowler
Inspired by the likes of Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice and Conor Oberst, Brynn is an Alternative Folk band, led by New Zealand vocalist and songwriter Jules Terea.  Gathering a loyal following through their various performances across Cape Town (Nu-Breed Festival at the Cape Town City Hall, The Cape Town Fringe Festival, Straight No Chaser, Alma Cafe) Brynn delivers powerfully honest performances that linger in the hearts of their audiences long after their shows have ended and with the incredibly talented singer/songwriter Jasmine minter opening the show, it's going to be a truly special evening.
Forming in September 2014, Brynn quickly recorded a live EP called "Seeds". A collection a Rock and Folk songs written at their first few performances. Over 2015 Brynn played a many shows around the city, most frequently the Armchair Theatre and Octopus Gardens'. Constantly developing their sound and style. Brynn's vocalist performed a few shows in New Zealand early in 2016 and discovered new inspiration. Since July Brynn has performed at the Nu-Breed Festival, Alexander Bar, Straight No Chaser, Armchair Theatre, Barleycorn, The Alma Cafe, The Bombshelter, Blah Blah Bar and other venues around the city, had various live videos filmed and recorded and released a four track EP entitled "The Live EP". Brynn is currently working on an studio EP which will follow into their debut record. Excited and inspired, Brynn is growing more and more every day and loving every minute of it!

Jules Terea has performed around Cape Town regularly since immigrating to South Africa from New Zealand four years ago. Mostly playing in small and intimate venues around the city (Down South, Alma Cafe, Obviously Armchair etc). Jules has had the creative freedom and space to develop his musical abilities and understanding extensively over the years. Jules claims that Brynn has been his most personally fulfilling and exciting project yet.  

Joy Millar has been drumming for bands on the Cape Town music scene for over 8 years, namely the likes of "Highly Strung", Ripcord (a regular at the Hermanus Whale Festival) and award winning Hotel Iris who headlined the 2014 Barleycorn music festival.  

Grahamstown local Rob Fowler has had extensive musical training in the past and has played trumpet and bass guitar for various bands and groups over the years. Most recently "Black Rabbit", before joining Brynn in 2014. 

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Sun 23rd Oct 8pm R60 (R50 online)

One-hander • Running Time: 55 mins
Written and Directed by Ian Tucker, Performed by Brendon Daniels, Dialogue and additional direction by Bo Petersen
The most powerful man in the world is not feeling very powerful today. Burnt by foreign flashpoint, battered by bigotry and tormented by cyber-terrorists, Barack Obama is staring down the barrel of a lame duck presidency. His dream has turned to ashes in the mouths of the faithful and expectant. On the eve of a visit to Africa he begins to confront his legacy in the huge shadow of the Mandela mantle. And this thing he knows beyond any calling: he can't, won't go down without a fight.. 
Barack Obama sweeps to power peddling gossamer dreams and the fragrant promise of a golden new dawn. Yet even as he rises up, a saviour anointed, lit in halo-glow, a confederacy of the bitter conspire to tear down their nightmare. A blunt instrument of attrition is forged in singular pursuit: get the Black out of the White House. And as the rock star adulation fades, and sweet hope sours and fancy faith falters what remains of audacious hope? A state visit to Africa assumes the weight of pilgrimage, even more than the humbling return to the land of his fathers. Can an audience with the most revered statesman of his age be the elixir to loose the shackles and re-ignite the flame? Or will a great man slip from his death bed, the baton not passed, clattering to the shill of hollow promise? Perhaps all we know for certain is: absolute ambition does not presume to resonate in a minor key. 

Bo Petersen is a multi-talented stage, film and TV performer and director. Numerous Fleur du Cap nominations, directed Dead Yellow Sands to 2 Fleur du Cap Awards in 2016.

Brendon Daniels is a stage, TV and film actor with multiple credits and award recognition. SAFTA winner (Four Corners), Fleur du Cap winner (Rooiland).

Ian Tucker is a writer, director and producer with short film credits including Rock Out, Black Circle, Making like Marty and theatre credits: A Funny Thing Happened on way to Talent Show. 

Book for Black Prophet Down by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 24th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 25th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 26th Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 31st Oct 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 1st Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 2nd Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 3rd Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 4th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 5th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Punk Pop • Running Time: 60 mins
Gavin Gold
“I got expelled, I got wasted, I’ve been to Mars and back and I was taken for a fool.” Gavin Gold’s Punk Pop songs tell real life stories you will relate to. The loudness of his songs has been toned down into an acoustic unplugged set that will get you rocking without bursting your eardrums.
Gavin Gold recently released a CD called Neatness, co produced by Deon Du Toit (from Toxic Shame) which is also available at https://www.reverbnation.com/gavingold/album/116238-neatness  He is currently working on a new project with Mark Mc Cree (from the Mc Cree Band).  The show will include songs from both of these projects.

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Sun 30th Oct 7pm R80 (R70 online)

Live reading • Running Time: 75 mins
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s | There is an interval included in the running time
Allow yourself to be bewitched by Charlie French, Jezzy Belle, Lyricnotic and Scar-lit Hearts as they share readings that delve into the Seven Deadly Sins and the wickedness of the human heart.
What is Naked Girls Reading? Naked Girls Reading is a nude literary salon that takes place in 25 cities around the world. At each event, a small cast of beautiful ladies remove their clothing (yes, all of it) and read personal selections to an adoring audience. It is entertaining, magical, often funny, sometimes heart wrenching and really very sexy.

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Thu 3rd Nov 9pm R160 (R130 online) Fri 4th Nov 9pm R160 (R130 online)

Deutschsprachige Komödie • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Oskar Brown and Sofie Junker
This show is in German. If you don't speak German, then this is probably not the right show for you. We wanted to write "Nur für Deutsche!", but the last time we did that, it didn't work out so well...

In Berlin bekommt man für 4 Euro einen überteuerten Döner.
In Kapstadt bekommt man für 4 Euro eine erstklassige deutschsprachige Komödie: Little Germany.

Aber nur an diesem einzigen, besonderen Abend und nur in der zauberhaften Alexander Bar Theater.
Von Angela Merkel bis zu den Omis vom Bahnhof Zoo geht es quer durch Deutschland mit Urberlinerin Sofie Captain Kreuzberg Junker und #wahlBerliner Oskar Brown. Dabei werden alle wichtigen Themen des Lebens angeschnitten:
Was ist eigentlich ein Bio-Papa?
Mit wem unterhält sich die Goldelse?
Wer ist Mate?
Und warum hat ein Rucksack einen eigenen Platz in der Bahn?
An diesem Abend ist nichts sicher. Es gibt kein Tabu und es gibt keinen Döner.
Naja. Eventuell gibt es Döner.
Fahrkarte mitnehmen und einsteigen bitte, dies ist ein one-way ticket nach Little Germany!
Wann haben Sie zum letzten mal eine Deutschsprachige Komödie gesehen?
Achso, wir sind per Du?
Na dann, wann wars denn?
Haste schon mal sowat in Kapstadt jekiekt?
Dann ab an die Kasse und koof dir ne Karte.
Das Theater ist zwar klein und wir sind nur einen Abend da, aber bei uns sind sogar Schwaben eingeladen.

Sofie Junker is a young German actress, known for her Film appearances in Tatort and Paula (dir. Christian Schwochow). She recently played a leading Role in the popular German Television Series In Aller Freundschaft - Die jungen Ärzte (ARD).

Oskar Brown is a UCT trained Theatre Maker who moved to Berlin in 2010. Since then he has appeared in numerous German films (with his clothing on) and all over the world in the immensely well attended play between (with his clothing off).

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Sat 12th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Acoustic, Anti- Folk, Alternative • Running Time: 60 mins
Gary Thomas
After a year and a half of living and performing all over Europe, South Africa´s ground-breaking indie-acoustic musician Gary Thomas has returned home as Eland Gray. In the last 18 months he completed and released his new album, Minortide and the Banished Sea, and performed at festivals and concerts throughout Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark and England. Now, Eland Gray is back with a new body of work ready to share with his cult following. 
"A virtuoso display of left- field indie- folk mastery" - Rolling Stone 
“Spellbinding, epic soundscapes of surrealistic intensity… rupturing the mould of the conventional singer-songwriter” - Mail & Guardian
Originating from Cape Town, South Africa, Eland Gray (formerly Gary Thomas) was Classically trained in school and later studied Jazz at University. His unique style blends rich, moody song writing with a vast array of alternative guitar techniques and precision multi- tasking. 

His diverse musical background shows in his combination of fingerstyle picking, rapid virtuoso strumming and percussive playing. Singing with 2 microphones with varying reverb effects, he uses his voice in the orthodox manner as well as textually layering extra tones over the music. Add all of this to his wooden stomp box and violin bow playing and you have something that sounds alot like Eland Gray. 

In conjunction with the countless South African shows and festivals, the last couple of years have included sell out runs at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, touring with Ninja Tunes artist Fink in SA, full endorsements from Ernie Ball and Proel and a European Tour in 2012. 

After officially relocated to Spain in April 2015, Eland Gray's fifth album "Minortide and the Banished Sea" was released on the 24th July 2015. The 10 track album was recorded between Cape Town, South Africa and Granada, Spain between November 2014 - May 2015. Following its release, he embarked on a full tour of Spain between September - November 2015 and recently completed a 3 month European tour through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark and England.

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Sun 27th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Motown | African | RnB • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Sthe Mfuphi | Michelle Thomas | Bulelwa Sakayi | Presented by Glenda Eberlein and Coast 2 Coast Management
3 Tons of Fun, who have been hailed over the past 9 years as South Africa's most loved all-girl group will be doing 3 shows only at the Alexander Bar. An evening of music and fun! From Brenda Fassie to Gloria Gaynor and Diana Ross, from Pharrell to Robin Thicke, there is a bit of everything!

Starring Saxy Sthe, Mysterious Michelle and Beautiful Bee ... the girls who have wowed audiences from Cape Town to Cairo, from Vietnam to Dubai and beyond! Larger than life! The perfect end-of-year treat!

3 Tons of Fun has emerged over the past 9 years as one of South Africa\'s most loved all-female groups. Based in Cape Town they are in great demand on the corporate circuit throughout South Africa and overseas. Most recently they have performed at functions for top companies including amongst others Telkom, FNB, Nedbank, Tourvest, Sanlam, Woolworths, KFC, Spar, Absa, The Exporters Club, Wimpy and the Golden Arrow Bus Company.
3 Tons of Fun regularly perform at many prestigious events at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel (Kleinmond), Shimmy Beach Club, Val de Vie, The One & Only Hotel, The Castle of Good Hope, The Crystal Towers Hotel, The Lanzerac Hotel and they often travel to entertain clients at Sun City, Gold Reef City, Sabi Sabi and Phinda. 3 Tons of Fun are just as popular overseas where they carry the South African flag high and wow international audiences and expats alike. In the past few years they have travelled to Switzerland, Togo, Zambia, Ghana, Seychelles, Indonesia, Nigeria, Dubai, Vietnam, Thailand, London, Bahrain and Mauritius. 

Most recently they were honoured to be asked to perform at the Pendooring Awards (2013), the Kirstenbosch Winter Season (2013), the Hermanus Whale Festival (2013) and the Gariepfees in Kimberley (2014). They enjoy giving back to charity and in the past year have performed pro bono for the Chris Burger Fund dinner (CTICC), the Christine Revell Children's Home fundraiser (CTICC), the Cape Times Big Walk and the uThando Charity Event at the City Hall. In between flying around the country they schedule public shows so that their hometown fans have time to reunite with them, and they can be seen at least twice a year at Café Roux – Noordhoek, The Caledon Hotel and The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. In 2013 they released their debut album entitled \'Larger than Life\' which has a collection of old favourites as well as three original songs written by Saxy Sthe herself. 


STHE MFUPHI (known as Saxy Sthe) was born and bred in Durban. Her prosperity is in Cape Town. She has been a passionate singer since birth. She started singing whilst she was still in her mother's womb but never considered her powerful and distinctive voice would take her places. She has only concentrated on her singing since she studied Jazz at the Natal Technikon. Her precious voice brought her to the public's attention when she started her own jazz band in 1998 called Sthe and friends. After she finished her diploma in light Jazz music (2002) she moved to Cape Town and has worked as a music teacher since. She has taught theory of music, voice, ensemble, improvisation, keyboards and ear training at Athlone Academy of music and Jazz Workshop. In 2007 she joined the larger than life ladies group 3 TONS OF FUN and that is where her popularity grew in leaps and bounds as more and more people became dazzled by her voice. Her incredible voice has given her the opportunity to travel abroad and locally and to meet people all over the world. She is a very talented songwriter and penned three original songs for 3 Tons of Fun\'s debut album, 'Larger than Life'. A music video for her original song “Usibali” was released in 2014. Sthe also currently performs as a solo artiste and can be seen in the latest SPUR advert and has been a prelim judge for IDOLS for the past 5 years.

BULELWA SAKAYI (known as Beautiful Bee) was born and raised in the Eastern Cape's East London. As is widely known, for every South African, music has and continues to be a major way of expressing one's emotions. Bee moved from the Eastern Cape to study chemical engineering in Cape Town but this was not emotionally challenging for her. She then decided to go into performing arts. This is when she got her classical training, singing as a soloist in choral choirs and also joined an actor's agency. She has travelled internationally performing in a number of film productions of which her favourite was the Golden Bear winner UCarmen EKhayelitsha as Frasquita. She has also done a lot of Television and theatre work. She is the commercial queen of 3 Tons of Fun! Bee joined 3 Tons of Fun in 2007 where she adds her playful yet sexy flavour to the group. And this is where she feels at home!

MICHELLE THOMAS (known as Mysterious Michelle) was born in Cape Town. Her childhood memories are those of camping, laughter, fun and family get-togethers. Her favourite story was that of her father as a vocalist and drummer in a band called the "Shindigs”. Michelle thinks that the seed for her future was planted then already. Sadly her father died of a brain haemorrhage when she was 6 years old. It was the heaviest blow that she ever had to deal with! Michelle half-heartedly attempted a Bachelors Degree at UWC. She did exceptionally well with the least amount of effort, but her heart was not in it, so she dropped out in her 3rd year. Singing has always been Michelle's lifelong dream and in high school the school concerts were the platform to showcase her raw, untrained, but natural talent. Her first real stage performance was at the Baxter as a vocalist in a school initiative called "Music Active". After varsity Michelle worked in admin at a day hospital. Michelle joined 3 Tons of Fun in 2007 and a year later was forced to give up her day job to pursue her lifelong dream full-time. 

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Fri 16th Dec 9pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 17th Dec 9pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 18th Dec 7pm R140 (R120 online): Hurry! Only 4 tickets left!
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All's Well That Ends Well
Comedy Panel Show
Sat 15 at 4pm
Nicky Schrire & Ariella Caira
Popular Folk
Sun 16 at 7pm
Adapt or Fly
Political Comedy
Tue 18 at 7pm
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R&B Soul
Fri 21 at 7pm
Black Prophet Down
Mon 24 at 7pm
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Gavin Gold
Punk Pop
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Black Prophet Down
Tue 1 at 7pm
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Thu 3 at 7pm
Fri 4 at 7pm
Sat 5 at 7pm
Little Germany
Deutschsprachige Komödie
Sat 12 at 7pm
Eland Gray (aka Gary Thomas) Live
Acoustic, Anti- Folk, Alternative
Sun 27 at 7pm


3 Tons of Fun
Motown | African | RnB
Fri 16 at 9pm
Sat 17 at 9pm
Sun 18 at 7pm

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