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.

Ambient/Experimental Music Concert • Running Time: 60 mins
Maxim Starcke
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Not to be missed! A rare performance of explorative soundscapes and new ambient music by Maxim Starcke (electronics, electric guitar, sax, sound design) and featuring Brydon Bolton (double bass, electronics) and Frank Mallows (vibraphone, cymbals, percussion). 

Starcke's composition 'Cape Dimensions' is a 20 minute immersive piece which will be re-visioned live by the trio. 'Cape Dimensions', originally performed at the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival in 2016, will be featured amongst other compositions and adventures in evocative sound realms. Bring your imagination! 

Maxim Starcke is a South African composer, multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, classical/electric guitar and electric bass), music producer, artist and educator, born and living in Cape Town.

He received a Bmus at the South African College of Music UCT in 2004, majoring in composition, classical guitar with a distinction in ethnomusicology. He was awarded the Meyer Levinson prize for best original composition in 2003. Later in 2012 Starcke received his Masters in Composition with distinction, supervised by Emeritus Prof Peter Klatzow and Dr Morne Bezuidenhout.

In 2011, during the research for his dissertation ‘Aspects of Landscape Music’, Starcke was awarded the UCT Jules Kramer overseas travel award to visit Norway where he interviewed electric guitarist Eivind Aarset. In 2010 he visited Yale University, USA, to interview American composer Ingram Marshall. Aarset and Marshall were both included as part of the study topic for his dissertation. During this time, Starcke composed a portfolio of works consisting of the electro-acoustic piece ‘Stroompie’ and orchestral works ‘Overberg Suite’ and ‘esCape’ (the latter two premiered by the Cape Town Goema Orchestra in 2012 and 2013 respectively). In August 2014 the Cape Town Goema Orchestra premiered his piece ‘Transcending Landscape’ for soprano saxophone and string orchestra at the South African College of Music.

New Music SA (the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music) commissioned Starcke to compose a 10 minute work for performance with the South African New Music Ensemble at the 2014 edition of the Unyazi IV Electronic Music Festival in Johannesburg. The South African New Music Ensemble (Jill Richards, Morne van Heerden, Frank Mallows, Waldo Alexander, Marguerite Spies, Brydon Bolton, conducted by Gerben Grooten) premiered ‘Stroompie: Continuo’ at the Goethe Institute on September 11th 2014.

In 2013, Starcke produced a live album with Ronan Skillen entitled ‘Forgery’ and is currently producing the forthcoming album ‘Incantations’ by Souls Of Ancient Fish, a collaboration with SA/Aus poet/journalist Ruben Mowszowski and African Music lecturer/icon Dizu Plaatjies. In 2016 he released two album, ‘Cape Dimensions’ (premiered at the Unyazi Festival 2016 with Brydon Bolton and Frank Mallows) and Offworld (launched at The Forge in Kalk Bay, which featured Matthew Rice and Byron R. Howell). 2017 so far has seen the release of the second Starcke+Skillen collaboration album entitled ‘Shapeshifter’. Launch performances of ‘Offworld’ and ‘Shapeshifter’ both featured film-maker/VJ Tom Glenn. During 2015-2017, Starcke produced the sound and music for ‘Karoo Disclosure’, a collaborative video-art exhibition held at the Iziko SA Museum that comments on the effects of controversial hydraulic fracturing (AKA fracking) prospecting in the Karoo. in August 2017, Mowszwoski and Starcke launched new surround-sound recordings for an installation at iMPAC Festival in Pretoria. These recordings are to be released as a new digital album.

Starcke has also worked and performed with SA jazz vocalist Lisa Bauer (performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2011 and on her SAMA-nominated album ‘Finding A New Way’); at several annual editions on the On The Edge of Wrong Festival; with Norwegian improvisors Morten Minot Kristiansen & Torgrim Mellum Stene in Oslo, Norway; with Øyvind Skarbø & MotSol at St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town; songwriter Matthew Rice; Starkravingsane; jazz/rock quartet Cascade; afro-funk group Alan Funk; toured Holland and Swaziland with afro-rock-pop project Hot Water; extreme metal band Damnatia; performance artist Leila Anderson (sound design for ‘Shlof shoyn mein kind’ performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown & ‘Exotic Alien’, EOW Festival); theatre director Sanjin Muftiç (short film ‘Stripped’); film director Ben Collins (short film ‘Screenplay’) and documentary film-maker Damien Schumann (music for new malaria medicine venture films), amongst many other events, bands and projects.




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Comedy Drama • Running Time: 75 mins
Written, directed and produced by Brent Palmer | Starring Jenny Stead | Euodia Samson | Pierre Malherbe | Clyde Berning

Luke is a great guy! He loves his wife Vanessa, his two healthy boys and his home. But Luke hates his life! He dislikes teaching drama at the local school and loathes being a failed actor even more. When Jacob, his best friend from university, now a Hollywood star, comes to dinner, all of Luke’s jealousies come rushing to the fore. Luke’s insecurities are heightened by the presence of Jacob’s girlfriend, ‘B Movie’ starlet Jackie Lodin, and not least by the fact that Jacob and Vanessa are old sweet-hearts, setting the stage for an evening of high drama, tension and hilarity

'The Visit is a comedy drama with awkward consequences. It deals with what happens when an old friend, now a Hollywood star, returns home 

Jenny Stead:

Jenny obtained her honours degree in Drama from the University of Stellenbosch where she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for most promising student. After graduating she won a Vita award for best new actress for her performance as a chain smoking, cocai snorting, troubled copy writer in Fiona Coyne's smash hit comedy 'Glass Roots'. Jenny has forged a career playing diverse roles from the tragic Ophelia in Stephen Berkoff's 'The Secret Live Life of Ophelia' to the ditzy Brooke in the hilarious 'Noises off'. Jenny won a Fleur du Cap for her performance as a dying succubus in Reza de Wet's 'Breathing In, followed by a tour throughout the USA and Europe with the New York Collonade Theatre's production of the politically charged, 'Truth In Translation'. Jenny was nominated for her 3rd Fleur du Cap for playing Janet in the Rocky horror Show which played to sold out houses for over 300 shows. Her film credits include 'The Poseidon Adventure', 'Starship Troopers 3' and the golden globe nominated 'Restless'. Look out for Jenny in the NSFW NBC grindhouse tv series 'Blood Drive' where she plays a middle American, suburban housewife, serial killer!

Pierre Malherbe:

The UCT trained Pierre Malherbe has acted in a number of plays over the last three decades, including highlights like: Beautiful Thing, Under the Oaks, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, The Tent, King Lear, Sexual Perversity In Chicago, and Urban Death . 

In recent years he has mostly been associated with the plays of Louis Viljoen; having appeared in CHAMP, Porno 88, The Kingmakers and The Eulogists.

He has dabbled in stand-up comedy, doing the Cape Town club circuit, and performed three self penned one-man shows: Duncan Farenheit’s Acoustic Jam Sandwich, Duncan Farenheit and the Lank Tired Okes and Another Friggin’ Tribute Show.

He has had roles in television series including: Black Sails, , Dominion, Roots, Madiba, Land of Thirst ,Traffic, the upcoming Troy: Fall Of A City as well as numerous South African sitcoms.

Pierre’s many film credits include: Chronicle; Second Skin; Styx; Bypass; Death Race 2, and acclaimed short films such as Barroom; Lazy Susan; The Bison Brothers - which he also co wrote and co directed; the SAFTA award-winning Armed Response; and Snap! which was part of Cape Town’s 48 hour film project in 2014, and for which he received a best actor nomination.

Brent Palmer:

Brent is an award winning writer, actor and comedian. He has worked extensively in TV, film and Theatre. His most recent TV credits include roles in ‘Tali’s Wedding Diary’, ‘Those who Can’t’ and ‘Jamilla and Alladin’. Brent has also acted in a number of theatre productions including award winning play ‘A Steady Rain’, alongside Nicholas Pauling, ‘The Father’ alongside Marius Wyers and Louis Viljoen’s play The Kingmakers. In 2012 Brent wrote and acted in ‘Bench’, a Fleur Du Cap nominated script, in which he appeared alongside Adrian Collins. Brent also wrote ‘Witnesses’ which won the Fleur Du Cap for best direction award for Mathew Wilde in 2005 

Together with BenchFilms; Brent co-produced, wrote and appeared in the 2015 SAFTA winning short film ‘Picture Perfect Heist’. The team are currently developing a funded feature film of the same name. Brent wrote, directed and acted in a short film called ‘The Agency’ which made the top three at the Schnit film festival

Brent has used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi, Gaetan Schmit, Stuart Taylor and many more. Brent is a regular feature at the Cape Town Comedy Club and has worked alongside comedians like John Vlismas, Mel Miller and Trevor Noah. Brent is also currently directing Siv Ngesi’s new stand up show for the Baxter called SIV-ILIZED

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills. 

Clyde Berning:

Clyde graduated from UCT with a degree in Theatre & Performance. He then went on to play Laertes in 'Hamlet', Eros in 'Antony & Cleopatra', Slim in 'Cowboy Mouth', Mark Dolson in 'Mass Appeal', Dakin in 'The History Boys', and more recently, Nick Arnstein in 'Funny Girl'. He won a Naledi award for his portrayal of Dakin in 'The History Boys' (2011). He has also appeared in local and international series and films such as 'Black Sails', 'Dominion', 'Cape Town', 'Known Gods', 'Montana', 'The Mating Game' and 'Shooting Stars'. He lives in Cape Town with his wife and three kids. 

Euodia Samson:

Euodia Samson is a South African actress best known for her roles in the television series SOS, Big Okes, Madam & Eve (ETV) and Fishy Feshuns.
She was also a cast member of the SABC2 variety comedy series Colour TV(SABC2), in 2011.

Other television series she has acted in include Backstage, Tussen Duiwels(SABC2), Newshounds and Khululeka(SABC2).

She has also acted in several films including Cape of Good Hope, Ali Barber, Crossroads and Black Butterfly.

Euodia has acted in numerous theatre productions including Freaks, A Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dying Breed and Sister Breyani.

 She studied a Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1993.

Since 1993 she worked for CAPAB Also on their Schools Programme, War on Waste. Featured in the production Dying Breed. Appeared in Roxy for the Baxter Theatre.

Played Mustardseed in Maynardville's 1995 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Vatmaar (2003).

In 2005 participated in The Baxter Storytelling Festival at The Baxter Theatre Centre (in association with Sibikwa Community Theatre Project). Die Joseph en Mary Affair (Vleis, Rys en Aartappels, 2008).

Radio work includes Goud en Silwer, a drama for the SABC. Did promotional videos for Sanlam and Old Mutual.




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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 October 8PM | Steve Murdoch 




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Comedy | Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and directed by Wessel Pretorius | Performed by Len-Barry Simons, Jazzara Jaslyn and David Viviers | Photography by Mandy Freeman
Warning: No under 13s (Language)

A South African expat obtains a working visa and becomes a night watchman in the National Gallery in London. He shares his story of growing up gay in a small South African town and ultimately finding himself despondent and disillusioned at life as a freelance actor in a foreign country. As we follow his night patrol, some artworks come to life and start telling us their stories, too. Their stories all have bearing on the life of our protagonist – as their semiotics are filtered through his imagination.

We meet him well into his first year, bored, broke, single and still not much wiser.  We follow him on a night shift as he patrols the gallery.  He tells us his story – an everyman memoir about growing up gay in small town South Africa, discovering his passion for theater, his move to the city, his relationship with his boyfriend and finally the year abroad where he fell in love with a refugee and came to re-evaluate art – spending long hours watching over it.  

The question of art’s purpose and power, it’s private and personal relevance to those who find catharsis and meaning in it, the role of the artist and storyteller and the holiness of beauty all come into play in this ironic but endearing satire of modern man’s relationship to art.

BIOS

Wessel Pretorius
Wessel Pretorius was born in 1986 in Nigel and grew up in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. He obtained his BA drama degree at the University of Pretoria and his honours in acting at Stellenbosch University. 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, Shakespeare’s Richard III (directed by Lara Bye), Boesman, My Seun (written and directed by Deon Opperman) and Waterpas which he also wrote and was again directed by Olwagen. He has previously written, starred in and directed Die ontelbare 48. Last year he wrote and directed I Love You Sally Field, which had a very successful run at the Alexander Upstairs. Wesse received a Fiesta award nomination for Ontelbare 48 as well as a Fleur de Cap nomination for I Love You Sally Field.

David Viviers 
David is a film and theater actor. In 2014 he graduated with distinction in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town. In May last year, David was awarded the Brett Goldin Bursary to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a month in Stratford-upon-Avon. This year, David has been nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner  as well as a Kanna nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the Afrikaans comedy, Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek which debuted at the KKNK in April. Career highlights include the Kyknet film Kanarie (directed by Christiaan Olwagen), Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek(written and directed by Wessel Pretoirus), The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner (directed by Adrian Collins) and the Standard Bank Ovation winner Salt (written and directed by Wynne Bredenkamp). 

Jazzara Jaslyn
Jazzara Jaslyn is a film and theatre actress based in Cape Town. In 2014 she graduated from UCT with a degree in Theatre and Performance. Her recent career highlights include playing Marishka in Tweespalt (KKNK), Olympia in Warner Brother’s A Cinderella Story and Nun in The White Whore and the Bit Player, directed by Chris Weare. Since a young age, Jazzara knew she would pursue acting as her profession, but never without a strong sense of humour. Laughter is important – especially in the age of Trump. At 10 years old she was seriously distressed that she would never be a man – all she wanted to do was join the comic troop of actors in Monty Python. Alas. She now dreams of a life void of waitressing.

Len-Barry Simons
Len-Barry was born in Swellendam in 1993. He discovered his love for entertainment between his grandma's scarves. “My grandpa, with his whisky in one hand and cigarette in the other, applauded me after every dance routine I improvised for them.” He matriculated from Bredasdorp High School and graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2015 with a degree in drama. Now he can say with pride state that he is perusing a career in performance. He is also a certified yoga teacher – and that helped him become truthful again after shooting a commercial. This will be his first professional production.

Mandy Freeman
A journalist by trade, Mandy dabbles in photography on the side. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Film and Media Production and has spent the last nine years working in the media industry. She lives with her husband and three cats, who are often subjected to impromptu photoshoots in the garden. She dreams of opening her own photography studio and cat cafe one day.


Press & Reviews

  • Sat 3rd Jun 2017 Weekend Special

    "Wessel Pretorius has tapped into a highly imaginative parallel universe with art reflecting our perceptions of it back to us with a twist of humour, irony and deep pathos."

    Review of "Renaissance" by Megan Furniss




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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.

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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Dara Beth | Performed by Kathleen Stephens, Masali Baduza and Maria Vos | Illustrations by Annie Bekker | Presented by The Furies

If you really love Greek mythology, the old Divas of WWE or trashing other womxn then this is probably not the play for you. But if you love the Kardashians, candid CNN interviews, gold (everywhere), spelling womxn with an “x” and smashing the patriarchy one rape-culture-drenched mythological origin story at a time then this might just be your cup of tea. Drawing from the Greek mythologies of Persephone, Medusa and other not so well-known characters, Nasty Womxn is a collection of sketches about contemporary womxn just trying to get from day to day.

Dara Beth is first and foremost an angry, Jewish feminist. Secondly, she is one half of the cabaret duo “Plumsong”, which she has been performing as since 2011 with mom and fellow performer, Sharyn Seidel. Dara completed UCT’s Theatre and Performance programme this January (for which she received the class medal for theatre-making, the Ruth Peffer’s Prize and distinctions in Drama). Since graduating, Dara has written and performed in “Just a Song and a Dance” with co-performer Sharyn at the Alexander Bar and National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Dara has also worked as a stage manager on Wessel Pretorius’s “Klara Maas Se Hart Is Gebreek” (2017) and “Die Ontelbare 48” (2017), Ameera Conrad’s “Reparation” (2017) and Jon Keevy’s “The Underground Library” for ASSITEJ’s Cradle of Creativity (2017). During her studies, Dara also directed her class’s production of “Figs” (2016) for the National Arts Festival’s Student Festival at which she was nominated for Best Student Director. Dara also makes up one third of The Furies, a womxn-centric artistic co-op with whose help she will be staging her first second original production of 2017, “Nasty Womxn”. Kathleen Stephens graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Theatre and Performance, specializing in theatre-making, in 2014 and has not stopped working since. As a performer, Kathleen’s most recent credits include Plumsong’s “Just a Song and a Dance” (2017), Jon Keevy’s “Underground Library” for ASSITEJ’s Cradle of Creativity (2017), Jon Keevy’s “Single-Minded” (2016) and Wessel Pretorius’s “I love you, Sally Field” (2016). Kathleen Stephens makes up one third of the creative team The Furies, a collective dedicated to making work for and by womxn with a particular focus on giving to space to narratives of colour. An incorporator of Hungry Minds Productions (NPC), Kathleen has also been heavily involved in the devising, staging, designing and performing of productions such as “People Beneath Our Feet” (2016) and Athol Fugard’s “People are Living There”(2015). Kathleen is also a contracted director for Arepp: Theatre for Life where she directs educational theatre productions which have toured across the provinces of South Africa. Ameera Conrad graduated with distinction from UCT’s Drama Department in 2015 as a Theatre Maker (Honours). Ameera has performed in “Dr. Godenstein’s Man” (2016), written by Callum Tilbury and directed by Byron Bure; Nadia David’s “What Remains”, directed by Jay Pather; Kiroshan Naidoo and KAtya Mendelson’s “People Beneath Our Feet”, directed by Blythe Stuart Linger. Ameera was one of the recipients of the 2016 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, where she directed her self-written piece “Reparation” – which has subsequently been performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival on the Arena Programme. Ameera is also an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab. She is a co-curator, co-writer and performer in “The Fall” which recently toured to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, where it received a Scotsman Fringe First Award for Writing, The Stage’s Ensemble Award for Acting, and was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Award for Human Rights. Ameera is a twice-published playwright; The Fall is currently in its second print, and Reparation will be released at the end of 2017. Maria Vos had her big break straight out of acting school, when she got to eat artfully arranged food of questionable nutritional value in an advertisement for a well-known American tomato sauce brand. Since then, she's donned a rather unflattering bonnet in National Geographic Channel's scripted series “Saints & Strangers”, played a hard-as-nails journalist in Bryan Buckley's feature film “Dabka”, and inhabited the world of a very drunk tourist opposite a German heartthrob in “Der Geilste Tag”. She's never quite managed to garner the same kind of critical adoration she earned for that first condiment-drenched appearance, however. Maria completed a BA Humanities and an MA in Linguistics at Stellenbosch University, after which she studied performance at ACT Cape Town. She\'s been living in the Mother City ever since, and she now proudly considers a ten-minute drive \'too far\' to travel for a social gathering, unless there\'s been a firm offer of free food.

Masali Baduza is an actress based in Cape Town. She studied at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Since her graduation, she's found adulting to be both stimulating and toilsome. Thankfully, she has two babies (read: dogs) who make her very happy. Even though she's passionately in love with theatre and film, she has big dreams of one day starting a production company so she can become empowered with the tools to tell the stories of the voiceless and under-represented. Also, Issa Rae is one of the greatest examples in achieving the previously mentioned mission.




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Original workshop theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Workshopped by the cast Mel Mwevi | Trent Rowe | Rendani Mufamadi and Motheo Madisa | and director Megan Furniss

In a dystopian South Africa, even the superheroes are dysfunctional. When friends, colleagues and family come together to mourn and remember slain Superhero Eskombuso, we find out more about them too. Confession Sessions is hilarious, moving, and scarily familiar; an original mockumetary-style theatre piece.

Confession Sessions was devised by the cast, under the supervision of Megan Furniss, for their AFDA Honours in Live Performance production. After an exciting premier at the brand new AFDA venue, 228 on Lower Main, it was given the green light to go to Grahamstown as the AFDA student production, where it delighted audiences and received excellent feedback from the judges. It then had two sold out performances at the student showcase at UCT. Mel Mwevi, Rendani Mufamadi, Motheo Madisa and Trent Rowe all graduated at the end of last year and have begun launching exciting careers in the industry, but each one of them wanted to present Confession Sessions again, this time in the professional space. We are so excited to be doing this at the Alexander Theatre.

Megan Furniss is a performer, playwright, director and improviser, as well as a reluctant teacher, avid blogger, reviewer and big mouth.


Mel Mwevi 

“Transformation is magic!”

Mel Mwevi is first and foremost a Storyteller. She uses acting (stage and screen), singing, songwriting, spoken word/poetry, clothing and jewellery design, and lastly (but probably not lastly) painting/drawing to tell stories the best way she knows how. Having recently completed her Honors degree in Live Performance, and returned back to South Africa from a 6 month Euro-trip, this will be her second professional theatre production ever. Her first production, The Exonerated directed by Lara Bye, cast her as Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs mid last year. Welcome her as she celebrates her first performance in one of her most loved spots for Performing Arts in Cape Town, the Alexander Bar. 


Motheo Madisa

Motheo Madisa is a 23 year-old actor actor originally from Botswana but based in Cape Town. Trained at AFDA in live performance, Motheo has gone on to be nominated for 2 Fleur du Cap awards this year for his role as Enoch in “Cattle Drive” which also won a Standard Bank Ovation award at this year’s National Arts Festival. This year he has been involved in Theatre for Africa productions such as “Kwamanzi” and “Raiders of the Caribbean” at the NAF. 


Rendani Mufumadi

Rendani Mufamadi is a humble and vibrant young man whose ultimate goal in life is to bring joy to people. In 2013, Rendani left his hometown of Durban in pursuit of a career in the Performing Arts. He completed his studies at AFDA Cape Town, with an Honours degree in Live Performance, trained by some of the best theatre and film-acting practitioners in the country. 

Although Rendani does not speak any ethnic languages, he considers himself twenty-five percent of every racial/cultural group in South Africa and this thinking has made him easily adaptable to any audience group, “I believe that I’m Black in colour, Coloured at heart, White in speech and Indian in taste.” This is how he considers himself unique in society and how he feels he brings diversity to those around him. 

Rendani has performed as a comedian, and performed and hosted on various platforms with other well-known local comedians and artists. He has also been featured and starred in commercials that aired in Nigeria as well as other parts of Africa and short films that have gone on to screen at international festivals.

Apart from his acting abilities and accolades, Rendani is also a choreographer and musician. 

Rendani lives by the words spoken to him by his father “Don’t see yourself where you are but rather where you can be.”


Trent Rowe

Trent Rowe was born and raised in Johannesburg. He studied at AFDA doing his First year of studies in Johannesburg then moving to Cape Town to continue. Trent Graduated with a Honours Degree in Live Performance in 2016. During his studies he got to work with esteemed professional directors Alex McCarthy, Lara Bye and Megan Furniss. Trent made his professional debut on stage in September 2016 for the play The Exonerated Directed by Lara Bye. Trent was cast in the Netflix American film The Kissing booth set to be release 2018. Trent has just finished a successful run of Buried Child Directed by Chris Weare. Trent has experience not only on stage but behind the scenes working as a stage manager for the play The White Whore and The Bit Player directed by Chris Weare, as well as the adaption of the novel Trespassers, directed by Chris Weare.  He has worked as an assistant for Lady Aria Grey on her youtube series “ Lady Aria Grey Explains”. Trent aspires to create work for queer artists and queer themes stories. 

His manifesto is “To Be Here, To Be Queer and To create work that is honest and inspiring.”


"I want people to walk away from shows saying “I can do that” and start to influence people to create their own work and tell their own stories"




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A cocktail of jazz, soul, pop and funk • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed by Daniel Kyobe (Electric & Acoustic Guitars) | Khwezi Ziqubu (Bass Guitar)| Sam Sithole (Vocals) | Takie Tshikovhi (Keys, Band Director)

Mae Sithole has graced stages from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Dakar - Senegal, HIFA (Zimbabwe) to Nice - France, and her home country Zimbabwe. In Cape Town, Mae has performed at the Alma Cafe, the Barleycorn Music Club, the Armchair Theatre, the Blah Blah Bar and the Alexander Bar. Her new track "Jailor", produced by Andrew Baird (Orangotan Music) is funky and calls for multiple interpretations. Take your pick! 

Photo Credits: Junaid Singh, Eben Photography (photo credits are in the photograph titles)

Mae Sithole has graced stages from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Dakar - Senegal, HIFA (Zimbabwe) to Nice - France, and her home country Zimbabwe. In Cape Town, Mae has performed at the Alma Cafe, the Barleycorn Music Club, the Armchair Theatre, the Blah Blah Bar and the Alexander Bar. Her new track \"Jailor\", produced by Andrew Baird (Orangotan Music) is funky and calls for multiple interpretations. Take your pick! 

Photo Credits: Junaid Singh, Eben Photography (photo credits are in the photograph titles)

Creative Team: Performed by Daniel Kyobe (Electric & Acoustic Guitars), Khwezi Ziqubu (Bass Guitar), Sam Sithole (Vocals), Takie Tshikovhi (Keys, Band Director)

Mae was born in Zimbabwe, but grew up in various countries and was exposed to different cultures. Her family is musical, with a father who is a singer and acoustic guitarist. Her brother Jonah Sithole (Jnr) is the 2006 winner of A-Academy, a televised singing competition in Zimbabwe and best African Idols audition holder in 2008 and Samantha (Madison) Sithole who joins her on stage as a vocalist and featuring artist. Whilst in the United States, she performed Frank Sinatra’s New York New York with a tap dance in Queens. Her family later moved back home to Zimbabwe, where she joined the Children’s Performing Arts Workshop, (CHIPAWO) an initiative started by Robert McClaren to promote African Arts in Zimbabwe amongst youth and children. Her first vocal teacher was the legendary Chiwoniso Maraire.

Mae Sithole played the lead in the ZBC tv series, Chipo and the Bird, before her family moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She landed the role of Demekech (Dorothy) in an adaptation of the Wizard of Oz, entitled, The Wizard of Oz Comes to Ethiopia. She performed in a number of musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, and A Christmas Carol.

Prior to recording her first album, First Glance, she worked with award-wining music producer, Andrew Baird. This included projects with Henry Olonga, Rebekah Matheny (Kenya), Audrey Mbuyazi (South Africa), and Bonnie Deuschle (Zimbabwe). Her sultry vocals have featured on a number of jingles for Econet Zimbabwe, and the Kenya Revenue Authority.

Her international multicultural background is the magic that inspires her song writing and performances. Her live performances are always dynamic, colourful and she incorporates the Mbira (thumb piano) in her music.




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Instrumental, improvised, art rock, soundscaping, dirge • Running Time: 60 mins
Helo Samo (guitar & pedals, radio, samples, accordion, percussion/drums) | Frank Lunar (viola, bass guitar, percussion) | Caitlin Mkhasibe (drums & percussion, Valiha)
Warning: Loud volumes at some points, please bring earplugs/ toilet paper
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A song of grief delivering us from pain. The light that called you in has not taken the memory as the deep pit grows wider swallowing all smiles and joy. We will make contact and see what happens. Join us for an alchemic, sonic experience accompanied by independent self-narrated visuals.





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Komedie • Running Time: 60 mins
Regie en Teks deur Wessel Pretorius | Opgevoer deur Wessel Pretorius en David Viviers
Warning: THE WHOLE SHOW IS 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. 





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Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
presented by Makukhanye Art Room | Written and Performed by Khayalethu Anthony
Warning: Mature Themes

Highly acclaimed, The Champion is an award-winning production that tells the story of a young man who grapples with the legacy of an absent father and a mother who is a grass widow. Much of the play centres on the conflicts and contradictions inherent in and the insights delivered about his mother's life choices.


Press & Reviews

  • Wed 27th Sep 2017 Critter

    "The Champion won the Zabalaza Festival best production award back in 2014, and justifiably so, the excellence of the script is its lack of easy answers or simple solutions."

    Review of The Champion by Steve Kretzman




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Punk alternative | Acoustic performance • 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 that will relate to your youth and rebellious side. 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 will be launching his latest EP "World upside down" produced by Mark Mc Cree. The show will consist of songs off this release and his previous CD release "Neatness" produced by Deon Du Toit. Both CDs will be available for sale at the show.





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Folk/Blues • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Sarah McArthur. Performed by Sarah McArthur with guest musicians Wren Hinds, Ann Donald, Grace Newton and Janice Cameron. EP Produced by Wren Hinds at South Sea Records.
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Join Sarah McArthur as she launches her debut EP, Under Water. The music is a marriage of vivid storytelling, haunting melodies and delicately layered instruments, combining elements of folk and blues. The performance will feature a play through of the EP by its collaborating musicians as well as a few new songs that have come to the surface since.

Sarah is a storyteller first and her writing is thoughtful, always honest and a little close to the bone. Produced by Wren Hinds at South Sea Records, Under Water has been recorded and created organically and honestly and features reflective and intelligent writing, supported by delicate finger-style guitar, soft electrics, strings and close harmonies. 

Sarah McArthur is a singer-songwriter and finger-style guitarist. Her music explores the personal things that we all experience and focuses on relationships, life, loss and love. Sarah has performed her music around Cape Town at venues like the Alma Cafe, Cottage Club, Alexander Bar and Barleycorn Music Club, where she won their songwriting competition last year and placed in the top ten this year. 




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Creative Drama | One Woman Play • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Shelani van Niekerk

The true story of growing up with a deep wound and hiding from your own reflection, to painting all the pieces back together and discovering the treasure within, through art. Go on a transformational journey from Egypt to Rome, from Rome to Romanticism, from Romanticism to Modern Art. Looking at the development of the child, combining art and drama with a touch of song and dance, come and witness this “art in growing up’, and see how a young woman makes peace with her physical and emotional scars and learns through art history and her own life experience.

"Art is important for it commemorates a special or tragic event in ones own life journey - Clarissa Pinkola Based on a process art course done at the ‘AfterImage’ studio in Stellenbosch. This local story is told in a creative way. This is something you have not seen before and this is a story you have not heard before. It is about dealing with loss as a young individual, the effect of that growing up, the challenges in stages of development and about reconnecting with the playfulness, the fun, the lightness and the wonder of being a child. A one woman play that is written to show the value of the developing child and the power of combining that with memory and art.
Written and performed by Shelani van Niekerk Shelani started her creative journey when she was very young and made up dances and sang songs with her cousins for her family’s entertainment. In her teens she performed in numerous dances and plays in youth. She studied at the Waterfront Theatre college for 4 years majoring in drama and musical theatre and graduating with LT practical in her majors, as well as advanced tap and gold jazz. She taught Drama in Stellenbosch Waldorf High School from June 2013 to November 2016, directing Shakespeare, teaching grade 8 to 12 drama, directing Grade 12 plays and preparing students for their University auditions. It was during these 3 and a half years that Shelani would rediscover her passion for performing, something she lost after College. She discovered a few more passions, one of which is writing. Following her inspiration, she out her courage to the test and wrote. This year she has been performing her children’s show called ‘Reece’ at primary schools and has now joined Assitej : Theatre for Children and Young people to take her show to more schools and provinces. She has also been writing and developing ‘Scars: The art in growing up’. She launched a Healing Scars page on Facebook in June 2017. This page is directly connected with the play and a part of a bigger dream and aim. As she told Radio Helderberg during her woman’s month interview, she aims to empower and encourage women to also share their stories and find the treasures within. “I am following my dreams.” She says. “ As an artist and human being I believe 'my work' is to find the treasure. Then to engage my will and share those treasures through my own art. This is my play and my story. As we know, every story and play has a aim or a desired effect that the writer aims to have on his/her audience. My aim is to show the value of the developing child and the power of combining that with memory and art. To show the power of finding treasures within yourself, finding your own value and accepting your scars.”




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Physical Theatre Drama Comedy • Running Time: 75 mins
Performed by Craig Morris | Written by Greig Coetzee | Directed by Roslyn Wood-Morris & Craig Morris | Lighting Design Barry Strydom | Featuring Original Music by Syd Kitchen
Warning: PG 13 - sex, violence, profanity

Where does Johnny Boskak fit in the ‘new South Africa’? Is he a white trash dinosaur? Or is he the last cowboy hero in boots and blue jeans? What we know is that he’s on the road, looking for love, redemption, an AK47 and the quickest way out of Secunda…

“Johnny Boskak evokes the seemingly-effortless perfection you find in works such as Steven Berkoff’s Decadence.” – Robyn Sassen

Naledi Award Winner 2015: Best Production Cutting Edge.
Nominated for Best Lead Performance in a Play.
National Arts Festival 2015 Golden Ovation Award Winner!

Craig Morris stars in Greig Coetzee’s award-winning spin-off to White Men with Weapons!

“This is phenomenal theatre” - Mike Loewe, The Critter

“He’s a fireball, and director Roslyn Wood-Morris keeps him steady on that broken white line.” – Steve Kretzmann




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Dark Comedy • Running Time: 40 mins
Directed by Toni Morkel | Created by Roberto Pombo | Joni Barnard | Toni Morkel | Jemma Kahn | Performed by Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard | Lighting design and dramaturgy by Jemma Kahn | Sound design by Roberto Pombo

Brought to you by the creators of the cult hit "Father, Father. Father!", Robaby Productions proudly presents KIDCASINO! This award-winning team take you on a surreal and satirical exploration of the underbelly of Casino Culture, the obsession with winning and the endless indulgence of compulsive gambling. Described by The Critter as a ‘glitter horror show’, this dark comedy promises to entertain, entice and unnerve.

Directed by theatre veteran Toni Morkel, staring Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard, with lighting design and dramaturgy by Jemma Kahn, KIDCASINO follows two kids as they run free in Sun Star Casino's Arcade. Left to their own devices while their mother risks it all at the slot machines, these siblings indulge in tokens, tickets, chewing gum, soda, fast food, flashing lights and endless promises of prizes. Welcome to Sun Star Casino, where you play big to win big!

“...superb performances by the cast of two, Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard. They expend enough energy to light up a small Eastern Cape Dorp” - Keith Millar, Artsmart.




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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Adapted from CA Davids' Blacks of Cape Town | Director and Producer Jade Bowers | Playwright Penelope Youngleson | Actor Ameera Patel | Composer Daniel Geddes | Part of POPUpstairs 2017

Part of POPUpstairs 2017

POPUpstairs is  partnership between POPArt and The Alexander Bar aimed at facilitating the touring and exchange of awesome productions between Joburg and Cape Town. 

In the officious letter from the SA government, Zara learns that documents once sealed and implicating her father in an act which was committed against the anti-apartheid movement decades earlier, will soon be released to the public. The letter becomes the start of a journey into Zara’s past.

The narrative, in split chapter form, shifts between past and present – from New Jersey where Zara finds herself alone and displaced, to South Africa of the past and present. Her task is great and she grapples with constructing a history for herself and her family from between fragmented recollections and family lore. 

Jade Bowers and Ameera Patel join forces to present ‘Black’.

Jade Bowers (2016 Standard Bank Young Artist, Naledi Theatre Awards Best Director for Scorched) and Ameera Patel (Naledi Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scorched) join forces to present ‘Black’.

Based on CA Davids’ 2014 novel ‘The Blacks of Cape Town’, Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning writer/director Penny Youngleson has written an adaptation for stage which intricately balances the poetry and pain of discovery, of unpacking history and the drama of family politics. It will see accomplished actress Patel tackling her first one-hander, under the directorial hand of Bowers, and with musical composition and accompaniment by Daniel Geddes. Choosing, as always, to highlight stories which are not part of the mainstream cannon, Bowers considers: “At this important moment in our country’s history, how do we as South Africans - with our multitude of cultures and lived experiences - look at our past to understand our present and future.”

JADE BOWERS
Director and producer

JADE BOWERS is a Capetonian living in Joburg, and is the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. She currently works for UJ Arts & Culture and runs her own production company: Jade Bowers Design & Management. Jade graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Sociology, and from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours degree focusing on directing and design for the stage.

She has been recognised by The Presidency as one of SouthAfrica’s Young Achievers; was named one of AfriPOP’s Top Five Female Theatre Makers in South Africa, and the 2014 Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT Award winner for Theatre. She has received Naledi nominations for Best Sound Design and Best Cutting Edge Production; and a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her production of Neil Coppen’s Tin Bucket Drum. She was awarded a PitchPerfect grant at the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, to support the development of an online database for playwrights and theatre-makers.

Jade has worked as a production manager, stage manager, festival director (for WALE 4.0), theatrical rights administrator, director and designer. For more information find Jade Bowers Design and Management on Facebook, follow @jadeherself on Twitter and Instagram, or check out her website jadebowers.com.

PENELOPE YOUNGLESON
Playwright

Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist and educator working in Cape Town. 

She has won several awards with Philip Rademeyer and their company, Rust Co-Operative, and in her own capacity, including: the Best International Production at the Dublin Festival, Runner Up for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection at Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, 3 Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards – and a Fleur du Cap award. Rademeyer and Youngleson were also nominated for a Best New South African Script Fleur du Cap in 2016.

Her latest work, Sillage (a two-hander about whiteness and womanhood in South Africa), won a Gold Ovation Award at NAF 2016. It was only the fifth theatre production to be acknowledged with this honour since the inception of the Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival; and she is the second woman to achieve this. Her particular interest is South Africa-specific stories and has written 7 scripts in the last 4 years (Expectant, Nat, Full Stops on Your Face, Siembamba, Sillage, A Man and a Dog, An(T)oniem) – all original works, all about and for and in praise of people from this country. She is currently a Bertha Fellow at the UCT Graduate School of Business, pursuing an MPhil in Social Innovation. Her specificity is in financial inclusion and sustainable practices of mentorship amongst at-risk girls and womxn in the public schooling system in the Western Cape. She runs an after-school programme working with vulnerable learners in Grassy Park and Lavender Hill called Drama Queens and is a guest facilitator at the Makukhanye Arts Centre in Khayelitsha. She was also named one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People of 2016. 

AMEERA PATEL
Actor

Ameera Patel recently received recognition as one of the Mail & Guardian\'s Top 200 Young South Africans. She is a storyteller at heart, jumping between the stage and the page with ease. Along with SCORCHED, she is also performing in WHISTLE STOP (Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award Award 2014 and PANSA New Writer\'s Award 2014) and RAT RACE, a family show for 4-6 year olds. Her debut novel OUTSIDE THE LINES published by Modjaji Books is currently on shelves. She is appears regularly on South African television, and will soon be appearing in a new sitcom SOAP ON A ROPE.

DANIEL GEDDES
Composer

Geddes is an actor, singer, dancer, physical theatre performer, musician and composer, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his Honours degree in Dramatic Arts at Wits University in 2014, majoring in Writing Studies, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre. 

He is currently the co-owner and creative director of a theatre production collective called Liquid Fusion. The company has won several awards, including a Standard Bank Ovation Award for its latest production, Burn choreographed by Bailey Snyman. At the beginning of 2016, the company completed a residency at the Freezer Theatre in Iceland, where the production debute. It has since gone on to tour in Norway, Greece, and France.

In his personal capacity, Daniel has appeared in several theatre productions, working with celebrated South African theatre-makers Greg Homann (Naked Knitting and Other Contradictory Acts), Sylvaine Strike (Devil\'s Wood), and Jade Bowers (Clora) to name a few. He has also written plays that have appeared at the National Arts Festival and in Cape Town.

As a musician and composer, he has composed and performed the music for several theatre productions and dance works, including Burn, and most recently Black (Dir. Jade Bowers). In 2015 he was employed as Associate Musical Director at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre. He currently works by session as a vocal coach alongside Cathrine Hopkins at Vocal Coach SA. He composed the music for the wildlife web series, the Bundu Basher, which released in February 2017.




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Spokenword/poetry accompanied by a live band with music inspired by Afrobeat, Highlife, Jazz, Raggae, Soul funk • Running Time: 120 mins
Kolawole Gbolahan on Trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion and Vocals | Kagiso Noah on Guitar | Riba Mwakusa on Bass | Tefo Mahola on Drums | Jorge Sepulveda on Djembe | Bolaji Ayandare on Talking Drum
Warning: 15 Minute interval

A communion of creatives and an amalgamation of Art presented with words to heal and sounds to commune with the soul. Expect an intimately emotive fusion of Jazz, Afro-beat, Highlife, Reggae and Soulful funk complementing the literary aesthetics of poetry and spokenword.

Sounds & Words is a poetic band and artistic movement that seeks to blend the literary aesthetics rich in poetry/spoken word, with the musical affect, rich in different genres of music. Our objective is to reimagine creative spaces and art performances that facilitates a deeper level of communion with the audience. We believe our art carries a very positive message that is worth sharing and engaging with and that speaks to audiences that cuts across different spectrum of class and race within the society. The band is made up of a horn section (trumpet, flugelhorn, and saxophone) percussion (talking drum, conga, djembe), rhythm section (guitar, bass guitar and a full drum kit). Come and let’s Commune.




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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. 

ABOUT THE GIRLS …

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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Theatre, storytelling, performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, Directed and Performed by Jacqui Du Toit | Sound design by Thabani Malaba | Lighting David McGladry | Photography Merritt Decloux
Warning: Nudity | Smoking

This theatrical storytelling performance, follows the story of one of the first indigenous African woman from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home, Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a ‘freak’ show, at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810.

The storytelling is captured within 5 chapters/scenes; told by 5 (fictional) female characters, (performed by Jacqui Du Toit), all of whom have had some form of connection with Sarah (also known as Saartjie), on her life journey and beyond, whether it be spiritual or physical. 

​Each character gives various perspectives of Saartjies journey (drawn from true facts about her life) seen from their eyes; giving the listeners a multi-dimensional approach to this brave and incredible woman's life.

The story of Sarah is a just one of the many stories of women of colour who were taken from their homes and sold as slaves and exploited for their features, across the European market during the 1800’s as a ‘freak’ of nature.

"The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that embraces this perspective without shying away from the horrific nature of the events it relates, and it emerges a stronger, better show for it." 

- New Ottawa Critics

"This is a work of incredible storytelling; du Toit’s words and performance dominate the space at Arts Court Theatre and the play delivers a powerful message so necessary in these conflicted times." 

- ALT. Magazine

"a mix of storytelling, movement and more." - Patrick Langston, The Citizen 

The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that embraces this perspective without shying away from the horrific nature of the events it relates, and it emerges a stronger, better show for it.




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Cabaret with World, Jazz, Folk and Original music • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and performed by Aletia Upstairs and Sigrun Paschke

An interlingual cabaret show about longing and belonging performed by Aletia Upstairs and Sigrun Paschke. 

Although Aletia lives in London and Sigrun in Berlin, they have performed their multi-lingual, jazz, cabaret, world and original music in all three cities. Their journeys, which occasionally collide, are illustrated in their songs. This show is a discovery of their worlds, their journeys, their intertwined lives and the best music they have produced together over 10 years of collaboration, which included two solo albums and an EP. Apart from their own compositions, with lyrics by Antjie Krog and Maya Angelou, expect songs from Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf and Italian singer Fiorella Mannoia. 

Aletia Upstairs is a performing artist, cabaretist, singer-songwriter and vintage songstress in the third year of a PhD based on Performing Archives. Her practice involves (auto)biographical, verbatim, one-to-one and participatory, durational performance as well as performing archives. She investigates subjective archives and examines individual memories and mementos in innovative performance pieces that are intercultural and interlingual with traces of original music, poetry and puppetry. In 2016 her work ‘Emballage’ was awarded the Kantor Demarco Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (aletiaupstairs.com)

Sigrun Paschke is a pianist, accordionist and composer (Stellenbosch University and Hans Eisler Hochschule Fuer Musik, Berlin graduate, majoring in piano and organ). She has extensive experience as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble as well as band member, playing classical music, jazz, cabaret, Balkan- and African music. Currently based in Berlin, she works as a free-lance musician in several different capacities, in Germany and beyond. (sterpaschke.com)




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Acoustic/Folk • Running Time: 80 mins
Researched and compiled by Perran Hahndiek | Performed by Dave Starke

“Cohen – A Tribute” is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings. You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So long Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, lighter works such as Tower of Song as well as pieces from his final album You Want It Darker? - released just before his death. The text for the show was researched and compiled by Perran Hahndiek and is performed by Dave Starke.

Perran Hahndiek is a writer and poet based in Cape Town. He studied political science at UCT and is a procedural advisor to the National Assembly in the South African Parliament. 

Dave Starke is a singer and guitarist based KZN. He has performed in a number of festivals and shows throughout South Africa and abroad over the last 20 years. In 2016, he appeared on the first season of The Voice – South Africa. In addition to performing, Dave also composes music for film and television as well as running a non-profit performing arts school for underprivileged youth in southern Zululand.

Some Feedback/comments:

“Dave Starke in ‘Cohen - A Tribute’ was the last scheduled show at the Rosebank Theatre, and one of the most brilliant. Quite simply Starke rocks!” William de Villiers

“As a tribute to the great Leonard Cohen, this show is excellent. You will learn interesting things about his life, and the stories behind the songs, but you will also feel the depth of emotion that is vital to any true rendition of Cohen\'s songs.” Robin Bownes





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Maxim Starcke's Cape Dimensions
Ambient/Experimental Music Concert
at 7pm

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The Visit
Comedy Drama
at 7pm
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Live music downstairs
at 8pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
at 9pm

This Tuesday


Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
24 Oct at 9pm

This Wednesday


The Visit
Comedy Drama
25 Oct at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
25 Oct at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
25 Oct at 9pm

This Thursday


The Visit
Comedy Drama
26 Oct at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
26 Oct at 9pm

This Friday


The Visit
Comedy Drama
27 Oct at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
27 Oct at 9pm

Rest of October


The Visit
Comedy Drama
Sat 28 at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
Sat 28 at 9pm
Mon 30 at 9pm
Tue 31 at 9pm
Nasty Womxn
Drama
Mon 30 at 7pm
Tue 31 at 7pm

November


Nasty Womxn
Drama
Wed 1 at 7pm
Mon 6 at 7pm
Tue 7 at 7pm
Wed 8 at 7pm
Thu 9 at 7pm
Fri 10 at 7pm
Sat 11 at 7pm
Mon 13 at 7pm
Tue 14 at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 1 at 7pm
Wed 8 at 7pm
Wed 15 at 7pm
Wed 22 at 7pm
Wed 29 at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
Wed 1 at 9pm
Thu 2 at 9pm
Fri 3 at 9pm
Sat 4 at 9pm
Confession Sessions
Original workshop theatre
Thu 2 at 7pm
Fri 3 at 7pm
Sat 4 at 7pm
Thu 9 at 9pm
Fri 10 at 9pm
Sat 11 at 9pm
Mae Sithole - Music Revolution
A cocktail of jazz, soul, pop and funk
Sat 11 at 4pm
Dirge
Instrumental, improvised, art rock, soundscaping, dirge
Sun 12 at 7pm
Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek, ensomeer: Die vloeistof trilogie.
Komedie
Mon 13 at 9pm
Tue 14 at 9pm
Wed 15 at 9pm
Thu 16 at 9pm
Fri 17 at 9pm
Sat 18 at 9pm
Mon 20 at 9pm
Tue 21 at 9pm
Wed 22 at 9pm
Thu 23 at 9pm
Fri 24 at 9pm
Sat 25 at 9pm
The Champion
Drama
Wed 15 at 7pm
Thu 16 at 7pm
Fri 17 at 7pm
Sat 18 at 7pm
Mon 20 at 7pm
Tue 21 at 7pm
Wed 22 at 7pm
Thu 23 at 7pm
Fri 24 at 7pm
Sat 25 at 7pm
World Upside Down - ep Launch
Punk alternative | Acoustic performance
Sun 19 at 7pm
Scars; The art in Growing up
Creative Drama | One Woman Play
Mon 27 at 9pm
Tue 28 at 9pm
Wed 29 at 9pm
Thu 30 at 9pm
Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny
Physical Theatre Drama Comedy
Tue 28 at 7pm
Wed 29 at 7pm
Thu 30 at 7pm

December


Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny
Physical Theatre Drama Comedy
Fri 1 at 7pm
Sat 2 at 7pm
KIDCASINO
Dark Comedy
Mon 4 at 9pm
Tue 5 at 9pm
Wed 6 at 9pm
Thu 7 at 9pm
Fri 8 at 9pm
Sat 9 at 9pm
Mon 11 at 9pm
Tue 12 at 9pm
Wed 13 at 9pm
Black
Drama
Mon 11 at 7pm
Tue 12 at 7pm
Wed 13 at 7pm
Thu 14 at 7pm
Fri 15 at 7pm 9pm
Sat 16 at 9pm
Sun 17 at 4pm
The Communion with Sounds & Words
Spokenword/poetry accompanied by a live band with music inspired by Afrobeat, Highlife, Jazz, Raggae, Soul funk
Sun 17 at 7pm
3 Tons of Fun
Motown | African | RnB
Tue 19 at 7pm
Wed 20 at 7pm
The Hottentot Venus - UNTOLD
Theatre, storytelling, performance
Fri 22 at 12am
Sat 23 at 12am
Between You and Me
Cabaret with World, Jazz, Folk and Original music
Wed 27 at 7pm

January 2018


Cohen - A Tribute
Acoustic/Folk
8 Mon 7pm at 7pm
9 Tue 7pm at 7pm
10 Wed 7pm at 7pm
11 Thu 7pm at 7pm
12 Fri 7pm at 7pm
13 Sat 7pm at 7pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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