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.

Storytelling / Kamishibai • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza | Starring Jemma Kahn and Roberto Pombo | Written by Tertius Kapp, Rosa Lyster, Lebogang Mogashoa, Nicholas Spagnoletti, Louis Viljoen and Justin Oswald
7 Deadly Sins. 7 writers. 7 new stories. Jemma Kahn and her irreverent side-kick return in the eagerly anticipated sequel to the international cult hit The Epicene Butcher with stories that seduce the sinless and astonish the immoral. It’s unmissable and definitely not for children. Unless you are an awful parent.

"A completely unique and mindblowing experience" - Cue Online
Jemma is a theatre maker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. With a background in both fine art and theatre, Jemma concentrates on highly visual theatre, with particular interest in illustration and costume.  She is best known for her one-woman kamishibai show ‘The Epicene Butcher’, which launched in Johannesburg in 2012 before traveling the globe.   In 2014 Jemma was an artist in residnce at the Dutch Afrovibes festival. In 2015 she was one of the particpating artists at the Johannesburg Pavillion, Venice Biennale.  Her performance credits include the lead in Jane Taylor’s ‘After Cardenio’, commissioned by Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt and hosted by GIPCA, her acclaimed kamishibai production ‘The Epicene Butcher’ and it’s sequel ‘We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants’ directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza and ‘Amateur Hour!’ directed by John Trengove which was awarded second place for Best Theatre production at Fringe World 2014.  

Roberto Pombo completed a four year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dramatic Arts at the University of Witwatersrand in 2007. He has since furthered his studies graduating from the renowned Helikos International School of performance in Italy. In addition to creating and devising much of his own theatre work, he has featured in a number of commercials, and is currently working full time as a performer on a new motion capture animation series, “Silly Seasons”.  

Highly acclaimed actress and director, Lindiwe Matshikiza, graduated from Rhodes University with an Honours Degree in Drama.   As an actress, she has recently been seen on screen in the award winning South African Film, “Four Corners”, and on stage in the French co production- ‘SterCity’- which has toured the African continent in 2014. Her most recent directing credit, The Donkey Child, is a multimedia community theatre piece, which won major critical and audience acclaim.  

Writer, Louis Viljoen is a writer and director based in Cape Town. He has written several successful shows including ‘The Frontiersmen’ (2013) and ‘The Kingmakers’ (2014). In 2012 Viljoen’s play ‘Champ’ was awarded the Fleur Du Cap for Best New South African script. ‘Champ’ was performed as part of The South African Season at Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. His newest work, ‘The Pervert Laura’ was awarded two Fleur Du Caps awards, both for Emily Child's performance as lead actress and Louis Viljoen for Best new director.  

Writer  Tertius Kapp currently lectures in the Department of Afrikaans at Fort Hare University. Previously he lectured in the Department of Dutch and South African Studies at Adam Mickiecz University, Poznan, Poland. Kapp has won several awards for his play ‘Rooiland’ (Fluer Du Cap, Smeltkroes Prize, Fiesta awards) and ‘Oorsee’ (Smeltkroes Prize and Fiesta nominee), both published by Tafelberg.  

Rosa Lyster is a writer and PhD student living in Cape Town. Her Phd focuses on reading and censorship in Apartheid South Africa. Lyster’s essays and poetry have been published in various literary journals including Aerodrome, The Toast and Prufrock.

Nicholas Spagnoletti is a South African playwright and theatre producer. Author of the multiple award winning play London Road, he has more recently penned the highly successful Civil Parting.  

Lebogang Mogashoa was born in 1985 in Johannesburg. He grew up in a small village, then a bigger one, followed by an all-boys Catholic boarding school and finally a big move to Cape Town where he completed a Film and Media undergrad degree. He then headed to Korea to teach English where he started his story telling series “When we were nearly Young”, which developed a cult following. He returned to Johannesburg in 2013, and has been presenting the same story telling series at POPArt, where guests such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka have featured. 

Press & Reviews

Book for We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants: Seven Deadly New Stories for Consenting Adults by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 24th Aug 7pm: Sorry, sold out Wed 24th Aug 9pm: Sorry, sold out Thu 25th Aug 7pm: Sorry, sold out Thu 25th Aug 9pm: Sorry, sold out Fri 26th Aug 7pm: Sorry, sold out Fri 26th Aug 9pm: Sorry, sold out Sat 27th Aug 7pm: Sorry, sold out Sat 27th Aug 9pm: Sorry, sold out

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 24th Aug 7:30pm: Sorry, sold out Wed 31st Aug 7:30pm R40 (R30 online): Hurry! Only 1 ticket left! Wed 7th Sep 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 14th Sep 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 21st Sep 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 28th Sep 7:30pm R40 (R30 online)

Think Up (TED-style Talk) • Running Time: 50 mins
Rosa Lyster
This is the story of the first South African novel banned by the state. It is also the story of probably the worst book Rosa Lyster has ever read. Join her for a fascinating rummage around the peculiar, laughable and sinister records of the apartheid government's censorship board. Rosa is a writer and English literature academic. Among the places you can find her funny, poignant writing are the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplement, 10and5, thehairpin and rosalyster.com

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Sun 28th Aug 4pm R90 (R80 online)

Contemporary • Running Time: 65 mins
Vocalist Nicky Schrire | Cellist Ariella Caira | Composer Matthijs van Dijk
Violinist Matthijs van Dijk, vocalist Nicky Schrire, and cellist Ariella Caira team up for a performance that celebrates collaboration and reinterpretation. The trio, on the heels of their sold out July debut performance, perform new music, from pop to classical, as well as revamped and reconstructed versions of songs by Nirvana, The Beatles and Massive Attack.
Nicky Schrire is a versatile and inventive vocalist and composer whose work has earned her comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Esperanza Spalding. She has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Dublin and South Africa, with musicians ranging from Arno Carstens and Sibongile Khumalo to Grammy-nominated pianists Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein.

Cellist Ariella Caira is one of the founding members of the SAMA-winning electric trio Sterling EQ. However, her versatility has seen her contribute to projects by artists ranging from Jeremy Loops and Aron Turest-Swartz to Inge Beckmann to Alice Phoebe Lou.

Matthijs van Dijk is an award winning composer and arranger, whose music has been performed by various chamber ensembles and orchestras locally and internationally, and has collaborated with artists such as Karen Zoid, The Sontonga Quartet and Sannie Fox. He is a violinist and founding member of The Shh. Art Ensemble and The Makabra Ensemble, specialising in film and art music, often with a touch of rock and EDM.

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Sun 28th Aug 7pm R90 (R80 online)

3 short plays • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Louis Viljoen, Nicholas Spagnoletti & Jon Keevy | Performed by Daneel van der Walt & Donna Cormack-Thomson | Directed by Louis Viljoen
Warning: smoking on stage
Three writers, two actors, and one director come together to create an anthology of three new short plays on the theme 'After the End'.
Alexander Upstairs loves new writing and Anthology is a platform for writers to play with style and material. For 'After the End' Spagnoletti lifts the lid on a vicious rivalry in 'abreast', Keevy makes politics personal in 'The Shepard', and Viljoen sets stoner against seraph in 'Cherub-A-Dub-Dub'.
Louis Viljoen - Director and contributing writer
Louis 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.

Jon Keevy - Contributing writer
As a writer Keevy flounces through different genres, from Children’s theatre to saucy sketch comedy, to solo shows dealing with dark South African themes. Most of these he has produced himself or with the aid of ASSITEJ and/or the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.  Currently Keevy is writing an absurd computer game for local game design company Free Lives. Keevy fits his writing schedule and his crazy collaborations around running Alexander Upstairs, possibly the youngest and definitely the smallest theatre in Cape Town. Despite its size (or possibly because of it) it has packed a punch in the local landscape providing a space for new, independent work from professional theatre-makers and new-comers to the scene.

Nicholas Spagnoletti - Contributing writer
Nicholas Spagnoletti is a playwright and the co-owner of Alexander Bar. He's best known for his play London Road for which he received a Fleur du Cap and the Olive Schreiner prize. Other plays that have been performed in SA and abroad are Special Thanks to Guests from Afar and Civil Parting. He also works as a software developer.

Donna Cormack - Performer
Donna graduated from UCT’s Theatre and Performance degree in 2015. Her most recent performance was as ‘The Whore’ in Tom Eyens The White Whore And The Bit Player (2016) directed by Christopher Weare, which received 4 stars in The Cape Argus. Other notable performances, include ‘Mary Brenham’ in Our Country Is Good (2015) directed by Geoffrey Hyland, and ‘Rita’ in Black Dog/iNjemnyama (2015) directed by Clare Stopford.

Daneel van der Walt - Performer
Daneel studied Theatre and Performance at UCT before Instagram existed. She then went on to work on her waitering skills and after a fairly impressive level of servitude was reached she approached the theatre industry with a new found fervor. Since then she has been in shows like Juliet Jenkin’s Big Girl, Long Street Nights directed by Nicky Rebelo and The Fugard’s Rocky Horror Show. She recently wowed Alexander Bar audiences with her original cabaret Dani and the Lion; Last night at The Den.

Press & Reviews

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Mon 29th Aug 7pm R80 (R70 online) Tue 30th Aug 7pm R80 (R70 online) Wed 31st Aug 7pm R80 (R70 online) Mon 5th Sep 7pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 6th Sep 7pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 7th Sep 7pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 8th Sep 7pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 9th Sep 7pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 10th Sep 7pm R120 (R100 online) Mon 12th Sep 7pm R120 (R100 online) Tue 13th Sep 7pm R120 (R100 online) Wed 14th Sep 7pm R120 (R100 online) Thu 15th Sep 7pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 16th Sep 7pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 17th Sep 7pm R140 (R120 online)

World Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and presented by James Grace
Acclaimed guitarist and two-time SAMA nominee James Grace makes a welcome return to the Alexander Bar with his award-winning production Around the World in 60 minutes. Following on from his sold-out Guitar Hero shows last year, Around the World in 60 Minutes explores the variety of styles in which the guitar is featured. From classical to flamenco, acoustic to blues and jazz, Grace takes the listener on a global music journey and demonstrates the fingerboard prowess which recently let him to be described by local media as a ‘South African icon’.

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Thu 1st Sep 7pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 2nd Sep 7pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 3rd Sep 7pm R100 (R90 online)

Improvised Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Ryan Jales, Leon Clingman, Brett Fish Andersson, Ardine Fick, David Luyt, Ashley Peter,
Wordplay (play-on-words) is often defined as “a literary technique and a form of wit in which the words that are used become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect or amusement.” ImproGuise, (Cape town’s oldest, award winning Improv troupe, best known for their brilliant ‘off the cuff ‘performances), bring you another innovative piece of theatre in which they will use your favourite words as inspiration. Be it poems, plays, books or even made up magnetic fridge poetry. Let us play with your words… “Inspiration: By inspiring ourselves, we inspire others.” - Words for a life, Philippe Petit 
Tandi is currently the Artistic Director of Improguise. After graduating from U.C.T drama school in 1995, Tandi joined TheatreSports under the direction of the brilliant Megan Furniss, and has been playing and teaching improvisation ever since. She is an established actress and voice over artist. In 1999 she moved to London and in 2001 she co -founded “Two Foot rule’’ an Improv company in London performing a show called ‘Off the cuff’ in Battersea. Whilst in London she also worked extensively as a drama teacher, working for The Bigfoot Theatre Co , directed annual Theatre for Youth Projects at the Roundhouse in Camden and worked with The Natural theatre Co, masters of Invisible theatre and performance Art. She has taught and led workshops in Improvisation at schools, festivals and in businesses in London, parts of Europe and South Africa. In the local corporate world she has worked with a diverse range of clients from, B.P, Vodacom and Old Mutual to Musica, Johnson and Johnson and Vital Health. Tandi is also a qualified Reiki and laughter yoga practitioner. She freelances as an acting and Dialogue coach and currently works as a Lecturer in Improvisation and Voice at The Waterfront Theatre College. When she is not teaching she is improvising with her gorgeous son!
Follow her: @tandibouquet on Twitter

After completing her drama degree and diploma at UCT in 1986, Megan has been involved in theatre of all kinds, specialising in writing, performing and directing her own creations. Megan has been playing and teaching TheatreSports in Cape Town for almost 20 years after starting up Theatresports Cape Town in 1993. She also runs Improvision, an industrial and corporate theatre company that has been involved in the creation of bespoke theatrical solutions for business. She has written and directed an incredibly successful ongoing Engen road show for the past seven years. She writes plays, stories and a blog www.meganshead.co.za. In 2011 her play The Tent was selected to be part of an exciting programme of African plays at the National Theatre Studio in London. It was also published in the Proyecto 34°S Theatre in Translation 10 plays from South Africa and Argentina. She has also published a book called Margie and the green starlight. In 2009 Megan won two coveted Fleur du Cap awards, for Innovation in Theatre and The People’s Choice Award for TheatreSports.
Leon Clingman is a professional freelance actor and voice artist and has been part of Improguise since 2005.Leon studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. Leon’s New York theatre credits include Blues for Mr Charlie, Julius Caesar and The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin. Since returning from New York, Leon’s local theatre credits include The Graduate, Three Sisters, The Tent, Line and I am Hamlet, which won the 2013 Fleur du Cap People’s Choice award. Leon has acted in many local and international films, tv shows and commercials including Interrogation Room, Isidingo, America: The Story of Us, The Philanthropist, Beaver Falls, Black Sails, The Lion of Judah and the Golden Globe nominated The Girl.

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Thu 1st Sep 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 2nd Sep 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 3rd Sep 9pm R100 (R90 online)

Think Up (TED-style Talk) • Running Time: 45 mins
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Join comic author, columnist and screenwriter Darrel Bristow-Bovey who has an obsession with sharks (and one shark in particular). He has travelled the world to find that shark, to swim with it and to confront his deep-seated fear of it. In the process he discovered that his obsession is a key to unlocking creativity and understanding one of the deep secrets of storytelling.

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Sun 4th Sep 4pm R90 (R80 online)

Comedy (Farce) • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Sheldon Rolihlahla Cross | Starring Leigh Bremridge as Popova | Natalya Trad Nogueira-Godsey as Smirnoff | Ivan Matt Roy as Luka/Stepan
The GingerbreadMan Collective returns with their comedy double bill; Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal. The hilarious staging of two of Chekhov’s short plays explores the relationship between man and woman. It’s a story of contrasts, evident in the six diverse characters that the cast of three interprets. 
In The Bear, Popova (Leigh Bremridge) has locked herself in the house since her husband’s death. Unable to pay her dead husband’s debt, she is embroiled in an argument with a neighbouring land owner; Smirnov (Trad Nogueira-Godsey), whom she calls, among other things, a bear. Caught in the middle of their argument is Popova’s delicate footman, Luka (Matt Roy).  Like The Bear, The Proposal follows the fiery relationship between two highly opinionated characters. A long time neighbour, Lomov (Nogueira-Godsey), asks for Stepan’s (Roy) sister’s hand in marriage. After receiving her brother’s blessing, Natalya (Bremridge) is asked to join them. This is where the farce begins. Arguing about the mundane, with his betrothed, emotions escalate to a hysterical high. Lomov finally collapses from exhaustion.

Meet the director: Sheldon Rolihlahla Cross, or “Crossbow” as he is more widely known, rose to national fame with his controversial production of Glengarry Glen Ross set in Soviet Russia. When asked about his return to the Russian context for The Bear and The Proposal, Crossbow said, “Nah, I changed the setting to Arkansas.”  

Meet the actress: Accomplished actress Leigh Ann Jo Marie Bremridge, known for her method acting, was forced to postpone her tour as the lead in Evita after being ‘accidentally’ elected to Argentinian parliament. Impressively, Bremridge speaks 8 languages, though ironically Spanish is not one of them.  

Meet the tall actor: Fresh off his critically acclaimed success playing opposite Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in The Revenant, Trad Nogueira-Godsey reprises his role as “The Bear” to fit Chehkov’s comedic masterpiece by the same name. Critics are eager to see Godsey’s debut in human form as Lomov in The Proposal, directly following.  

Meet the not so tall actor: Following his conviction peddling haggis in Cape Town’s black market, Matt Roy, determined to turn his life around, found acting to fill the haggis-shaped void. Quickly moving from amateur theatre to professional work, Matt now lives a respectable life in the Southern Suburbs with a vegan partner.

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Thu 8th Sep 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 9th Sep 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 10th Sep 9pm R100 (R90 online)

Afro Soul & Poetry • Running Time: 90 mins
Shamie | Haroldene - The Author | Marcé Underwood
An afternoon of celebrating our culture through music and poetry. Three venerated artists, Shamie, Haroldene and Marcé combine their talents for a unique fusion of styles and melodies. 
Shamie is an Afro Soul Artist & song writer who has toured through Europe , Zimbabwe and South Africa. In 2014 & 2015 he was nominated for several awards. He has also shared the stage with the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi. Shamie is backed by the AfricentiQ band.

Haroldene is a performance poet & Author.  She has toured extensively through Zimbabwe , Europe & South Africa. In 2014 and 2015 she was nominated for several awards in both Cape Town & Port Elizabeth. She created and manages her company 'Lounge of Poetry', a project that assists new writers with publishing their work. Haroldene has shared the stage with the legendary Oliver Mutukudi and is backed by the AfricentiQ band.
Marcé Underwood graduated from The South African College of Music at the close of 2015. She is considerably accomplished as a pianist, composer, singer & poet and has been performing in and around Cape Town since starting her musical career. In the last few weeks she has been exceptionally well received at this year's South African Idols.

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Sun 11th Sep 4pm R80 (R70 online)

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 12th Sep 6pm R60 (R50 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 65 mins
With Andrew Laubscher, David Viviers & Megan Furniss | Written by Richard Kaplan | Directed by Adrian Collins
Warning: PG 16 Nudity and Adult Themes
A play 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.

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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) Fri 21st Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Sat 22nd Oct 7pm 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)

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. 

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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)

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: Sorry, sold out
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OMG Quiz Night
at 7pm

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This Friday

This Saturday


OMG Quiz Night
Wed 31 at 7pm
Anthology: After the End
3 short plays
Tue 30 at 7pm
Wed 31 at 7pm


OMG Quiz Night
Wed 7 at 7pm
Wed 14 at 7pm
Wed 21 at 7pm
Wed 28 at 7pm
Anthology: After the End
3 short plays
Mon 5 at 7pm
Tue 6 at 7pm
Wed 7 at 7pm
Thu 8 at 7pm
Fri 9 at 7pm
Sat 10 at 7pm
Mon 12 at 7pm
Tue 13 at 7pm
Wed 14 at 7pm
Thu 15 at 7pm
Fri 16 at 7pm
Sat 17 at 7pm
Around the World in 60 minutes with James Grace - Guitar
World Music
Thu 1 at 7pm
Fri 2 at 7pm
Sat 3 at 7pm
Wordplay - Inspired Improv
Improvised Theatre
Thu 1 at 9pm
Fri 2 at 9pm
Sat 3 at 9pm
The Bear and The Proposal
Comedy (Farce)
Thu 8 at 9pm
Fri 9 at 9pm
Sat 10 at 9pm
Heritage Concert
Afro Soul & Poetry
Sun 11 at 4pm
Movie Trivia Night
Mon 12 at 6pm

This Sunday

The Worst Book in the World
Think Up (TED-style Talk)
The story of the first South African novel banned by the state #Worst28 Aug at 4pm

This Monday

Anthology: After the End
3 short plays
29 Aug at 7pm


The Finklesteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother.Mon 10 at 7pm
Tue 11 at 7pm
Wed 12 at 7pm
Thu 13 at 7pm
Fri 14 at 7pm
Sat 15 at 7pm
Mon 17 at 7pm
Thu 20 at 7pm
Fri 21 at 7pm
Sat 22 at 7pm
Mon 10 at 9pm
Tue 11 at 9pm
Wed 12 at 9pm
Mon 17 at 9pm
Tue 18 at 9pm
Wed 19 at 9pm
Thu 20 at 9pm
Fri 21 at 9pm
Black Prophet Down
Mon 24 at 7pm
Tue 25 at 7pm
Wed 26 at 7pm
Mon 31 at 7pm
Gavin Gold
Punk Pop
Sun 30 at 7pm


Black Prophet Down
Tue 1 at 7pm
Wed 2 at 7pm
Thu 3 at 7pm
Fri 4 at 7pm
Sat 5 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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