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.

One woman show • Running Time: 65 mins
Written & Performed By Esosa E | Dramaturgy by Magda Romanska | Direction by Wynne Bredenkamp
Before Cleopatra, Nefertiti, or Joan of Arc...there was Hatshepsut, The Woman Who Would Be King.

This fictional one woman play written and performed by Esosa E., is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh and her journey to the throne. Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt, and is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an Egyptian dynasty. Known for establishing prosperous trade routes, and launching elaborate building projects, toward the end of the reign of her successor Thutmose III, an attempt was made to remove Hatshepsut from pharaonic records. Her images were literally chiseled off many stone walls, leaving very obvious gaps in the artwork. According to Egyptologists she is known as one of the first great women in history.

Magda Romanska is Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies at Emerson College, and a Research Associate at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She has also been Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Visiting Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at Harvard University. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University’s program in Modern Thought and Literature, she earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Department of Theater, Film, and Dance in 2006.  While she was a graduate student, she was a special student at Yale School of Drama and visiting scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Yale University. 
A wide-ranging and prolific scholar and practitioner, she recently wrote an important new study of great Polish directors, The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012); authored a play, Opheliamachine (2013), which had its premiere in Los Angeles; and was sole editor of The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (2014), the most comprehensive anthology ever of its kind.   Her two co-edited anthologies, Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism and The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor are forthcoming in 2016.
Romanska served as the dramaturg for the Boston Lyric Opera, Yale Rep, and SITI Company.  In addition, she is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the Theatre Times website (launching this summer at www.thetheatretimes.com), which will include 45 global editors and will connect an international community to facilitate transcontinental collaborative models.    In addition to serving as Esosa’s dramaturg she is also developing her own multimedia opera, The Life and Times of Stephen Hawking.  

Tarus Mateen’s creative genius and mastery of acoustic bass, electric bass, rhythm guitar, and piano make him one of the most sought-after musician/producers in hip-hop, house, blues, rock, reggae, soul, and straight ahead jazz.  He is quite possibly the only musician to receive critical acclaim in all these musical genres at once. Since 1996, there has not been a Top 10 jazz album that didn’t feature Tarus Mateen.  This is a phenomenal feat for any artist, certainly for one of only 48 years in age. 

Tommy Hilfiger.  Monica.  Betty Carter.  Common.  Terence Blanchard.  Outkast.  Goodie Mob.  Korn. Bernard Purdie.  The Roots.  Sly and Robbie.  Jason Moran.  Speech.  Ice Cube.  Milt Jackson.  George Benson.  Joe Clausell.  Marc Cary.  Sean “Puffy” Combs.  Christina Aguilera.  All superstars in their own right, each member of this group sought the light of Tarus Mateen so that they could shine their brightest. 

Known in the jazz world as a genius on bass, his first instrument was actually the piano.  A consummate artist, Tarus isn’t afraid to explore any musical genre.  His repertoire says it all.  Two of hip hop’s shining southern stars, groups Outkast and Goodie Mob, can credit their critical acclaim, and platinum commercial success with Tarus’s contributions to their albums.  He is consistently requested for performances and studio sessions with R&B and hip hop artists including Q-Tip, Lauryn Hill, Ghostface, Ice Cube, and The Roots. Tarus was the bassist of choice for Lauryn Hill in 2002 to jumpstart her studio performances. Tarus has also made his mark on film with trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard on the scores for Sugar Hill, and for the Spike Lee film Malcolm X, as well as the Grammy nominated Malcolm X Jazz Suite. Playing as part of a new generation of jazz crusaders, with award winning artists such as Jason Moran, Nasheet Waits, Marc Cary and Roy Hargrove, Tarus is the world’s best  bassist.  Find out more about him on tarusmateen.com.

Wynne Bredenkamp is a theatre maker, casting director and actress who graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinction in a BA in Theatre Making and Performance. In her final year of study, she was a co-winner for the Most Promising Student Writer award, as part of UCT’s performance of Behind Every Yawn is a Silent Shout in the National Arts Festival student programme.  Writing, directing and producing her own work, she attended the NAF professionally the next year and won a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her first production, Salt, as well as a PANSA New Writing Award. This year, Wynne is set to be part of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Director Bursary and will assistant direct under Greg Karvellas Clyborn Park, set to run at the Fugard Theatre. In addition to being casting director at The Casting Studio and Traffik Studio, Wynne tutors the Live Performance classes at AFDA, Cape Town, and has directed year-end work such as Reza De Wet's Good Heavens and the Oresteia, Agamemnon.

Esosa E. is an award winning producer, writer, actress, health expert, and fashion designer who was named a “Young African Visionary” by Obaseema Magazine and included in Applause Africa's list of “30 Most Intriguing Africans in NY." Currently she plays the role of Ngozi on the hit international TV and web series An African City, which has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CNN, Vogue, EBONY, ELLE Magazine (France, South Africa, & Sweden), Glamour Magazine (France), International Business Times, Madame Noire, Forbes Africa and more. She is currently attached to star in a number of different film and television projects with acclaimed filmmakers worldwide including Rise of the Orisha, a superhero movie inspired by African mythology. Esosa is a graduate of Cornell University where she earned a B.S. in Textiles & Apparel Design and studied Directing, Producing, and Marketing Management at Columbia University. For more information visit: www.esosae.com.

Recent Press: ELLE Magazine South Africa http://www.elle.co.za/meet-an-african-citys-esosa-e/

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Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Megan Furniss | Starring Lynita Crofford | Based on blog posts from Violet Online
After two successful and sold out runs at the Alexander Bar in 2014 and 2015, Violet Online is back; rebooted, recharged and ready for some online action.  Single, sassy and super confident, Violet continues her hilarious search for the perfect online match, and love, and sex, and even love and sex.  Violet dispenses advice on the dangers of dating too close to home, Tinder, Texting, and the surprising and macho joys of DIY. All of this is based on her own personal experience. 
The delicious stories of Violet’s post divorce world include fantasies about sex on airplanes, her thinking about having Botox, and dealing with her FB addiction. She also realises that she’s pretty damn OK on her own and that there’s something fabulous about being single. After its premier at the Alexander Bar in 2014 Violet Online has been performed at the Kalk Bay Theatre, NAF in Grahamstown, and, most recently, the Theatre on the Square in Sandton. Violet Online is based on blog posts by a well known, mostly anonymous, over 40 mother, ex wife, and grammar fiend.

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  • Wed 20th Apr 2016 Blogs Review

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(Comedy/Drama) Dramedy and live music • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Richard Wright-Firth | Adapted for stage by Candice van Litsenborgh from the book by June Carter Cash | Performed by Shannyn Fourie and Andy Lund | Presented by Shannyn Fourie and Canned Rice Productions
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From the Heart offers a glimpse behind the glamour, at the courage needed to be the supporting player to a superstar. Adapted from the book by June Carter Cash, From the Heart is a collection of defining moments in the life of a girl who was born into country music royalty. From little Junie, who talked too much and swung on the stage curtains, to the woman who finally got country music’s ultimate bad boy, Johnny Cash, to walk the line.
Shannyn Fourie (producer and “June Carter Cash”) was most recently seen on Cape Town stages in The Fugard Theatre’s production of Cabaret in which she played the titillating roles of Fraulein Kost and Kit Kat Club girl, Fritzie. In 2014 she appeared on stages in England, Wales and Ireland in Janice Honeyman’s production of Showboat. Other musical theatre performances include the 2010 Ovation Award winning production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman #2), Amanda in Edges and Sandy in Grease. Shannyn played Amy in the psychological drama, Tape and has also co-written and produced Salute the Troops – a wartime musical revue show. She is an accomplished make-up artist and sought-after corporate entertainer.  

Andy Lund (musical supervisor and “Johnny Cash”) has released four full length albums and four Eps over his various projects (Andy Lund & The Mission Men, Oh Mercy – his country duo with Emma Du Preez and Roswell Kings) His albums have all been critically acclaimed, with his last solo album being voted one of the top albums of 2013 by Rolling Stone SA Magazine. Lund wrote, directed and hosted a show dedicated to the life of Bob Dylan at the BMW Pavilion Theatre. From The Heart marks Lund’s professional theatre debut after producing some questionable backyard plays over the last 15 years.  

Richard Wright-Firth (director and co-producer) is a British actor, director, teacher and voice-over artist. He graduated from the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. He is a former member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Richard also returned to Italia Conti as the Radio and Recorded Voice lecturer and director of the final year radio productions. He is an accomplished theatre performer having performed in well over twenty productions across the UK (Julius Caesar, They Shoot Horses Don’t They) Since moving to South Africa he has appeared in a number of films, commercials and tv series, he has narrated several film documentaries and has been the voice for many national and international campaigns as well as working as a dialect coach both privately and for the BBC. He has directed several musical comedy cabarets on Cape Town stages, including Understudy Blues for Canned Rice Productions. Richard is most well known as the foul-mouthed pirate, Muldoon, in the Starz series – Black Sails.

 Candice van Litsenborgh (script adaptation, photography and co-producer) is a regular on South African stages. Last year she appeared as loveable blonde ditz, Audrey, in Little Shop of Horrors for which she has recently won the Broadway World South Africa Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Musicals: Sunset Boulevard; Evita; Chess; Jesus Christ Superstar; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Children’s Theatre: Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid. Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Huis Clos. She wrote the musical comedy cabaret Understudy Blues for Canned Rice Productions and has also worked as a co-writer and director on several revues and comedy cabarets. She is currently performing in the Pieter Toerien/KickstArt production of Sweeney Todd.

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Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed and Designed by Francesco Nassimbeni | Written and performed by Klara van Wyk | Costume by Richard De Jager
Warning: Language
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New-wave clown and comedienne Klara van Wyk plays Prettina in YOU SUCK: And Other Inescapable Truths.

Part 'dear diary', part sarcastic teen commentary, YOU SUCK engages with growing up in all its complexity.

This curious concoction of day dreaming, conspiracy theorizing and confessional monologues will catapult you straight into that grimy high-school gym class and offer some excellent tips on how to: hashtag like a celeb, defeat mean girls and twerk your way through teenage angst.

YOU SUCK @ ALEX BAR from francesco nassimbeni on Vimeo.

Klara van Wyk's performance has been nominated for a Fleur du Cap award - cross your fingers for her on the 20th of March.

Francesco Nassimbeni is a writer, director and designer. His work exists somewhere between the moving islands of performance and design. He is currently enrolled in a masters degree, investigating methods of participatory art creation. Klara van Wyk, is a performer and clown currently finishing up her masters degree at UCT. 

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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 4th May 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 11th May 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 18th May 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 25th May 7:30pm R40 (R30 online)

Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Milton Schorr, Andrew Roux, Mikki-Dene Le Roux
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After a sold out debut run in March, the cult classic comedy franchise 'The Game' returns with their twisted tale of love and heartbreak 'Ohne Dich (Without You)'. Hailed as ‘pure genius’, ‘superb’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker’, The Game is a new form of theatre. Improvised according to a set story-line and intentionally grappling with deep universal themes, every performance of The Game is one of a kind, creating the on-the-edge energy that has made this show notorious.
Legendary Coach Frik (Milton Schorr) and his new assistant Maachel (Andrew Roux) are reeling from broken hearts. On the brink of ending it all a cry to the heavens delivers to them an Angel (Mikki-Dene Le Roux), and the chance to wrest their sanity from a haze of romantic illusion, if they have the balls. 

'The show laid bare the antagonism between the sexes. To be loved you must be exposed which, in turn, renders you unlovable. A harsh universe full of truths and residues. The work is raw and pure.' - Daniel

“The Game is an education in why we spend too much time being precious about this theatre thing. Here’s to not concentrating but taking note. Here’s to making the first time every time. Here’s to honest frikin rightness. I need a soapbox, someone give me a soapbox…’ - Daneel. 

“Loved it completely! It was brutally funny and brave. What a wonderful night out. Thank you.” - Carolyn. 

 “Some interesting themes but should not be advertised as a comedy unless the nudity is deemed as the comedic aspect which is unintelligent to say the least.” - Belinda. 

“Absolutely fantastic. Well done. Non-stop entertainment, very funny and quite emotional at times.” – Fraser.

About 'The Game':

The Game is long form improvisation with balls. Set in a world where an ancient form of extreme handball has become a global obsession, The Game is a series of live events featuring Coach Frik du Perez (Milton Schorr), Tatiana Petrokova (Brendan Murray), Japie (Andrew Laubscher), Shannon (Adrian Collins) and Maachel (Andrew Roux). It is generally wholly improvised, rehearsal work revolving around character and relationship development, meaning events are unpredictable with participants simply playing The Game and letting what may unfold.

It was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the South African National Arts Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. ‘A waste of time and money..', 'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…’, 'TOTALLY inappropriate' and 'no talent, no story-line, no game…' are just a few snippets from that landmark text. The cast immediately had t-shirts printed with the worst of the quotes, and continued to challenge audiences with the show’s unique, non-theatrical style. 

In the words of the show’s creator, Milton Schorr:  ‘We realised that the review was a shocked, purely honest response that gave us a perfect window into the dynamics of The Game. In rehearsal we discovered that the phrase “totally inappropriate” is exactly what The Game is about, because it means “honest”. From then on, whenever we worked on a new instalment, we asked ourselves “is this totally inappropriate, is this honest?” Honesty, we agreed, is what is often lacking on the stage with productions usually re-presenting old themes and styles, which is why honesty is shocking.’ 

Despite the original reviewer’s feelings other people did like the play, some even loved it. ‘Funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker’, ‘I have never seen a room full of people laugh this hard’, and ‘it was like a rollercoaster’, were just a few of the sentiments gathered at that first performance. 

After a hiatus of nearly six years Milton Schorr and Brendan Murray, unable to shake the feeling that The Game still had an important place on the stage, decided to reprise the format with ‘The Game: Redemption’ (2015). Since then ‘Shannon’s Tongue’ has also hit the Alexander Bar stage (2015), featuring a new addition in the character of Maachel (Andrew Roux). 

For ‘Ohne Dich’ Mikki-dene Le Roux joins the team as ‘The Angel’ and becomes the first ever participant with a real vagina (don’t tell Tatiana, she thinks her penis is a large clitoris and the anus is where everyone ‘does it’). The boys are happy to have a woman among them, they feel they may just be able to become men. 

Dedicated Game Fan Ari Kruger shares the experience of watching ‘Redemption’ in this video


For more information and videos visit The Game’s Facebook Page  

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Theatre (Comedy drama) • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed, Written and Designed by Penelope Youngleson | Perfomed by Rebecca Makin-Taylor and Michele Belknap | Presented by Rust Co-Operative
Warning: Mature Content | No under 16s
Sillage | /si:’ja:ʒ/
the degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn.
Sillage is a disquieting story of three generations of South African women and how their matriarchy sustains them – until they must pack up the family home. With cloying tensions heavy in the air, and lifetimes measured out in lost earrings, orphaned pen lids, and long-forgotten postcards; mother and daughter have to fit themselves into the boxes they’ve been avoiding their whole lives.
The production makes use of gestural language and physical ritual to bridge the silences between verbose characters desperate to be heard and unable to listen. It is also Youngleson’s first monolingual work since Expectant – Standard Bank Ovation Award Winning play about female whiteness in the new South Africa – the last time she worked with Makin-Taylor.
Sillage re-examines some of the themes explored in critically acclaimed Expectant (it toured to the Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, The Market Theatre and various theatres and festivals in Cape Town) but locates the discomfort of South African identity and gender politics firmly in a domestic drama set in the garage of a family’s house.

Sillage will travel to the National Arts Festival in July 2016. The production features mature content and language some viewers may find offensive. It has an age restriction for those under 16 years old.

Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist, and educator working in Cape Town, South Africa. She is also a volunteer as a drama, visual arts and music teacher at the Battswood Arts Centre in Grassy Park. She holds an MA in Theatre Making from UCT and has just been selected as a 2016 Bertha Scholar to pursue an MPhil in Social Innovation through the UCT Graduate School of Business. Plays she has written and co-written, directed and, or, designed have won international and local acclaim, including the Best International Production at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Runner Up Award for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection for the Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, 2 Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards – and a Fleur du Cap award in her own capacity. Her particular interest is creating new South African plays and has written 6 scripts in the last 3 years – all original stories, all about and for and in praise of people from this country.   

Michele Belknap:  Michele graduated from UCT Drama School more years ago than she would care to mention, and then worked at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for some years before returning to Cape Town and becoming involved in educational theatre programmes. She then worked in the field of corporate training, and subsequently ran an educational NGO for many years. She has remained active in both professional and amateur theatre as well as film work in Cape Town. Stage roles include the Woman in Laughing Wild, Barbara Phillips in The Shadrack Affair, Mrs Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Violet Weston in August Osage County, Olive Madison in The Odd Couple-the female version and Mme Pinchard in An Absolute Turkey. Her last appearance at the Alexander Bar was in the one woman play A Delicate Light in 2014.  

Rebecca Makin-Taylor graduated from UCT with a BA in Theatre and Performance and a distinction in acting. Her theatre debut was in The Verbalists, written & directed by Louis Viljoen. Expectant, a one woman show written & directed by Penny Younglesson received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2013 NAF , had a run at the AfroVibes festival in Amsterdam and The Market Theatre in JHB. Last Rounds, a one woman show written & directed by Tara Notcutt ran in both South Africa and Australia. In 2015 Rebecca worked with James Webb as the voice artist in his sound instalation 'This is my voice, but these are not my words'. In 2016 she will be performing at The Fugard in the award play The Kingmakers, written and directed by Louis Viljoen and in Sillage written and directed by Penny Youngleson. Rebecca's film credits include Dominion for Universal Cable & Saints and Strangers for Sony & National Geographic. She is a recipient of the Yvonne Banning Memorial Award for Voice.  

Philip Rademeyer is a writer and director, and co-founder of the award-winning theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative. He has written, co-written and directed six productions for Rust Co-Operative, including The View (Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing and Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2013, nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors 2013, nominated for Best Production at Aardklop 2013, published through Junkets Publishers); Siembamba (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at 2014 NAF, selected for 2014 Amsterdam Fringe Festival); and Ashes (Standard Bank Ovation Award at 2015 NAF). He has also directed In the Wings (Standard Bank Ovation Award at 2015 NAF, produced by Chaeli Campaign). In November 2015 he will direct Jean Genet’s The Maids. He holds a Masters in Theatre & Performance (Directing) from the University of Cape Town, where he lectures part-time.

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Mon 9th May 7pm Preview Price! 70.00 (applies only to payment when booking) Tue 10th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 16th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 17th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 18th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 19th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 20th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 21st May 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Psychedelic Folk • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed by Lucy Kruger & Andre Leo
Lucy Kruger is a song writer.  
Her performance is honest and intimate. 
Her lyrics tell stories that you might hear in dreams - rooted in something real but not bound to reality - a strange and instinctive exploration of the human experience.
Lucy released her debut album, ‘Cut those Strings’ in 2013 and has since toured the country relentlessly, collaborating with many different artists and playing most of the countries major festivals.  In 2015 she released an EP with her band The Lost Boys in which she first started exploring the psychedelic dream-folk that has come to define her sound.

www.instagram.com/lucy_kruger; www.twitter.com/lucy_kruer

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Thu 12th May 7pm R80 (R70 online)

Theatre | Circus • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed by Mariana Silva and Juan Cruz Bracamonte | Written and Directed by Juan Cruz Bracamonte
Mandragora circus is a wordless theatre performance where two clowns tell a story of comedy and love in which dialogue is visible without words. Circus stunts, music and unconventional instruments weave the acts of this play together where gestures are the only thing that allows the audience to imagine situations, conflicts and solutions in a delicate story for all audiences. Presented by the Argentinian company, Mandragora Circo who have been touring world-wide over three continents over the last 5 years. They've toured in over 25 countries on a route that has taken them through America, Europe and now in Africa and for the first time in Cape Town.
Mandragora Circus premiered in Trelew, Chubut Patagonia Argentina in 2003. Since its premiere this show has been presented in various theatres and festivals over 13 years of touring and performing. In 2010, after 8 years of touring Argentina, the company started a tour of the Americas, from Patagonia, Argentina to Alaska in the US. They performed in major theatres and festivals in South, Central and North America. This includes the "The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts" in Washington D.C, as well as the International Festival of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. From 2015 they continued their European tour, performing in Romania, Poland, Bosnia, Herzegovina and France. 

2016 sees the start of their African tour. Having already started in Morocco and Tunisia, they will be performing in South Africa for the first time in May 2016, presenting the show that has captivated audiences across the globe for over a decade. Read more at: www.mandragoracirco.com.ar 

Social Media: @mandragoracirco https://www.facebook.com/mandragoracirco https://www.instagram.com/mandragoracirco/

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Fri 13th May 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 14th May 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Jazz/Folk • Running Time: 75 mins
Performed by Nicky Schrire & James Scholfield
Vocalist/Songwriter Nicky Schrire and Berlin-based jazz guitarist James Scholfield team up to present an intimate duo evening of jazz standards and folk songs at the Alexander Bar.
London-born, South African-raised, Nicky Schrire is a vocalist and composer praised for her versatility and inventiveness. She has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Dublin and South Africa, with musicians ranging from Sibongile Khumalo, Abdullah Ibrahim and Arno Carstens, to Grammy-nominated pianists Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein. She is thrilled to be collaborating with guitarist James Scholfield. James grew up in Cape Town and is now based in Berlin where he tours with Concord recording artist Curtis Stigers. He has performed at venues including Ronnie Scotts (UK), Royal Albert Hall (UK), the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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Sun 15th May 7:30pm R90 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Tom Eyen | Directed by Chris Weare | Performed by Jazzara Jaslyn & Donna Cormack-Thomson
Warning: Smoking on stage
The story of one woman who didn’t quite make it. Based on icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow, this tragic, dark comedy explores the tension between public adoration and private angst. An actress caught between the nun she imagined herself to be spiritually, and the whore the world saw her as.

"A scorching death rattle, the last symphonic outcry of a soiled, sequined soul." - The New York Times on the original production
Christopher Weare, whilst striving for a lighting design nomination, is presently teaching at AFDA. Recent productions include Sound of Laughter, Grounded and Cowboy Mouth. Chris Received the Fleur du Cap Life Time Achievement Award in 2012.

Jazzara Jaslyn is a film and theatre actress who graduated from Theatre and Performance in 2014. Her most recent performances include “Katelyn” in Jon Keevy’s Every Beautiful Thing, directed by Tara Notcutt and “Roxy” in the White Man’s Guide to Sacrifice, directed by Alex McCarthy. Her notable roles during the 2014 UCT drama season include "Beth” in A Lie of The Mind and “Erika Brucker” in Mephisto, both directed by Christopher Weare. She dreams of a life devoid of waitressing.

Donna is a recent graduate from the Theatre and Performance degree at UCT. This is her first professional production since graduating. Apart from having the best eyebrows in town, her most notable performances include, \'Silvia\' in \'Monster\' directed by Kei-Ella Louw, 'Mary Brenham' in 'Our Country's Good\' directed by Geoffrey Hyland (October 2015), ‘Rita’ in ‘Blackdog/iNjemnyama’ directed by Clare Stopford (June 2015); 'The Woman in The Mirror' in 'Wounds to the Face', directed by Geoffrey Hyland (October 2014).

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Book Launch • Running Time: 45 mins
David Brokensha
The book launch of David Brokensha's book Guy's Story about his brother, a young man from Durban who joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1937 and became an ace fighter pilot in World War II. One morning in Auguust 1942, the unthinkable happened: Guy did not report for duty. His mysterious - and unsolved - disappearance from an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean is described here by a number of people who knew the author's 'hero brother'. Against the central portion of the book is contrasted a description of the life of Guy's family before the war, and of his all-too-brief marriage. David Brokensha - born in 1923 - is a retired anthropologist. The story of his own long and fascinating life, subtitled Love and Work in Three Continents, is told in his autobiography Brokie's Way (Amani Press 2007), and online at www.brokiesway.co.za. Both books will be available to buy at the launch.

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Free Event - Sun 22nd May 4pm - RSVP here

Live nude reading • Running Time: 75 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith | Performed by Charlie French, Penny Wise, Cherry Lesque & Nubia D'Arc
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s | There is an interval included in the running time
Join us as we delve into readings about wine, women, song and all that intoxicates us!  

What is Naked Girls Read­ing? Naked Girls Read­ing is a nude lit­er­ary salon that takes place in twenty cities around the world and on five dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents. At each event, a small cast of beau­ti­ful ladies remove their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and reads per­sonal selec­tions to an ador­ing audi­ence. It is enter­tain­ing, mag­i­cal, often funny, some­times heart wrench­ing and really very sexy.  

Are the girls really naked? Yes, we are.
Is the audi­ence naked? No, they are not.  

There’s some­thing beau­ti­ful, some­thing alto­gether more inti­mate, about a woman read­ing in the nude. It’s just that sim­ple.
The Cape Town chapter has been described as a "performance art sensation" on eTV Primetime News and has been featured in The Sunday Times, as well as recommended by Elle magazine\'s online gig guide.  Naked Girls Read­ing, called “appro­pri­ately racy” by Enter­tain­ment Weekly and “the best thing to hap­pen to books since they were put on tape…” by Car­son Daly, was founded in Chicago in March of 2009 by Inter­na­tional Show­girl Michelle L’Amour and hus­band Franky Vivid.

Book for Naked Girls Reading Cape Town presents Under The Unfluence by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 25th May 9pm R160 (R130 online) Thu 26th May 9pm R160 (R130 online)

Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed & Written by Gaëtan Schmid | Directed by Lara Bye | Sound editing by James Webb
The Mating Game returns to Alexander Bar, where it had its first run under the title BODY LANGUAGE 2: The Mating game.

Everything. Everything we think. Everything we do, we do it with one sole purpose in mind: Mating. Getting laid. SEX. Socially correct it might be not, but procreation is our ultimate goal. Says who? We do. And more specifically: our bodies. Everybody’s Body Language sneakily reveals our very naughty mind.  

Over the last 25 years Gaëtan has become obsessed with understanding our body language. The signification of our gestures. Our posturing. Our signs and signals. And what is their origin? What’s their initial spark? From the breath we hold when passing a stunning creature to our little pinkie we raise when drinking champagne … Every slightest movement has a specific raison d’être. 

Embark with Schmid on the discovery of the hidden secrets of our body Language. A witty and funny full of revelatory “Wow, what the …!” journey spanning from the massive explosion of the Big Bang to the microscopic neurons flashing in our brains. “It is an off-the-rails TedTalk!”, says director and wife Lara Bye, who kept performer and husband Gaëtan Schmid on the rails as long as possible.
What the audience had to say
 “To be honest I didn't think I would enjoy the show, but I ended up laughing for hours. That’s how great this show was. 5 stars :)” Madiba
“Guytan was amazing, as always.” Kelly
“Excellent - Gaeton's funniest show yet.” Melissa
“Myself and my partner cannot stop raving on about it. It was one of the best comedy shows we've been to!” Jodilee
“It was fantastic...hysterical, high-octane, informative and enlightening! 5 outta 5! Well done Gaetan - looking forward to the next one!” Leigh
“High energy, crazy and informative - loved it!” Tracy
FIVE STARS !!! Susan
What the press had to say
During the hour-long show, Schmid combines comedy and biology to present a doubly captivating and hilarious talk which analyses evolution, body language and the human need for procreation. He uses slideshows, mime, and monologue that results in a clever TEDtalkcumcomedy showhybrid.                
¬¬Heather Cameron Cue 2015
A fascinating and hilarious one-man comedy about the mating rituals of the modern man. The fast paced performance from Gaetan Schmid, who with his zany wit, shares the differences between the sexes in this sometimes risque but never boring show. Very entertaining!   
Wendy King Cue 2015


In our brand new world of hyper-active¬¬ connectivity we’ve become addicted to instant communication, to instant gratification. Quick and easy fixes but resulting in an obvious deterioration: plenty of pseudo connections, superficial relationships and hysterical miscommunications.

On the other hand, face to face contact is good old school communication. More slow food than fast food but refined over millions of years and with its original and most important ingredient: Body Language.

Unfortunately, today lots of us have lost the ability to read our body language properly and thus genuinely communicate with each other.
But it’s not too late!

Book for The Mating Game by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 30th May 7pm R80 (R70 online) Tue 31st May 7pm R80 (R70 online) Wed 1st Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online) Thu 2nd Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online) Fri 3rd Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online) Sat 4th Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online)

Romance, tragicomedy, physical theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Starring and created by Richard Wright-Firth and Candice van Litsenborgh | Directed by Claire-Louise Worby | Sound design by Wayne Joshua of Africa Audio Post
Gavin and Eleanor live on the fourth floor, across the street from a park. Eleanor likes French music, her Ginseng Ficus bonsai tree, "Ginny" and re-reading her favourite books in the park. She lives with a girl she found on Gumtree. Gavin likes Nik-Naks and listening to his neighbour's music through the walls. He lives with his best friend - a beagle named Ian.  Vacancy is the story of the quiet romance between two very shy and lonely people, who have never met.
Real life couple Richard Wright-Firth (Muldoon in Black Sails) and Candice van Litsenborgh (Fleur Du Cap and Naledi nominated actress) perform together in this romantic tragicomedy about loneliness, loss and connection. The show explores the power of non-verbal communication. Candice van Litsenborgh (Eleanor) is a Fleur Du Cap and Naledi nominee (Best Actress in a Musical - Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors) as well as the winner of the Broadway World Best Actress in a Musical for 2015. She was named one of the top 5 actresses of 2015 by Die Reviewer. Candice graduated from UCT with a BA Theatre and Performance in 2004. She was most recently seen in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and also co-produced and adapted the script of From The Heart. Other shows include: Understudy Blues, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Chess, Showboat and Much Ado About Nothing. Richard Wright-Firth (Gavin) can currently be seen playing Muldoon on the Starz International series, Black Sails. He was also a member of the BBC's famed radio drama company as well as being a lecturer and director at Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts in London - one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world. Richard directed Understudy Blues and From the Heart for Canned Rice Productions. Performance credits: Black Sails (TV) Modder en Bloed (film) Julius Caeser, Macbeth and Robert Syverton in They Shoot Horses Don\'t They? (theatre) Claire-Louise Worby (director) left her home in Sante Fe, New Mexico when she was 16, to pursue a classical theatre education in London. After graduating from the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts, she kicked off her career in Los Angeles, performing in sketch comedy shows such as "So You Think You Can Laugh?" and taking on roles in indie films (Cereal, Lossed) and TV (Real Cowboys: Wyatt Earp). Performance: Arsenic and Old Lace, Desdemona in Othello, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Poppy 

Book for Vacancy by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 30th May 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 31st May 9pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 6th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 7th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 8th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 9th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 10th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 11th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Irit Noble | Co-written by Jean-Pierre and Murray-Kline
Warning: PG 16
Comedy Diva Irit Noble is an award-winning comic slash singer, renowned for her stylish one-woman shows and her work at Madame Zingara, SABC3, Cape Talk Radio. Oh, and her sex advice column in Cosmo. Her incisive, risqué shows are a mix of stand-up comedy and song parodies including hilarious versions of 9 To 5, Fever, and Taylor Swift’s Trouble. “My comedy is just me laughing at life as a way of coping with the all the insanity, and immensely relieved when everyone laughs with me!” All shows are PG 16. 
After many years off the comedy circuit, Irit Noble is back, bishes! This show is an hour of stir-crazy yet strangely sane perspectives on life as we all live it daily, touching on office politics, the news, child-raising and, of course, love and sexy times. Her shows are casual, spontaneous and audience-interactive, but feel safe to sit in the front, she really doesn’t bite … too hard. 

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Fri 3rd Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sun 5th Jun 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Poetry and Storytelling • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed By Mahlatsi Mokgonyana | Written and Performed by Billy Langa
Lyrical prose, poetry and physical storytelling entwine to interrogate the rules that govern life on earth, those such as power, creation, truth, connection, intuition - the performers' expression of his ‘source’.
Described by SHCC’s director Tricia Sibbons as “a meditation on the important things in life in a spellbinding hour.”  

Billy Langa is a graduate of the Market Theatre Laboratory, Co- founder and Artistic Director of Kofifi Theatre Company, based in Sophiatown at the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre (THMC) and also a founding member of The Movement RSA.

Billy started his career professionally in 2010 at THMC with a production by UK based theatre company, Tongues of fire Youth theatre Company. “Zanandule -The Spirit of the Elephant” (Uk & SA) Directed by Alexander Gifford. “Ubuntu-Spirit” (UK & SA) Contacting the World 2010 Manchester. Billy was also in The Market Theatre’s “Little-Foot” Directed by Malcolm Purkey in 2012. He did “Thirst” Directed by James Ngcobo in Afrovibes (Netherlands & UK) 2012. He starred in “Passages” directed By Robert Haxton at the NAF 2013; “Ntwa Ya Dipaka” at Wits Amphitheatre Directed by Raezeen Wentworth; “Cat-Walk” street performance Directed by Mongi Mthombeni. “PoetOtype” at The Market Theatre Foundation, in the Barney Simon Theatre and The South African State Theatre, Directed by Jefferson Tshabalala; and “Sixes & Sevens”, a staged reading at The Platform directed by Omphile Molusi.

Billy was also part of the twelve actors that were chosen by the Royal Court Theatre for the Staged readings of the NEW SOUTH AFRICAN PLAY after 20 years of Democracy. Billy Staged His One-Man Show “NGWEDI” at the African Freedom Station which returned from a tour in Germany and now produced by Wits theatre Solo Festival. He has directed various works including an Under the Oceans-apart Project and intercoolcultural exchange, with improv-performance poetry called REFUGE (E). He also directed “Sophiatown -the Play” produced by Kofifi Theatre Company in April 2013 @ Soweto Theatre & Jo’burg Theatre.

Billy collaborated with the  Nirox-Foundation to celebrate The Third Paradise and create “Rebirth Day”, a site-specific performance at the Cradle of Humankind. He also directed the Street Performance “Slow taste of Sky & Earth” at the Arts on Main, in collaboration with Touchstone Collaborations (UK).Billy continues to search and explore his love for Physical Theatre with “Le Club” at Well Worn Theatre.

Mahlatsi Mokgonyana is a Director, Performer, Storyteller, Stage Manager and he describes himself as a multi-Disciplinary artist. The winner of 2011 Sibikwa Storytelling without borders.  His Directing credits include: Nine to Fivers Anthem (Wits Theatre So Solo Festival)   Running (Wits theatre So solo festival)   See Me Naked (Market theatre Laboratory)  Cockroach: A trilogy (Moses Molelekwa Arts Centre) and he is currently directing JUST ANTIGONE an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone to be staged at PopArt Centre and National arts Festival and TSWALO/SOURCE to be staged at The Alexander Bar theatre in cape town and at the National arts Festival.  

Performance credits: Ketekang by James Ngcobo (Market Theatre),   Egoli by Matsemela Manaka and Directed by Phala O Phala (Market Theatre)   Sex and Me by Clara Vaughan and Directed by Craig Morris(A touring production)  DET BOYS HIGH by Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba (Joburg citytheatres),  (NAF, Market Theatre, Joburg city Theatres),   The pipers tune by Jacques De Silva (a touring production). South Venturing North, Poetry overload and Sketching Hard by Jefferson Tshabalala(Joburg city theatres). Stage Management; Searching for Somebody, Annual Zwakala Festival, TO no Ma7, Synapsis and Broken Chant.

Mahlatsi is also a facilitator for the Hillbrow theatre project for their annual inner city schools festival and a founding member of The Movement RSA theatre company. He continues to learn and create more work with artists in Joburg and other parts of the world.

Book for Tswalo/Source by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 16th Jun 7pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 17th Jun 7pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 18th Jun 7pm R100 (R90 online)

Drama • Running Time: 75 mins
Written by Mike Bartlett | Directed by Paul Griffiths | Starring: Francis Chouler, Matt Newman, Melissa Haiden and James Skilton
Warning: Explicit language
Unhappy in his relationship, John wants out. Or maybe he just wants time out? A break from his boyfriend for a few weeks. Or maybe months? Actually, the whole problem is John doesn’t know what he wants. But the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a woman…

Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in An Affiliate Theatre, Mike Bartlett's sharp, witty script takes a candid look at one mans sexuality and the difficulties that arise when faced with a whole new world of possibility.
Praise for Mike Bartlett's  script

“A smart, prickly and rewarding view of sexual and emotional confusion” – London Evening Standard

“With the exception of Oscar Wilde, quarrelling lovers are never as articulate and entertaining as they are in COCK, Mike Bartlett’s Battle Royal of wit and persuasion” – Variety

“Robust and rollicking. Bartlett’s dialogue crackles and pops with the rhetoric of vituperation” – The New Yorker

“Bartlett manages, deftly, to explore many exigent questions of identity, sexuality, our obsession with certainty and our visceral discomfort with ambiguity.” - Huffington Post

“A terrific comedy…Hypnotic and utterly contemporary.” - New York Times

Press & Reviews

Book for COCK by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 22nd Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 23rd Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 24th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 25th Jun 9pm R100 (R90 online)

Physical Theatre meets Dance • Running Time: 40 mins
Choreographed and Directed by Steven van Wyk, Kristina Johnstone and Thalia Laric
Pulp begins in a hazy dream, a silent movie where bodies hide secrets. Mysterious beauty, dark comedy, and seat-shifting tension co-exist in a world that follows the peculiar logic of dreams. Film Noir meets Dance Theatre in the most intimate work yet from Cape Town's award-winning leaders in innovative dance.
Fresh from winning the Blue Couch Award at the Kyknet Fiestas for producing the most ground-breaking work of 2015, Underground Dance Theatre are back with their latest genre-bending production!  Like the iconic film noir private detective navigating a morally ambiguous, labyrinthine city populated by ingénues, criminals and femme fatales, so must the audience navigate the world that is presented to them in Pulp, searching for clues, gathering evidence, and perhaps preparing an alibi as they deal with their own demons.  

Pulp stars Steven van Wyk (Fleur du Cap 2016 nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for Singin’ in the Rain), as well as Thalia Laric (First Physical Theatre), and Cilna Katzke (Cape Town City Ballet, iKapa).  

“For anyone interested in South Africa’s next generation of dance leaders should be watching Underground Dance Theatre closely as they approach creating their original stamp on SA dance” 

- Sarah Roberson (thecritter.co.za)  

Background Underground Dance Theatre (UDT) is a collective of young and upcoming choreographer-directors who want to explore new performance styles and create progressive, high quality work that is at the meeting point of physical theatre, contemporary dance and dance theatre. The company uses a collaborative choreographic approach to look for original movement and images that deconstruct and redefine the limits of dance in South Africa. Working collaboratively has also allowed the collective to pool resources and join forces in order to navigate the challenges of the South African arts scene.  

All members of the collective have completed or are completing Master’s degrees within the fields of dance and theatre. As active members of the theatre community they consistently publish and present papers at numerous academic conferences, and perform regularly across a variety of professional platforms, from classical ballet to physical theatre, from performance art to musical theatre.  

Works The collective first came together for the production Featherweight in 2010 which was performed at University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus and at the Dance Transmissions Festival in Kampala, Uganda.

In 2011, members of Underground Dance Theatre were awarded a 2011 Creative Arts Award by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) for the creation of Fractography: The untold story of Napoleon and Josephine. The work debuted at The Arena Theatre, Hiddingh Campus. It was then performed at Hiddingh Hall as part of the GIPCA Emerging Modernities Conference, Baxter Dance Festival 2011, and the UCT School of Dance’s Confluences 6 Conference (2011). The dance film adaptation of Fractography, made in collaboration with filmmaker Mandilakhe Yengo, was presented at GIPCA’s Dance and Film Conference (2011), as well as the National Arts Festival Film Festival (2012).

Keepsake Minus 3 (2012) was produced in collaboration with Nicola Elliott for the National Arts Festival Fringe. The production received a Standard Bank Ovation Award (2012) and was named the Best Dance or Physical Theatre Production at the Kyknet Fiesta Awards (2013). Keepsake Minus 3 was also presented at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Cape Town. Two of the works from the production were presented on the Main Programme at the Baxter Dance Festival. Reviewers called the work “highly entertaining and thoroughly unpredictable” (Cape Times) and Adrienne Sichel listed the company as one of the year’s emerging companies to look out for. 

Plastic, featured at the National Arts Festival Fringe 2013, is a double bill programme consisting of Room choreographed by Kristina Johnstone, and Skoonveld choreographed by Steven van Wyk and Thalia Laric. The production was generously supported by funding from ECPACC (Eastern Cape Performing Arts and Culture Council). The production was awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award, and Skoonveld was awarded a Special Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award. Plastic toured as Plastiek to KKNK in 2014. 

In 2014, UDT was awarded funding from the Arts and Culture Trust to create BOK – the company’s first full-length a production. Additional funding from the National Arts Council enabled BOK to be staged at the Magnet Theatre in Cape Town in December 2014. BOK toured to KKNK in 2015.

UDT was asked to create Mode the commissioned work for the Baxter Dance Festival’s 10th Anniversary in 2014.

The Gordon Institute of Creative and Performing Arts commissioned Underground Dance Theatre to create Eyes Closed with Pinata for the 2014 LiveArt Festival.

Askoop (2015) UDT’s first cabaret, debuted at KKNK. An extract was performed at the 2015 Kyknet Fiesta Awards. 

The production LoveZero (2015) was presented on the Arena Platform at the National Arts Festival. The production toured to the 2015 Vrystaat Kunstefees in Bloemfontein, and was performed at the Youngblood Gallery in Cape Town. One of the works from LoveZero, Cipher was presented at the Baxter Dance Festival 2015. 

Awards Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award awarded to Kristina Johnstone for the work Fractography (2011), Standard Bank Ovation Award for the production Keepsake Minus 3 (in collaboration with Nicola Elliott) (2012), Kyknet Fiesta Award for Best Dance Production for the production Keepsake Minus 3 (in collaboration with Nicola Elliott) (2013), Standard Bank Ovation Award for the production Plastic (2013), Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for the work Skoonveld (2013), Kyknet Fiesta Award for Best Dance Production for the work Skoonveld (2014) Kyknet Fiesta’s Blue Couch Award for the Most Ground-Breaking Production of 2015 for Askoop.

Book for Pulp by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 23rd Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online) Fri 24th Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online) Sat 25th Jun 7pm R80 (R70 online)

World Music • Running Time: 50 mins
Written and performed by Ottoman Slap | Simone Chiara on vocals, percussion, guitar | Raoul Spiegel on saxophone, saw, hulusi) | Douglas Armstrong on trumpet, guitar | Marissa Cuenoud on accordion, percussion, dance | Callan Wolff playing double bass | James van Minnen on drums, percussion, mandolin |
Spice Roots explores themes of restlessness and rootlessness in a succession of pieces featuring vocal and instrumental music and Tribal Fusion bellydance. As well as set repertoire, the troupe explores free-form improvised arrangements, allowing every performance to be a unique expression. Besides performing original pieces, Ottoman Slap draws from a range of traditional music, including Andalusian, Romanian, Kletzmer and Arabic folk songs. They strike a resonance between local and global music by weaving together Middle Eastern and Cape rhythms along with vocals in Spanish, Roma and Afrikaans. Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, saw, hulusi, mandolin, guitar, accordion, double bass, darbuka, daf, riq, cajón, zils and castanets.
This unique blend of music and dance is a feast for the senses, simultaneously shedding new light on traditional culture and finding common roots. "Ottoman Slap has taken music from the world of Kletzmer and other celebratory folk music and made it their own. They haven't climbed on any bandwagon - they are the bandwagon" Nigel Vermaas, Cue Magazine, 4 July 2015  They released their debut album, Idiomatic, in 2015, along with a music video directed by Jon-Luke Lourens: 

You can listen to and download their album here: 
Ottoman Slap are Simone Chiara (vocals, percussion, guitar), Raoul Spiegel (saxophone, saw, hulusi), Douglas Armstrong (trumpet, guitar), Marissa Cuenoud (accordion, percussion, dance), Callan Wolff (double bass), James van Minnen (drums, percussion, mandolin)

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Sun 26th Jun 7pm R110 (R100 online)
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Today (Saturday)

The Woman Who Would Be King
One woman show
at 7pm

Tomorrow (Sunday)

This Monday

From The Heart
(Comedy/Drama) Dramedy and live music
2 May at 7pm

This Tuesday

From The Heart
(Comedy/Drama) Dramedy and live music
3 May at 7pm

This Wednesday

From The Heart
(Comedy/Drama) Dramedy and live music
4 May at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
4 May at 7pm

This Thursday

From The Heart
(Comedy/Drama) Dramedy and live music
5 May at 7pm


From The Heart
(Comedy/Drama) Dramedy and live music
Fri 6 at 7pm
Sat 7 at 7pm
You Suck (and other inescapable truths)
Mon 9 at 9pm
Tue 10 at 9pm
Wed 11 at 9pm
Thu 12 at 9pm
Fri 13 at 9pm
Sat 14 at 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
Wed 11 at 7pm
Wed 18 at 7pm
Wed 25 at 7pm
The Game: Ohne Dich (Without You)
Fri 6 at 9pm
Sat 7 at 9pm
Theatre (Comedy drama)
Mon 9 at 7pm
Tue 10 at 7pm
Mon 16 at 7pm
Tue 17 at 7pm
Wed 18 at 7pm
Thu 19 at 7pm
Fri 20 at 7pm
Sat 21 at 7pm
Lucy Kruger
Psychedelic Folk
Thu 12 at 7pm
Mandragora Circus
Theatre | Circus
Fri 13 at 7pm
Sat 14 at 7pm
Nicky Schrire & James Scholfield
Sun 15 at 7pm
The White Whore And The Bit Player
Mon 16 at 9pm
Tue 17 at 9pm
Mon 23 at 7pm
Tue 24 at 7pm
Wed 25 at 7pm
Thu 26 at 7pm
Fri 27 at 7pm
Sat 28 at 7pm
Guy's Story
Book Launch
The book launch of anthropologist David Brokensha's book Guy's Story about his WW2 hero fighter pilot brother Sun 22 at 4pm
Naked Girls Reading Cape Town presents Under The Unfluence
Live nude reading
Wed 25 at 9pm
Thu 26 at 9pm
The Mating Game
Mon 30 at 7pm
Tue 31 at 7pm
Romance, tragicomedy, physical theatre
Mon 30 at 9pm
Tue 31 at 9pm


The Mating Game
Wed 1 at 7pm
Thu 2 at 7pm
Fri 3 at 7pm
Sat 4 at 7pm
Romance, tragicomedy, physical theatre
Mon 6 at 9pm
Tue 7 at 9pm
Wed 8 at 9pm
Thu 9 at 9pm
Fri 10 at 9pm
Sat 11 at 9pm
Irit Noble
Fri 3 at 9pm
Sun 5 at 9pm
Poetry and Storytelling
Thu 16 at 7pm
Fri 17 at 7pm
Sat 18 at 7pm
A raw examination of physical attraction and sexual identity. COCK by Mike BartlettWed 22 at 9pm
Thu 23 at 9pm
Fri 24 at 9pm
Sat 25 at 9pm
Physical Theatre meets Dance
Thu 23 at 7pm
Fri 24 at 7pm
Sat 25 at 7pm
Ottoman Slap - Spice Roots
World Music
Sun 26 at 7pm

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