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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sat 26th May 9pm: Sorry, sold out

Jazz, Musical Theatre, Crossover • Running Time: 60 mins
Louise Howlett on vocals | Albert Combrink on piano | Charl Clayton on sax | Dylan Tabisher on bass

Following their recent sold out success at Suidoosterfees – songstress Louise Howlett returns to the Alexander Bar with a new set of Blues in the Night – this time from Broadway - taking a sultry journey through the 30’s era of Harold Arlen to staples from Legrand and Lloyd Webber to the new era of Jason Robert Brown and Alice Gilham's Calling us Home.

As always she partners with pianist Albert Combrink bringing these songs and stories to life with guest artists Charl Clayton on saxophone and Dylan Tabisher on bass. Surrounded by the men in her life – Louise brings you her Blues in the Night on Broadway for one night only.

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Sun 27th May 7pm: Sorry, sold out

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

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

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

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

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Tue 29th May 7pm: Sorry, sold out Wed 30th May 7pm: Sorry, sold out

comedy thriller • Running Time: 75 mins
Directed by Gideon Lombard | Starring De KLerk Oelofse & Richard Septembir | Musical direction by Gertjie Besselsen | Written by Sjaka S. Septembir | a Swart Septembir production

Who murdered Kobus? What lies behind the murder?

Bal-Oog and Brommel decide to investigate. When Boltjie, Bal-Oog's dog, gets a sniff of something rotten, Bal-Oog and Brommel suddenly find themselves on an adventure filled with laughs and thrills, leading them into the dark underworld of Milnerton. To complicate matters, Bal-Oog is in love with Anja, Kobus’s girlfriend. And what is this mysterious bowl? Is it linked to Kobus‘s murder? Actually Bal-Oog en Brommel just want to enjoy their holiday and make music. Moord in Ixiastraat is Bal-Oog and Brommel's first detective adventure.

Moord In Ixiastraat is a rare event. A South African graphic novel of international standard - Bal-Oog en Brommel’s Moord in Ixiastraat - has evolved into a theatre piece.

Gideon Lombard and Sjaka S. Septembir - the same team that gave life to the acclaimed Nagwandelaars - are back. Giving birth to something magical. Physical Theatre and clowning meet in this detective thriller. 

On top of that we have the rare event of two super talented actors coming together on stage – Richard September en De Klerk Oelofse - which makes for theatre history.

To bring everything to light we have the live on stage music and sounds of Gertjie Besselsen who is well known as the front man of Mr. Cat and the Jackal and who has been involved with many award winning theatre productions.

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

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Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins

OMG Quiz Night has crash landed their trivia machine right into the belly of Alexander Bar. Every Wednesday the cosy chairs and tables of the bar get turned into your throne from which you will enter into a battle of the minds. But don't start googling general knowledge trivia answers just yet.... Among the 'what is the capital of...' this quiz has a plethora of hands-on, get-your-tastebuds-guessing, blind-fold-necessary questions. This is not just any games night, this is OMG QUIZ NIGHT AT ALEXANDER BAR. Minimum of 1 person per team (note: your name will automatically be entered as Han Solo) up to 6 players in a team. The game starts at 7:30pm sharp and finishes at 9:30pm. Please be aware that portions of the quiz will be filmed for use on Channel24.

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Musical theater revue • Running Time: 65 mins
Workshop production staged and conceptualized by the cast | Performed by Nicolette Fernandes, Zoë McLaughlin, Dean De Klerk and Thinus Viljoen | Accompanied on piano by Jaco Griessel
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Sondheim etc.

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

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Afro Folk Jazz • Running Time: 60 mins
Jeremy Danneman and Sophie Nzayisenga
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Jeremy Danneman is a New York based, saxophonist/clarinetist/composer. Sophie Nzayisenga, from Rwanda, is a vocalist and the only professional female inanga player in the world. They first met in 2009 when Danneman was giving street performances in Rwanda to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi people. In 2017, Danneman and Nzayisenga released their first album together, Honey Wine, to critical acclaim. 

In 2009 Jeremy decided to have a parade instead of a party for his birthday. He took his saxophone and marched all over New York City for 11 hours, and discovered that he really loved street performance, because the artist can reach audiences across social lines. At this time Rwanda was commemorating the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi people, a topic that Jeremy had been interested in because his grandmother was a Holocaust survivor. Jeremy decided to go give street performances in Rwanda to commemorate the genocide there and to include people from other backgrounds in the way he thinks about the Holocaust. While in Rwanda, Jeremy met Sophie Nzayisenga, a vocalist and master of a rare string instrument called inanga. Sophie is the only professional female inanga player in the world. Years later, in 2015, Jeremy and Sophie were joined in the studio by bassist William Parker and percussionist Tim Keiper, as they recorded their first collaborative album, Honey Wine. Honey Wine was released in 2017 and has been highly regarded by the press. 

Jeremy Danneman has three albums with on Ropeadope Records and has performed at fine New York City venues such as the Blue Note, Roulette, the Stone, Theater for the New City, the United Nations Church Center, Zebulon, and Nublu. He has performed internationally in Tokyo, Berlin, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, and Vietnam. He has contributed to recordings by the Mysterium Electric Soundpainting Septet, the New York Soundpainting Orchestra, El Pueblo, Ulysses, Love Camp Seven and more. Notable musical collaborators include William Parker, Tim Keiper, Anders Nilsson, Sophie Nzayisenga, Arn Chorn-Pond, Brad Farberman and many others. He has recently shared the stage with Mike Clark, the drummer from Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and the indie-rock sensation 75 Dollar Bill.

Danneman has also composed and produced music for multiple films, including Rwanda 15 directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza, which documents Danneman’s street performances in 2009 in Rwanda and has screened on three continents, including its world premier at the 2010 Zanzibar International Film Fest and then in New York at the 2011 Vision Fest. As an educator, Danneman has given guest lectures for the Ramaz High School (Manhattan), The Royal University of Fine Arts (Cambodia), the faculty of Baltimore County Community College, and more. He is currently a teaching artist for Midori and Friends. Danneman holds a BA in British and American Literature from New York University. 

Sophie Nzayisenga is a vocalist and the only female professional Inanga player in Rwanda and probably the whole world. The inanga is a large tough-zither instrument with between 8 and 16 strings. Her father, Thomas Kirusu, was one of the most renowned Inanga players in Rwanda. At age 6, she was presented and awarded by the French Cultural Center. She's been writing songs for around twenty years. She combines the traditional Art form passed down from her Father (a great player in his own right) with her own contemporary melodies and poetry. She has performed at festivals across the globe. 

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

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

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Opera, classical singing and piano • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed and created by Regina R. Malan | Wesley Wolhuter on piano | Vocals by Regina R. Malan.

Mish Mash Media Productions presents "il mio bel foco (my fiery passion) : A tribute to Early Italian Arias". It is a show all about "Bel canto" or beautiful singing and the joy which this music brings. End off your day the right way as we transport you back in time and present to you an assortment of fiery, passionate, sweet and very beautiful "Arie Antiche" with a few impressive solo piano works thrown into the mix.

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Documentary • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed and produced by Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins

IN STITCHES follows three trailblazing South African comedians who are bringing their mother tongues to the stage. More than two decades after the fall of apartheid, 11 official languages thrive in South Africa. Despite this, English continues to dominate the comedy scene. Sixty percent of the population cannot understand a word. IN STITCHES has been selected for the 2018 Encounters South African Documentary Film Festival.

Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins co-directed and co-produced IN STITCHES, their first documentary. They are no strangers to working together, though—after meeting as freshmen in Film 101 and realizing they share a birthday, they soon became best friends and creative partners. Both Hannah and Meg are experienced storytellers, with backgrounds in print, digital, and photo journalism. They graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 and spent a semester in Cape Town in 2015.

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Comedy and Music (Transformative Theatre) • Running Time: 60 mins
Wrtten, created and performed by Carol Joy Williams and Mary Steward

 Enough & More is a comedy and music collective comprising of musician Carol Joy Williams and comedian Mary Steward. The duo focuses on themes of identity, purpose and living your dreams. The genre is a mix of comedy and music, with a number of skits, characters and songs all woven together on the themes 'You are ENOUGH' and 'there is MORE'. 

Some feedback from some fans on our social media platforms on two of our most famous characters from the show; Meryl and Beryl: "Hilarious! Can’t get enough of these two!" " You girls are so relevant and of course hilarious!" " Fan-flipping-tastic! Love watching these ladies. So funny." "Superb!" 

Mary is an actress and creative communicator. Her passion is autobiographical story telling with a focus on identifying the things that drive us collectively but also on the things that make us unique. She has done a number of one women shows, starting with the popular 'Bridesmaid' in 2007, followed by 'My CV', Womanhood, Men's Room and Full Bloom. Mary has performed at a number of theatres and corporate functions around South Africa and abroad (UK, Dubai). She plays the character of Beryl in Enough & More. 

Carol is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who has performed all over Cape Town both in corporate and original shows/gigs. Some venues include Alexander Bar, Rosebank Theatre (her album launch and one woman show), Alma Cafe, Barleycorn Music Club and Cafe Roux (Town venue, with Enough & More) amongst others. Carol was the musical director on 'The Number One Ladies Detective Agency' in 2015. Carol has been involved in playback theatre and has performed with both national and international musicians. Carol loves combining music and comedy in creating transformative theatre experiences and plays the character of Meryl in Enough & More. She is fascinated by stories and there is large element of story telling in all the work that she does. Carol is also a composer and released her first instrumental album 'from dust to heaven's lights' in 2016. 

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Jazz Poetry • Running Time: 55 mins
Tefo "Talking Drum" Mahola on Drums, Vocals and Synth Keys | Keegan Steenkamp on Trumpet | Christian Chandler on Trombone | Nobuhle Ashanti on Piano | Stephen de Souza on Electric and Acoustic Bass | Tefo "Talking Drum" Mahola on Drums, Vocals and Synth Keys

Expect simultaneous singing, grooves, poetry and more this Sunday from Tefo "Talking Drum" Mahola and his Clan. This is a new concept of his featuring original compositions and poetry with meaning. His compositional work depicts jazz and its musical influences into a big band performance.

Tefo Mahola is a multi-talented drummer, pianist, arranger, composer and poet in the world of music hailing from Gugulethu, Cape Town. His ear for music, love for playing new ideas and constant hunger for pushing to newer levels brings about a truly fresh and cooking sound. His musical career has had a budding start, having already toured and performed at festivals like Rocking the Daisies, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival and Muizenberg Jazz Festival to name a few, playing with many musical greats.   

He is proficient in many genres and styles, but cites jazz as his favourite.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Networking Event • Running Time: 90 mins
Red Velvet Zone

Modelled on the UK version, Village Drinks Cape Town is a monthly networking event for gay professionals in Cape Town. Village Drinks Cape Town will also offer businesses an opportunity to profile their services and products to the sizable gay market in Cape Town. Entrance includes your first drink (draft beer, house wine or soft drink). This event takes place in the bar area downstairs and may include a brief presentation.

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

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

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Contemporary Classical • Running Time: 65 mins
Violinist Matthijs van Dijk | Vocalist Nicky Schrire | Cellist Ariella Caira

Violinist Matthijs van Dijk, vocalist Nicky Schrire, and cellist Ariella Caira team up for a performance that celebrates collaboration and reinterpretation. The trio perform and celebrate 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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Dramady Play • Running Time: 70 mins
Produced by Lady Luck Productions, Directed by Tamryn Spears, Performed by Shannyn Fourie & Alistair Moulton Black, Set Design Karen Bester
Warning: Some nudity

The play is set in Frankie’s cramped Hell’s Kitchen apartment, here Frankie and Johnny have repaired after a satisfactory first date. But after satisfying their mutual desires, they’re soon saddled with violently diverging ones. Frankie is ready to withdraw back into her comfortable cocoon of emotional reticence; she wants him out, five minutes ago. Johnny is ready to sing an aria, to dance an endless pas de deux, to buy a tract house. He certainly isn’t ready to go home.

 "Terence McNally has a hit in Frankie & Johnny. A romantic two-hander with character and an abundance of laughs "

"A very sweet, extraordinarily funny, romantic and ribald comedy"
-The New York Post

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire du Lune by celebrated Terrence McNally who’s celebrated wealth of work speak for themselves--A Man of No Importance, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Full Monty. McNally has whipped up a play about a pair of prickly, middle-aged losers who fall in love in spite of themselves. Frankie and Johnny has everything you need --interesting characters, a strong story line, moments of soaring emotion.

Though its dialogue can suggest the easy rhythms of a slick commercial comedy, there are haunted depths to carved from the universal fear that human connection may be an impossible dream. McNally is an insightful author reintroducing the nuanced, bracingly insightful ''Frankie and Johnny'' and ''Lips Together, Teeth Apart.''

Shannyn Fourie

Shannyn Fourie graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School with quadruple honours in Tap, Modern Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. She swiftly found herself immersed in productions on stage namely; Sandy in "Grease" at the Barnyard Theatre directed by Ian Von Mermerty, Enchantress/Queen in the "Frog Prince" directed by Fred Abrahamse, Amanda in "Edges" and the bridesmaid in "I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change" directed by Paul Griffith which earned her a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the Grahamstown Festival. She embraced playing damaged and destructive Amy in "Tape" directed by Gabriella Pinto which ran in various theatres due to audience appeal. She has also written and co-produced "Salute the Troops" a sold out musical review at the Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre. Thereafter she enjoyed a brief stint abroad travelling and performing with "Showboat" directed by Janice Honeyman in the United Kingdom, Wales and Ireland. Her most rewarding accomplishment has been playing the multifaceted Fraulein Kost in the musical "Cabaret" directed by Matthew Wild, in which she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award. She found her country music roots portraying June Carter Cash in the touching biographical theatre piece, From the Heart, which ran to sold out audiences at the Alexander Bar! She is a an advocator for equal rights and enjoyed being part of the cast for both Eve Ensler pieces; Vagina Monologues and A Monologue, a Memory, a Rant and a Prayer at the Alexander Bar Theatre directed by Tamryn Speirs. A Jane of many trades she's seen flexing her acting muscles in numerous local and international television commercials, series and movies.

Alistair Moulton Black

Alistair studied at the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town. In more recent years his focus has been on camera (features and tv) including roles such as Dr Howell in Michael Bay’s ‘Blacks Sails’ for 4 seasons; Jonty Rhodes in the ‘Hansie Film’; Hennie in the feature ‘Skillpoppe’; Sgt Smith in ‘Bordering On Bad Behaviour’;a cameo in the HBO series Strike Back and another in NBCUniversal’s Series Dominion, he played a Female-Jumper in satire Capitalist Pigs and Alistair recently fought the ‘Graboids’ in Warnerbros ‘Tremors 6’ which will be released later in 2018.

However stage is his true passion and this year he played Allan White in ‘Aunty Merle’ at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and before that, ‘Cheers To Sarajevo’ in Canada. Other theatre credits include Romeo in a UK regional tour, Edgar in King Lear at The Arts Cape, The Nurse in ‘Shakespeare’s R&J’ at The Fugard, Leon Golgosh in the Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Assassins’, Dan Shapiro in ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ and Hennie in ‘The Playground’ at the Polka Theatre in London. One of his most enjoyable theatre achievements was winning the Editors Choice Award at The Edinburgh Arts festival for ‘Sylvias Ball’ that he performed and co-wrote.

Tamryn Spears 

Tamryn is inspired by untapped human creative potential. She believes it is as boundless as what we could achieve by unleashing it. She thrives off of multi-tasking to provide a constant outlet for her talents, having found solace in both acting and directing (for screen and theatre), presenting, dance, writing and working as an acting coach (locally and internationally ).

She studied at South Africa’s Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts and the London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. An English Major at UCT, she also studied the Royal Academy Ballet technique. At AFDA her team received a Stone Award for a Shortfilm. In New York she continued her professional development under A-lister Black Nexxus coach Susan Batson, Valerie Kingston a Uta Hagen School and closer to home , Matthew Harrison from The Actors foundry in Vancouver. Tipped as talented newcomer to the theatre scene in 2011, Tamryn supported actress Denise Newman as her younger sister in her 2011 theatre debut of Jean Genet's 'The Maids'. Director Ruth Levine and co star Susan Danford joined her list of powerhouse mentors. 

Tamryn understands that the roadmap to developing character requires exceptional vulnerability of self in the process that helps one understand who they are as an artist or creative. While nurturing these qualities on screen or stage, she incorporates the screenwriting perspective. Having spent two years with editor/ writer Gavin Sher and writer/director Matthew Kalil studying the architecture and structure of story through their mentorship, brought a new dimension to being able to understand the impact of the narrative trajectory for an actor. Over the past decade, working as an acting coach at ACT Cape Town, Tamryn has coached local and international actors helping them to "understand journey of the narrative" deep within the context of their creative expression" 

She has been directing theatre since her college days where they toured productions to the Grahamstown theatre. Her theatre directing credits include "Fat Pig" by Neil Labute which starred a talented cast of Chanelle de Jager, Colin Moss, Clayton Boyd and Lee-Anne Summers touring the city and Johannesburg. She directed Nicola Henekom's "21 light years " at the Galloway theatre last year and earlier this year directed Eve Ensler's latest contribution A Memory, a monologue a rant and a prayer" for Sugardaddy productions and starred the enigmatic talented Shannyn Fourie. She is currently preparing to direct a trilogy of Checkov adaptations for the Galloway theatre in early June. She is extremely honoured to be directing Shannyn Fourie and Alistair Moulton Black in this production.

The play has always been a dream of hers to explore. She loves the mechanics of telling love stories especially when it's heroes are complex and fragile beings. The play offers beautiful insights into our fears and desires and navigates these two souls through the journey into intimacy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Talkback • Running Time: 60 mins
Hosted by Sarafina Magazine

After a successful year of bringing womxn's stories to the forefront, Sarafina Magazine invites you to join the conversation. Inspired by The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtables, Sarafina Magazine: Live will feature discussions with South Africa’s leading womxn artists and arts industry professionals. Sarafina Magazine founder, Candice Bernstein, will moderate the fourth installment of the bi-monthly talkback series which kicked off in January 2018. Audience members are encouraged to engage in the discussion through a Q&A session at the end of the talkback.

All funds raised from ticket sales will go towards ensuring the longevity and expansion of this vital womxn narrative-driven platform. The theme of the conversation and it's panel members will be announced shortly.

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Theatre • Running Time: 80 mins
Written and Produced by Joakim Daun | Directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa | Performed by Mimi Ndiweni and Nikola Ruzicic | Dramaturgy by Zoë-Guzy Sprague | Stage Managed by Thabiso Tshbalala | Technical Stage Manager and Sound Design by James Ball | Lighting design by Nic Farman | Set and Costume Design by Cecilia Trono | Music by Lovedale Makalanga & Brezhnev Guveya | Workshop facilitation by Thoriso Moseneke & Courage Chinokewtu | Film by Anton Califano | Graphic Design by Tyme Design

Presented with support from the Swedish Embassy, Pretoria; the Swedish Author Fund; and Bilimankhwe Arts. Grateful thanks to Michaela Waldram-Jones; Goldsmiths Theatre dept, University of London; and Poplar Union.

Presented at the NationalArts Festival 2018.“Why do I have to represent a whole race when I just want to represent me?” 

The Incident is a new provocative play by Swedish playwright Joakim Daun that tackles belonging, migration, racism and power through an intimate love story spanning Sweden and Zimbabwe. The play premiered at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2017 where it received critical acclaim form the audience and was awarded Outstanding Zimbabwean Theatrical Production in 2018.

The Incident is directed by Zimbabwean director Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa and stars award winning British actress Mimi Ndiweni and Swedish actor Nikola Ruzicic. 

“Enlightening. Wow, that was raw. No filter. Loved it.”  (Audience Member HIFA 2017)

How ‘progressive’ are people really, when they’re confronted with difficult choices? 

Straight out of the National Arts Festival’s main stage in Grahamstown, The Incident is brought to Alexander Upstairs by a team of international and South African theatre makers.  

The Incident explores the experience of many Southern Africans who have moved to Europe in search for new opportunities and looks at the realities of living in a different culture, far from family, and tradition. It examines what it means to “belong,” for an ambitious, black African woman in a mostly white male dominated society. 

Joakim Daun - Writer and producer

Joakim Daun a Swedish theatre maker with a background in human rights who has worked extensively in Africa and Latin America. He writes and produces intercultural theatre that question current power structures from the perspective of the individual as well as the collective. He holds an MA in writing for performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Elizabeth Muchemwa - Director

Elizabeth Muchemwa is a Zimbabwean theatre Director working as an associate artistic director at Almasi Collaborative Arts in Zimbabwe. She has directed a number of shows and staged readings including the premiere of The Incident at Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2017. She is also a playwright and poet and has been a playwriting residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the UK.

Mimi Ndiweni - Actress

Mimi Ndiweni is a British actress with Zimbabwean descent and the 2018 Off West End award winner for best actress in London for her role as Jekesai/Ester in The Convert at Gate Theatre. TV credits include Mr Selfridge and BBC drama series Rellik and for film The Legend of Tarzan. She is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Ophelia in Hamlet. She trained at Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama.

Nikola Ruzicic - Actor

Nikola Ruzicic is a Swedish actor whose work includes appearances in two of Sweden’s most prominent primetime tv-shows “Maria Wern” and “The Fourth Man”, the upcoming feature film “Huldra”, and the Cannes-screened provocative short film “Mannequins.” Nikola trained at Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and also has earned a BA honours degree in media/communication and English.

Zoë Guzy Sprague - Dramaturgy

Zoë Guzy Sprague is an American dramaturge based in London. She works as a freelance dramaturge, writer and creative writing facilitator and is currently a member Orange Tree’s Writer’s Collective in London. She holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Nic Farman – Lighting Designer

Nic is an English lighting designer and Winner of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers & ALD Award for New Talent in Entertainment Lighting of the 'Francis Reid Award' 2013. He was Nominated for Best Lighting Designer at the Offie Awards in 2016 for The Spanish Tragedy.

Cecilia Trono – Set and Costume Designer 

Cecilia is a French Set and Costume designer based in London, who has worked at the Acrola Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, Omnibus Theatre, and the Vaults. She was nominated for an Offie Award for Best Set Design at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016.

James Ball – Sound designer & Technical Stage Manager 

James works in the UK and abroad, focusing on contemporary art, youth & community theatre and live music, working as Technical Manager for Paines Plough; Lighting Designer for Mandala Theatre Company; Sound Engineer for pop group ‘Saint Etienne’.

Thabiso Tshabalala–  Stage Manager 

Thabiso has worked as Production Manager for Sarafina! In Black and White at the Soweto Theatre and Stage Manager for the City of Tshwane’s Vision 2055 Launch. He also worked on Pamela Nomvete’s show, Ngiyadansa, and South African State Theatre’s production of Forgiveness.

Lavinia Serban – Company Stage Manager (London)

Lavinia graduated from the MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design Programme, Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She believes theatre can bring people together to share something life changing. She recently worked as DSM on 'Of Mice and Men

LoveDale Mak (Musician) 

Lovedale was introduced to music & creativity through his father, a traditional, spiritual mbira player, and his mother - a doylist. He went on to be an award-winning musician who has operated within the Zimbabwean music industry for over 17 years as a vocalist, song-writer/lyricist, composer, producer, guitarist, film scorer, and solo performer.

Brezhnev Gueva (Musician)

Brezhnev also known as Maestrowemhanda on stage in Zimbabwe, is a gifted musical improviser. He is an actor and musician with sixteen years of experience, including stage productions of Mbira and Percussions. He has worked internationally with professional artists in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Thoriso Moseneke (Project Support/Facilitator)

Thoriso is a South African creative entrepreneur and applied theatre practitioner specialising in arts in health and arts education. She is passionate about socially engaged arts, human rights, and social justice. Working as a creative arts facilitator, workshop curator and researcher she has international and local experience.

Anton Califano (Film maker)

Anton is an English film maker with more than two decades of filmmaking experience as producer, director & cameraman. His company Movement In Media makes films for the arts, education & cultural sector. He is currently making “Killing the Law” a feature documentary for release in 2018.

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Musical theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and directed by Regina R. Malan | Music adapted and performed by Regina R. Malan | Presented by Mish Mash Media Productions

Mish Mash Media Productions presents another mini production called "Not Just Musicals".

Ellen has always loved living the life of a performer and can't see herself doing anything else. Well she can, however she does not want to. But when a series of events come into play and she is forced to face the unvarnished truth, everything changes. Now she needs to make the hardest decision she has ever made in her life. Conflicted and almost at her wits end, she ends up hurting everything she holds dear. The decision she ultimately makes affects her as an artist and the one she loves most for the rest of her life, in more ways than she could ever have imagined.

Regina obtained her BMus at Stellenbosch University, specialising in stage performance with Classical singing as her first instrument. While she has previously done Operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro and Dido and Aeneas, last year she starred in her first three plays, namely Macbeth, Design for Living and Jane Eyre, and first two musicals, The Full Monty at Grand West Casino and Shadows in Red Light, where she originated the lead role. In 2018 she made her Alexander Bar debut with Public City The Musical as singer, actor and musical director, starred in the LGBTQ show Because it's okay and is self-producing a few shows this year. Regina also does voice-over work, film, writes plays and composes music and is very pleased to bring the female version of Iago to life in the all female cast of Othello: A Woman's Story, this year. Keep an eye on this one. 

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Spokenword/Poetry and live music performance • Running Time: 120 mins
Curated by Kolawole Gbolahan | Tefo "Talking Drum" Mahola on drums | Riba Mwakusa on bass | Kagiso Noah Tshole on guitar | Ayandare Ajayi Bolaji on talking drum | Kolawole Cornelius Gbolahan as the talkative presence and on trumpet\percussion

Sounds and Words as a poetic band creates a very conscious and intimate atmosphere, an artistic and spiritual ambiance which facilitates a deeper and higher level of communion with the audience. Our art speaks to audiences that cuts across different spectrum of class and race within the society. We strongly believe that we  carry a very positive message that  is worth sharing and engaging with.  The next event at the Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre which is scheduled for 19:00 on the 29th of July,  is going to be a communion of souls and a gathering of creatives. We cheerfully invite all humans to come support an intimate listening session with sounds to heal and words to commune. Expect an intimately emotive fusion of Afro-beat, Highlife, Jazz, Reggae and Soulful funk complementing the literary aesthetics of poetry and spoken word.

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

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

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

In 2017 Raine Waring and Severine Fletcher collaborated and opened a company called Keep the act alive, a drama and performance based initiative. KTAA offers acting classes and workshops to artists wishing to hone in on their acting and performamce skills. In addition to classes, Keep the act alive...and perform! was created out of a love for performing. It encourages artists to perform pieces of their own choice, and once a month we get together, whereby everyone participating provides positive and constructive feedback. As a group we inspire each other through our art. Our safe space creates a wonderful platform for artist to express themselves and get performance experience, while being surrounded by likeminded and encouraging artists. KTAA...and perform! Has developed further, whereby we now aim to showcase our talent through live performance theatre. This is where Fool was born! Fool is KTAA's first stage production as a professional team, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you Cape Town. 

A little about the creative team: 

Raine Waring (director and writer) is a graduate of The Cape Academy of Performing Arts 2014 with Distinction. Raine has been involved in various stage productions such as ‘Barred’ and ‘Trigger Warnings’ - The Yellow Glove Collective. ‘Between the Lines’ as part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festivals;’ and “The Real Inspector Hound” as part of the Constantiaberg Players, whereby she was awarded a certificate of excellence for the best cameo role of “the sweet young thing”. Raine wrote and acted in her own one woman play, ‘Wait” at The Alexander Bar in 2016. She made her film debut for Universal Pictures, in 2016 as a featured dancer in the latest instalment of Bring it On: Worldwide #Cheersmack. Most recently Raine has performed the role of Tinker Bell in the Abrahamse and Meyer stage production of Peter Pan and as the role of Peppa Pig and choreographer in the production of Peppa Pig live in SA. Raine is currently obtaining her LTCL drama teaching Diploma, after obtaining her ATCL drama teaching diploma, with Distinction, through the Trinity College of London. 

Sinead Donnelly (performer) is a Cape Town based performer. She completed her studies at the Waterfront Theatre College majoring in Musical Theatre and Dance, gaining her advanced 2 levels in modern, tap and ballet. She is a singer, actress, dancer and choreographer who has a hunger to learn and explore. Her experience includes appearing in Pieter Toerien's production of The Sound of Music (2018); Gardening and Other Distractions (2018) at the Grahamstown Festival and multiple WTS productions including Sister Act: the Musical; Cinematic Motion; The Crucible; and Pirates of Penzance. She also appeared in JUNK in the Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016. Sinead is a founding member of TRIALITY Dance Collective, a collaborative performance group. Being on stage has taught her how to be playful with her art form.  

Robyn Ivey (performer) is graduate from the Waterfront Theatre College, whereby she majored in dance and musical theatre. Robyn has obtained her Vocal and Drama Associate as well as her Licentiate in drama and musical theatre through Trinity College. She has also obtained her ISTD (Imperial Society of Dance) Tap Diploma and Modern Associate. Robyn was brought up in the art form of belly dancing, and is furthering her training with Soma Dance Studio, tribal belly dancing. In 2017 Robyn was in the production of Rent, Sister Act, and 'Fluttershy' in the My Little Pony Friendship Tour. In 2018 she was a Cheerleader for (IPL) India Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders. Robyn makes up the team of a collaborative dance company, Triality Dance Collective, alongside Sinead Donnelly and Liam Gillespie. 

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Revue • Running Time: 65 mins
Developed and performed by Titilayo Adedokun | Direction by Heike Brunner

50 Shades of Fairytales: the non-political(ly correct) Song Revue (No Zuma, no Trump, no kids….unless you want 'em to grow up to be gun-wielding, lace-wearing feminists. The girls too!”)

We start learning about fairytales and happily-ever-after before we can even walk. Then we grow up. Some of us wonder what ever happened to the fairytales and some of us, well... never believed in them in the first place. This whimsical and quirky song revue depicts the journey of two women (both played by Titilayo Adedokun) who evolve through their personal experiences of love, its challenges and its consequences. A collection of witty and thought-provoking songs that will leave you laughing, crying and oh-so identifying with the characters.

Titilayo Rachel Adedokun was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA to parents of Nigerian origin. A former Miss Ohio and 2nd Runner-up to Miss America, her talent and experience span different musical genres from classical, musicals and spirituals to jazz, blues and Yoruba music. She is known for her versatility, her range and an unparalleled ability to captivate an audience.

A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA - studying opera by day and singing in a dinner theater by night - she has sung in opera houses and with orchestras all over the world and also performed in Musical Galas with the late Adolph Greene, Betty Comden and Lauren Bacall. As a recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she moved to Italy where she studied with Renata Scotto and Vincenzo Manno while, at the same time, collaborated in concerts and CD recordings with the late jazz composer and pianist, Giorgio Gaslini. She was chosen by director Franco Zeffirelli to sing the title role in his production of “Aida” at Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, on the centennial celebration of Verdi’s death. 

She has toured Europe in various productions including as Musetta in “La Boheme”, Kate in “Kiss Me Kate”, soloist in “Night Fever: Die Gala Der Film Musicals” and Billie Holiday in the Jazz Musical "Ella & Billie". She is the featured vocalist of “The Wine & Roses Swing Orchestra” in Munich.She moved from Munich to Cape Town four years ago with her family and is very thrilled to call this beautiful city "home".

Heike Brunner

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa to Austrian parents, Heike grew up speaking German, English and Afrikaans. Having since added French and South African Sign Language (SASL) to her repertoire, she performs in five languages. A graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts at WITS University in Johannesburg, Heike started in television as the writer/presenter of Fabuscopes, a daily, comical horoscope insert on The Breakfast Club on SABC 2. At the same time, she portrayed Angel, the bitch, in the Deaf TV sign-language soap opera Young & Speechless for four years.

Heike lived in London for two years and Paris for a decade. She also spent a lot of time honing her skills in Los Angeles. In 2011, Heike and her family moved to Cape Town, South Africa. Her credits include supporting roles in four feature films, the lead roles in five out of seven short films and a variety of stage plays performed in English, Afrikaans, German or French, as well as stints at the Grahamstown, ATKV, Avignon and Edinburgh Festivals. Heike was the English weather announcer on France 24, France’s 24-hour news channel. In 2007 her blog, Hollywood Reporter won Best Overseas SA Blog.

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Spoken word + improvisation • Running Time: 90 mins
Toast Coetzer on vocals | Stephen Timm on drums | Michael Currin on guitar

The Buckfever Underground has been around, in one form or another, for 20 years. Formed in Grahamstown in 1998, the band moved to Cape Town in the early 2000s where they earned a reputation as an idiosyncratic live act. In recent years, band members have come and gone, and they currently play as a three-piece: Toast Coetzer (vocals), Stephen Timm (drums) and new member Michael Currin (guitar).

The Buckfever Underground has released acclaimed albums like Jou Medemens Is Dood, TAFL - Teaching Afrikaans as a Foreign Language, SAVES and Verkeerdevlei. They have played at festivals like Oppikoppi, in St George's Park, a farm outside Potch, dodgy bars, indie clubs and many peoples' lounges, stoeps and back gardens. 

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Comedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Brent Meersman | Directed by Wynne Bredenkamp | Performed by Sophie Kirsch and Sizo Mahlangu

She suspects he’s up to mischief. He think she’s just being selfish. Out in the wilds with a tent without poles and surrounded by laughing hyenas, they have to come to an understanding if they are to survive. Well, that is what you’d think. But she has other ideas and he may have other agendas. Is this a camping trip from hell, or is hell in other people?

A new comedy by Brent Meersman, co-editor of GroundUp news, is directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, director of the "multi-layered and mesmerizing" At The Edge of The Light. 

Sophie Kirsch (Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa The Musical) stars in this comedy alongside Sizo Mahlangu (Shakespeare in Love and Othello).

"Campers do not give merely to get, but relate to each other in a spirit of equality and community,” wrote philosopher GA Cohen. But what if they didn’t? Find out in this most unusual comedy: Why not socialism

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Stand-up Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Written Directed by Nkosinathi Maki

Moving to Joburg" is Nkosinathi Maki's latest and 3rd one man show offering.
The show is about Nkosinathi's next big move to the City of Gold.

He takes us on a hilarious journey from, why he moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In the show he reveals South Africa's biggest ironies and experiences - His 1st time at a Johanneburg strip club, how Coca cola prices its products bakwards. Dstv Advertised on Dstv and Why Donald Trump is the perfect example of why people over the age of 50 should not be on social media.

Nkosinathi Maki has been a Stand-up Comedian since 2011. Nkosinathi organized comedy shows on the 1st month he started performing stand up comedy.

The next venture: Nkosinathi Maki has created an annual comedy festival for the people of Port Elizabeth, the place where it all began for him. The first festival took place in December 2017 and the 2nd annual comedy fest will be taking place in August 2018 over the course of 3 days.

He recently came back from the National Arts Festival where he has his sold out and had a standing ovation on both One man shows “Gluten Free 2016 and Schoolboy 2017”.

Nathi Comedy events are an important part of the ecosystem of the South African comedy industry and his dedication to making sure that comedy is more accessible to young South Africans, is a big reason why this comedian / promoter has made a real impact on the Cape Town Comedy Circuit and is now focusing on the Nelson Mandela Bay.

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Today (Saturday)

Music Performance
at 7pm
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
at 9pm

Tomorrow (Sunday)

Blues in the Night - On Broadway
Jazz, Musical Theatre, Crossover
at 7pm

This Monday

Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies
Comedic Play
28 May at 7pm
Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
28 May at 9pm

This Tuesday

Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies
Comedic Play
29 May at 7pm
Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
29 May at 9pm

This Wednesday

Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies
Comedic Play
30 May at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
30 May at 7pm
Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
30 May at 9pm

This Thursday

Sondheim etc.
Musical theater revue
31 May at 7pm

Rest of June

Sondheim etc.
Musical theater revue
Fri 1 at 7pm
Sat 2 at 7pm
Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord In Ixiastraat
comedy thriller
Fri 1 at 9pm
Sat 2 at 9pm
Jeremy Danneman and Sophie Nzayisenga
Afro Folk Jazz
Mon 4 at 7pm
A Woman Alone And Other Female Parts
Absurd Comedy
Mon 4 at 9pm
Tue 5 at 9pm
Wed 6 at 9pm
Mon 11 at 9pm
Tue 12 at 9pm
Wed 13 at 9pm
Thu 14 at 9pm
Fri 15 at 9pm
Sat 16 at 9pm
il mio bel foco (my fiery passion) : A tribute to Early Italian Arias
Opera, classical singing and piano
Tue 5 at 7pm
Wed 6 at 7pm
Thu 7 at 7pm
Enough & More
Comedy and Music (Transformative Theatre)
Fri 8 at 7pm
Sat 9 at 7pm
Tefo "Talking Drum" Clan
Jazz Poetry
Sun 10 at 7pm
The woman with a baby on her back
Mon 11 at 7pm
Tue 12 at 7pm
Wed 13 at 7pm
Thu 14 at 7pm
Fri 15 at 7pm
Sat 16 at 7pm
Village Drinks Cape Town
Networking Event
Thu 14 at 6pm
Gertrude Stein and A Companion
Mon 18 at 7pm
Tue 19 at 7pm
Wed 20 at 7pm
Mon 25 at 7pm
Tue 26 at 7pm
Wed 27 at 7pm
Thu 28 at 7pm
Fri 29 at 7pm
Sat 30 at 4pm 7pm
Nicky Schrire, Matthijs van Dijk, & Ariella Caira
Contemporary Classical
Fri 22 at 10pm
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune by Terence McNally
Dramady Play
Tue 26 at 9pm
Wed 27 at 9pm
Thu 28 at 9pm
Fri 29 at 9pm
Sat 30 at 9pm


The Deficit
Mon 2 at 7pm
Tue 3 at 7pm
Wed 4 at 7pm
Thu 5 at 7pm
Fri 6 at 7pm
Sat 7 at 4pm 7pm
Sun 8 at 4pm
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune by Terence McNally
Dramady Play
Tue 3 at 9pm
Wed 4 at 9pm
Thu 5 at 9pm
Fri 6 at 9pm
Sat 7 at 9pm
Riba Mwakusa clan
Jazz fusion
Sun 8 at 7pm
The Incident
Wed 11 at 7pm
Thu 12 at 7pm
Fri 13 at 7pm
Sat 14 at 3pm 7pm
Sun 15 at 3pm
Not Just Musicals
Musical theatre
Mon 23 at 9pm
Tue 24 at 9pm
Wed 25 at 9pm
Thu 26 at 9pm
Fri 27 at 9pm
Sun 29 at 3pm
The Communion with Sounds & Words at Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre
Spokenword/Poetry and live music performance
Sun 29 at 7pm
Mon 30 at 9pm
Tue 31 at 9pm


Wed 1 at 9pm
Thu 2 at 9pm
Fri 3 at 9pm
Sat 4 at 9pm
50 Shades of Fairytales
Wed 8 at 9pm
Thu 9 at 9pm
Fri 10 at 9pm
Sat 11 at 9pm


The Buckfever Underground LIVE
Spoken word + improvisation
Sat 8 at 7pm
50 Shades of Fairytales
Fri 21 at 7pm
Sat 22 at 7pm
Sun 23 at 7pm
Mon 24 at 7pm
Thu 27 at 7pm
Fri 28 at 7pm
Sat 29 at 7pm
Sun 30 at 7pm


Why not socialism?
Mon 22 at 9pm
Tue 23 at 9pm
Wed 24 at 9pm
Mon 29 at 9pm
Tue 30 at 9pm
Wed 31 at 9pm
Moving to Joburg
Stand-up Comedy
Thu 25 at 9pm
Fri 26 at 9pm
Sat 27 at 9pm


Why not socialism?
Thu 1 at 9pm
Fri 2 at 9pm
Sat 3 at 9pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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