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.

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

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

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

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

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Sun 23rd Oct 8pm: Sorry, sold out

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press & Reviews

  • Mon 10th Oct 2016 The Cape Robyn blog
    "David won a Cape Town Fringe Fresh Award as Fresh Performer. Most deserved. Stunning performance. "
    It’s an ingenious device for playwright Richard Kaplan to present a wry commentary on everything from love, death, sexuality and Jewish identity"
  • Mon 10th Oct 2016 The Next 48 hours
  • Mon 10th Oct 2016 Broadway World
    "Furniss is something of a revelation - smart, carefully pitched performance"
    "offers an evening of solid entertainment"
    "For its pivotal love scene alone, it is worth going to see what is being cooked up for the Finkelsteins' visit."
    Review by David Fick
  • Mon 3rd Oct 2016 Critter
    "superbly rounded text" ... "all three of them were a joy to watch"

Book for The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 24th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online) Tue 25th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online): Hurry! Only 11 tickets left! Wed 26th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online): Hurry! Only 9 tickets left! Thu 27th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Thu 27th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online): Hurry! Only 18 tickets left! Fri 28th Oct 7pm R150 (R140 online) Fri 28th Oct 9pm R150 (R140 online): Hurry! Only 15 tickets left! Sat 29th Oct 9pm: Sorry, sold out

Quiz • Running Time: 90 mins
OMG Quiz Night has crash landed their trivia machine right into the belly of Alexander Bar. Every Wednesday the cosy chairs and tables of the bar get turned into your throne from which you will enter into a battle of the minds. But don't start googling general knowledge trivia answers just yet.... Among the 'what is the capital of...' this quiz has a plethora of hands-on, get-your-tastebuds-guessing, blind-fold-necessary questions. This is not just any games night, this is OMG QUIZ NIGHT AT ALEXANDER BAR. Minimum of 1 person per team (note: your name will automatically be entered as Han Solo) up to 6 players in a team. The game starts at 7:30pm sharp and finishes at 9:30pm

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

Book for OMG Quiz Night by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 26th Oct 7:30pm: Sorry, sold out Wed 2nd Nov 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 9th Nov 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 16th Nov 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 23rd Nov 7:30pm R40 (R30 online) Wed 30th Nov 7:30pm R40 (R30 online)

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

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Sun 30th Oct 7pm R80 (R70 online)

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

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

Drama • Running Time: 80 mins
Written by Mark Ravenhill | Directed & Designed by Fred Abrahamse | Presented by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions | Performed by Marcel Meyer and Francis Chouler
“I found you. You’re here. And I was over there. But now I’m over here. I’m here. You are my brother. I love you.” When Franz’s mother escaped to the West Berlin with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, 25 years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. As history takes an unexpected turn, the brothers must struggle to reconnect. Mark Ravenhill’s visceral new play examines the hungers released when two countries, separated by a common language, meet again.

 “Savage and hilarious; ¬anyone who questions modern theatre needs to see this show.” – The London Paper 

Founded in 2006, Abrahamse & Meyer Productions has gained a reputation as South Africa’s leading independent classical theatre company. Productions include the South African première of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Day on Which a Man Dies, Stairs to the Roof, The Hotel Plays and One Arm; William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Tragedy of Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello as well as the South African première of Joe Calarco’s Shakespeare’s R&J; Sir Noël Coward’s Private Lives, Yukio Mishima’s The Lady Aoi and Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms. The company regularly appears on stages across Europe, the United States and South Africa. In the past decade the company has been nominated for and won over 30 national and international theatre awards.

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Mon 7th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Tue 8th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Wed 9th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Mon 14th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Tue 15th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Wed 16th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Thu 17th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Fri 18th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online) Sat 19th Nov 7pm R150 (R140 online)

Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Milton Schorr | Produced by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions | Directed by Fred Abrahamse | Starring Milton Schorr as Craig and Mellissa Haiden as Leila.
Craig is a heroin dealer. At 34 he’s been a using drug addict for 20 years and finally his lifestyle is catching up to him. He is planning to check out quietly, the way he always knew he would, by overdose. But when young Leila arrives at his flat searching for her own oblivion, he is given one last chance to question the life he’s lead thus far, and perhaps to choose a different ending.

The Heroin Diaries is the winner of the 2016 Imbewu Scribe Playwriting Competition. 
“As an 18 year old I had an affair with heroin. It didn't last long, it was a phase in all of the other drug phases I went through, from the age of 14 to 25. The Heroin Diaries is a play about the people I met during that time, the shadows of those I remember, both living and dead. It's about how we use drugs, people, things, to plaster over the cracks in ourselves hoping they'll go away, but instead they dig deeper, ripping into our souls. It's also a play about the other side: In speaking of death we speak of life, in looking at the shadow we imagine the sun.” 
- Writer and actor Milton Schorr

Milton Schorr is a writer and actor into all sorts. With a background in theatre he continues to create plays, act, write scripts, stories, features, and travel. His favourite topics are alternative, from Permaculture to Hitch-hiking to Mixed Martial Arts. His previous theatre works include The Game of the Heart, The Homeless Menace, Wrestlers, and the #seriouscomedy series The Game. See more of his work at www.miltonschorr.co.za.
Melissa Haiden: Known internationally for her film and television work, 2016 has been a year filled with theatre for Melissa. In February she starred as the doomed Desdemona in Fred Abrahamse's Othello at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre, and joined a star cast for Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, directed in Cape Town by Marlissa Doubell. Thereafter she teamed up with director Paul Griffiths for an acclaimed staging of Cock, presented at the Alexander Bar and later at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and took the role of ‘Girl’ in Abrahamse’s ground-breaking presentation of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes at the Vineyard Hotel. The Heroin Diaries is Melissa’s third collaboration with Abrahamse this year. 

Book for The Heroin Diaries by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 7th Nov 9pm R80 (R70 online) Tue 8th Nov 9pm R80 (R70 online) Wed 9th Nov 9pm R80 (R70 online) Mon 14th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 15th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 16th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 17th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 18th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 19th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Tue 22nd Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 24th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 26th Nov 9pm R100 (R90 online)

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

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

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

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

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

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Sat 12th Nov 7pm: Sorry, sold out

Jazz • Running Time: 50 mins
Lisa Bauer
“…Her set was a study in focused emotional dissection, her voice as clear and pure as mountain rainwater.” 
Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times. 

Vocalist Lisa Bauer brings her new project Moon Song to the Alexander Theatre! Inspired by her connection to the moon cycles, the divine feminine, new life and the power of vocalisation, the performance will feature her composition Moon Suite, selected original compositions as well as tunes by some of Bauer’s favourite, unique American jazz composers and artists. She will be joined by Andrew Lilley on keys, Maxim Starcke on electric bass and Adam Coolsaet on drums. 
“Lisa Bauer’s music is full of joy. It is also full of soulfulness and sorrow, but her voice is packed with such delicacy that even woe sings like a plucked string… Understated yet urgent, her vocals are spangled with the improvisational essence of jazz, the heartfelt essence of the blues and gospel and mystical riffs."
- Myles Keylock, Mail & Guardian

Lisa Bauer's SAMA-nominated album 'Finding a New Way' and her latest single 'A Life That's Lead' are available as digital downloads on most music download platforms such as CD Baby, iTunes and more.  


Lisa Bauer is a South African jazz- vocalist and educator based in Cape Town, South Africa. Bauer’s qualifications include a Masters degree in Music (by jazz performance & research dissertation) in 2011 and a Bachelors degree in Music (by jazz performance on voice and drum kit), with a distinction in singing) in 2004.

Bauer released her debut quartet album Finding a New Way in 2010, featuring top South African Jazz musicians Andre Petersen, Chantal Willie, Kesivan Naidoo and guests Mark Fransman on saxophones & Maxim Starcke on guitar. She was influenced by her musical experiences in New York & San Francisco and love for the South Africa landscape. Bauer and Petersen’s beautiful piano and voice duet rendition of Ntjilo Ntjilo was inspired by the legacy of Miriam Makeba. The album also captured three of Bauer’s original compositions with four lesser-performed jazz standards to create a compelling and well-produced collection of compositions. The album was released and launched in January 2010 at the SABC Auditorium in Cape Town. In 2011, the album Finding a New Way was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) in the category of ‘best traditional jazz album’ at the 17th annual South African Music Awards. The album is distributed in South Africa by Jassics and available for digital download internationally.

Another highlight for Bauer in 2011 was performing as featured artist with the Lisa Bauer Quartet (and guests) on the Moses Molelekwa stage at the 12th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Bauer’s composition ‘De Ja Blues’ was selected by Sheer Sound for the 12th Annual CTIJF compilation CD alongside international artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Simphiwe Dana, Patricia Barber, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman and Earth Wind and Fire. In 2007 Bauer was a finalist and received a Merit award in the prestigious SAMRO Singing Overseas Scholarship Competition. This and the three Jules Kramer Travel Scholarship Awards, allowed her to travel to New York and San Francisco to study with legendary jazz vocalists Kitty Margolis and Dr. Gloria Cooper at LIU in July 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Bauer was also invited to perform with her jazz trio at a high profile private event in the Seychelles.

During her undergraduate years, as a student of Natasha Roth and Efrain Toro, Bauer performed with bands and music projects including Gavin Fullard’s jazz vocal group Track Five as an alto (recording two albums), Jazz Attack, The UCT Big Band, The Glenn Miller Orchestra South Africa and the Jonny Cooper Big Band. She has also performed and recorded with groups such as Mamavox (with Amanda Tiffin, Monique Hellenberg and Mimi Ntenjwa) who shared a stage with Stefon Harris, Gloria Bosman and Mike Campbell’s South African Big Band at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Souled (with Melanie Scholtz and Shane Cooper) and released an EP recording with electro-lounge group Nightlife Conspiracy in 2008. Lisa Bauer’s first solo EP ‘De Ja Blues’, featuring Bruce Muirhead, Dan Shout and Shaun Johannes, was dedicated to the late Capetonian saxophonist Nic Le Roux, a friend and colleague. Apart from her own quartet and quintet, she currently works with groups such as Baobab Three, LMR Trio (with Maxim Starcke & Ronan Skillen) at various corporate and artistic events, as well as her jazz quintet, which first performed at the Kirstenbosch Winter Concert Series in 2008.

Lisa Bauer is currently working on the pre-production for her single and 2nd full length album… Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Bauer-Quartet-189473077770536/

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Sat 12th Nov 9pm R110 (R100 online)

Jazz • Running Time: 60 mins
Mzukisi Andric Mcetywa | Said Maqula | Msimelelo Makatesi | Zamile Phillip Mlangeni
Warning: Interval
Andric Mcetywa Live@Alexander Bar is the artist's flagship event for 2016 capping off a brilliant year with performances at various Cape Town venues including The Crypt.
Born in the Eastern Cape on the 1991, Mzukisi "Andric" Mcetywa is one of Cape Town's finest young music talents. No doubt. Mzu studied music at The Jazz Workshop, graduating in 2010. His mentors and fellow bandmember/back up musicians include Temba Fassie, Simphiwe Mathole, Camillo Lombard and many other icons on the local jazz scene.

Show producer, Said Maqula, MD at Angelwingz Music (PTY) Ltd, is a qualified office administrator, entrepreneur and small business strategist working with various local musicians, non- profit organizations and local groups.

Msimelelo "Msindo" Makatesi is MD at 2 Colour Bean, a professional logo design comany based in Philippi, Cape Town. Specializing in corporate logo and business card, business profile design and website development and hosting. The 24-year old " Msindo" is also a trained sound engineer and video editor.

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Sun 13th Nov 7pm R80 (R70 online)

live music ensemble and projected film • Running Time: 60 mins
A collaborative sonic and visual performance between Morning Pages, Justin Allart, Andrea Dico and Jason Stapleton
Jason Stapleton captures surroundings in Cape Town using 3D lidar scans. He uses the point clouds as source material and manipulates them with various inputs in Resolume. This is in conjunction with Justin Allart’s heavy, distorted, cacophony / rumble of electronic textures & noise manipulated by found objects on guitars and modulators and Andrea Dico’s textural drumming on old objects and a broken drumkit using sticks or chopsticks. Their sound will merge with the ambient noise & soundscaping of the Morning Pages ensemble which is Lucy Hazard (visual projection, guitar & percussion) , Helo Samo (samples, guitar & percussion), Frank Lunar (bass & percussion) and Caitlin Mkhasibe (drums & percussion). 

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Sun 20th Nov 7pm R60

Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Philip Rademeyer | Written by David Cornwell | Performed by Bo Petersen and Danieyella Rodin
Warning: Flickering tv light; smoking; lighting of candles; adult themes and strong language
WHITE ELEPHANT is a study of contemporary South African malaise, framed by the story of Issy and Ma: a mother and daughter who each seek, in their own peculiar way, to do the impossible and kindle a future from the dying embers of their past.
WHITE ELEPHANT is a debut play-text by novelist David Cornwell, directed by the award-winning Philip Rademeyer, and starring Fleur Du Cap-nominated Bo Petersen and Naledi-nominated Danieyella Rodin. It tells the funny, shocking story of a troubled mother/daughter relationship—two women frustrated by great expectations, and by memories of a life that is beyond their present means. When Issy arrives at her family flat in the dead of night, having run away from her abusive husband, she expects to return to the benefits of home: familiar objects, love and support for her fledgling business enterprise. However, it immediately becomes clear to her that things have changed—the house is nearly empty, and Ma is in a strange mood. The old fault lines in their relationship quickly reopen and, fueled by a night of excess, the two are forced, finally, to confront the reality of their family’s situation. WHITE ELEPHANT, an urban South African gothic tale told by an award-winning team, is a critical examination of entitlement, a study of decaying decadence and the lengths people will go to protect the last vestiges of their status. 

Philip Rademeyer is a writer, director and co-founder of the award-winning theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative. His work, known for its engagement with social and political issues, has won international and local awards and nominations, most notably at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, the National Arts Festival, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Clover Aardklop Festival, and the Fleur du Caps. His work has shown at the Artscape and Market Theatres, and at various festivals and independent venues across South Africa. The View and Siembamba showed in Dublin and Amsterdam respectively, while The View and Ashes were published by Junkets Publishers. Most recently, The Graveyard received a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at NAF, and he was an ImpACT Award Finalist for Theatre in 2016.  

David Cornwell lives in Salt River and writes fiction, films and songs for the rock band KRAAL. His debut novel Like It Matters was published by Umuzi in April 2016 to wide critical acclaim. WHITE ELEPHANT is his first play.  

Danieyella Rodin has been acting professionally since the beginning of 2011. She studied her undergraduate degree in performance at Rhodes and then her Honours at UCT in 2010. She has performed with The Mechanicals (A Mid-Summer Night's Dream directed by Guy De Lancey) and in The Chaeli Campaign’s, In The Wings alongside Bo Peterson, which earned her a Naledi Award nomination for best new comer in 2012. She played Anne in The Treatment directed by Thenjiwe Stemela in December 2013. In addition she has been seen in work by the Rust Co-Operative, Louis Viljoen, and most recently, in Jack Hardcastle’s prodction of Dirty Words at the Kalk Bay Theatre. When she is not on stage saying words, she sings them, as the frontwoman of Cape Town rock band KRAAL.  

Bo Petersen has been involved in the performing arts for over 38 years. She was fortunate to have Barney Simon, the late artistic director of The Market Theatre, as one of her mentors. As a result, her interest in developing South African theatre and talent remains a passion. Bo has been part of the cast of “In the Wings” for the past 3 years is very excited to be part of this new production. She is best known as an actor, on stage, TV and film but has developed a real love for directing. She began this journey 15years ago with multi-talented Graham Weir and has directed 3 of his award winning plays. Since 2007 she has worked together and developed the talent and skills of Zimbabwean Jonathan Nkala. She edited, directed and produced his trilogy of plays “COCKROACH” and travelled with these productions to festivals both nationally and internationally. In 2011 she was nominated as Best New Director for the Fleur du Cap Awards for “BLACKBIRD” a project which was produced by her and the cast. Warrick Grier won Best Actor for his role in “BLACKBIRD”. 2012 was a bumper year for Bo as an actor. Her performance in Athol Fugard’s “STATEMENTS” earned her a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best Actress. The production was chosen to be part of the South African Season in Edinburgh. In 2014 Bo was in the Tony Awad winning play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” which received critical acclaim. She has established an auxiliary career as a dialogue and drama coach for the film and advertising industry. Her film and TV credits include amongst others “THE GIRL” and “SAFE HOUSE”. In 2013 and 2014 she was the dialogue coach for Season 1 and 2 of “BLACK SAILS” the biggest TV series to be filmed in South Africa. Most recently, she has directed Graham Weir in the award-winning "DEAD YELLOW SANDS" and starred in the Silver Ovation award-winning "THE GRAVEYARD" (also directed by Philip Rademeyer).

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Mon 21st Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 22nd Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 23rd Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 28th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 29th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 30th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 1st Dec 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 2nd Dec 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 3rd Dec 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Poetry and Storytelling • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed By Mahlatsi Mokgonyana | Written and Performed by Billy Langa | Music by John Withers
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Lyrical prose, poetry and physical storytelling entwine to interrogate the rules that govern life on earth, such as power, creation, politics, connection, and intuition – the performers’ expression of his ‘source’.

Tswalo is a spiritual quest that gives the audiences the baton to walk through their own paradigm of ontology, Tswalo’s poetry, prose and stories furnish us with the necessary tools into a deep meditation. It undoubtedly begs the question (or theory) of being, becoming and unbecoming
Described by SHCC’s director Tricia Sibbons as “a meditation on the important things in life in a spellbinding hour.”  Tswalo premired in Johannesburg at The Plat4orm and for its second run it went to Cape Town at the Alexander Bar Theatre in November. Tswalo made its international premier at Forum Phoinix BT, Bayreuth, Germany which was featured as part of ON THAT NOTE performance art exhibition and now it is making its return to Cape Town again at The Upstairs Alexander Bar Theatre. 

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.

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Thu 24th Nov 7pm R70 (R80 online) Fri 25th Nov 7pm R70 (R80 online) Sat 26th Nov 7pm R70 (R80 online)

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

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

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

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

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Sun 27th Nov 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Musical Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by David Fick | Written by Trent Armand Kendall (book) and Michael Polese (music and lyrics) | Performed by Schoeman Smit
Warning: Smoking
Through storytelling and song, PICTURE INCOMPLETE sketches out the portrait of a man’s life as he celebrates a rather unusual birthday on which an eviction notice arrives advising him to vacate his apartment. As he clears out his stuff, memories from his past, outrageously nosy neighbours and some poignant chance encounters on the street help him to discover who he truly is. By turns hilarious and moving, this solo theatre piece is award-winning contemporary musical theatre that delves into the human obsession with being perfect and unpacks the boxes we use to define ourselves.
Created by Trent Armand Kendall (book) and Michael Polese (music and lyrics), PICTURE INCOMPLETE debuted in the United States in 2008, going on to play the New York International Fringe Festival in 2010 to great acclaim and winning the Best Musical award at the United Solo Festival the following year. South African musical theatre performer Schoeman Smit (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, SWEENEY TODD,) produced the South African premiere of PICTURE INCOMPLETE at the POPArt Theatre in Johannesburg in 2014 and returns to the stage in a brand new revival of the show, directed by David Fick (YOU BET YOUR LIFE!, SEASONS OF LOVE). Don’t miss this South African revival of the show that New York’s Next Magazine called funky, fierce and fabulous.

David Fick graduated with a Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2005, having previously graduated from the same university with a First Class Honours in Drama in 2002. David has worked as an assistant director to acclaimed theatre-makers Geoffrey Hyland (THE FANTASTICKS) and Janice Honeyman (HANSEL AND GRETEL). He has also has written and directed three musicals, OVER THE RAINBOW (with Jacqui Meskin), HOUSE OF SHADOWS and YOU BET YOUR LIFE! (with Roland Perold) as well as several musicals for young audiences, including THE SNOW QUEEN and THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF HUMPTY DUMPTY. David is passionate about his work in the education sector, having established the Drama Departments at Springfield Convent High School (where he has directed, amongst others, THE TROJAN WOMEN, ANNIE GET TOUR GUN, INTO THE WOODS, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC) and South Peninsula High School. He has also appeared on stage in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s EDGES, the Stephen Sondheim musical, MARRY ME A LITTLE, in cabarets and revues like A (SORTA) LOVE STORY, AFFIRMATION, SEASONS OF LOVE as well as a revised version of YOU BET YOUR LIFE! which played the National Arts Festival and a season at the Alexander Bar, Theatre and Café’s Upstairs Theatre. 

Schoeman Smit is a third generation musician who recently returned to a full time career in performance in Pieter Toerien Productions and KickstArt’s production of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. Prior to spending some time away from the stage as an educator, the classically trained Smit has done everything from country and western to big band and performed in musicals productions like the South African premiere of PICTURE INCOMPLETE and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, classical and opera work like Mozart’s REQUIEM, UN GIORNO DI REGNO, CARMEN and IL CARO SASSONE, and children’s theatre productions like THE SECRET GARDEN, NODDY and THE ADVENTURES OF OLIVER. While teaching, he also directed a production of the classic Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson musical, PIPPIN. He loves the bright lights of musical theatre and feels most creative when being challenged in a multifaceted role. Most recently, he has been touring Spain with the music show, THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. Smit’s formal training is through the Opera School at the Tshwane University of Technology, where he trained under Eric Muller, Lize Thomas and Hanli Stapela. 

Trent Armand Kendall is a versatile entertainer who has made his home on stages all around the world. He has starred on Broadway, performed in US National Tours and in London’s West End. He uniquely blends classic soul, gritty blues and rock with sizzling jazz and the very best of Broadway. Originally from St Louis in Missouri, he is a Theater Performance and Direction graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theater Training. He has enjoyed a thriving career in New York for two decades and his stage credits include: MY ONE AND ONLY, THE COLOR PURPLE, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, CHILDREN OF EDEN, FINIAN’S RAINBOW, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, LIL ABNER, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, NUNSENSE A-MEN!, PURLIE!, THE WIZARD OF OZ, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE and INTO THE WOODS. Having won Best Musical for PICTURE INCOMPLETE at the United Solo Festival, he is also the winner of an Anna Sosensko Trust Grant and a National Arts and Letters Grant and has been nominated for the NAACP’s Best Supporting Actor Award. 

Michael Polese is a long-time collaborator with Trent Armand Kendall, having produced the recordings INTRODUCING TRENT KENDALL, SO MUCH TO SAY ( (featuring his composition “Comes The Dawn”) and two albums of his own as singer-songwriter, MY OWN VOICE and HALF WAY HOME. While living in London, Polese recorded at George Martin\'s Air Studios and performed at Center Stage - The Mountbatten Hotel. He has also played Judy's Supper Club, B. Smith's Rooftop Cafe and Tavern on The Green in New York City, been featured in the ASCAP Songwriter\'s Showcase and performed live on WQEW Radio. As the composer of PICTURE INCoMPLETE, Polese has received notable reviews for his music and lyrics, also winning the Best Musical award at the 2011 United Solo Festival in New York City. Polese is also the composer of the musical TRAFFIC, which also features a book by Kendall.

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Thu 1st Dec 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 2nd Dec 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 3rd Dec 9pm R90 (R80 online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press & Reviews

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Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Megan Furniss | Starring Lynita Crofford | Based on blog posts from Violet Online
Will you be swiping right or left this festive season ? 
After a sold out run earlier his year Love Me Tinder - Violet Online Rebooted returns with more hilarious online adventures.
Single, sassy and super confident, Violet continues her search for the perfect online match, and love, and sex, and even love and sex. 
The delicious stories of Violet’s post divorce world include advice on Tinder, Texting and Botox. Fantasies about sex on airplanes and the dangers of dating too close to home!

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 20th Apr 2016 Blogs Review

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Tomorrow (Monday)

Black Prophet Down
at 7pm
The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother. at 9pm

This Tuesday

Black Prophet Down
25 Oct at 7pm
The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother.25 Oct at 9pm

This Wednesday

Black Prophet Down
26 Oct at 7pm
The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother.26 Oct at 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
26 Oct at 7pm


Black Prophet Down
Mon 31 at 7pm
The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother.Sat 29 at 9pm
Gavin Gold
Punk Pop
Sun 30 at 7pm


Black Prophet Down
Tue 1 at 7pm
Wed 2 at 7pm
Thu 3 at 7pm
Fri 4 at 7pm
Sat 5 at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Wed 2 at 7pm
Wed 9 at 7pm
Wed 16 at 7pm
Wed 23 at 7pm
Wed 30 at 7pm
Over There
Mon 7 at 7pm
Tue 8 at 7pm
Wed 9 at 7pm
Mon 14 at 7pm
Tue 15 at 7pm
Wed 16 at 7pm
Thu 17 at 7pm
Fri 18 at 7pm
Sat 19 at 7pm
The Heroin Diaries
Mon 7 at 9pm
Tue 8 at 9pm
Wed 9 at 9pm
Mon 14 at 9pm
Tue 15 at 9pm
Wed 16 at 9pm
Thu 17 at 9pm
Fri 18 at 9pm
Sat 19 at 9pm
Tue 22 at 9pm
Thu 24 at 9pm
Sat 26 at 9pm
Little Germany
Deutschsprachige Komödie
Sat 12 at 7pm
Lisa Bauer's Moon Song
Sat 12 at 9pm
Andric Mcetywa Live
Sun 13 at 7pm
Sonic Scans & Ritual Noise
live music ensemble and projected film
Sun 20 at 7pm
Mon 21 at 7pm
Tue 22 at 7pm
Wed 23 at 7pm
Mon 28 at 7pm
Tue 29 at 7pm
Wed 30 at 7pm
Poetry and Storytelling
Thu 24 at 7pm
Fri 25 at 7pm
Sat 26 at 7pm
Eland Gray (aka Gary Thomas) Live
Acoustic, Anti- Folk, Alternative
Sun 27 at 7pm

This Thursday

The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother.27 Oct at 7pm 9pm

This Friday

The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
A play about love, death and sex. A gay artist falls in love with his model but is haunted by his dead Jewish mother.28 Oct at 7pm 9pm


Thu 1 at 7pm
Fri 2 at 7pm
Sat 3 at 7pm
Picture Incomplete
Musical Theatre
Thu 1 at 9pm
Fri 2 at 9pm
Sat 3 at 9pm
We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants: Seven Deadly New Stories for Consenting Adults
Storytelling / Kamishibai
Mon 5 at 7pm
Tue 6 at 7pm
Wed 7 at 7pm
Thu 8 at 7pm
Fri 9 at 7pm
Sat 10 at 7pm
Love Me Tinder - Violet Online Rebooted
Mon 12 at 7pm
Tue 13 at 7pm
Wed 14 at 7pm
Thu 15 at 7pm
Fri 16 at 7pm
Sat 17 at 7pm
Mon 19 at 7pm
Tue 20 at 7pm
Wed 21 at 7pm
Thu 22 at 7pm
Fri 23 at 7pm
Sat 24 at 7pm
3 Tons of Fun
Motown | African | RnB
Fri 16 at 9pm
Sat 17 at 9pm
Sun 18 at 7pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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