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.

Comedy • Running Time: 90 mins
Directed by Emma Di Bona | Written by Alan Ball | Performed by Emma Di Bona, Harley Ferguson, Jo mari Malan, Nicole Grobler, Kerryn van der Merwe, Annette Benz Rights by arrangement with DALRO

Five very different bridesmaids find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception of a bride that, they soon realize, none of them actually like! There's Meredith, the rebellious little sister of the bride; Frances, the very religious cousin; Mindy, the groom's blunt and clumsy sister; Georgeanne, an old  friend with problems of her own; and Trisha, a jaded beauty with doubts about men. In this crowded room above the wedding, these five identically dressed women talk, argue, cry and laugh together.

After a successful run at the Galloway Theatre, 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' is back to thrill audiences. This hilarious show will have you laughing and crying!

Alan Ball’s 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' was written and set in the early 1990s and is a wonderfully witty and sensitive look at the issues and struggles of young women. Best known for his highly acclaimed HBO series, “Six Feet Under,” and his award-winning 1999 film, “American Beauty,” Ball has an ability to combine dark and light humor, quirkiness, and serious themes. There is a lot of drinking and gossip and fooling around, but at the heart of the play are serious issues, and the ability of the women to come together.




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Fri 25th Jan 8pm: Sorry, sold out Sat 26th Jan 8pm: Sorry, sold out

Cabaret • Running Time: 50 mins
Written, directed & performed by Faith Kinniar | accompaniment by Shaun Acker
Warning: Racism | Xenophobia | Bigotry | Profanity

Valencia is the Donald Trump of coloured female constables - totally unapologetic in her campaign to take back Bellville from “Klein Somalia” and “make it great again”. Her greatest fear is that her community is becoming overrun with prostitutes and Boko Haram, curtain-wearing terrorists. She speaks the prejudices that many silently harbour with grotesque zeal and bombastic charisma.

Through cutting satire, Faith Kinniar plunges a skewer into the heart of a bigot with verbal diarrhea.

 In 2016 Faith Kinniar made her professional debut with a 20 minute version of 'Valencia' at the first KKNK Uitkampteater for which she received the KykNet Fiesta award for best emerging artist.

She grew up and was born in Bellville South. She attended the University of Stellenbosch as a Drama student. In her time at Stellenbosch she underwent a socio-political awakening which led her to seek out art forms that combine comedy with social commentary. In 2013 she specialized in cabaret under mentors Marthinus Basson and Grethe van der Merwe, who introduced her to the form and style of German kabarett, which is a form of cabaret more concerned with commentary than entertainment and was used to criticize the Nazi regime. Her play 'Syria?' also debuted in 2016 at Artscape’s New Voices season and was directed by Quanita Adams, it later received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at NAF 2017. In 2014 she collaborated with poets Adrian van Wyk, Rimestein, Jethro Louw and the visual artists at Burning Museum on  the project 'Manufractured', a commemorative performance/exhibition in honour of the return of the late Nat Nakasa’s remains to South Africa. She has also showcased her works at poetry platforms such as 'Inzync Poetry Sessions' and 'Rioters in Session'. Her work challenges prejudiced rhetoric such as xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Press & Reviews




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Documentary Screening • Running Time: 40 mins
Directed by Kuba Szutkowski, Brechtje Boeke & Reinier Vriend

When film makers Kuba and Reinier decide to investigate the world of voluntourism, they unearth a world of pardoxes that put concepts like 'need', 'help' and doing the right thing in a new light.

Instead of just reporting, they change perspective. Not held back by any experience, they start their own voluntourism organisation - with the explicit goal to improve the industry.

Director Reinier Vriend and other Volunteer Correct participants are present for a Q&A.

Facebook.com/volunteercorrect
http://www.volunteercorrect.org





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Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Writer, Director & Performer J.Bobs Tshabalala | Featuring a unique line-up of guests each night

Celebrated Writer, Director and Performer J.Bobs Tshabalala is back in Cape Town with his live game show Off The Record.

What is it you ask?

Is it improvisation, theatre sports, stand up comedy?

It does borrow from the tropes of theatre sports. It does demand an inclination toward improvisation. There are elements of stand-up comedy in it. But, all in all, these are GAME SHOWS! We are talking Buzzers, Bells, Quizzes, Prizes, Challenges, Points, Teams, Rivalry, Cheats, The Works!

This show has become a cult gem due to its high energy, edgy and entertaining performance style. One second it is a riotous laughter festival and the next second it is a scathing critique of how complicit we all are in the horrors that make up this nation. It is an exploration rich in critical engagement, robust debate and thorough research. The competition element then decorates all these complex workings in a way that makes even the most gruesome subject matter digestible. 

This is the two time Cape Town Fringe Award winning performance which scooped the “Freshest Show” and “Spirit of Fringe” awards. In 2018, it won the Gold Ovation Award at The National Arts Festival.

Do yourself a favour and come and see why this concept is creating such a large buzz in the alternative live arts sphere. 

There's an amazing line up of fascinating and funny guests including entertainers, writers, intellectuals and smarty-pants. Here's the line-up so far, but be warned! It is subject to change.

Tuesday the 29th January:
Terence Mentor, Tazme Pillay, Tim Leibbrandt & Kyle De Villiers

Wednesday the 30th Januray
Sam Beckbessinger, Tamira Gunzburg, and Anja Venter & Limpho Moeti of podcast Bad Form

Thursday the 31st of January
Matthew Barge, Ernesto Ismail, Amit Prag & Marty Kintu

Friday the 1st of February
Sam Wilson, Codi Carelse, Carla Lever & Gerald Schreiner

Saturday the 2nd of February at 4pm
TBA

Saturday the 2nd of February at 9pm
Rob Coutts and TBA





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Pub Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins
presented by Alexander Bar

Who? What? When? How? Why are you shouting answers at me? Oh, it's because I'm the quiz master and have all kinds of drinkable prizes for the rightest of the righteous. Am I using those words right? Actually, don't answer that question. There will be others soon. 'Let's Get Quizzical' isn't your ordinary pub quiz but includes all the things you love about them: Strange facts! Opportunities to showLeagues with melodramatic team rivalries! Quiz masters with sexy voices! Spot prizes that almost 100% will be liquid! And of course quirky formats and categories like 'Um, Actually' and 'Famous Cats'! Watch out for our Specialist Nights when we focus on categories like Film & TV or Music.

Ready? Then Let's Get Quizzical!

Kindly note: Quiz tickets are per person (not per team)

Rules:
Each team must have at least 2 people but no more than 6.
Pineapples disguised as people will be counted as people.
Silly team names are compulsory.
The Quiz Master is always right. Even if google says no.
Brains only! No phones, laptops, or books!




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Talkback • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Sarafina Magazine

After two successful years 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, a talkback series that launched in January 2018, features discussions with South Africa’s leading womxn artists and arts industry professionals. Sarafina Magazine founder, Candice Bernstein, will moderate the sixth installment of the bi-monthly talkback series. 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 its panel members will be announced shortly.





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Improvisational comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
ImproGuise cast: Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Ryan Jales, Anne Hirsch, Leon Clingman, Pete Faure, Keren Lindley, Brett Anderson | Music by James Harvey

The Easy Inn- A fully Improvised Soap Opera

ImproGuise, Cape Town’s award winning and longest running improv troupe who also brought you Soapathon, an epic ongoing soapie lasting 15 hours, start 2019 off with a dramatic, hilarious and entirely improvised Soap opera, called The Easy Inn. This inventive, funny and unscripted soapie will take place at one of their favourite theatres, The Alexander bar and theatre on 5, 6 January at 7pm.

With their unique brand of improvisation and their quick witted timing and delivery, the slick ensemble that is ImproGuise will be asking the audience for suggestions and these will be used to bring to life the characters who work, live or play at The Easy Inn. 

Be prepared for an hour of Improvised Soap opera where the talented actors weave intricate and compelling storylines, exploring all the juicy characters who run the Inn or are just passing through, keeping the audience hooked on the unfolding story. Full of Intrigue, Romance, infidelity and high drama, anything can happen, and probably will!

Performing on both nights are Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Brett Anderson, Ryan Jales, Anne Hirsch, Pete Faure, Keren Lindley, Leon Clingman with James Harvey making up the music.

Performing on both nights are Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Brett Anderson, Ryan Jales, Anne Hirsch, Pete Faure, Keren Lindley, Leon Clingman with James Harvey making up the music.

ImproGuise, Cape Town's longest-running, award-winning, Improv Company have been performing continuously in Cape Town and around the country for the past 23 years, bringing you the internationally recognised short form Improv, TheatreSports. They have also introduced audiences to other fabulous Long form improv formats ; some that they learned from fellow improvisers across the globe, and some that they invented themselves such as: On the couch, Period drama, Improvised Chekov, Tribute, Little Space between, Soapathon, Jam Sandwich, First Kiss, Last kiss, Musical, Naked Improv, The Chair and their annual Improv fest , to name a few. They perform and teach at various theatres, schools, corporates and festivals both in South Africa and abroad.




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Illusion • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed, written & performed by Andrew Klazinga

Andrew is an experienced mentalist and magician from Cape Town who has performed his craft throughout Africa. Using psychology, illusion, and some devious trickery, Andrew is able to create an experience you do not want to miss! His new show will explore the spaces where reality and the impossible meet and produce wonder. You will experience life through the lens of the impossible and what you don't see may change how you see the world. Prepare for an entertaining journey filled with mind reading, mystery, and magic.

This show will be appearing at the 2019 National Arts Festival in Makhanda (Grahamstown) so be the first to see what all the excitement is about.

Andrew is a graduate of the College of Magic and a member of both the Cape Magicians Circle and The Cape Town Magic Club. His first one man show, "f I really did have powers...(it would look something like this)" which showed at the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival and the 2018 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. He was part of both season 6 and season 7 of Monday Night Magic at the Waterfront and Artscape and recently became the 2018 Daelin Trophy winner at the Cape Magicians Circle. He loves to create fascinating pieces of illusions involving mind reading and interesting ideas while having fun on stage.




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Musical Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Jervis Pennington & Nic Leonidas | Written & Performed by Jervis Pennington | Produced By Nic Leonidas | Presented by Authentik Productions

From famous to homeless to fearless! The musical memoir of Jervis Pennington is a truly original performance from a superb storyteller and world class songwriter with razor-sharp wit. 

“It’s a hellofa story!....and powerful songwriting.”  - David Kramer at the Cape Town Fringe

“Emotionally overwhelming… and Jervis should be in stand-up comedy!” - Robyn Cohen, The Cape Times

“Brilliant Leonard Cohen-esque style folk songs!” - Bruce Dennill, Radio Today

“Raw, brutally honest, inspiring and hilarious. The most unusual piece of theatre I have seen.” - Alexander Upstairs audience review

Jervis Pennington began his song writing career as lead-singer of his 80’s pop group The Soft Shoes. The group won the 1983 TV Talent Show 'Follow that Star' with their song 'Elvis Astaire', written by Jervis, which went to No 1 on several radio stations. The group sold over 100,000 records. Later, as General Manager of EMI’s South African music label, CCP Records, he managed the careers of artists such as Brenda Fassie. His songs written for The Capetonians mark a return to pop after writing the songs and scripts for several successful musical theatre productions.

Praise for Jervis's work:
'Who Really Freed Nelson?!'
FIVE NALEDI AWARD NOMINATIONS 2005 
“…incredibly moving, world-class show…”  - C.K. The Citizen
“See this show? Hell Yes!”  -A.S. The Star
“…leaves audience begging for more.”  This Day




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Jazz Concert • Running Time: 60 mins
Lisa Hofmaninger on bass clarinet, soprano saxophone | Alexander Fitzthum on organ, rhodes and piano | Judith Schwarz on extended drumset

The extraordinary sound of the trio originates from the fact that uncommon instruments like bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, drums and other clingling as well as hammond organ, fender rhodes and piano are combined and played in its very own style to create an unheard experience for the listener.

”They’re singing your praises while stealing your phrases.“ – Charles Mingus

Their debut album is dedicated to the music of Charles Mingus and Thelonious Sphere Monk which proves the timelessness of jazz.

Inspired by their energy, passion and their joy of playing, 'First Gig Never Happened' seizes on figures and ideas of the old masters and transforms them into new arrangements or nearly new compositions in their own musical language.

”Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it.” – Thelonious Sphere Monk

Anxious not to lose the true spirit, not just to copy, but rather being open to ideas that have remained the same then and now. They focus on Mingus without a bass and Monk without a hat.

”Maybe it’s going to hell. ” – Thelonious Sphere Monk





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Gender Bender Burlesque Show • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Black Orchid Burlesque & Vava Voom Entertainment | Hosted by King St.Fox | Performed by Bon Ho, Dear James, LiZetta Pi from Black Orchid Burlesque & Ziggy from The Rouge Revue
Warning: Partial Nudity | Guests must be over 18

TRANSMOGRIFY (verb)
1. transform in a surprising or magical manner.
2. to change completely the nature or appearance of an object or person.

This showcase is a fusion of gender-bending Boylesque and Burlesque performance pieces by some of your favourite burly artistes. By pushing the envelope of gender conformity, fashion and human spectacle through expression of elaborate, glamorous and often satirical performance art forms, our performers play on topics that are often considered taboo through splendid displays of diversity and transformation.

“Sometimes, I feel sexy in a slinky dress and lipstick. Sometimes, I feel handsome in a button down and tie. Sometimes, I wear ties with skirts, corsets and cufflinks. I am a gender-bender, and I can bend gender norms to fit my conception of who I am!” – Anonymous

4 years ago, King St.Fox started playing with the idea of creating a platform within a platform for performers like himself to express their creativity through the form of gender play. Burlesque had already opened doors to diversity within its art form, but a need for a Gender Bender stage become even more important to King St.Fox. Gender is not expressive but performative which allows a space to be created for breaking boundaries; and that's exactly what you can expect to see at a Gender Bender show. 




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Performance / Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Written and directed by Brent Palmer. Performed by Jenny Stead and Mornè Visser
Warning: Strong language | Sexual themes

An unsettling yet darkly funny love story between a sassy sex worker and her smooth talking client. Mike is a successful and somewhat sleazy classic car dealer, he has the gift of the gab but he’s lonely. He desperately wants to woo Lillian and whisk her off to an exotic Greek island. Lillian, allergic to any form of rescuing or emotional connection, makes it clear to Mike that she will not go. Mike hears Lillian; but being a man who thrives on closing deals will not accept ‘no’ without a good fight. 

THE ROOM deals with themes of love, family and isolation. It is about two lonely people trying to get by, attempting to forge a connection, both with hugely tumultuous histories behind them. While the play is emotionally weighty and carries a clear sense of pathos and tragedy, there is also a thread of comedic yet sobering banter that permeates the whole piece.

My intention as writer was to flesh out the vulnerability and humanity of the characters in a context that is complex; it’s at once carnal and liberating but also highly restrictive (I would imagine). I was moved and intrigued by the taboo world of the sex worker's domain. I wondered 'what if' a client wanted to disrupt that contract. What would happen? What would happen if real chemistry existed? What would she do? Many stories such as this exist in our popular culture but I wanted to walk this well trodden path and tell this kind of story through my lens

JENNY STEAD: 

Jenny obtained her honours degree in Drama from the University of Stellenbosch during which time she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Most Promising Student. After graduating she won the Vita award for Best New Actress for her performance as the chain smoking, cocaine snorting, troubled copy writer in Fiona Coyne's smash hit comedy 'Glass Roots'. Jenny has forged a career playing diverse roles from the tragic Ophelia in Stephen Berkoff's 'The Secret Live Life of Ophelia' to the ditzy Brooke in the hilarious 'Noises off'. Jenny won a Fleur du Cap for her performance as a dying succubus in Reza de Wet's 'Breathing In', followed by a tour through the USA and Europe with the New York Collonade's production of the politically charged, 'Truth In Translation'. Jenny was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Best Actress in A Musical for her portrayal of Janet in the Rocky Horror Show which played to sold out houses for over 300 shows. Her 4th Fleur de Cap Nomination was for Brent Palmer's The Visit in 2018. Her film and television credits include 'The Poseidon Adventure', 'Starship Troopers 3', the Golden Globe nominated 'Restless' and a recurring role in season 2 of ICE but is best known for her NSFW NBC grindhouse tv series 'Blood Drive' where she plays a middle American, eyeball sucking, suburban housewife, serial killer!

MORNÈ VISSER:

For the past 25 years, Morné Visser has worked on various stage, film and television productions.

His hightlights include winning The Best Actor award at the 2016 Silwerskermfees for, Dis ek, Anna; a film that went on to win over 9 international film awards. In 2018 he starred in Netfilx, The Kissing Booth, which was the most rewatched film on Netflix in 2018. Other 2018 highlights include his role in, The Forgiven, with Forest Whittaker and Eric Bana; directed by the twice Oscar nominated director, Roland Joffe. His film, The Harvesters, was also selected in competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. 

Television credits include international productions, Outlander, Black Sails and the mini-series King Solomon’s Mines and The Poseidon Adventures both for Hallmark Entertainment. 

Mike and Lillian is his Alexander Bar debut. 

BRENT PALMER:

Brent is a London trained actor who has worked extensively as a playwright, actor and comedian for just under twenty years. 

As playwright many of Brent’s plays have won or been nominated for Fleur Du Cap awards. His play WITNESSES (2005) won a best director award for Mathew Wilde. His play BENCH (2012) and THE VISIT (2017) were both nominated in the best new play category. From 2004 to 2008 Brent wrote and performed a one man show called CORNER HOPE & VREDE to great reviews

As an actor Brent has worked in television, film and theatre including THOSE WHO CAN’T (SABC), TALI’S WEDDING DIARY (SHOWMAX), A STEADY RAIN opposite Nicholas Pauling (FUGARD THEATRE) Louis Viljoen’s KINGMAKERS (FUGARD THEATRE) and Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER opposite Marius Weyers (FUGARD THEATRE)

Brent has also worked in Geoffrey Hyland’s productions of Macbeth at Maynardville (2003) and Women beware Women at the Little Theatre (2007). He also worked with Roy Sargeant in his production of Hamlet at the Artscape Theatre (2005) 

As a stand up comedian Brent is a regular feature at Cape Town Comedy Club and has appeared alongside many well noted comedians such as Trevor Noah, Mel Miller, Cokey Falkow amongst many more. He has also used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi, Gaetan Schmit, Stuart Taylor and many more

His comedic short film PICTURE PERFECT HEIST won a SAFTA for best short film (2015) and is currently in pre-production for a feature film




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physical-drama • Running Time: 58 mins
Performed by Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei

A new and original physical theatre play that holds very important messages, performed in Afrikaans. The play is created and performed by two upcoming theatre makers Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei. Onweer follows the story of a young woman Tammy Solomons. Her abusive father, Joe Solomons, is returning home after a 10 year prison sentance. For Tammy, this causes anxiety and waiting in anticipation. His return brings many questions to his family and the community. The play provokes an audience who buries the truths in silence .

ONWEER is a new and relavant theatre piece, that tells a very important story about a young woman Tammy Solomoms who is caught in a web of emotional abuse by her father. The play is created by Carlo Daniels and Abigail Mei both trained in physical theatre at Magnet theatre under Jenny Reznek. Onweer won the “ Zabalaza Festival ‘’ in 2018 out of 40 productions and is the the first Afrikaans play to do so. The production got five nominations and two awards  ( Best Production and Carlo Daniels as Best Actor ) . This production is also directed by Carlo Daniels who has played in several David Kramer and Fugard Theatre productions like: Kat and The Kings, Orpheus in Africa and District Six Kanala.  Daniels was last seen in Friedrich Durrenmatt  “ The Visit “ at Maget Theatre directed by Mark Fleishman.

With the high levels of violence against women in South Africa, the timing ofOnweer’s staging could not be better planned. It is a physical theatre work about a young woman Tammy (Mei), who lives on the Cape Flats. She is overwhelmed by her abusive father’s (played by Daniels) return after his 10-year prison sentence. His return causes much anxiety and leaves many unanswered questions for the family and the community. Did being incarcerated for a decade make him a better man?

“Onweer was a chance for me to create my own language,” says Daniels. “It was a way for me to communicate my vision as a director. When I wrote this play I’d heard of many cases of rape around me. It motivated me to research the theme and the impact on the victim and the community. Abigail and I developed the piece, first for a competition as a 20-minute play, then as a fully-fledged production.

 He is a physical theatre-trained actor, singer and theatre-maker, who grew up in Mitchell’s Plain where he started performing on street corners. He later performed at Madame Zingara and had his first big break in David Kramer’s 2011 musical hit production Some Like it Vrot. He went on to star in several other David Kramer productions such as Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, District Six Kanala and Fred Abrahamse’s Robin Hood Canal Walk. He also performed alongside David Kramer in Platteland, at the 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). Both artists recently completed the 2-year, full-time, training and job creation programme at Magnet Theatre.




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Afro-folk, Alternative • Running Time: 60 mins
Blessing Tabang on vocals and guitar | G stickz on Drums | Ifeoluwa on bass | Uduak EJ on Keyboard

Come experience an evening of pure, intimate, afro-folk melodies with Nigerian musician Blessing Tangban at the Alexander theatre. For the first time ever in Cape town, The Nigerian queen of folk music will share her artistry, alongside her band for an unforgettable musical experience.





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Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Conceived and Directed by Jenine Collocott | Performed by Taryn Bennett | Presented by Contagious Theatre | Written by Jenine Collocott and Taryn Bennett | Additional dramaturgy by Nick Warren | Sound effects by Peter Cornell

Winner of a 2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award, Contagious Theatre’s newest production, Silkworm, is an evocative exploration of the ordinary things that make life extraordinary. The story is told to us through the eyes of the at once gregarious and socially awkward Georgina. Georgina is about to have the single most important day of her life. On this day, she takes the audience on a journey that reveals how the small things are, ultimately, big things. 

Silkworm makes extensive use of storytelling and clowning techniques borrowed from Italy’s Helikos School of Theatre Creation, adding a dollop of humour and a touch of whimsy. The result is a theatrical experience that explores, pushes, and ultimately punctures the gossamer thin veil that divides the wistfully surreal from the frighteningly real.

Silkworm is conceived and directed by Jenine Collocott and stars Taryn Bennett, with additional dramaturgy by Nick Warren. Audiences can anticipate the sensitive and insightful entertainment delivered by other Contagious Theatre productions and collaborations, including The Snow Goose, The Old Man and The Sea, Babbelagtig, Kaput, Dirt, Sunday Morning and Making Mandela.

‘Superbly brought to life.’
- The Critter

‘A shining beautiful gem.’
- The Witness 

'Bennett is a delight to watch.'
- Robyn Sassen

Jenine studied theatre creation at Helikos in Florence, Italy. Her production Making Mandela won the 2016 Naledi for Best Youth Production and was most recently selected as part of the Assitej World Congress Main Programme. Much of her work has travelled internationally, namely Dirt (Official selection Fringe World, Perth and the Brighton Festival); Sunday Morning (Official selection Edinburgh Festival); A Day in the Desert (Sold out tour in California).

Jenine is an acclaimed director and designer and has been nominated for a number of awards. Her most recent work Silkworm won a 2018 Ovation Award and The Old Man and the Sea was nominated for two Naledi Awards and have played to critical and audience acclaim. Her most recent production Babbelagtig won Best Youth Production and Best Debut at the KKNK Kanna Awards and has been nominated for Best Production at the 2019 Fiestas.

Instagram @jeninecollocottwarren
Twitter @jeninecollocott

Taryn studied theatre at Rhodes University. She has performed for TV and stage and is a regular at the National Arts Festival with hits like The Snow Goose, Doctor Colliinger’s Funeral Service, Kaput and Sie Weiss Alles. Taryn performed nationally for both Ubom and FTH:K theatre companies to critical and audience acclaim. In 2015 she worked on twenty-six episodes of the children’s TV series Silly Seasons. Taryn was most recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Old Man and the Sea at the 2018 Naledi Theatre Awards. Her critically acclaimed Silkworm won a 2018 Ovation Award.

Instagram @tarynsandrabennett




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Schedule

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This Saturday



This Monday


Valencia
Cabaret
28 Jan at 7pm
"Making a Difference" - unpacking voluntourism
Documentary Screening
28 Jan at 9pm

Rest of January


Valencia
Cabaret
Tue 29 at 7pm
Wed 30 at 7pm
Thu 31 at 7pm
J. Bobs Live: Off The Record
Comedy
Tue 29 at 9pm
Wed 30 at 9pm
Thu 31 at 9pm
Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
Wed 30 at 7pm

February


Valencia
Cabaret
Fri 1 at 7pm
Sat 2 at 7pm
J. Bobs Live: Off The Record
Comedy
Fri 1 at 9pm
Sat 2 at 4pm 9pm
Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
Mon 4 at 7pm
Wed 6 at 7pm
ImproGuise presents: The Easy Inn- An Improvised Soap Opera
Improvisational comedy
Tue 5 at 7pm
Wed 6 at 7pm
What You Don't See - A Journey of Mind Reading, Mystery, & Magic
Illusion
Thu 7 at 7pm
Fri 8 at 7pm
Sat 9 at 7pm
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life
Musical Theatre
Mon 11 at 7pm
Tue 12 at 7pm
Wed 13 at 7pm
Thu 14 at 7pm
Fri 15 at 7pm
Sat 16 at 7pm
Transmogrify
Gender Bender Burlesque Show
Wed 20 at 9pm
Thu 21 at 9pm
Fri 22 at 9pm
THE ROOM
Performance / Theatre
Mon 25 at 7pm
Tue 26 at 7pm
Wed 27 at 7pm
Thu 28 at 7pm

March


THE ROOM
Performance / Theatre
Fri 1 at 7pm
Sat 2 at 7pm
Mon 4 at 7pm
Tue 5 at 7pm
Wed 6 at 7pm
Thu 7 at 7pm
Fri 8 at 7pm
Sat 9 at 7pm
ONWEER
physical-drama
Thu 28 at 9pm
Fri 29 at 9pm
Sat 30 at 9pm

April


ONWEER
physical-drama
Mon 1 at 9pm
Tue 2 at 9pm
Wed 3 at 9pm
Thu 4 at 9pm
Fri 5 at 9pm
Sat 6 at 9pm
Blessing Tangban Live
Afro-folk, Alternative
Sat 27 at 7pm

May


Silkworm
Theatre
Mon 6 at 7pm
Tue 7 at 7pm
Wed 8 at 7pm
Thu 9 at 7pm
Fri 10 at 7pm
Sat 11 at 4pm 7pm
Mon 13 at 7pm
Tue 14 at 7pm
Wed 15 at 7pm
Thu 16 at 7pm
Fri 17 at 7pm
Sat 18 at 4pm 7pm
One Africa Concert
Afro soul & Poetry
Sun 26 at 7pm

December


Test Show
testing
Sun 1 at 5pm

January 2020


Ticket to Refund
None
1 Wed 12am at 12am
Season Ticket
None
1 Wed 12am at 12am

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