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.

Physical Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Written & performed by Gaëtan Schmid | Directed by Andrew Laubscher

The TERROR! … the terror of being called in front of the class. Hypercreative Gaëtan stretches this all too familiar moment-in-time into an apocalyptic zombie nightmare. Schmid is back at his best; furiously miming to a thrilling soundtrack of 101 movies… all without leaving his little chair.

To all movie fans out there: this one is for you!

To all non-movie fans: this one is for you!

What the press had to say about Gaëtan and Gaëtan’s work:

"... tour de force ..." Sunday Times

"... visually feasting ..." Sunday Independent

"... manic ... crazy ..." Your Soapbox

"... strange ... psychotic ... " TONIGHT

"... hilarious rollercoaster ride ..." the writing studio

"... not for the faint-hearted ..." Encore Entertainment 

"... make sure your cheeks are ready to be stretched into a smile for about an hour." Bizcommunity.com

"… Gaëtan Schmid ... an ... inimitable ..." Artslink

"... immaculate ..." Cue

"... and extremely humorous ..." WhatsoninCapeTown.com

"... fascinating performer." The Next 48hours

" ... big balls." Megan’s Head

Gaëtan is a Belgian theatre artist currently living and working in South Africa. After studying theatre at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France he toured new creations to festivals and theatres all over the world. Russia, Sweden, Romania, USA, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Wales, Uganda, Andorra, Spain and Scotland. Since arriving in South Africa 20 years ago – when his South African wife (not wife then) told him to “… come … come and have a look … couple of weeks max …” – Gaëtan produces, creates, writes and performs his own excitingly original one-man-shows … well, most of them are his own: 'Body Language I & II, The Belgian (Fleur du Cap nominated), Rumpsteak, The Dog’s Bollocks, The Incredible Beer Show, The Pigeon, and 'The Comical Tragedy'

Director Andrew Laubscher
Andrew is a Cape Town-based film and theatre actor. Some theatre highlights include ‘Richard III @ Maynardville’, 'Mirror Mirror' directed by Geoffrey Hyland and written by Mike van Graan; 'As You Like It' directed by Geoffrey Hyland; 'Cosi' directed by Scott Sparrow; 'Antony and Cleopatra' directed by Marthinus Basson; 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' directed by Guy de Lancey; 'Lovborg's Women' directed by Chris Weare (Fleur Du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor); 'Mafeking Road' directed by Tara Notcutt; 'A Comedy Of Errors' directed by Matthew Wild; and 'Balbesit' directed by Jaco Bouwer. In 2014, Andrew won the Fleur de Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Riff-Raff in 'The Rocky Horror Show' performed at The Fugard Theatre. Since then Andrew's work includes 'The Emissary' written and directed by Louis Viljoen; 'The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner' directed by Adrian Collins, 'Marat/Sade' directed by Jaco Bouwer performed at The Baxter Theatre and Tiger Bay performed at The Artscape Theatre. Most recent work includes the award winning ‘Swerfgoed’ directed by Tinarie van Wyk Loots with Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Nicole Holm and Richard September which will be performed at The Baxter Theatre in September.

Press & Reviews

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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. And they will be a lot harder. So strap your smarty-pants on over your party-pants because 'Let's Get Quizzical' isn't your ordinary pub quiz. Stock up on strange facts! Prepare for Quiz masters with sexy voices! Thirst for spot prizes that almost 100% will be liquid! And of course there'll be 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)

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 encyclopedias!

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Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed by Tony Miyambo | Directed by Gerard Bester | Dramaturgy by William Harding | Written by Tony Miyambo, Gerard Bester & William Harding

The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri is a sensitive, finely crafted biographic play about Daniel Rasenga Miyambo. A unique, collaborative journey about adolescence, love, loss, grief, memory, and intimacy which unfolds through a personal narrative about a father-son relationship cut too short. Exploring an intimate father-son relationship recalled and reconstructed through memory, remembered moments from the past, fading images captured in sepia-toned photographs, conjured up conversations, snippets of music, truths and half- truths. It is an ancient human attempt to connect our present to the past by mapping our relationships with the one’s we love. The Cenotaph for Dan wa Moriri finds form in grief, examines the disappearance and reconstruction of memory to honour the intimacy of individual history.

Bester, Miyambo and Harding worked to uncover poetic form and reconstruct personal history and narrative and have created a poignant, sincere rendering that critic Adrienne Sichel described as “a mobile, theatrical, tombstone honoring the life and legacy of his parent – the Ekurhuleni hair stylist who fried his own son’s hair.”

This show will be performed for the first time in Cape Town as part of a double bill with Miyambo's other clitically acclaimed solo, Kafka's Ape.

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 12th Jun 2019 Weekend Special

    Everything you said, and how you said it was perfect and sad, and beautiful and true. I think you are the most wonderful performer and actor and wordsmith and theatre magician.

    Dear reader. I urge you to see this. This is theatre at its purest and most direct. It drills a perfect hole straight into your heart.

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Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Adapted & Directed by: Phala O. Phala | Original Design by: Liesel N. Retief | Performed by Tony Bonani Miyambo

Kafka’s Ape is a solo performance adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘A Report To An Academy’ about a primate’s struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The play engages in an allegorical observation of the South African society through the eyes of other; the ape Red Peter. In 2015 it won a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival. In 2018 it will tour North America by invitation and return to Africa to perform in Mozambique.

Kafka’s Ape presents a  conflicting point of view in which traditional boundaries, categories, and norms are questioned; in which beauty, harmony, and symmetry are usurped by cruelty, dissonance, and abnormality. It opens up the reality that there exists something outside of and in addition to our “normal,” “typical,” “wholesome” world, and that is “other”. 

“Minimalist décor, subtle music, lights and brilliant acting succeed in enthralling the audience with questions about the human condition, external realities, conformity and freedom. It’s personal, tragic, funny and gooseflesh-inducing.” - Martin Laubscher, Cue Newspaper.

“…the play comprises poignant truisms about identity and the danger of shallowly judging others.” - Robyn Sassen. 

“I hazard that Kafka’s Ape is both ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, a happy middle ground filled with beautiful unhappiness. You can’t but feel like an insider, partly the crisp clear narrative, but detailed energetic genius & superhuman physicality pulled this one off.” - Christopher Steenkamp

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 26th Sep 2017 My View

    "Miyambo is a performer of nimble and great diversity." - Robyn Sassen

  • Tue 21st Mar 2017 whatson.co.za

    "Tony Bonani Miyambo is simply brilliant in his depiction of Red Peter."

    Review of Kafka's Ape by Laura Davidson

  • Sun 19th Mar 2017 Weekend Special

    "Tony is riveting, moving and heart wrenching, as he expands on his journey from ape to man, and in so doing delivers the horrors of what being man is. His huge physical presence and control fill the tiny space, and the subtle emotion of his delivery are both mesmerising and absolutely haunting."

    Review of 'Kafka's Ape' by Megan Furniss

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Comedy Improv • Running Time: 55 mins
The Long Shots: Eva Gilliam, Mark Penwill, Justine Beukes, David Luyt, Alice Lazarus, Nataly Robbie, Sanda Shandu, Francis Chouler

The Long Shots, Cape Town’s veteran and overly-rehearsed improv comedy troupe attempts to answer some of life’s harder questions. Why are we? When will AI rule world? Who is Steve? 

Jokes! Join The Long Shots for a 2-night extravaganza at Alex Bar for some heavy lols and unscripted comedy gold. But don’t expect Steve to be there, as he is on his honeymoon...

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Performance • Running Time: 50 mins
Written & performed by Siyamthanda Poni | Directed by Sindile Msebenzi | Presented by UPRISING ART PROJECT

This is a story takes place in the space between hope and despair, between justice and forgiveness, and between guilt and courage. Bandile has been broken both body and soul after his mother is killed at the hands of a vigilante mob. As he tries to find a path through his pain and regain trust of his family, he must also convince the world that he has changed. But has he?

After a successful run at Zabalaza Community Festival, INGCWABA went on to win the inaugural Abongile Kroza One-Hander Festival at Makukhanye Art Room in 2017 and continued to dazzle Mbekweni audiences throughout 2018.

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Immersive Dinner Theatre • Running Time: 180 mins
Performed and presented by Rowan and Danielle Studti

Special Treasury Agent Marriot Mess and Detective Lee Justice lead their guests in a murder investigation over a mouth-watering meal. Guests are given character briefs and play the suspects at the event. They have to analyse the evidence, consider clues and investigate each other in order to absolve themselves. Depending on the script, there are 8 suspects at each table, one of whom is the murderer… You can either book a full table or be adventurous and meet new people!

How it works:
Each game ticket includes a scrumptious 3-course meal - a soup starter, followed by your choice of main (beef, chicken, veggie or vegan options) and finished off with dessert! Excludes drinks. You'll be prompted to select your seats  at either the red, green, blue or yellow table when you book. If you're getting your friends to book for themselves tell them which colour table to book at but hurry cos it's first-come-first-serve! Please note that this event takes place downstairs while upstairs the theatre continues to operate so there will be two 15 min breaks to allow for theatre patrons to enter/exit the venue (good for smoke-breaks and chat breaks!). Expect the event to wrap up by around 10pm.

It’s New Year’s Eve at The Pitz, the city’s most famous (or is it infamous?) supper club. The usual mix of customers, some noteworthy and some notorious, decorate the tables that surround the crowded dance floor. Everyone in the gregarious group of rarified revellers hoists a glass of champagne and readies their noise makers to celebrate the arrival of the year 1955.

As the clock strikes midnight, Lou Gumbardo and his band, “The Loyal Geraniums,” begin the familiar strains of Auld Lang Syne. The moment has arrived – a new year that promises to continue the post-war boom of the Eisenhower administration. Suddenly, without warning, the club is in darkness and, amid the rumbling of the assembled guests, three shots ring out. When the lights go on again, it’s deadly obvious that the darkened room provided a killer with the opportunity to put a strategic bullet hole into a surprised victim. Someone had dictated the dastardly demise of Sammy Fenetra, lead singer of the band. His mellow tones had made women swoon and music fans turn somersaults.

Guests are immersed in a murder investigation over a mouth-watering meal, where they are both defendant and detective. Each guest has to help us crack the case in order to absolve themselves.There are a total of 8 suspects at each table, one of whom is you! The mystery takes place over a delightful dish, allowing the suspects to indulge in their last meal before one of them is sent like a lamb to the slaughter to death row.

All guests are given a character brief including their background, relationship to the victim and alibi three days prior to the event. They are encouraged to arrive in character, ready to crack the case. Upon your arrival you will receive a welcome drink and will be shown to your table, where you can brush up on your backstory before we get started. Once you are settled in you will be given a chance to browse our selection of props and costume pieces and get into character.

As soon as everyone is seated, your food order will be taken and we will begin the mystery… The Police Chief will lead the investigation, providing extra clues throughout the event. There will be three clues at your table setting which you are welcome to trade with your fellow suspects at any time during the investigation. It is in your best interest to form alliances and obtain as many clues as you can get your hands on! Throughout the event you will interrogate the other suspects at your table to gain as much information as possible. All suspects must answer truthfully according to their scripts. The lies are built into the script so even the murderer doesn’t know whodunit! There will be prizes for best character and for the super sleuths who crack the case.

We are a dynamic duo with a flair for food and fun! We started Dinners to Die for in order to combine the two. We are both professional working actors based in Cape Town, making us the ideal cast for the role of Police Chief and Detective. We like to play good-cop, bad-cop as we run the murder investigation, engaging our guests and keeping them guessing! We offer our murder mystery events at different restaurants and at private functions around Cape Town.

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Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
Produced by Terence Makapan & Leonard Sank | Written by Terence Makapan | Directed by Kimberely Buckle | Starring Andre Roothman & Shaun Smit

Fifty year old Craig invites male prostitute James to his immaculate home for the evening. What seems to be another night on the job for James takes a turn for the peculiar as Craig's intentions become more mysterious.

Kimberley Buckle was born in Cape Town, becoming the daughter of two academic over-achievers, starting the endless cycle of one woman shows at the dinner table and longwinded improvisations on cross-country road trips. Kimberley persuaded her parents to allow her to study the performing arts, where she graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School with a Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance and Teaching Speech and Drama - this last part being the selling point of the persuasion. At college she was trusted to co-direct EDGES (Pasek & Paul) for the National Arts Festival in 2015. After leaving college, Kimberley has written and directed her own work, SECRET SANTA, AUGUST and JUNK, as well as being a co-creator of the annual performance platform MISCELANNY.

Andre Roothman was educated in Cape Town and completed an Arts degree at Stellenbosch with Philosophy and English as majors. This is where he co-founded Die Breughel community theatre with legendary Ben de Haeck. In 1990 he and Gerard Rudolf played 'Sky en Czech' by Ashraf Jamal at the Grahamstown Festival and repeated the production under Mari Borstlapp 27 years later in 2018 at Woordfees. Other theatre titles include Drif, Macbeth, Mama Madea, Hotel Malaria and more recently King Lear, which was on at the 2019 KKNK. Television remembers him as P.J.Buys, the war-time teacher in 'Arende' and Emile Human in 'Ballade vir 'n Enkeling'. 

Shaun Smit studied Musical Theatre at TUT in Pretoria, subsequently he acted in Henry Mylne’s VASELINETJIE at Aardklop and Woordfees. He starred in South Africa’s hit theatre production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW as Rocky since 2013, he felt ready for new challenges and continued to become an on-screen actor for the American TV series Black Mirror (Netflix) and Blood Drive (SyFy) in 2016. Recently he acted in the KykNET’s short film KLOOF and series DIE SPREEUS. Shaun is also part of Oliver Hermanus’s new feature film MOFFIE – coming out later this year.

Terence Makapan competed his studies at the Waterfront Theatre College where he majored in Musical Theatre with a love for writing and directing as well. His debut production, Kinders van die wind, made it's debut in 2015 and went to multiple festivals including the US Woordfees and Cape Town Fringe Festival. It was also at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2017 where his 3rd production "(w)asem", which he co-wrote alongside Du Toit Albertze, was nominated for Freshest Show of the Fringe. The production will be going to the National Arts Festival in Makhanda along with his latest show "Benji". Benji will be published by Junkets Publishers later in 2019.

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Comedy & Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, directed and performed by Mary Steward & Carol Joy Williams

Sketch comedy and music collaboration Enough &More present a collage celebrating home and the relationships that fill it. Laugh and recognize the truth that sets us free.

Mary Steward: 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 Goddess. Mary has performed at a number of theatres and corporate functions around South Africa and abroad (UK, Dubai). She is currently based in US and travels back home for the summer. She plays the character of Beryl in Enough & More.

Carol Joy Williams: 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 with Mischa Dreamfolk, 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 also the musical director on 'The Number One Ladies Detective Agency' that ran at the Mount Nelson from October - December 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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Solo Theatre (comedy) • Running Time: 90 mins
Written & performed by Steven Fales | Directed by Jack Hofsiss | Presented by NF2 Productions
Not appropriate for children. No swearing or nudity but adult themes including drugs and prostitution.

The Off-Broadway hit comes to Cape Town! In this story of extremes from perfect Utah Mormon Boy to perfect New York Rent Boy, internationally acclaimed storyteller Steven Fales will take you places you didn't know you wanted to go! Told with humour, song, and The Book of Mormon. Ahead of its time for its edgy “unflinching honesty” (Salt Lake Tribune), Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the inspiring true story of how one troubled young dad first learned to wake up and grow up—and then kept learning. Oxy-Mormon storyteller Steven Fales discovers an imperfect middle ground in this reclamation saga about what it means to finally come home—if only in your heart.

Told with humor, song, and The Book of Mormon, this life-affirming, transformational tale about how a sixth-generation Latter Gay Saint attempts to reclaim his two kids and Donny Osmond Smile after failed conversion therapy, excommunication, sex work, and drugs “will leave you breathless.” (San Diego Union-Tribune) "An uncommonly powerful, gripping, and very moving piece of theatre. It’s unusually well-written and shaped. Staying away would be a mistake." (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune)

The international one-man sensation Confessions of a Mormon Boy is currently on a tour culminating with a return to New York where it first premiered Off-Broadway over twelve years ago — and has not been performed there since. Based on original direction by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man) and performed by Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee and controversial LDS outcast/activist Steven Fales, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the cornerstone of Fales's 'Mormon Boy Experience' and Part One of his Mormon Boy Trilogy. Because the story and journey continue...

“As moving as it is funny.” — Howard Kissel, New York Daily News

“What a rare and skillful thing is Steven Fales’ engrossing, funny, and often quite harrowing tale." — Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun-Times

“The story couldn’t be more timely.” — Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“Feels like a sacred gift.” — Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe

"Compelling confessional theatre." — Jason Zinoman, New York Times

"5-Stars! There’s something here that every gay man can relate to. And, my, how the boy entertains.” — Gay Times Magazine (UK)

"Epic." — Washington Post


From Los Angeles to London, Houston to Halifax, SoHo to Salt Lake, South Africa, and Sydney, actor/writer/producer Steven Fales has been performing his award-winning solo work for over a decade at venues ranging from church sanctuaries to comedy clubs; fringe festivals to old historic movie houses; coffee shops to cabaret rooms; gay resorts to regional theatres; concert halls to the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center. Whether doing standup at Caroline’s On Broadway, cabaret at Joe’s Pub, or solo plays at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Charing Cross Theatre in the West End, an old Freemason Lodge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, or Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, Steven has been honing his craft wherever he can—often receiving and being nominated for awards like the Overall Excellence Award for Solo Show at the New York International Fringe Festival or the Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding New Writing for the Theatre at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and others.

Before specializing in solo performance, Steven worked extensively as an actor in classical plays and musicals in regional theatres including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Co., Stages St. Louis, Sundance Summer Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, among others, and in commercials, film, and television. His first union job (AEA) was playing Hap in Death of a Salesman at New Harmony Theatre with Gil Rodgers and Jacqueline Brooks. He worked closely with Broadway director/producer Louis Burke at the short-lived Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre (formerly the American Shakespeare Theatre) where he performed with Elaine Stritch, Len Cariou, Douglas Sills, and others. 

His first book, Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off Broadway Hit, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. He is currently expanding his Mormon Boy Trilogy into a book called Oxy-Mormon Memoirs. In addition to his solo work, he has several plays and musicals in various stages of development.

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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & directed by Louis Viljoen | Performed by Emily Child & Nicholas Pauling
The play contains strong language and sexual content.

The Hucksters is an acid-tongued exploration of a casual sexual encounter gone awry. A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a romantic, booze fueled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. The mistakes of the past become the horrors of the present as these two broken people dig into their previous lives and the lies that lead them to each other.

The play is written and directed by Louis Viljoen (The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, The Demon Bride) and stars award winning actors Emily Child (The Pervert Laura, The Road To Mecca , Contractions) and Nicholas Pauling (A Steady Rain, Blue/Orange, The Father).

Louis Viljoen - Writer/Director
Louis Viljoen is a Cape Town based playwright and director. He has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, The Emissary, The Eulogists and The Demon Bride. He is also the writer of Rob van Vuuren’s internationally acclaimed one-man show, Dangled, which was invited to the 2017 Brighton Fringe Festival. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

Emily Child - Performer
Emily graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting. Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed Cape Town based theatre troupe – The Mechanicals. Her work has garnered her numerous awards and nominations including the 2015 Fleur Du Cap for Best Actress for the role of “Laura” in Louis Viljoen’s The Pervert Laura last staged at the The Fugard Theatre. Other theatre projects include Lear, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Guy De Lancey, Champ, written by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas, which travelled to the Edinburgh Festival in 2013, as well as LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre and The Mechanicals’ co-production Urban Death, directed by Jana Wimer. Emily’s one -woman show, based on Dorothy Parker’s short stories, A Certain Lady was directed by Greg Karvellas and performed around Cape Town in 2014. Emily was recently seen at The Baxter Studio Theatre, Grahamstown and Hilton Festivals in Born in the RSA, directed by Thoko Ntshinga as well as Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre, directed by Greg Karvellas in February 2016. In 2018 she worked with Karvellas again on Athol Fugard’s Road to Mecca at the Fugard Theatre with Sandra Prinsloo and Marius Weyers.  Emily’s recent  film  projects include Beyond the River, directed by Craig Freimond,  and most recently, BBC‘s television series Troy - Fall Of A City  as well as  the HBO series - Warrior- conceptualized by Bruce Lee and to be released in 2019.

Nicholas Pauling - Performer
Nicholas has appeared in A Steady Rain, The Pervert Laura, Blue/Orange, Champ, The Fontiersmen, Epstein, Twelfth Night and Shakespeare in Love. He toured the UK with The Tempest and Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canada with Waiting for the Barbarians, and the United States with a production of The 39 Steps. Nicholas won the 2007 Fleur Du Cap Award for Best Actor for his role as Mozart in Amadeus. His television credits include Black Sails, Dominion, You Me and the Apocalypse, Bluestone 42, Book of Negroes and most recently the HBO series Warrior. His film credits include Black Butterflies, Doomsday, Death Race 2, Challenger and was recently seen in The Dark Tower with Matthew McConaughey.

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Theatre • Running Time: 80 mins
Directed by Jaco Bouwer | Written by Jemma Kahn | Design by Rocco Pool | Pictures by Rocco Pool & Jemma Kahn | Performed by Jemma Kahn & David Viviers

Only one person is known to have survived full-blown rabies, by undergoing a radical form of treatment called The Milwaukee Protocol. In this romantic tragedy loosely based in the sciences, Virologist Joan Remy is extremely skeptical of the Milwaukee Protocol. She is also in love with rabies.

Jemma Kahn’s utterly unique visual style has been a hit nationally, internationally and most particularly at Alexander Bar. Kahn returns gleefully to Alexander Upstairs in collaboration with South African theatre’s preeminent auteur, director Jaco Bouwer.

What does it feel like?

Sex or skin?

Both. Skin.

It’s warm, obviously. Warm and smooth... like... an apricot that has been micro-waved for ten seconds. 

I have no idea what you are talking about. An apricot?

Cellist With Rabies is a new work commissioned in 2019 by the National Arts Festival in collaboration with Toyota US Woordfees. Come and see it intimate and unplugged at your favourite performance venue in Cape Town. 

The play marries the visual styles of the Futurist Jaco Bouwer and Luddite Jemma Kahn. Separately Kahn and Bouwer have proven time and again to be most original theatre makers. Neither are afraid to experiment or offend. Both artists are recipients of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Bouwer has won numerous Fleur du Cap Awards for his work. Kahn...has never won a Fleur du Cap. Ag shame. These two voices come together for the first time to tell a love story between a scientist and a virus.

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Today (Wednesday)

Physical Theatre
at 7pm
Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
at 7pm

Tomorrow (Thursday)

Physical Theatre
at 7pm

This Friday

Physical Theatre
21 Jun at 7pm
Kafka's Ape
21 Jun at 9pm

This Saturday

Physical Theatre
22 Jun at 7pm
Kafka's Ape
22 Jun at 9pm

This Monday

The Long Shots: Who is Steve?
Comedy Improv
24 Jun at 7pm

Rest of June

The Long Shots: Who is Steve?
Comedy Improv
Tue 25 at 7pm
Wed 26 at 7pm
Thu 27 at 7pm
Fri 28 at 7pm
Sat 29 at 7pm
Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
Wed 26 at 7pm
Dinners to Die For
Immersive Dinner Theatre
Thu 27 at 7pm
Thu 27 at 9pm
Fri 28 at 9pm
Sat 29 at 9pm


Let's Get Quizzical
Pub Quiz
Wed 3 at 7pm
Enough & More: In the Living Room
Comedy & Music
Fri 5 at 7pm
Sat 6 at 7pm
Confessions of a Mormon Boy
Solo Theatre (comedy)
Wed 10 at 8pm
Thu 11 at 8pm
Fri 12 at 8pm
Sat 13 at 8pm
Mon 15 at 8pm
Tue 16 at 8pm
Wed 17 at 8pm
Thu 18 at 8pm
Fri 19 at 8pm
Sat 20 at 8pm
The Hucksters
Mon 22 at 7pm
Tue 23 at 7pm
Wed 24 at 7pm
Thu 25 at 7pm
Fri 26 at 7pm
Sat 27 at 7pm
Mon 29 at 7pm
Tue 30 at 7pm
Wed 31 at 7pm


The Hucksters
Thu 1 at 7pm
Fri 2 at 7pm
Sat 3 at 7pm
Cellist With Rabies
Tue 6 at 8pm
Wed 7 at 8pm
Thu 8 at 8pm
Fri 9 at 8pm
Sat 10 at 8pm
Mon 12 at 8pm
Tue 13 at 8pm
Wed 14 at 8pm
Thu 15 at 8pm
Fri 16 at 8pm
Sat 17 at 8pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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