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.

Performance • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Celia Muiskanth | written by Bruce Clark adapted for stageby David Muller and Celia Muiskanth

What drives a man to say, "I'd rather get a dog," when his dying mother suggests he settle down, marry, have children. 

The answer is in Bruce Clark's autobiographical book, Love Sex Fleas God, confessions of a stay-at-home father, now a theatrical adaptation Directed by Celia Musikanth, Circle Productions has David Muller as Bruce and a host of other roles in this single-hander. Love Sex Fleas God is amusing, authentic, honest, and poignant with many moments that resonate . Parents-to-be, definitely fathers-to-be will be inspired as quiet, reserved Bruce turns his toxic childhood into an awesome fatherhood. 

This is the latest in the impressive series of David Muller’s characterizations. Joining HC Bosman’s Oom Schalk, Einstein, Tommy the Kalk Bay Fisherman, the Narrator of Whale Nation.

-Lieske Bester, False Bay Echo

'a theatrical tour de force...brilliant acting, direction...on stage is naked, honest humanity, fuelled with a sustained, lively pace, underpinned by humour, gloriously honest poignant moments ; all of this should be...seen again and again.'

- George Hill, Casa Labia

'Inspirasie vir ander pa's om pa te wees in 'n moderne veranderende samel '

- Marchelle Van Zyl, Die Burger

'Muller tackles this rich agenda with unforced authority...Musikanth's direction steadies the pace...All the anxieties, frustrations and delights of sex, marriage and fatherhood are woven into the layered texture of the script, what emerges is the redemptive powwer of love (as well as the fun of sex, the inconvenience of fleas - the couple have a dog - and the role of spirituallity in bringing a measure of sdanity to an insane world)...an evening of thought-provoking theatre.'

- Beverley Brommet, Cape Argus

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Drama | Biography • Running Time: 60 mins
Conceived and performed by Denise Newman | Directed by Basil Appollis | Written by Sylvia Vollenhoven and Basil Appollis

As recent as May 2012 a Cape Times article about the assassinated ANC activist, Dulcie September, is still headlined: “Who Killed Dulcie September”?

Twenty Six years after the assassination no-one has taken responsibility for her death and speculation today is as rife as it was then. Did the five bullets to her head come from a French mercenary? Was it the South African death squads operating in Paris? Or as Aziz Pahad (former deputy minister of foreign affairs) said in a 2011 documentary that Dulcie was shot because of her knowledge of nuclear military trade between South Africa and France.

Our research journey reveals an ordinary fun loving Cape Flats young woman with a love for dancing on week-ends. A vivacious energy that belies the bravery and courage she showed during the trial that eventually sentenced her to five years in prison for a “conspiracy to commit acts of sabotage, and incite acts of politically motivated violence” After serving her five year sentence, she was slapped with a further five years banning order which prohibited her from practicing her profession and political activity. Today, fellow members of the African People’s Democratic Union of Southern Africa (APDUSA) are still in awe of Dulcie’s unwavering loyalty displayed during their prolonged court hearing in 1963. Her comrades in London and Paris fondly remember her insistence of an “Afrikaans, fish & chips Friday” that became a ritual in her Paris home. Jacqueline Derens, head of the anti apartheid movement in Paris remembers a no-nonsense, straight talking “soldier” whose determination for liberation and equality could not be swayed. 

Says Jacqueline : “Dulcie served in Paris for a few short years but her achievements during that time speaks volumes” 

The play traces Dulcie from her early days as a defiant teenager determined to become a teacher when her father abruptly ends her formal schooling. As a young teacher she joins several political organizations that had a vision of educating the oppressed and overcoming racial divisions and forging unity and solidarity among students of different cultural backgrounds. However, Dulcie soon departed from organizations who engaged with endless debates and aligned herself with militants who believed in doing rather than talking.

In the archives the thousands of pages of my story lie boxed obediently.
But occasionally the boxes that have become me, Dulcie September, stir themselves.
Ruffled by old questions, new answers and the persistent breeze of guilt.
I’ve never liked mystery much but stories that go round in circles eventually lose the dignity of reason and remain trapped in enigma.

Standard Bank Ovation Award 2014
Adelaide Tambo Humanitarian Award 2014




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Synthpop, musical performance • Running Time: 50 mins
Produced and directed by Anton Marshall

Eracode is the musical alterego of Anton Marshall, a Cape Town singer-songwriter known for involvement in projects like Three More White Guys, Long Time Citizen and The Dollyrockers. Restart is a musical performance project using live and video elements, influenced by the darker elements of synthpop and technopop genres of the 80s. 

Eracode embraces darker themes that most of Marshall's other bands, and features contributions with and collaborations with several of Cape Town's popular underground artists. On restart, Art Pereira, Carolyn Beyer, Dirk Hugo, Simon Tamblyn and others contribute work both live and digital to create a song list that explores themes of alienation, disconnect and discontent.




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Drama • Running Time: 130 mins
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks | Directed by Mdu Kweyama | Performed by Marty Kintu & Daniel Richards | Presented by Alexander Upstairs
Warning: Mature Themes

Alexander Upstairs is proud to present the South African premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog. Described by The New York Times as “a deeply theatrical experience” it’s a play that tells the story of brothers named Lincoln and Booth – their father’s idea of a joke. Lincoln works in an arcade as his namesake – dressing in whiteface – pretending to watch his final play as customers shoot toy guns at him. He’s underpaid, but clings to the job for fears of being replaced by a wax dummy. His brother, Booth, shoplifts and dreams of running a three-card monte game on the street like his brother used to do, all with the goal of impressing the girl of his dreams.

Topdog/Underdog looks at the sibling dynamic – the older brother who feels saddled with responsibility, the younger who felt he never had a chance to shine – but also looks at the bigger themes of family, connection, and, in Parks’ words, “who the world thinks you’re going to be, and how you struggle with that.”

The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002, and was described by the Pulitzer committee as “a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity”.

This is the first time that Alexander Upstairs will host a two act play and have it in residence for the duration of the run, as opposed to its usual rotating schedule. Jon Keevy, the theatre manager, says “Alexander Upstairs is excited to present this great American text. While our stages are teeming with local productions of West End and Broadway shows, very few of these are from the African Diaspora – that’s a shame, because black excellence needs to connect, needs to be shared, and not overshadowed by another production of Pinter."




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

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





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Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins

Do you know the difference between Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth? Do you still long for the days when Rachel Mc Adams and Ryan Gosling were together? We have a night of reminiscing and mental-flexing for you - 2 hours of movie trivia!  We're going back to the 80's for a quick dip into Back To The Future. We'll (Tom) cruise through the rom-com and action fest that was 90's pop. Then smooth it all out with the 2000 introspective movies (Black Swan and Inception).

You'll have more blockbusters than a Sterkinekor archival: Wolf of Wall Street, Star Wars, Titanic, The Matrix, Harry Potter. For the music-lovers, there will be soundtrack trivia sprinkled throughout this rich multilayered cake walk. You'll be humming your way through everything from Aladdin's "Whole New World" to 50 Shades of Grey's "Love Me Like You Do"

See you there. Hey, if nothing else, you'll get ideas for a killer movie list to see you through winter.




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Jazz, Original content • Running Time: 70 mins
Performed by Al Petersen | Maya Spector | Heinrich Frans | Andre Swartz | Sibusiso Matsimela | Zhivago Hagan | Nigel Cupido
Warning: 15 Minute interval

The Collective is going to be capturing an essence of musical greatness. The musicians that have been put together have either lead their own outfit or has played with International and local artists. There are going to be some surprise guest appearances on the evening so you are in for a treat. Come with an open ear and open mind... 





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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Melodie Abad | Written by Harold Pinter | Performed by Sjaka S Septembir and Caroline Midgley

Sarah and Richard lead a perfectly balanced married life in the suburbs. Richard leaves for work every day as a respectable businessman. He agrees not to return before six so that Sarah can enjoy her lover after lunch. He visits a prostitute in this time. But there is a flaw. When Richard suggests the four of them meet, the role playing games get out of hand and lead to unexpected conflict. The lover tires of his mistress and their worlds collide.

Sjaka S.Septembir Sjaka has 19 years of physical theatre and clowning experience. He completed his MA in Theatre Making at UCT. He is an actor, published poet, writer and director. He performed in Marat/Sade at the Baxter and gave clowning workshops for the cast to help with Jaco Bouwers vision. Toured with the successful show, 'Die Nagwandelaars', to KKNK. For 'Die Nagwandelaars' he reworked three Langenhoven ghost stories for the stage (and also performed in the play) - playing to sold out venues. 


Caroline Midgley Caroline studied drama at Wits and at Afda. She has worked on a number of film and theatre projects. 'The Poseidon Adventure' and 'Resident Evil 6' are amongst her favourites. She has voiced many radio and TV commercials and has worked as a radio news presenter and editor. Quirky TV commercial appearances have seen her don a prosthetic nose, prosthetic boobs, a full grown beard and a bloody, oozing prosthetic ear. Working with the same team last year, Caroline played the role of Vladimir in Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting For Godot'.

Melodie Abad studied drama both in Cape Town at UCT and in Paris. She also trained in clowning. She works for the theatre and the film industry as an actor both in Cape Town and Paris. And directs plays. She does a lot of voice over for commercials and TV dramas. She performs and teaches Argentinian tango.




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Improv Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed by Andre Ballot | Eva Gilliam | Justine Buekes | Mark Penwill | Pags Bantwana | Rob Coutts | Steve Larter | Tamith Hattingh

Long Form Improv Comedy performed by The Long Shots!
They’ll be making it up on the spot…come see a series of Improvised scenes and stories inspired by audience suggestions.
The Long Shots will be performing two specific formats over the 4 nights at the Alexander Bar, see below for more details.

Everything is improvised - no planning, no script - just the comedy that comes from being in the moment!
The cast hails from South Africa, the UK and USA and have been performing together in some configuration or another since 2011.
The Long Shots are: Rob Coutts, Andre Ballot, Eva Gilliam, Sipumziwe Lucwaba, Tamith Hattingh, Mark Penwill, Justine Beukes and Steve Larter

www.longshotsimprov.co.za

FORMATS & DATES:

 LA RONDE - Tuesday 23 May & Thursday 25 May 

Through the La Ronde we explore the intricate relationships of a small group of friends/family that come and go in one specific location. The La Ronde's hitch is that only two improvisors can be on stage at any point in time. Intrigue, romance, deception ensues, as these, often disparate personalities are forced to coexist. Oh the drama of the human existance! It could happen!

ARMANDO - Wednesday 24 May & Saturday 27 May

The "Armando" (named after Chicago Improv comedian Armando Diaz) begins with a personal monologue inspired by an audience suggestion. It is a true story as remembered by the performer. The improvisers then create a montage of scenes inspired by that monologue. Repeat.  As they say, there is comedy in truth!




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Comedy Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Created, compiled and performed by Robin Botha, David Fick and David Lubbe

JULIA AND CARL AT CARNEGIE HALL is a pastiche of 1960s television variety specials, particularly those performed live in supersized concert halls by Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett. Julia (Robin Botha) and Carl (David Fick) and two Julie and Carol superfans, and they are hitting the road with their long-suffering pianist (David Lubbe) to perform a cornucopia of musical theatre numbers and comedy skits in the Carnegie Hall of their minds. Duelling duets, dirty husbands and Disney marathons all conspire to make for an hour of toe-tapping, giggle-fuelled entertainment.


Known throughout the classical world for her unconventional approach to music, Robin Botha is known for keeping audiences spellbound with her vocal acrobatics and thrilling stage performances. No song is a problem for this eclectic performer. An internationally acclaimed soprano, Botha won the 20120 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award in her musical theatre debut as Christine Daae THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She has also appeared in SHOW BOAT, MODE, COSI FAN TUTTI and IN OPSTANDING, while also being a highly sought after artist for corporate work.

David Fick graduated with a Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2005. 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 an original South African musical, YOU BET YOUR LIFE!, which played the National Arts Festival and a season at the Alexander Bar, Theatre and Café’s Upstairs Theatre.

David Lubbe is a pianist and teacher in the Cape Town area. Most recently, he has been seen onstage in musicals and cabarets like THE PITCH, DANI AND THE LION and ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED. Before graduating from the University of Stellenbosch, Lubbe won the Hugo van der Spuy Cup for Best Accompanist, was the first runner-up in the inaugural Nina Schumann Overseas Bursary Competition and performed with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Youth Music Festival.




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Poetry, Music and Dance • Running Time: 120 mins
Directed by Haroldene Tshienda | Performed by Lize Agulhas, Haroldene Tshienda, Sizipho Gcasamba and Berry Klein | Presented by Zethu

Four women with diverse cultural backgrounds art disciplines collaborate with poetry, music and dance to celebrate Africa Day 2017.

Haroldene Tshienda won an award for Contribution to Literary Arts at the Cultural Affairs Awards 2017 hosted by The Department of Arts and Culture. She is also an author of three books entitled Never Give Up, Moving from Pain to Power and Black Poetry. She's an entrepreneur, a performance poet and the founding director of Tshienda Publications.

Lize Agulhas is a singer, songwriter, composer, musician and a skills developer in her community of Mitchells Plain. She will ignite our souls with a beautiful blessed and enchanting voice.

Sizipho Gcasamba is a dancer, actress, poet, African drumist and artistic director at African Angels (Ingilosi ze Africa). 

Berry Klein is an author, pastor, community leader, entrepreneur, philosopher and a skills developer.





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Acoustic folk Rock • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Michael Narajo

A powerful and intimate performance on the acoustic guitar by one of the greatest voices in the music industry, stories of travels to new countries, heartache, forgiveness, redemption and love expressed through a collection of original songs and some covers. A journey to connect people through the power of music.

Michael Naranjo is the lead singer of the South African band One Day Remains who shot to fame in 2008 with their hits " Never Say Die" from 2008 Vodacom Tri Nations Rugby Anthem and "The Need" that stayed at #1 on 94.7 for 12 weeks . After leaving SA in 2013 for a few years on family matters he has been able to travel South America and meet people from all walks of life. Certain life events and people have inspired a collection of songs that tell their stories. Performing in some of the best venues in Uruguay and Argentina have seen this show receive rave reviews and now coming to South Africa ,this is a show not to miss!




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Kamishibai Memoir • Running Time: 80 mins
Written by Jemma Kahn and Tertius Kapp | Directed by Jane Taylor | Illustrated and performed by Jemma Kahn | Sound Design by Charl Johan Lingenfelder | Lighting Desgn by Themba Stewart | Costumes by Ella Buter
What could follow The Epicene Butcher and We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants? In bocca al lupo, Jemma Kahn's third kamishibai show: a graphic and candid and whimsical journey across three continents, using four story boxes, one giant cicada, a naked Catholic (or two) and one golden surprise.

Using simple but beautifully drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Jemma Kahn has spent the last four years captivating audiences from Alexander Bar to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique take on the 12th century Japanese art form 'kamishibai'. The effect is like watching a sort of live Manga cartoon, her sheer verve in combination with all the elements at play create an utterly original and sometimes bizarre theatre experience, a joyous tribute to visual and verbal storytelling.

Premiered at the National Arts Festival 2016 | Produced by POPArt Productions and Jemma Kahn, in association with the National Arts Festival and Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity. 
In bocca al lupo like Kahn's two shows before it, brings together a truly wonderful creative team. And like the two shows before it, In bocca al lupo is not for the faint hearted or the easily offended.

Jane Taylor:  writer, Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997), writer Wild Dogs (winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize 2006), director After Cardenio (2011)

Tertius Kapp: theatre, Rooiland (Fleur Du Cap, Smeltkroes & Fiesta Awards 2013), Oorsee (Smeltkroes, 2014). Kapp won the Herzog Prize for theatrical work in 2015. His screen adaptation Dis ek, Anna won the SAFTA for best script in 2015 as well as the Silwerskerm for Best Picture.

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Comedy | Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and directed by Wessel Pretorius | Performed by Len-Barry Simons, Jazzara Jaslyn and David Viviers | Photography by Mandy Freeman
Warning: No under 13s (Language)

A South African expat obtains a working visa and becomes a night watchman in the National Gallery in London. He shares his story of growing up gay in a small South African town and ultimately finding himself despondent and disillusioned at life as a freelance actor in a foreign country. As we follow his night patrol, some artworks come to life and start telling us their stories, too. Their stories all have bearing on the life of our protagonist – as their semiotics are filtered through his imagination.

We meet him well into his first year, bored, broke, single and still not much wiser.  We follow him on a night shift as he patrols the gallery.  He tells us his story – an everyman memoir about growing up gay in small town South Africa, discovering his passion for theater, his move to the city, his relationship with his boyfriend and finally the year abroad where he fell in love with a refugee and came to re-evaluate art – spending long hours watching over it.  

The question of art’s purpose and power, it’s private and personal relevance to those who find catharsis and meaning in it, the role of the artist and storyteller and the holiness of beauty all come into play in this ironic but endearing satire of modern man’s relationship to art.

BIOS

Wessel Pretorius
Wessel Pretorius was born in 1986 in Nigel and grew up in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. He obtained his BA drama degree at the University of Pretoria and his honours in acting at Stellenbosch University. In 2010 he represented the Stellenbosch Drama Department in Den Haag doing a six-week workshop with De Appel. He made his professional debut later that year at Aardklop with Korte Mette Met die Versamelde Werke Van William Shakespeare directed by Hugo Theart for TEATERteater. Other highlights include Yasmina Reza’s Art (directed by Marthinus Basson) Christiaan Olwagen’s ‘Politik Trilogie’: Woza Andries?, Vagina Dentata and Ubu and the Secrecy Bill, P.G. du Plessis’ ‘n Seder val in Waterkloof (directed by Albert Maritz), N is vir Neurose (Olwagen), his self-penned solo show Ont-, Boetie Dis Tyd Vir Bid As ’n Seekoeikoei Op Jou Skoot Kom Sit for the Klein Libertas Teater directed by Juanita Swanepoel, David Greig’s Die Monster In Die Gang (translated and directed by Hennie van Greunen), Saartjie Botha’s Balbesit (directed by Jaco Bouwer) and Albee’s Wie’s Bang Vir Virginia Woolf? (directed by Christiaan Olwagen). In 2013 Van Greunen translated Ont- as Undone for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Shakespeare’s Richard III (directed by Lara Bye), Boesman, My Seun (written and directed by Deon Opperman) and Waterpas which he also wrote and was again directed by Olwagen. He has previously written, starred in and directed Die ontelbare 48. Last year he wrote and directed I Love You Sally Field, which had a very successful run at the Alexander Upstairs. Wesse received a Fiesta award nomination for Ontelbare 48 as well as a Fleur de Cap nomination for I Love You Sally Field.

David Viviers 
David is a film and theater actor. In 2014 he graduated with distinction in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town. In May last year, David was awarded the Brett Goldin Bursary to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a month in Stratford-upon-Avon. This year, David has been nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner  as well as a Kanna nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the Afrikaans comedy, Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek which debuted at the KKNK in April. Career highlights include the Kyknet film Kanarie (directed by Christiaan Olwagen), Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek(written and directed by Wessel Pretoirus), The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner (directed by Adrian Collins) and the Standard Bank Ovation winner Salt (written and directed by Wynne Bredenkamp). 

Jazzara Jaslyn
Jazzara Jaslyn is a film and theatre actress based in Cape Town. Since graduating from UCT with a degree in Theatre and Performance in 2014, her recent career highlights include playing Olympia in Warner Brother’s A Cinderella Story and Nun in The White Whore and the Bit Player, directed by Chris Weare. She is soon to appear in a new-age clowning piece ‘Tweespalt’ at the KKNK festival. Since a young age, Jazzara knew she would pursue acting as her profession, but never without a strong sense of humour. Laughter is important – especially in the age of Drumpf. At 10 years old she was seriously distressed that she would never be a man – all she wanted to do was join the comic troop of actors in Monty Python. Alas. She now dreams of a life void of waitressing.

Len-Barry Simons
Len-Barry was born in Swellendam in 1993. He discovered his love for entertainment between his grandma's scarves. “My grandpa, with his whisky in one hand and cigarette in the other, applauded me after every dance routine I improvised for them.” He matriculated from Bredasdorp High School and graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2015 with a degree in drama. Now he can say with pride state that he is perusing a career in performance. He is also a certified yoga teacher – and that helped him become truthful again after shooting a commercial. This will be his first professional production.

Mandy Freeman
A journalist by trade, Mandy dabbles in photography on the side. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Film and Media Production and has spent the last nine years working in the media industry. She lives with her husband and three cats, who are often subjected to impromptu photoshoots in the garden. She dreams of opening her own photography studio and cat cafe one day.





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Jazz, Swing, Pop • Running Time: 60 mins
Vocals by Lana Crowster | Claire de Kock on tenor saxophone | Kurt Diedericks on keyboard | Luke Otto on bass | James Lombard on drums

The Swing Collective is sure to get your toes tapping with their unique blend of swing pop. Come on down to the vintage Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre's intimate theatre for a Sunday evening show on the 25th of June for an hour of pure entertainment as they take you right back to the roaring '20s with a modern twist!

The Swing Collective is a 5-piece swing/pop band new on the Cape Town scene comprising of professional musicians all active in the music industry. The group plays swing classics, as well as pop tunes given an old-school swing twist: mixing together vintage and retro into a sound that is interesting and distinctive.





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Live Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Spenelo | Riaan Oppelt on bass | Lead guitarist Robin Lang | Bert Zona on Drums

Get taken on a musical journey through the mind of Spenelo. Filled with Ballads, tongue-in-cheek sarcasm, and up-beat dedications to muses as he, with the assistance of his band, MakeShifte, paint a tapestry of memorable stories through song and stories about Life, Love and Lust.

Spenelo has been singing and playing music seriously from the year 2000, as a songwriter and vocalist he has performed and recorded in studio professionally for a many years and in his band, MakeShifte, has been forging ahead a indie-rock sound. He is joined by fellow experienced instrumentalists, Robin Lang and Riaan Oppelt who themselves have impressive histories and experience in performing live and in studio. Joining them is young and energetic drummer Bert Zona whose energy and knowledge of music has been refreshing to the group.





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Burlesque • Running Time: 60 mins
Black Orchid Burlesque S.A.

Everybody knows that Black Orchid Burlesque SA is notorious for props and gimmicks in their acts, so we decided to take them away. The challenge is to create a performance piece that pays homage to the roots of burlesque and the quintessential essence of the cheeky bumps and grinds, the delightful tease of a seductive stocking peel and the power of a coy smile ,that can convey so much about a performer, while still concealing just enough to captivate imaginations. 

Diva Disastar and King St. FOX like to challenge their performers to experiment in all the genres and styles the burlesque world has to offer. Through this process they may discover a niche` in this multifaceted world of burlesque that transforms them into a force to be reckoned with in South African Burlesque, and with the right drive internationally too! 

And so, “Stripped Bare!” was created.

“The mark of a true burlesque performance is, knowing how to expose it all by showing not only fierce sexuality but also vulnerability as a performer who publically displays their art form through the use of their bodies. “ – Diva Disastar - \"S.A.\'s Dame of Burlesque\" and Headmistress of Black Orchid’s Burlesque Academy

“Stripped Bare!” is an intimate burlesque show being hosted at the well-known, and loved, Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre. Performers will showcase solo performances focused purely on the traditional art form of burlesque and striptease, pre 1950’s. Music can range from instrumental to modern without the weird and wonderful; however they won’t have the added distraction of props and gimmicks to beguile their audiences, as it’s all about how they can burlesque! 

We invite you to join us on the 10th, 11th and 12th July, and let us tweak your senses and titillate your mind with beautiful burlesque and boylesque performance art! 

Please note: R.O.A.R.
This is an adult themed show - Yes, the clothes come off! No, there is no full nudity! Our ladies and gents are classy! 




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Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
Written and Directed by Mandla Mpanjukelwa | Performed by Luke Buys
Warning: Mature content

Recognising nothing is something, no one is born to be nothing but when nothingness overwhelms reality man finds himself in a constant battle to thrive. The 2017 AKOF winning show Confessions, follows the story of a young gang member Kz, who is the last man standing of his gang. He is not a full blown gangster but a mere member, a membership which has cost him his friends, family and is about to cost him his life as he finds himself stuck in a nightmare that is quickly catching up with his reality. 

Atrocities take place outside our doorsteps daily, these are stories of gangs, child mutilations, gang rapes, killings etcetera. Stories we wake up to see in front page newspaper articles. In a quest of finding out what, why and how these atrocities take place and what the perpetrators say when asked, why, how people commit such atrocities unto to others and walk away without an ounce of guilt and remorse (in most cases) the director followed some of these cases in their court trials and listened to their testimonies. With this and a series of interviews conducted with gangs from the Cape Flats, Confessions explores what drives these people, how do they think, plan and deal with the consequences, however also paying attention to their socio economic and political standing. The show attempts mapping through the psych of criminology in the modern and postmodern South Africa.  

Confessions explores what drives humans to committing grave, unforgivable atrocities to each other through the mind of a criminal.

Mandla Mpanjukelwa is an Acting BA Theatre and Performance Graduate from UCT and a founding member of Sizile Arts Collective. Mandla both writes and directs. He performed in this year’s Maynardville production of Twelfth Night (2017) directed by Geoffrey Hyland. He is also the 2017 AKOF theatre festival winner, the 2015 recipient of the most promising director award at the UCT Inter-res Theatre festival as well as best actor award recipient for the short film “Tainted Blood”. The Born and bred Capetonian finds his voice through performance art and uses it as a vehicle of communication.





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lo-fi folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Simon Tamblyn - Guitar & vocals | Mandisi Nkomo - Drums | Helen Westcott on Bass | Catherine Schenck on Cello

TH&S are back at Alexander Bar again. With some new music imbued with their good kind of sadness coupled with punfully bad jokes that you shouldn't have to listen to. Tape Hiss and Sparkle is lo-fi, off-beat, alternative folk music





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Schedule

Today (Saturday)



Tomorrow (Sunday)


Eracode | Restart
Synthpop, musical performance
at 7pm

This Wednesday


TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
Drama
3 May at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
3 May at 7pm

This Thursday


TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
Drama
4 May at 7pm

Rest of May


TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
Drama
Fri 5 at 7pm
Sat 6 at 7pm
Mon 8 at 7pm
Tue 9 at 7pm
Wed 10 at 7pm
Thu 11 at 7pm
Fri 12 at 7pm
Sat 20 at 7pm
Movie Trivia Night: 80s to 2000s
Quiz
The warming winter Movie Quiz is here: 80s, 90s & 2000s moviesMon 8 at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 10 at 7pm
Wed 17 at 7pm
Wed 24 at 7pm
THE COLLECTIVE
Jazz, Original content
Sun 21 at 7pm
The Lover by Harold Pinter
Drama
Mon 22 at 7pm
Tue 23 at 7pm
Wed 24 at 7pm
Thu 25 at 7pm
Improv Comedy with The Long Shots
Improv Comedy
Tue 23 at 9pm
Wed 24 at 9pm
Thu 25 at 9pm
Sat 27 at 9pm
Julia and Carl at Carnegie Hall
Comedy Cabaret
Fri 26 at 7pm
Sat 27 at 7pm
Africa Day Festival 2017
Poetry, Music and Dance
Sat 27 at 4pm
Michael Naranjo Traveller
Acoustic folk Rock
Sun 28 at 7pm
In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
Mon 29 at 7pm
Tue 30 at 7pm
Wed 31 at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
Mon 29 at 9pm
Tue 30 at 9pm
Wed 31 at 9pm

June


In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
Thu 1 at 7pm
Fri 2 at 7pm
Sat 3 at 7pm
Mon 5 at 7pm
Tue 6 at 7pm
Wed 7 at 7pm
Thu 8 at 7pm
Fri 9 at 7pm
Sat 10 at 7pm
Renaissance
Comedy | Drama
Mon 5 at 9pm
Tue 6 at 9pm
Wed 7 at 9pm
Thu 8 at 9pm
Fri 9 at 9pm
Sat 10 at 9pm
The Swing Collective
Jazz, Swing, Pop
Sun 25 at 7pm

July


Life, Love, Lust
Live Music
Sun 9 at 7pm
Stripped Bare!
Burlesque
Mon 10 at 7pm
Tue 11 at 7pm
Wed 12 at 7pm
Confessions
Drama
Thu 13 at 7pm
Fri 14 at 7pm
Sat 15 at 7pm

August


Tape Hiss and Sparkle
lo-fi folk
Fri 25 at 8pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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