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.

Country Rock Band • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed by Rocking Horse | Clive Ridgway on guitar and vocals | Tony Ridgway on vocals and guitar | Barry Buret on vocals and guitar | Julian Mayer on bass | Tony Drake on keyboard | Alwyn Koen on drums

Rocking Horse SA's #1 country rock band perform songs from more than 30 years on the road. Songs and stories that convey the honesty and emotional depth that comes with commitment to and experience of a lifetime dedicated to making authentic music. 

Rocking Horse has a catalogue of songs that span more than 3 decades of performing in pubs, clubs, theaters, open air festivals, radio, television and on record. Band songwriters Clive and tony Ridgway have a vast repertoire of original songs many of which have been covered by some of SA's top recording artists. 

Rocking Horse is a six piece country rock band from the Mother City consisting of Tony Ridgway, Clive Ridgway, Barry Buret, Julian Mayer, Tony Drake and Alwyn Koen.




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Sun 18th Nov 7pm: Sorry, sold out

Adventure | Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Vulture Productions Jerry, an unconventional Hero | Jeremeo Le Cordeur | Ian van der Westhuizen | Choreography by Lee Roodt Dude, Wa’s my Bakkie? | Jeremeo Le Cordeur | Directed by Dean van der Ventel

Jerry: An Unconventional Hero - Directed by Ian van der Westhuizen 

How does Jerry, a shy computer-nerd, wind up inside an interrogation room? In a convoluted tale of action and absurdity, Jerry faces shady, larger-than-life characters as he's thrust into dangerous situations. He has to be brave and he has to learn that anyone can be a hero, even a nerd. But it all starts with a mysterious pizza delivery...

Dude, Wa’s My Bakkie?  - Directed by Dean van der Ventel 

When Dean September discovers that his vehicle has been stolen, he starts reminiscing. Starting with his 21st birthday, when he received the 1400 Bakkie as a gift, he continues through many endearing bakkie-adventures, capturing his first love, heartbreak, road-rage, hijackings and car-theft - all wrapped up in 90’s music and Cape-coloured culture. 

Jerry, an unconventional hero, is an action-packed performance about danger and courage, with a storyline that combines pop culture themes and Le Cordeur’s appetite for superhero comics. He skillfully morphs into numerous characters, making use of physicality and lighting effects to isolate and define the different scenarios as the story unfolds.

Dude, wa's my Bakkie, is an explorative journey centred around issues of identity, mental and physical wellness, cultural awareness and masculinity in a modern society. The production utilizes projected video and audience participation to enrich the experience, whilst cunningly creating road-safety awareness.

Biographies:
JEREMEO LE CORDEUR is a creative soul, born and bred in Wellington, Western Cape. He is a young actor, director, writer, and arts-photographer who graduated from City Varsity – School of Media and Creative Arts with an unstoppable drive and unfaltering commitment to his craft.

In 2009, he joined Fresh Theatre Company, a presenting company specialising in musical theatre, where he performed in Life is Rock N Roll, Love in Cyberspace, and Pinocchio. 

In 2010, he created Vulture Productions, which he uses as a vehicle to support and create South African theatre works. He has been at the helm of many successful productions such as PIZZA’S HERE (2011), I KNOW HOW YOU SCREAMED LAST SCARY MOVIE (2011), and RISK for the 2012 & 2013 National Arts Festival. 

In 2013 he directed February 14th at the Artscape theatre centre and received rave reviews, admiring Le Cordeur as “an energetic and entrepreneurial theatre maker” (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times). In 2014, he directed TANNIE DORA GOES BOS, a play written by Warren Meyer for Artscape’s 8th annual Woman/humanity festival. 

In 2016 he created The Vulture Photography Project, an arts-photography project aimed at showcasing the work of South African theatre practitioners. 

In 2018 he completed a three-month-long residency at Brouhaha international – representing the Artscape Theatre Centre and South Africa within the European voluntary service program, where I am responsible Social media as well as production management. at the Unity theatre – where we showcased over a dozen international performances from Italy, Spain, Martinique, Brazil, Cuba, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago and South Africa. 

IAN VAN DER WESTHUIZEN got his BADrama degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2015.  In 2018 he directed 2 of the main shows at the USWoordfees, “VER(LOS)” and “ONS”, and starred in the production “DIP-THUNK” with the nominated upcoming actress Lana Scott as Director.  He is proud to say the production “ONS” was nominated for best “Debut production” at the festival. He also took part for a second time in “Uitkampteater” at the KKNK where he acted, directed and wrote his own production with great success.

Ian van der Westhuizen made appearances in a few Afrikaans South African Series, “SARA SE GEHEIM 2”, “FYNSKRIF” and “ONDER DIE SUIDERKRUIS” as examples. He has done voice work for RSG radio dramas and advertisements for Bokradio. The last 2 years he had leading roles in a variation of international advertisements; Nutella, Nintendo switch 2K18, Allianz etc. 

DEAN VAN DER VENTEL studied drama at Northlink College and started his professional acting career in 2004 with a play called RAAK WYS directed by Ivan Lucas. Since then he has performed festivals with productions including BREED directed by Janet Buckland, BLY directed by Gaerin Hauptflesh and STERIEL EN BOETMAN directed by Gideon van Eden. 

Some of his theatre credits include, PRISON CODES directed by Luqmaan Adams, VIETNA LEKKE JY written by Hein Poole, KRISMIS VAN MAP JACOBS directed by Andre Samuels, TANNIE DORA GOES BOS directed by Jeremeo Le Cordeur and DIE SIDEBOARD directed by Albert Maritz. 

His movie credits include DOLLARS AND WHITE PIPES, THE MAN FROM YESTERDAY, DIE STILTE and ELLEN PAKKIES. 

He made his directing debut at the Suidoosterfees in 2017 with a show called AUNTY GABIEBA with Christian Bennet.


LEE ROODT is an actor, voice artist, stand-up comedian and martial artist. The former Springbok kickboxer. He completed his studies at The independent theatre movement of South Africa (ITMSA) Where he specialized in Shakespeare and Classical Greek. He is currently one of the artistic directors at ITMSA, along with the founder, Tauriq Jenkins.

Some of his other theatre credits include NOMMERPAS by Gaerin Hauptflesh, STAAN SAAM by Annemarie Hatting, VIETNA LEKKE JY written by Hein Poole, THE BIRDS by Roy Sergeant, CA 12-6 by Henrich Resenhoffer, QUIET VIOLENCE OF DREAMS directed by Fatima Dyke and KRISMIS VAN MAP JACOBS directed by Andre Samuels. 

His Screen credits include NOEM MY SKOLLIE, SARA SE GEHIEM 2, SUIDOOSTER, ABC’S OF KINGS AND PROPHETS and BBC’s JAMILLAH AND ALADDIN. 

VULTURE PRODUCTIONS is an independent production & design platform that has achieved great successes in the Western Cape theatre industry for encouraging the creation of original South African works amongst directors, theatre-makers, performers, scriptwriters and other creative artists.  

 Since founded in 2010, the platform has offered edgy, thought-provoking productions and engaged with diverse audiences, through a variety of innovative and educational theatrical experiences. 

Through the platform, Le Cordeur collaborates with other artists, ensuring that whatever contributions they receive, is well spent on fostering the talents of their contemporaries in the field of performing arts in South Africa.




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Kabaret/Cabaret • Running Time: 65 mins
Teks en regie deur Wessel Pretorius | Met Len-Barry Simons | Begeleiding op klavier deur Christopher Petrie
Warning: Korstondige rook gedurende toneelstuk

Psalter (die naam vir ‘n boek van Psalms) is versameling grootword-herinneringe van ‘n Gaga-aanbidder, ‘n dissipel van Nina Simone en ‘n gesant van die maan in kitch engelvlerke.  Dis ook ‘n ode aan drie susters - Greta, Joan en Bettie – elk vernoem na ‘n silwerdoekgodin, wat saam ‘n kind deur die veranderende seisoene probeer koester.   Uit die pen van Wessel Pretorius, vertolk deur opwindende opkomende talent Len-Barry Simons, met die meesterlike begeleiding van David Lubbe. 

LEN-BARRY SIMONS gradueer in 2016 by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch met ‘n graad in Drama, waar hy gespesialiseer het in kabaret.  Hy verskyn in 2017 in Wessel Pretorius se komedie Renaissance en in 2018 in ‘n verwerking van Bibi Slippers se bekroonde digbundel Fotostaatmasjien vir die verhoog by Woordfees en KKNK.  Gedurende hierdie jaar speel hy ook in Aida Abridged by o.a. die National Arts Festival in Grahamstad (regie deur Greg Homan) en die musiekblyspel Calling Us Home (regie deur Magdalene Minnaar). Len-Barry woon tans in Kaapstad. 

WESSEL PRETORIUS  is gebore in 1986 en het skool gegaan en groot geword in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.  Hy het sy B.A. Drama graad ontvang by die Universiteit van Pretoria in 2008 en sy Honneurs in Spel by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch in 2009.  Hy het sy professionele debuut in 2010 gemaak en in 2011 het skryf hy sy solo-stuk Ont- waarvoor o.a. vier Fiësta-toekennings en die Woordtrofee vir Beste Drama produksie ontvang het.  Ont- is later vertaal deur Hennie van Greunen as Undone en het getoer na die Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Afrovibes in Nederland, die Wiener festwochen in Wene en die Nasionale Kunstefees in Grahamstad waar dit die Standard Bank Ovation Goud gekry het.  In 2014 skryf hy Waterpas (KKNK Kanna vir Beste Komedie), Slaaf en Frats. In 2015 verskyn Sandton City Grootdoop, Al Julle Volke en Die Dag is Bros (vyf Fiësta benoemings en die ATKV-Woordveertjie vir Beste Drama).  In 2016 debuteer hy met sy nuwe solostuk Die Ontelbare 48 en die komedie I Love You Sally Field (and other stories) en in 2017 skryf hy o.a. Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek, ensomeer: Die vloeistof trilogie en Renaissance. Ander hoogtepunte as akteur sluit in Saartjie Botha se Balbesit (regie deur Jaco Bouwer), Christiaan Olwagen se N is vir Neurose, Edward Albee se Wie’s Bang vir Virginia Woolf? (regie deur Olwagen) en Tom Lanoye se Bloed en Rose (regie deur Marthinus Basson).  Pretorius woon in Kaapstad waar hy streef om ‘n lewe uit teater te maak.

CHRISTOPHER PETRIE completed his schooling at Monument High School in Krugersdorp. He obtained a BMus degree from Stellenbosch University in 2017 specializing in organ performance under the tutelage of Dr Mario Nell. Christopher frequently worked as freelance accompanist during his undergraduate studies. He was the rehearsal pianist and keyboardist for musical productions Hair (2013), Evita (2014), Sarafina (2015) and Fidler on the Roof (2016) in collaboration with Northlink College. In 2017 he was rehearsal pianist for an Honours student production of La serva padrona and assistant to musical director, Erik Dippenaar, for the 2018 Woordfees production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in collaboration with Cape Town Opera and Stellenbosch University. Christopher is currently a postgraduate Honours student at Stellenbosch University, specializing in organ repertoire studies. In 2018 he was accompanist for the ensemble of the play, NRNNSA (Die Nuwe Republiek van die Nuwe Nuwe Suid Afrika) which received a Kanna nomination for best upcoming artist at the 2018 Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees (KKNK) and was awarded the prize for best Nati-Jongsterre production at the 2018 Suidoosterfees. Christopher is also actively involved at the Stelenbosch University Drama Department as cabaret accompanist.




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Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins

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

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

After a sold out run, The Good the Bad and the Fugly are back by popular demand!

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

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




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Improvisational comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Megan Furniss, Leon Clingman, Ryan Jales, Tandi Buchan, Anne Hirsch, Brett Anderson, Peter Faure | Music by Godfrey Johnson and Menashe Roussouw

Following on  from their last successful three nights of improvised ‘Fake Place” at Alexander Bar in Sept, ImproGuise, Cape Town’s oldest and most loved Improv troupe, take to their favourite stage in Cape Town to bring you their special brand of high risk  and hilarious, long form improv, this time in the form of three most loved audience favourites. Choose one, or come to all three. Film Noir, Naked Improv and the hugely popular, Fake Place. 

Thursday 22 November  is the sizzling, fairly new format The Big... An Improvised Film Noir- Inspired by the much loved 1940’s film genre, the actors explore the ‘detective film” with its hard-boiled Private detectives, sultry backstabbing dames and seedy criminals in a dazzling but shadowy world. 

Cast: Megan Furniss, Leon Clingman, Ryan Jales, Tandi Buchan, Anne Hirsch, Brett Anderson, Peter Faure
Music by: Godfrey Johnson and Menashe Roussouw

Friday 23 November sees the return of an incredibly popular format Naked Improv Stripped down to its bare minimum. Improv from nothing.  Daring and delicious.

Cast: Megan Furniss, Tandi Buchan, Leon Clingman and Pete Faure.

Saturday 24  November  is the wildly popular and gut wrenchingly funny “Fake Place”  - a homespun tale, where a handful of highly skilled improvisers explore a fictional place and play all the loveable and eccentric characters in it

Cast: Tandi Buchan, Megan Furniss, Leon Clingman, Brett Andersson and Peter Faure.




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Performance • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed by Zinzi Nogavu

Previously performed at Artscape theatre as part of Heritage month celebrations, Sunset View comes to Alexander Upstairs this November for a more intimate setting. Zinzi Nogavu's soulful voice is accompanied by a fusion of both African and western instruments, contributing to a fresh and uplifting sound that she continues to hone in her career.

The show is titled 'Sunset Sessions with Zinzi Nogavu' and will be followed up by a series of shows in and around Cape Town beginning with Alexander Upstairs. Zinzi Nogavu is a Music Post Graduate from the University of Cape Town and recently broke into the music industry as a solo performer. Notably she's also been a part of a successful collaboration with Dizu Plaatjies.

A sunset view explores the promise of a peaceful night and a better tomorrow. The show consists of a live band and backing vocalists.




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Samba/Jazz Live Music Show • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Paulo Costa | Performed by Paulo Costa on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals | Sandile Jwaai on Bass | Werner Denner on Keys

Join Paulo Costa on a journey through his latest compositions: a fusion of Samba and Jazz, interwoven with South African scents; inspired by contemporary Brazilian and international music. His music reflects the challenges of modernization without losing roots and genuine human connections, moving into the feelings that listening to the world engenders, and finally bringing one to a place of presence with the environment around us.

Paulo is a musician and a composer born in São Paulo. He has been  surrounded by music since childhood: his mother is a pianist and his father is a clarinettist at church. He started playing clarinet at the age of seven and, four years later, he became interested in the guitar as well. He took classes with music teachers as a child and at the age of 17 he left the church circle and joined his first band. In 2013, returning from his first trip to South Africa, he released “Ndiphilile”, an EP of his own compositions mixing Brazilian and African styles. 

Paulo has been part of many music projects, recording and performing with multiple bands. He is now a multi-instrumentalist musician, his style influenced by a combination of Brazilian and international music. Since moving to South Africa in 2017, he has been collaborating with local musicians: Paige Mac, Jack Mantis and others. He also works with a fellow multi-instrumentalist, providing live music at weddings and corporate events.  

He is currently working on some new compositions: an album of 8 tracks that is being produced and recorded in collaboration with “Home Grown Music” (Knysna) and talented South African musicians. The songs are a combination of Samba and Jazz, a genre that he likes to call “Jamba”.

“A saudade é inspiração nos desafios da vida” (The love for what you miss and homesickness inspires one during life’s challenges)




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One Woman Show • Running Time: 45 mins
Written & Performed by Ursula Botha

Show Up is an experimental one woman show where actress Ursula Botha explores the behind the scenes of show business.  It is a Universal narrative for the strong hearted as Ursula takes her audience on an honest account of the ups/downs, breakdowns/breakthroughs and the humour/ heartaches that come with taking the road less travelled. 

Show Up is an experimental one woman show where actress Ursula Botha explores the behind the scenes of show business. It is a Universal narrative for the strong hearted as Ursula takes her audience on an honest account of the ups/downs, breakdowns/breakthroughs and the humour/ heartaches that come with taking the road less travelled.

 Ursula Botha is an actress and accidental academic who is passionate about exploring the female narrative. Through Show Up she demonstrates how life becomes a show in which we are the main characters starring in it. As Shakespeare stated: “all the worlds a stage” Ursula literally takes the stage as both an actress and 21st century woman who is showing up to a dream no matter what the cost.

 Funny and witty (not always pretty). Come and have fun, even if you’re just one!

 This show is for the dreamers who keep showing up, no matter how long or hard it is. All you need to do is Show Up!

Ursula Botha is an actress who has starred in various South African TV series and soapies such as Scandal!, Getroud met Rugby, Single Guyz, Roer Jou Voete etc. She’s also been in numerous commercials both locally and internationally. On a different note, Ursula is a passionate nerd who lectures academic studies at AFDA film school in Johannesburg where she teaches writing and research methods.  Furthermore Ursula MC’s at various events and makes fun YouTube videos on the side. 




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Musical theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Performed by Cat Simoni and Alan Glass | Directed by Paul Spence | Written by Alan Glass, Cat Simoni and Paul Spence

A new romantic musical comedy about 'Club D' (Divorce!) 

Carl, a divorced, eccentric Cape Town psychologist and frustrated songwriter, meets his new client Jo, an angry, depressed singer going though a difficult divorce. Jo sings at The Manhattan, a Waterfront club. Their therapy session is not run of the mill as they use songs (both original and covers) to unpack the complexities of their lives.Couch and a Piano, recently enjoyed a highly successful debut run at Theatre on the Square in Joburg.

Listen now to: Grow_Old.mp3

During his divorce, Alan Glass wrote a full-length musical with grammy nominated American jazz pianist John Fresk about divorce called That’s All We Have Time For. The musical is due for production in 2019. Four of the original songs from the musical have been included in A Couch and a Piano.

The songs in 'Couch and a Piano!' are a rich mix of Alan Glass & Cat Simoni originals - and popular classics. Each song relates to a different aspect of the emotional divorce spectrum.

Cat Simoni (Ritz, Dorchester; London) is regularly seen at Theatre-On-The-Square in entertaining productions devised by Paul Spence such as 'Cat Sings Ella!' (The story of Ella Jane Fitzgerald), 'Cat Sings Judy!' (the story of Judy Garland), 'Beautiful Barbra!' and in jazz concerts with the Tony Yoko Jazz Quartet: 'Christmas and All That Jazz!' and 'London's Jazz Cat & her Boyz'.

Alan Glass, composer of the ever-popular 'Beautiful Creatures' was last seen in the popular musical comedy hit show 'Not the Midnight Mass'.

Paul Spence spent seven years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has directed and acted in productions from London to Belfast, Edinburgh to Copenhagen and Vienna to Tokyo. 

How can you mend a Broken Heart?
Just like this - with a Couch and a Piano!





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Performance • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed and written by Andi Colombo | Concept by Russell Crous and Andi Colombo | Performed by Kathleen Stephens and Russell Crous | Sound Design by Naledi Majola and Andi Colombo

'AMES' takes place in a post-cyberpunk Cape Town, where humankind has been reduced to a few surviving individuals in small groups, scattered across the desolated landscape. In a storeroom of a laboratory, sheltered from the elements, Amy and Roald try to survive, come to terms with what has happened, and to figure out the answer to the most pertinent question of all: how do they keep their succulents alive?

AMES is the creation of emerging theatre-maker Andi Colombo (PAN., Like Hamlet), and stars Kathleen Stephens (Shakespeare in Love, Like Hamlet) and Russell Crous (Outlander, The Widow, The Escape Room).

Andi Colombo

Andi Colombo completed her degree (honours equivalent) in Theatre Making at the University of Cape Town in 2017. 

Andi considers herself fortunate to have been involved in technically operating, lighting designing and stage-managing many productions over the last few years. Andi’s 2017 Theatre Making final piece, PAN. was included in the New Voices Festival on UCT’s Hiddingh Campus in December 2017, and was presented as part of the Zabalaza festival at the Baxter Theatre in March 2018, where it won the categories for Best Script and Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for Best Direction, Best Actress and Best Production. Most recently, she performed in a body-focused exploration called Fill, and wrote and performed in Like Hamlet, a play directed by Kanya Viljoen.

Kathleen Stephens

Kathleen Stephens debuted her acting career in the production of People Beneath Our Feet in 2016 directed by Blythe Linger and Katya Mendleson. Since then she has gone on to star in Wessel Pretorius’ I Love You Sally Field, Dara Beth’s Nasty Womxn, and Jon Keevy’s Single Minded and The Underground Library, which was the first recipient Fleur du Cap award for Best Children’s Theatre Production. This year Kathleen has been seen on the Maynardville stage as Lucentio in the first all-female South African production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew directed by Tara Nottcutt. She performed in Pretorius’ Fotostaatmasjien which debuted at Woordfees Festival and KKNK. She worked on Like Hamlet directed by Kanya Viljoen and recently finished performing in Fugard’s return season of Shakespeare in Love.  

Russell Crous

Russell Crous is an actor based in Cape Town, South Africa. 

With a degree in the arts, Russell has put it to good use in international film and television; appearing as Second Mate Baxley in Starz’ Outlander Season 3, and as Charlie in Danger Room (2019, Columbia Pictures). He is also set to appear in The Widow, which features Kate Beckinsale, Charles Dance and Alex Kingston. 

Russell studied at AFDA, in Cape Town, and graduated with his degree in Live Performance. While there, he had the opportunity to hone his screen-craft in a number of student films, as well as learn a little theatre, featuring in “Lovborg’s Women” created and directed by Chris Weare, as well as “Rainshark” written by Neil McCarthy and directed by Alex McCarthy. This actor can also be seen in National Geographic’s “No Man Left Behind” and “Origins: The Journey of Humankind”. He has done two episodes of American Monster and can be seen in adverts for Lays, Tony Card and LG. 




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Musical Performance - Singer Songwriter Pianist • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Chantal | Directed by Godfrey Johnson
Warning: No under 13s

Chantal creates musical moments in which worlds unfold and characters evolve, telling stories about being human.  Chantal’s pianistic style could be likened to Tori Amos; her lyricism evokes Suzanne Vega; and her voice similar to that of Amy Lee from Evanescence. The flavour, however, is all Chantal…a solo act, a woman, singer, writer and pianist, walking her own path; musically colouring outside the lines and crafting her own soundscape.

In her rich storytelling, Chantal writes about your neighbourhood and everyday experiences. What is the story behind that woman’s scars? What is the point of anger? What does life feel like after a fire? The infinite and mysterious: strength of spirit, dreams, ghosts, death.  The nature of the world: freedom, war, hope, healing this world; and the intimate: relationships, betrayal, and love. It’s all personal; it’s all political.

Chantal is her own musician, and the piano is an adventure.   “A chord unplayed can hold an audience longer than a crashing rock power-chord.” Faced with the infinite number of choices offered by 88 keys, Chantal puts the piano to work in a different way for each song, with tailored chords, unique and compelling arrangements, daring manoeuvres and gentle pulses.  Chantal creates her own melodies and counter-melodies, blending piano, voice, and rhythm to create colourful imagery generating a sense of vulnerability with an edge. Her powerful new album ‘Scars’ is now available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide – main links at https://www.chantalsmusic.com/ 

The show is directed by Godfrey Johnson - one of South Africa’s leading performing artists, with a singular reputation as a Cabaret Artist, Composer, Writer and Director with multiple Fleur du Cap nominations and awards.




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Otto Dix Weimar Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, directed and performed by Aletia Upstairs (with a lot of help from Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht)

Aletia Upstairs, cabaretist extraordinaire delivers an exploration of Weill, Brecht, and Weimar cabaret songs like Alabama Song, Falling in Love Again, Pirate Jenny, Barbara Song, and I Am a Vamp. Set in the world of expressionist painter Otto Dix, as Julia Berber – Anita Berber’s fictional sister, Aletia Upstairs relates the Weimar period to contemporary events with comedy and audience sing-alongs.

“Aletia gave a great performance full of passion and humour. The audience loved it.”
✭✭✭✭✭ – Patrick Harrington (Counter Culture)

“Challenging and courageous. This lady in red shines like a newborn star.”
   – Kevin Short (International Times)

“A Queer Love Of Dix is a quality piece of theatre and performance art…a well-crafted script and beautifully sung songs…a performance of mastery.”
✭✭✭✭✭ – Mark Calvert (Mumble) 

Aletia Upstairs is a South African born, London based archival performance artist, cabaretist, singer-songwriter and vintage songstress currently completing a PhD in Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University. Her practice is situated in performing archives, autobiographical, postdramatic and participatory-immersive performance.‘A Queer Love of Dix’ received 5-star reviews at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. She received the Kantor Demarco award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 for 'Emballage'. 




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Pop • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed and performed by Peter Ngqibs | Choreography by Llewellyn Mnguni | Presented by Ananm Entertainment
Warning: Explicit Language

Join Peter Ngqibs as he takes you on a journey for his personal freedom and his self discovery through an eclectic mix of pop, dance and R'nB.

South African born, USA-bred Xhosa singer, songwriter, composer and organist Peter Ngqibs recently released his official full-length album, Let Me Go – a piece of work that has been long in the making. The 13-track album features the melodic, uplifting and inspiring first single “Broken” in 2017.  The single, as remixed by Mikey Gallagher (Leona Lewis, Deborah Cox, Danny Howells) climbed to the Top 30 in the U.K. Commercial Pop Club Charts.  His music video for “Free Me” was nominated for Best Music Video by the Jersey Shore Film Festival (2018); “Over Again” was nominated by the Garden State Film Festival (2018) and the Berlin Motion Picture Festival (2017) for Best Music Video and Best Rock Music Video respectively.  Although based in the States, Peter still calls South Africa home. 

Born and raised in Pretoria, Waterkloof Glen, Peter (born Ngqibeko Peter Ncanywa) has had music in his bones, from as early as his primary school days.  Peter joined the Drakensberg Boys Choir, which saw him touring, travelling the world and solidifying his dreams and career as a musician.  After the Drakensberg, Peter joined the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein. From there, he found his way to the United States where he truly came into his own musically. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance and a Minor in Psychology.

Llewellyn Mnguni

Dancer and choreographer Llewellyn Mnguni, began training at the the age of 14, at the Mmabana Mmabatho Arts Council as a Latin American and Ballroom dance student and continued to compete on a professional level from 1999-2002. In 2003 he attended the National School of the Arts and thereafter obtained a Dance Teachers Diploma at the University of Cape Town School of Dance School in the year 2010. Mnguni also joined the Mmabana Dance Company as a full time dance teacher and choreographer from 2007-2009.

While completing his final year in high school (Grade 12) he performed and choreographed for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2006 for his work ‘Prozac’ and then the GIPCA Live Arts Festival under the directorship of Jay Pather in 2012. In 2010 he joined the Bovim Ballet company under the directorship of Sean Bovim. Mnguni has performed with the likes of Celeste Botha and Marlin Zoutman during his time as a company member of New World Dance Theatre.

He has collaborated with well acclaimed artists such as Ahmed Umar for “Tribute to Ali” an exhibition at the Format gallery in Oslo,Norway. He has performed the challenging roles of Odile in Swan Lake, Escamilio in Carmen and Myrtha in Giselle for Dada Masilo's extensive Asian,European, Canadian and US tour during 2013-2017, Mnguni also collaborated with visual artist/LGBTI activist Zanele Muholi and Lerato Dumse for a series of exhibitions and site specific shows during the 2016 Oslo gay pride week.

His dance teaching experience spans from teaching at dance companies, primary and high schools as well as workshops around South Africa and Europe. He continues to work as a multi fasciated artist whereby he gives talks and workshops that inspire and support the LGBTI universal community, as well as collaborating and inspiring upcoming dancers and artists. 




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Comedic play • 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

In Alan Ball's comedy, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, 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 really like! There is Meredith - the rebellious little sister of the bride, Frances - a very religious cousin, Mindy - the grooms blunt and clumsy sister, Georgeanne - an old friend who's marriage is falling part and Trisha - a jaded beauty who's doubts about men are proved wrong when she meets Tripp Davenport - an usher at the wedding. In this cramped bedroom above the wedding, these five identically dressed women talk, laugh, argue, cry and slowly become friends. 

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! Get to know these wacky characters and catch this fantastic show at the Alexander Bar from 14-16 Jan 9pm and 21-26 Jan 9pm!  




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Dramedy • Running Time: 45 mins

A heartfelt and light-hearted look at Amelia’s journey through heartbreak and coming to terms with a history of family disease. A 45 minute multi-media dramedy that whisks you between fantasy and reality.  Amelia intertwines trauma, happiness and the banal as tightly as real life does. Each traumatic event trickles into the rest of her experience as she recounts each memory in the hopes of never truly allowing herself to forget. 

A Frikken Playhouse production put together by an all female team. Three young creatives hoping to keep creating meaningful work and stretch their performance muscles on a regular basis. We hope to go on to translate and perform this piece in a number of languages; exploring how the text sits within a multiplicity of bodies, languages and cultures.




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world | acoustic | Hang instrument • Running Time: 40 mins
Marco Selvaggio on the very rare hang instrument

Marco Selvaggio from Italy will perform with his hang - the rarest instrument in the world - for a special night of magic music.

Marco Selvaggio is an artist that has been playing all around the world for 10 years touring with his hangs. He has released 2 albums: "The Eternal Dreamer" (Waterbirds Records) and Aether (T-Lab Revolution) and 5 EPs. 




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Jazz | Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Vocals by Marié du Toit | Piano by Bram Potgieter | Compilation and adapted lyrics by Marié du Toit | Music arrangements and accompaniment by Bram Potgieter

Marié du Toit and Bram Potgieter present “CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar”, a cabaret featuring popular songs from the golden era presented with a mental twist. Golden oldies are skillfully woven together with Marié’s tongue-in-cheek accounts of living life with Bipolar Disorder, superbly accompanied by Bram who brings his distinctive jazz flare to the stage.

Inspired by an unwavering love for songs from the Golden era, and her own personal battle with Bipolar Mood Disorder, Marié du Toit teams up with Bram Potgieter to bring you their  brand new cabaret, “CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar”.  The show takes a light-hearted look at the crazy highs and lows of a mental disorder and features great old favourites such as “Unforgettable”, “Cabaret”, “Mack the Knife”  and “Blueberry Hill”, masterfully adapted to illustrate the Bipolar theme. “CRAZY” will have you laughing, crying and tapping your feet. Come and enjoy a highly entertaining and supremely enlightening performance.




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illusion • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed, written, and performed by Andrew Klazinga

"What you don't see" is an experience of mind reading, mystery, and amazement. It will take you on a journey of discovery where reality appears to be bending right in your hands. Join Andrew as he becomes your tour guide through the strange and unusual place that is his world.

Andrew is a mentalist who has performed across Africa. He 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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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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Schedule

Today (Sunday)


Rocking Horse | Highway Songs
Country Rock Band
at 7pm

Tomorrow (Monday)


Psalter
Kabaret/Cabaret
at 9pm

This Tuesday


Psalter
Kabaret/Cabaret
20 Nov at 9pm

This Wednesday


OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
21 Nov at 7pm
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
21 Nov at 9pm

This Thursday


ImproGuise presents: Pop-Up Improv
Improvisational comedy
22 Nov at 7pm
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
22 Nov at 9pm

This Friday


ImproGuise presents: Pop-Up Improv
Improvisational comedy
23 Nov at 7pm
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
23 Nov at 9pm

Rest of November


ImproGuise presents: Pop-Up Improv
Improvisational comedy
Sat 24 at 7pm
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
Sat 24 at 9pm
Wed 28 at 9pm
Thu 29 at 9pm
Fri 30 at 9pm
Sunset Sessions with Zinzi Nogavu
Performance
Sun 25 at 7pm
Jerry, an unconventional Hero & Dude, wa’s my Bakkie? - a double feature
Adventure | Comedy
Mon 26 at 7pm
Tue 27 at 7pm
Wed 28 at 7pm
Thu 29 at 7pm
Fri 30 at 7pm
Psalter
Kabaret/Cabaret
Mon 26 at 9pm
Tue 27 at 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 28 at 7pm

December


The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
Musical Comedy
Sat 1 at 9pm
Paulo Costa | Another life
Samba/Jazz Live Music Show
Sun 2 at 7pm
Show Up
One Woman Show
Mon 3 at 7pm
Tue 4 at 7pm
Wed 5 at 7pm
Couch & a Piano
Musical theatre
Tue 4 at 9pm
Wed 5 at 9pm
Thu 6 at 9pm
Fri 7 at 9pm
Sat 8 at 9pm
Tue 11 at 9pm
Wed 12 at 9pm
Thu 13 at 9pm
Fri 14 at 9pm
Sat 15 at 9pm
Psalter
Kabaret/Cabaret
Tue 11 at 7pm
Wed 12 at 7pm
Thu 13 at 7pm
Fri 14 at 7pm
Sat 15 at 7pm
AMES
Performance
Mon 17 at 7pm
Tue 18 at 7pm
Wed 19 at 7pm
Thu 20 at 7pm
Fri 21 at 7pm
Chantal
Musical Performance - Singer Songwriter Pianist
Thu 27 at 7pm
Fri 28 at 7pm
Sat 29 at 7pm
Sun 30 at 7pm
A Queer Love of Dix
Otto Dix Weimar Cabaret
Fri 28 at 9pm
Test Show
testing
Mon 31 at 3pm

January 2019


Let Me Go
Pop
11 Fri 9pm at 9pm
Five Women Wearing The Same Dress
Comedic play
14 Mon 9pm at 9pm
15 Tue 9pm at 9pm
16 Wed 9pm at 9pm
21 Mon 9pm at 9pm
22 Tue 9pm at 9pm
23 Wed 9pm at 9pm
24 Thu 9pm at 9pm
25 Fri 9pm at 9pm
26 Sat 9pm at 9pm
There's A Stranger In My Bed
Dramedy
17 Thu 9pm at 9pm
18 Fri 9pm at 9pm
19 Sat 9pm at 9pm
Marco Selvaggio
world | acoustic | Hang instrument
20 Sun 7pm at 7pm
CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar
Jazz | Cabaret
27 Sun 7pm at 7pm

February 2019


What you don't see - a mentalist story
illusion
7 Thu 7pm at 7pm
8 Fri 7pm at 7pm
9 Sat 7pm at 7pm
Ticket Preserve
None
27 Wed 12am at 12am

March 2019


ONWEER
physical-drama
28 Thu 9pm at 9pm
29 Fri 9pm at 9pm
30 Sat 9pm at 9pm

April 2019


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

May 2019


One Africa Concert
Afro soul & Poetry
26 Sun 7pm at 7pm

December 2019


Test Show
testing
1 Sun 5pm at 5pm

January 2020


Season Ticket
None
1 Wed 12am at 12am

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