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.

Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Adapted from CA Davids' Blacks of Cape Town | Director and Producer Jade Bowers | Playwright Penelope Youngleson | Actor Ameera Patel | Composer Daniel Geddes | Part of POPUpstairs 2017

Part of POPUpstairs 2017

POPUpstairs is  partnership between POPArt and The Alexander Bar aimed at facilitating the touring and exchange of awesome productions between Joburg and Cape Town. 

In the officious letter from the SA government, Zara learns that documents once sealed and implicating her father in an act which was committed against the anti-apartheid movement decades earlier, will soon be released to the public. The letter becomes the start of a journey into Zara’s past.

The narrative, in split chapter form, shifts between past and present – from New Jersey where Zara finds herself alone and displaced, to South Africa of the past and present. Her task is great and she grapples with constructing a history for herself and her family from between fragmented recollections and family lore. 

Jade Bowers and Ameera Patel join forces to present ‘Black’.

Jade Bowers (2016 Standard Bank Young Artist, Naledi Theatre Awards Best Director for Scorched) and Ameera Patel (Naledi Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scorched) join forces to present ‘Black’.

Based on CA Davids’ 2014 novel ‘The Blacks of Cape Town’, Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning writer/director Penny Youngleson has written an adaptation for stage which intricately balances the poetry and pain of discovery, of unpacking history and the drama of family politics. It will see accomplished actress Patel tackling her first one-hander, under the directorial hand of Bowers, and with musical composition and accompaniment by Daniel Geddes. Choosing, as always, to highlight stories which are not part of the mainstream cannon, Bowers considers: “At this important moment in our country’s history, how do we as South Africans - with our multitude of cultures and lived experiences - look at our past to understand our present and future.”

JADE BOWERS
Director and producer

JADE BOWERS is a Capetonian living in Joburg, and is the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. She currently works for UJ Arts & Culture and runs her own production company: Jade Bowers Design & Management. Jade graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Sociology, and from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours degree focusing on directing and design for the stage.

She has been recognised by The Presidency as one of SouthAfrica’s Young Achievers; was named one of AfriPOP’s Top Five Female Theatre Makers in South Africa, and the 2014 Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT Award winner for Theatre. She has received Naledi nominations for Best Sound Design and Best Cutting Edge Production; and a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her production of Neil Coppen’s Tin Bucket Drum. She was awarded a PitchPerfect grant at the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, to support the development of an online database for playwrights and theatre-makers.

Jade has worked as a production manager, stage manager, festival director (for WALE 4.0), theatrical rights administrator, director and designer. For more information find Jade Bowers Design and Management on Facebook, follow @jadeherself on Twitter and Instagram, or check out her website jadebowers.com.

PENELOPE YOUNGLESON
Playwright

Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist and educator working in Cape Town. 

She has won several awards with Philip Rademeyer and their company, Rust Co-Operative, and in her own capacity, including: the Best International Production at the Dublin Festival, Runner Up for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection at Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, 3 Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards – and a Fleur du Cap award. Rademeyer and Youngleson were also nominated for a Best New South African Script Fleur du Cap in 2016.

Her latest work, Sillage (a two-hander about whiteness and womanhood in South Africa), won a Gold Ovation Award at NAF 2016. It was only the fifth theatre production to be acknowledged with this honour since the inception of the Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival; and she is the second woman to achieve this. Her particular interest is South Africa-specific stories and has written 7 scripts in the last 4 years (Expectant, Nat, Full Stops on Your Face, Siembamba, Sillage, A Man and a Dog, An(T)oniem) – all original works, all about and for and in praise of people from this country. She is currently a Bertha Fellow at the UCT Graduate School of Business, pursuing an MPhil in Social Innovation. Her specificity is in financial inclusion and sustainable practices of mentorship amongst at-risk girls and womxn in the public schooling system in the Western Cape. She runs an after-school programme working with vulnerable learners in Grassy Park and Lavender Hill called Drama Queens and is a guest facilitator at the Makukhanye Arts Centre in Khayelitsha. She was also named one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People of 2016. 

AMEERA PATEL
Actor

Ameera Patel recently received recognition as one of the Mail & Guardian\'s Top 200 Young South Africans. She is a storyteller at heart, jumping between the stage and the page with ease. Along with SCORCHED, she is also performing in WHISTLE STOP (Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award Award 2014 and PANSA New Writer\'s Award 2014) and RAT RACE, a family show for 4-6 year olds. Her debut novel OUTSIDE THE LINES published by Modjaji Books is currently on shelves. She is appears regularly on South African television, and will soon be appearing in a new sitcom SOAP ON A ROPE.

DANIEL GEDDES
Composer

Geddes is an actor, singer, dancer, physical theatre performer, musician and composer, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his Honours degree in Dramatic Arts at Wits University in 2014, majoring in Writing Studies, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre. 

He is currently the co-owner and creative director of a theatre production collective called Liquid Fusion. The company has won several awards, including a Standard Bank Ovation Award for its latest production, Burn choreographed by Bailey Snyman. At the beginning of 2016, the company completed a residency at the Freezer Theatre in Iceland, where the production debute. It has since gone on to tour in Norway, Greece, and France.

In his personal capacity, Daniel has appeared in several theatre productions, working with celebrated South African theatre-makers Greg Homann (Naked Knitting and Other Contradictory Acts), Sylvaine Strike (Devil\'s Wood), and Jade Bowers (Clora) to name a few. He has also written plays that have appeared at the National Arts Festival and in Cape Town.

As a musician and composer, he has composed and performed the music for several theatre productions and dance works, including Burn, and most recently Black (Dir. Jade Bowers). In 2015 he was employed as Associate Musical Director at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre. He currently works by session as a vocal coach alongside Cathrine Hopkins at Vocal Coach SA. He composed the music for the wildlife web series, the Bundu Basher, which released in February 2017.




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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.

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





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Wed 13th Dec 7:30pm: Sorry, sold out

Dark Comedy • Running Time: 40 mins
Directed by Toni Morkel | Created by Roberto Pombo | Joni Barnard | Toni Morkel | Jemma Kahn | Performed by Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard | Lighting design and dramaturgy by Jemma Kahn | Sound design by Roberto Pombo
Warning: a little violence, a dash of sex, and touch of profanity

Brought to you by the creators of the cult hit "Father, Father. Father!", Robaby Productions proudly presents KIDCASINO! This award-winning team take you on a surreal and satirical exploration of the underbelly of Casino Culture, the obsession with winning and the endless indulgence of compulsive gambling. Described by The Critter as a ‘glitter horror show’, this dark comedy promises to entertain, entice and unnerve.

Directed by theatre veteran Toni Morkel, staring Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard, with lighting design and dramaturgy by Jemma Kahn, KIDCASINO follows two kids as they run free in Sun Star Casino's Arcade. Left to their own devices while their mother risks it all at the slot machines, these siblings indulge in tokens, tickets, chewing gum, soda, fast food, flashing lights and endless promises of prizes. Welcome to Sun Star Casino, where you play big to win big!

“...superb performances by the cast of two, Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard. They expend enough energy to light up a small Eastern Cape Dorp” - Keith Millar, Artsmart.

Press & Reviews

  • Sat 9th Dec 2017 Broadway World

    "Barnard and Pombo are simply marvellous as the brother and sister who cavort around the casino, also taking on other roles such as the kids' mother or a floor cashier as the play demands. They are a radiant onstage pairing, with many astonishing ideas about how to transform even the simplest of interactions into physical comedy gold."

    Review of 'Kid Casino' by David Fick




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Spokenword/poetry accompanied by a live band with music inspired by Afrobeat, Highlife, Jazz, Raggae, Soul funk • Running Time: 120 mins
Kolawole Gbolahan on Trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion and Vocals | Kagiso Noah on Guitar | Riba Mwakusa on Bass | Tefo Mahola on Drums | Jorge Sepulveda on Djembe | Bolaji Ayandare on Talking Drum
Warning: 15 Minute interval

A communion of creatives and an amalgamation of Art presented with words to heal and sounds to commune with the soul. Expect an intimately emotive fusion of Jazz, Afro-beat, Highlife, Reggae and Soulful funk complementing the literary aesthetics of poetry and spokenword.

Sounds & Words is a poetic band and artistic movement that seeks to blend the literary aesthetics rich in poetry/spoken word, with the musical affect, rich in different genres of music. Our objective is to reimagine creative spaces and art performances that facilitates a deeper level of communion with the audience. We believe our art carries a very positive message that is worth sharing and engaging with and that speaks to audiences that cuts across different spectrum of class and race within the society. The band is made up of a horn section (trumpet, flugelhorn, and saxophone) percussion (talking drum, conga, djembe), rhythm section (guitar, bass guitar and a full drum kit). Come and let’s Commune.




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Country Folk • Running Time: 40 mins
Thinus Scheepers on brushes | Franco Jamneck on bass | Vana Smollensky on guitar
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 The Oh So Serious have been dragged kicking and screaming into twenty first century’s sound. Their love for early blues and jazz records have left them tinged in another world. Packaged neatly into the talents of Franco Jamneck on bass, Thinus Scheepers on brushes and Vana Smollensky on guitar, the outfit bring tales of love lost and revenge, freedom and hope. 

"Their sound transports you back to another time and the show is never the same - always highly entertaining”
-SAFindit

“The band is no joke because they have perfectly and exactly nailed an early folk sound mixed with country roots and bluegrass music that no one else on the local scene has done yet”

- a thousand guitars

“Folk met ‘n titseltjie jazz (of soms blues) partykeer. Passie en talent in the Oh So Serious is daar ook volop deesdae.

Passie is aansteeklik”

-WATKYKJY

The sound is one that transports you back to another time and the show is never the same and always highly entertaining” SAFindit

“The band is no joke because they have perfectly and exactly nailed an early folk sound mixed with country roots and bluegrass music that no one else on the local scene has done yet”

- a thousand guitars

“Folk met ‘n titseltjie jazz (of soms blues) partykeer. Passie en talent in the Oh So Serious is daar ook volop deesdae.

Passie is aansteeklik”

-WATKYKJY




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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE GIRLS …

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

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

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



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Wed 20th Dec 7pm: Sorry, sold out

Musical • Running Time: 60 mins
Hezron Chetty on violin | Jules Terea on guitar and vocals

Violinist Hezron Chetty along with vocalist and guitarist Jules Terea launch their debut musical, The Duende Man. 

"Duende" is the spirit of evocation and It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to art. It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive. The Duende Man has awakened and this is his journey told by two traveling musicians.

"Duende" is the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to art. It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive. 

Vocalist/guitarist Jules Terea and violinist Hezron Chetty tell the story of the Duende Man as he travels through the new the path he is choosing. The Duende Man is free and clear and it now time for his story to be told.

The 1 hour performance is crafted with the skill of Chetty's violin string arrangements and Terea's beautiful vocal melodies.

South African/New Zealand singer songwriter Jules Terea has embarked on an international journey of taking his musical tales around the world. Having completed a successful tour of New Zealand, South Africa and Switzerland in December 2016, Terea returned with new ideas. BRYNN was the birth of this and at its core is a collaboration of some of South Africa's finest musicians which includes David Van Vuuren ( Southern Wild), Alex Smilie (Southern Wild), Eddy Kriel and Hezron Chetty.

The Brynn duo is made up of Jules Terea and violinist Hezron Chetty. 

Hezron Chetty is a violinist from Cape Tow, South Africa. His style is groundbreaking and thought provoking and his New Age violin techniques echo the sounds of influences such as Nicolo Paginini and Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin). Hezron has toured the world learning instrumental skills from gypsies ,rockers ,punks, jazz-heads, blues men, classical & folk musicians




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Theatre, storytelling, performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, Directed and Performed by Jacqui Du Toit | Sound design by Thabani Malaba | Lighting David McGladry | Photography Merritt Decloux
Warning: Nudity | Smoking

This theatrical storytelling performance, follows the story of one of the first indigenous African woman from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home, Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a ‘freak’ show, at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810.

The storytelling is captured within 5 chapters/scenes; told by 5 (fictional) female characters, (performed by Jacqui Du Toit), all of whom have had some form of connection with Sarah (also known as Saartjie), on her life journey and beyond, whether it be spiritual or physical. 

​Each character gives various perspectives of Saartjies journey (drawn from true facts about her life) seen from their eyes; giving the listeners a multi-dimensional approach to this brave and incredible woman's life.

The story of Sarah is a just one of the many stories of women of colour who were taken from their homes and sold as slaves and exploited for their features, across the European market during the 1800’s as a ‘freak’ of nature.

"The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that embraces this perspective without shying away from the horrific nature of the events it relates, and it emerges a stronger, better show for it." 

- New Ottawa Critics

"This is a work of incredible storytelling; du Toit’s words and performance dominate the space at Arts Court Theatre and the play delivers a powerful message so necessary in these conflicted times." 

- ALT. Magazine

"a mix of storytelling, movement and more." - Patrick Langston, The Citizen 

The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that embraces this perspective without shying away from the horrific nature of the events it relates, and it emerges a stronger, better show for it.




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Cabaret with World, Jazz, Folk and Original music • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and performed by Aletia Upstairs and Sigrun Paschke

An interlingual cabaret show about longing and belonging performed by Aletia Upstairs and Sigrun Paschke. 

Although Aletia lives in London and Sigrun in Berlin, they have performed their multi-lingual, jazz, cabaret, world and original music in all three cities. Their journeys, which occasionally collide, are illustrated in their songs. This show is a discovery of their worlds, their journeys, their intertwined lives and the best music they have produced together over 10 years of collaboration, which included two solo albums and an EP. Apart from their own compositions, with lyrics by Antjie Krog and Maya Angelou, expect songs from Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf and Italian singer Fiorella Mannoia. 

Aletia Upstairs is a performing artist, cabaretist, singer-songwriter and vintage songstress in the third year of a PhD based on Performing Archives. Her practice involves (auto)biographical, verbatim, one-to-one and participatory, durational performance as well as performing archives. She investigates subjective archives and examines individual memories and mementos in innovative performance pieces that are intercultural and interlingual with traces of original music, poetry and puppetry. In 2016 her work ‘Emballage’ was awarded the Kantor Demarco Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (aletiaupstairs.com)

Sigrun Paschke is a pianist, accordionist and composer (Stellenbosch University and Hans Eisler Hochschule Fuer Musik, Berlin graduate, majoring in piano and organ). She has extensive experience as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble as well as band member, playing classical music, jazz, cabaret, Balkan- and African music. Currently based in Berlin, she works as a free-lance musician in several different capacities, in Germany and beyond. (sterpaschke.com)




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Revue • Running Time: 65 mins
Developed and performed by Titilayo Adedokun | Accompanied by pianist Kurt Haupt | Direction by Heike Brunner

50 Shades of Fairytales: the non-political(ly correct) Song Revue (No Zuma, no Trump, no kids….unless you want 'em to grow up to be gun-wielding, lace-wearing feminists. The girls too!”)

We start learning about fairytales and happily-ever-after before we can even walk. Then we grow up. Some of us wonder what ever happened to the fairytales and some of us, well... never believed in them in the first place. This whimsical and quirky song revue depicts the journey of two women (both played by Titilayo Adedokun) who evolve through their personal experiences of love, its challenges and its consequences. A collection of witty and thought-provoking songs that will leave you laughing, crying and oh-so identifying with the characters.

Titilayo Rachel Adedokun was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA to parents of Nigerian origin. A former Miss Ohio and 2nd Runner-up to Miss America, her talent and experience span different musical genres from classical, musicals and spirituals to jazz, blues and Yoruba music. She is known for her versatility, her range and an unparalleled ability to captivate an audience.

A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA - studying opera by day and singing in a dinner theater by night - she has sung in opera houses and with orchestras all over the world and also performed in Musical Galas with the late Adolph Greene, Betty Comden and Lauren Bacall. As a recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she moved to Italy where she studied with Renata Scotto and Vincenzo Manno while, at the same time, collaborated in concerts and CD recordings with the late jazz composer and pianist, Giorgio Gaslini. She was chosen by director Franco Zeffirelli to sing the title role in his production of “Aida” at Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, on the centennial celebration of Verdi’s death. 

She has toured Europe in various productions including as Musetta in “La Boheme”, Kate in “Kiss Me Kate”, soloist in “Night Fever: Die Gala Der Film Musicals” and Billie Holiday in the Jazz Musical "Ella & Billie". She is the featured vocalist of “The Wine & Roses Swing Orchestra” in Munich. She moved from Munich to Cape Town four years ago with her family and is very thrilled to call this beautiful city "home".

She is supported in "20 Shades of Fairytales" by Kurt Haupt (pianist, singer, music professor, coach and musical director of the UCT choir) on the piano and by Heike Brunner (screen and stage actress, producer and writer) with stage direction.

Kurt Haupt

Shortly after leaving university Kurt Haupt landed a role in the Spier International Arts Festival's Production of THE MYSTERIES and Tony in WEST SIDE STORY. That same company then took THE MYSTERIES and Bizet's CARMEN for a successful run at Wilton\'s Music Hall in London. Subsequently the company toured with these two productions to the Perth International Arts Festival, and an award-winning 12 week run on London's West End, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston USA, the Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven USA, the Dublin Festival, the Toronto Arts Festival and a 12 week 12 city tour through England.

Other musical credits for the same company include Dr Frankenfurter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and Slippery Sam in THE BEGGAR'S OPERA. Kurt then joined THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA company performing in Cape Town, Pretoria, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Another credit is his portrayal of Mary Sunshine in the Broadway hit Musical, CHICAGO-THE MUSICAL, for which he received a Naledi nomination.

Kurt started his coaching career at Cape Town opera working on productions of RIGOLETTO, THE MAGIC FLUTE, WERTHER and DON GIOVANNI and Assistant Chorus Master for Brett Bailey's production of Verdi's MACBETH. As well as portraying the role of Gabriel in Janice Honeyman\'s STARBRITE. He was then appointed Deputy Musical Director for Pieter Toerien and Hazel Feldman's production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST entertaining audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town. His other production credits include GREASE and THE KING AND I for The Settlers High School and HAIRSPRAY for Fish Hoek High School and most recently FAME-The Musical for Camps Bay High School. Recently Kurt returned from a very successful season of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Cape Town and Johannesburg in which he played the role of Monsieur Reyer.

Kurt has also done work with the COMART community choir, assisted Alex Fokkens with the Cape Town Symphony Choir as well as work with the Unqombothi Cape Town Sings Choir. Kurt is also Musical Director of the Shoprite Jonge Studente Malay Choir.

Heike Brunner

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa to Austrian parents, Heike grew up speaking German, English and Afrikaans. Having since added French and South African Sign Language (SASL) to her repertoire, she performs in five languages.

A graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts at WITS University in Johannesburg, Heike started in television as the writer/presenter of Fabuscopes, a daily, comical horoscope insert on The Breakfast Club on SABC 2. At the same time, she portrayed Angel, the bitch, in the Deaf TV sign-language soap opera Young & Speechless for four years.

Heike lived in London for two years and Paris for a decade. She also spent a lot of time honing her skills in Los Angeles. In 2011, Heike and her family moved to Cape Town, South Africa.

Her credits include supporting roles in four feature films, the lead roles in five out of seven short films and a variety of stage plays performed in English, Afrikaans, German or French, as well as stints at the Grahamstown, ATKV, Avignon and Edinburgh Festivals.

Heike was the English weather announcer on France 24, France’s 24-hour news channel.

In 2007 her blog, Hollywood Reporter won Best Overseas SA Blog.




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A Dramedy with Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Dianne Simpson | Directed by Onida Cowan

From the creator of the critically acclaimed, ‘Rose Red’, comes the sequel – The Sisters Ugly – The other Side of the Cinderella Story from the perspective of the Ugly Sisters. It debuted at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2017, it also featured at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in September 2017. Dramatic, witty and thought provoking, we finally find out WHY these girls did what they did and why they became who they became. This cabaret explores the sabotage, intrigues and events that shaped their motives and features music covers by the likes of Elton John, Sara Bareilles, Queen and others.

Dianne as appeared in Musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MY FAIR LADY (State Theatre) A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Nelson Mandela Theatre) and SPOOF FULL OF SUGAR and theatre productions such as, BLITHE SPIRIT and George Bernard Shaw’s OVERULED and HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND (Last three at The Auto and General Theatre on the Square) and WITHOUT A HITCH, directed by Tobie Cronje at Monte Casino, Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre. 

She has appeared on TV in GENERATIONS, RHYTHM CITY, THE WILD and BINNELANDERS. She was an on-set voice artist for the movie, “RACING STRIPES” (for Warner Brothers) and can be heard as the voice of Lillian in the SA 3D Animated Movie, “JOCK”.

She worked for two years for The Flying Circus under the directorship of Daniel Buckland, doing Motion Capture Animation for the animation series, SILLY SEASONS, where she voiced two of the main characters and wrote – alongside Daniel Buckland and James Cairns - for the series. 

She currently lives in Cape Town where she works for SAfm as a voice artist and writer for the children’s shows, SHARP SHARP and NALI BALI.

Onida Cowan’s career spans over almost 25 years. She kicked off as an actress in the permanent companies of PACT and PACOFS, and was then part of the Free State of Mind Theatre Company that ran the Observatory Theatre in Bloemfontein. During this period, she did an average of 10 productions a year, and was nominated and won several theatre awards. In 2000 she moved to Johannesburg to pursue her freelance career. Here she worked as actress, writer, director, workshop facilitator, did a lot of dubbing, worked in a casting studio, created a comic strip for Rapport, and had a run in every soap ever made, except Egoli. Onida went on holiday to Cape Town in 2011 and stayed. She became a mom and is working at ERM Management – one of the most established actor’s agencies in Cape Town. Doing THE SISTERS UGLY is pure joy, and keeps the creative juices flowing.




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Acoustic/Folk • Running Time: 80 mins
Researched and compiled by Perran Hahndiek | Performed by Dave Starke

“Cohen – A Tribute” is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings. You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So long Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, lighter works such as Tower of Song as well as pieces from his final album You Want It Darker? - released just before his death. The text for the show was researched and compiled by Perran Hahndiek and is performed by Dave Starke.

Perran Hahndiek is a writer and poet based in Cape Town. He studied political science at UCT and is a procedural advisor to the National Assembly in the South African Parliament. 

Dave Starke is a singer and guitarist based KZN. He has performed in a number of festivals and shows throughout South Africa and abroad over the last 20 years. In 2016, he appeared on the first season of The Voice – South Africa. In addition to performing, Dave also composes music for film and television as well as running a non-profit performing arts school for underprivileged youth in southern Zululand.

Some Feedback/comments:

“Dave Starke in ‘Cohen - A Tribute’ was the last scheduled show at the Rosebank Theatre, and one of the most brilliant. Quite simply Starke rocks!” William de Villiers

“As a tribute to the great Leonard Cohen, this show is excellent. You will learn interesting things about his life, and the stories behind the songs, but you will also feel the depth of emotion that is vital to any true rendition of Cohen\'s songs.” Robin Bownes





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Burlesque show • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Diva Disastar, for her alter-ego D.D. Boobs | Produced by Black Orchid Burlesque SA
Warning: Partial nudity, Theatrical Striptease and a whole lot of FUN!

The Great S.A. Burlesque Express returns to Alexander Upstairs with more burlesque than you can shake a tail at!

After 6 years, the train trip of tittilating trouble stops in Cape Town to celebrate Black Orchid Burlesque's 10th Birthday! Expect previous troupe all stars, and some of the hottest new talent on offer in our burly world of glitter and feathers galore!

Further Info: The GREAT S.A. Burlesque Express RETURNS in January 2018 for a little sexy soiree at Alexander Upstairs to get you swinging into the new year with a smile on your faces! 

Once again hosted by the notorious DD Boobs, this adventure promises to be at its bawdiest!

Black Orchid has strive to bring nothing but the most authentic burlesque and boylesque we can offer. Div Disastar is not only the headmistress of Black Orchid's Burlesque Academy, but also fondly dubbed "S.A.'s Original Dame of Burlesque". Having performed across the country, and abroad, this bawdy performer has been a key player in the development of the artform in South Africa. 

Supported by her phenomenal other half, KING St. FOX, there is no telling what this dynamic duo will produce next!




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Student Performance • Running Time: 50 mins

The culmination of an 8 week singing course, Christine Weir's students make their debut performance.





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Drama • Running Time: 45 mins
Written by Du Toit Albertze & Terence Makapan | Directed by Du Toit Albertze | Performed by Terence Makapan | Lighting designed by Lize van Rooyen
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(W)asem is ‘n eenmanstuk werkswinkel produksie wat handel oor die speler en regisseur se eie ervarings met diskriminasie. Deur die allegorie van asem en sy vele vlakke in die mens word gedigte en stories verweef om twee kulture, twee velklere en een seksualiteit van twee jong mans weer te gee. Die gehoor word op ‘n treinrit geneem deur ons kleurvolle tog donker land, ‘n treinrit wat jou sal laat voel, skaterlag en nadink oor die voorregte, boksies, woorde en persepsies wat ons skei as mense.

Albertze and Makapan were motivated to create this piece after both of them were involved in a racist incident in Stellenbosch earlier this year. In the viral video we see Makapan with a bloodied nose, declare that he had just been punched in the face by a young white male. Said male had used a racial slur against Makapan and his friends and when confronted about it, became enraged. Despite not provoking this individual, Makapan still received some backlash on social media, prompting him and Albertze to question the validity of one's voice in these instances Thus began their allegory of feeling breathless. Voiceless. "Waar is my asem?" The production explores various occasions in which the writers felt they didn't have a voice and tell their individual stories with the help of a few balloons. The play is full of dark humour, addressing social injustices and highlighting the importance of expressing yourself no matter how impossible it may feel. This mainly Afrikaans production by Du Toit Albertze and Terence Makapan mixes white Afrikaner culture with coloured Afrikaner culture.

Du Toit Albertze:

Du Toit Albertze is from the town Springbok, Namakwaland and is currently completing his third year at Stellenbosch University (BA Drama: Scriptwriting). Albertze has steadily been making a name for himself in the industry ,most notably when he won a WoordTROfee for Best New Artist at the 2017 Woordfees. His production Kommapunt can be seen at the 2018 Woordfees. Other productions feauturing Albertze include: (W))asem, Steriel, I love you, Sally Field, Vaselinetjie and Bos. He is also a spoken word poet at the die Inzync Poetry Sessions and occasionally hosts writing workshops. 

Terence Makapan:

Makapan graduated from the Waterfront Theatre College in 2015 where he majored in Musical Theatre. His debut production Kinders van die Wind, which he wrote and directed, had done the rounds at various local festivals like the Cape Town Fringe Festival (2016) and Suidoosterfees (2017). Makapan has also recently branched out to film, shooting his first documentary earlier in 2017. "The Invisibles" explored some of the struggles that homeless people in Cape Town face on a daily basis. 

Social Media: @TerryTCM93




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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins

A young woman finds herself trapped between financial and academic struggles. She strives to find a balance between the two but the debt that she faces as a result of the unjust system and the manipulators of society becomes too much for her. A pawn in a political game, her dreams and academic success are threatened and shattered. 





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Acoustic music | Singing and Harp | Celtic folk music • Running Time: 70 mins
Performed by Christy-Lyn | All music arranged by Christy-Lyn

"For the love of music" with Christy-Lyn: Celtic harpist and singer. The singer-harpist from The Voice SA will transport listeners to another world as she shares songs about love for the homeland, a mother's love, fleeting love, and love that lasts a lifetime.

 Known as the harpist with the curly red hair from The Voice South Africa 2017, Christy-Lyn wowed the coaches who were “transported to another world”, and put her through as one of the top 48 contestants in this nationally televised singing competition. Drawn to the music of her McDougall and Stuart heritage, Christy-Lyn has trained in Celtic harp and singing in addition to her foundation of training in Classical harp and voice. Christy-Lyn performs a mix of Celtic folk music and nostalgic love songs as she weaves a message of hope in her authentic and intimate style.

"Christy-Lyn has an excellent stage presence with her natural ability to captivate the audience through positive energetic performances which leave them feeling uplifted"

- Iain Crapp, Australia





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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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Ballads | Blues • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed and Composed by Tanja Storm

"Music is a part of me - it is who I am." Capetonian-born singer-songwriter, musician and performer, Tanja Storm, performs a carefully selected collection of her favorite songs as well as her own compositions. 

Expect meaningful music by artists such as Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Nina Simone, Beth Hart & Patti Smith all sculpted to Tanja's personal style. 





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Tribute • Running Time: 65 mins
Devised & Directed by Paul Spence | Performed by Cat Simoni

This is Cat Simoni's highly-personal salut! to her favourite wine-drenched composers and artists. From Johan Strauss' tipsy title song, Johnny Mercer's haunting Days of Wine and Roses and Nino Rota's sumptuous theme from The Godfather to reckless Amy Winehouse, Chrissie Hynde, a wasted Billy Joel, blasted Janis Joplin (Take Another Little Piece of My Heart) and a totally wrecked Marianne Faithfull (Ballad of Lucy Jordan); hold on tight as Cat takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, in vino veritas!

After ten years playing and singing for the international crème de la crème at the Steinways of London\'s 5-star venues and exclusive clubs, The Ritz, Carlton, Dorchester, Mayfair, Park Lane Intercontinental, Cat Simoni is back home and delighted to be entertaining South African audiences. Cat now performs her cabaret entertainments from the Oyster Box to Theatre on Mandela Square, Sandton, and venues from the Garden Route to the Cape Winelands.




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Schedule

Today (Wednesday)


Black
Drama
at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
at 7pm
KIDCASINO
Dark Comedy
at 9pm

Tomorrow (Thursday)


Black
Drama
at 7pm

This Friday


Black
Drama
15 Dec at 7pm

This Saturday


Black
Drama
16 Dec at 7pm

This Sunday


Black
Drama
17 Dec at 4pm
The Communion with Sounds & Words
Spokenword/poetry accompanied by a live band with music inspired by Afrobeat, Highlife, Jazz, Raggae, Soul funk
17 Dec at 7pm

This Monday


The Oh So Serious
Country Folk
18 Dec at 8pm

Rest of December


3 Tons of Fun
Motown | African | RnB
Tue 19 at 7pm
Wed 20 at 7pm 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 20 at 7pm
Wed 27 at 7pm
The Hottentot Venus - UNTOLD
Theatre, storytelling, performance
Fri 22 at 7pm
Sat 23 at 7pm
Between You and Me
Cabaret with World, Jazz, Folk and Original music
Wed 27 at 7pm

January 2018


50 Shades of Fairytales
Revue
3 Wed 7pm at 7pm
4 Thu 7pm at 7pm
5 Fri 7pm at 7pm
6 Sat 7pm at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
3 Wed 7pm at 7pm
THE SISTERS UGLY
A Dramedy with Music
4 Thu 9pm at 9pm
5 Fri 9pm at 9pm
6 Sat 9pm at 9pm
8 Mon 9pm at 9pm
9 Tue 9pm at 9pm
10 Wed 9pm at 9pm
11 Thu 9pm at 9pm
Cohen - A Tribute
Acoustic/Folk
8 Mon 7pm at 7pm
9 Tue 7pm at 7pm
10 Wed 7pm at 7pm
11 Thu 7pm at 7pm
12 Fri 7pm at 7pm
13 Sat 7pm at 7pm
The Great S.A. Burlesque Express
Burlesque show
11 Thu 9pm at 9pm
12 Fri 9pm at 9pm
Christine Weir student open mic night
Student Performance
14 Sun 7pm at 7pm
(W)asem
Drama
15 Mon 7pm at 7pm
16 Tue 7pm at 7pm
17 Wed 7pm at 7pm
18 Thu 7pm at 7pm
19 Fri 7pm at 7pm
20 Sat 7pm at 7pm
The Deficit
Drama
24 Wed 7pm at 7pm
25 Thu 7pm at 7pm
26 Fri 7pm at 7pm
27 Sat 7pm at 7pm

February 2018


For the Love of Music | with Christy-Lyn (singer & harpist)
Acoustic music | Singing and Harp | Celtic folk music
19 Mon 7pm at 7pm
In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
26 Mon 7pm at 7pm
27 Tue 7pm at 7pm
28 Wed 7pm at 7pm

March 2018


In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
1 Thu 7pm at 7pm
2 Fri 7pm at 7pm
3 Sat 7pm at 7pm
5 Mon 7pm at 7pm
6 Tue 7pm at 7pm
7 Wed 7pm at 7pm
8 Thu 7pm at 7pm
9 Fri 7pm at 7pm
10 Sat 7pm at 7pm
Ballads, Blues & Beautiful Music
Ballads | Blues
11 Sun 7pm at 7pm
Wine, Woman & Song!
Tribute
Wine, Woman & Song! is Cat Simoni's highly-personal salut! to her favourite wine-drenched composers and artists.18 Sun 7pm at 7pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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