Looking for things to do in Cape Town? Alexander Upstairs is an intimate performance space completely separate from the bar area with a festival-style programming model featuring drama, comedy, cabaret, jazz, acoustic sessions, readings and more. We often schedule more than one performance per night so please check times carefully when booking.

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

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

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

David Fick graduated with a Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2005. He has also appeared on stage in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s EDGES, the Stephen Sondheim musical, MARRY ME A LITTLE, in cabarets and revues like A (SORTA) LOVE STORY, AFFIRMATION, SEASONS OF LOVE as well as an original South African musical, YOU BET YOUR LIFE!, which played the National Arts Festival and a season at the Alexander Bar, Theatre and Café’s Upstairs Theatre.

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

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Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and Performed By Philip Southey

Join physicist-philosopher-pianist Philip Southey for an unforgettable romp through quantum physics, improvised classical music and tantric philosophy, as we explore some of the weird ways we make sense of our world. “Electron”, “Major 7th”, “Orgasm” and “Orange” are just some of the “things” we’ll explore in in this theatrical symphony. 

Philip has played bagpipes for the queen. He also graduated with a BSc Astrophysics from UCT and a BA Philosophy from Oxford University. Born in Cape Town, he enjoys a special connection with the porcupines of Table Mountain, and playing the piano is his favourite hobby and pious pursuit. He is in his second last year (the second year to be called his "last year") of a PhD in Physics Education at UCT. 

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Fri 26th May 9pm: Sorry, sold out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 LA RONDE - Tuesday 23 May & Thursday 25 May 

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

ARMANDO - Wednesday 24 May & Saturday 27 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Reading • Running Time: 70 mins
Curated by Kelly Smith | Performed by Charlie French, Cherry Lesque, Lyricnotic & Velvet Nix
Warning: Run time includes an interval

Come be captivated by a reading list celebrating all creatures and dedicated to the wild at heart kept in cages.

What is Naked Girls Reading?
Naked Girls Reading is a nude literary salon that takes place in twenty cities around the world and on five different continents. At each event, a small cast of beautiful women remove their clothing (yes, all of it) and read personal selections to an adoring audience. It is entertaining, magical, often funny, sometimes heart wrenching and really very sexy.

Are the girls really naked?
Yes, we are.

Is the audience naked?
No, they are not.

There’s something beautiful, something altogether more intimate, about a woman reading in the nude. It’s just that simple.

The Cape Town chapter of this international event has been described as a "performance art sensation" on eTV Primetime News and has been featured in The Sunday Times, Elle magazine and on Good Hope FM.

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Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed, written, performed and produced by Mum-z

2 time Emmy nominated, 4 time SAFTA award winner and the first comedian in to make it to the semi finals of SA\'s Got Talent, Mum-z, performs his debut one man stand up comedy show after 10 years in the comedy industry. 

Born in Soweto, raised in Sandton and residing in Cape Town, self proclaimed "coconut", Mum-z, talks about life in Mzanzi through the eyes of a young South African wrestling with his identity. 

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Magic • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Bryan Miles | Performed by Bryan Miles

Bryan can seemingly influence and predict human behaviours. By using his skillset of magic, suggestion and psychology – he is able to theatrically manipulate your perception of the world.

“Bryan Miles is amazing!” Jack Parow (Musician)

His one-man show sees Bryan sharing some of his unique obsessions with the audience. Bryan Miles is an ordinary person with extraordinary skills…whether it is extracting people’s inner most thoughts or controlling their behaviour – this show will keep you questioning the potential of the human mind!

“I am obsessed with the human mind. Does Free Will exist? Are the thoughts and decisions we make truly our own? Every thought we have results in some kind of action – I don’t read minds, I read people.”

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Cabaret • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Blythe Stuart Linger | Starring Sharyn Seidel and Dara Beth

Not your average cabaret duo, “Just a Song and a Dance” looks at the women of Plumsong, a mother-daughter singing duo with a killer repertoire, kickass voices and a less-than-classic style of mother-daughter banter.

Plumsong are moving, again, but this time they’ve invited you to come and sit with them while they sing, pack and reminisce about everything from Dara’s obsession with corsets to their numerous pet tales to each one’s very separate opinions of Jake, Sharyn’s other child.

“Just a Song and a Dance” is not so much a story as just constant storytelling from this mother-daughter duo who are better friends than they should be. Sharyn and Dara sing, dance and complain their way through the history that built their friendship. Through three immigrations, fourteen odd homes, ten (probably more) odd pets, four corsets and numerous bedroom colors. Oh, and Jake...

Sharyn Seidel has been singing for 32 years. Her vocal range has afforded her the privilege of being able to perform in cabarets, musicals, blues, alternative and rock bands. Sharyn’s career began in 1986 with the very successful cabaret Junk ‘n Jive. In 1987, she moved to Johannesburg where she recorded and played with various cover and original bands until her move to New York in 1993. In 1995, Sharyn returned to Cape Town where she was cast as the lead vocalist in the sell-out rock show Roll Over Beethoven, which ran for 11 months at the Pump House, in the V&A Waterfront. Sharyn also recorded her own CD in 2002. After its release and quite a few NYC shows under her belt, Sharyn decided to take a break from music to focus more on her family. Sharyn returned to Cape Town in 2011 and started the three-piece group “The King & Us” along with Lionel Bastos and Russell King. In 2011, Sharyn formed “Plumsong” with her daughter, Dara. “Plumsong” is a swing/jazz/pop/cabaret duo which continues to perform at venues and functions across Cape Town. Sharyn also fronts Cape Town-based rock band Rock Steady.

Dara Beth is first and foremost an angry, Jewish feminist. Dara has been performing as one half of the cabaret duo “Plumsong” since 2011 with mom and fellow performer, Sharyn Seidel. Dara graduated from UCT’s Theatre and Performance programme with distinction, receiving the class medal for Theatre-Making. As part of her course, Dara staged three works: “eight little notes”, an adaptation of Nia Magoulianiti’s “Hunters and Lovers”; the Women’s Group’s Double Vision; and Dara also directed her class’s production of Figs (2016), for the National Arts Festival’s Student Festival at which she was nominated for Best Student Director. During her studies, Dara worked as a lighting designer and stage manager on projects such as Louis Viljoen’s The Pervert Laura (2014) and Francesco Nassimbeni’s “Whateverland” (2015). This year, Dara will be staging two original productions at the National Arts Festival; The Undine is a physical theatre piece exploring trauma while Just a Song and a Dance is a cabaret review inspired by the mother-daughter bond of Plumsong. Dara joined Hungry Minds Productions in 2016 and also formed The Furies (a womxn-centric artistic co-op) with fellow artists, Kathleen Stephens and Ameera Conrad in the same year. Beyond this, Dara is writing a play to be staged by The Furies this November.

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

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

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

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Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by Ashleigh Harvey | Written by Aimée Goldsmith and Lidija Marelic | Performed by Aimee Goldsmith, Stephen Jubber & Lamar Bonhomme

At the dawn of the Yugoslavian war, a South African photo journalist records a soon to be taboo love affair between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman. A love affair that has blossomed from the bud of a childhood friendship. But can love survive war? Can friendship survive Sarajevo?

Praise for Cheers to Sarajevo:
'...a play that manages to portray the compromises we accept in order to survive extreme situations.' - The Critter

'It’s a play that’s both simple and complex in its clear confrontation with the universal madness of war. And it won’t leave you untouched.' - Robyn Sassen

'Judging by the way a full house audience was engaged with the play and gave it a rousing applause, I have no doubt that tonight's work in progress performances were the seeds from which a very successful production will grow. Hats off to the young company.'  - Ismail Mahomed - Artistic Director National Arts Festival.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And so, “Stripped Bare!” was created.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today (Friday)

Julia and Carl at Carnegie Hall
Comedy Cabaret
at 7pm

Tomorrow (Saturday)

Africa Day Festival 2017
Poetry, Music and Dance
at 4pm
Julia and Carl at Carnegie Hall
Comedy Cabaret
at 7pm

This Monday

In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
29 May at 7pm
Comedy | Drama
29 May at 9pm

This Tuesday

In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
30 May at 7pm
Comedy | Drama
30 May at 9pm

This Wednesday

In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
31 May at 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
31 May at 7pm
Comedy | Drama
31 May at 9pm

Rest of June

In bocca al lupo
Kamishibai Memoir
Thu 1 at 7pm
Fri 2 at 7pm
Sat 3 at 7pm
Mon 5 at 7pm
Tue 6 at 7pm
Wed 7 at 7pm
Thu 8 at 7pm
Fri 9 at 7pm
Sat 10 at 7pm
Naked Girls Reading presents A Menagerie
Live Reading
Thu 1 at 9pm
Fri 2 at 9pm
Mum-z LIVE
Stand Up Comedy
Sat 3 at 9pm
Comedy | Drama
Mon 5 at 9pm
Tue 6 at 9pm
Wed 7 at 9pm
Thu 8 at 9pm
Fri 9 at 9pm
Sat 10 at 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
Wed 7 at 7pm
Wed 14 at 7pm
Bryan Miles: Live
Tue 13 at 7pm
Wed 14 at 7pm
Just a Song and a Dance
Thu 15 at 9pm
Fri 16 at 9pm
Sat 17 at 9pm
The Swing Collective
Jazz, Swing, Pop
Sun 25 at 7pm
Cheers to Sarajevo
Can love survive war? Can friendship survive Sarajevo?Mon 26 at 7pm
Tue 27 at 7pm
Wed 28 at 7pm
Thu 29 at 12am


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


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

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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