Current and Forthcoming Shows at Alexander Upstairs

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Comedic Play • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Michaela Richards | Performed by Jess Pybus, Katie Swanepoel, Kelsey Lyn Gouldie, Michaela Richards, Mitch Matyana, Quinlan Oliphant and Guy Macdonald.
Warning: Explicit language and language of a sexual nature

Back by popular demand after sold out performances for ONE night only, From the creators of "The Woods" and "Romeo and Juliet, Sort Of" comes "Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies".

A comedic compilation of Monologues, Duologue's and Scenes taking on the hilarious, awkward, embarrassing and completely normal experiences that Dating, Mating and Relating to the world around us have to offer.

Written and Directed by Michaela Richards, a sex comedy unlike any you’ve NEVER seen before!

Follow the journey of a handful of individuals muddling through Puberty, First Loves, First Times, Sex Slumps and Heart Break making for a side-splitting comedy guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Make it a date, Dating, Mating and Relating for Dummies- A show not to be missed!






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Sat 23rd Jun 7pm: Sorry, sold out

Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Rob Van Vuuren and Louw Venter

ONE NIGHT ONLY!





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Jazz, Musical Theatre, Crossover • Running Time: 60 mins
Louise Howlett on vocals | Albert Combrink on piano | Charl Clayton on sax | Dylan Tabisher on bass

Following their recent sold out success at Suidoosterfees – songstress Louise Howlett returns to the Alexander Bar with a new set of Blues in the Night – this time from Broadway - taking a sultry journey through the 30’s era of Harold Arlen to staples from Legrand and Lloyd Webber to the new era of Jason Robert Brown and Alice Gilham's Calling us Home.

As always she partners with pianist Albert Combrink bringing these songs and stories to life with guest artists Charl Clayton on saxophone and Dylan Tabisher on bass. Surrounded by the men in her life – Louise brings you her Blues in the Night on Broadway for one night only.





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Sun 24th Jun 7pm: Sorry, sold out

Drama • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Chris Weare | Written by Win Wells | Performed by Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston | Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French .SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between lifelong partners Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middle class America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other.   

Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.  The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which Wells has woven into an absorbing theatre piece.   

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 19th Jun 2018 Blogs

    "Gertrude was alive in Shirley Johnston. Sassy as all hell, yet vulnerable (as only pioneering artists and change-makers can be)"

    "The two doyens of the South African Stage were magnificent and flawless. A triumph, really."

    "Do go see it. It’s a performance masterclass."   

    A REVIEW: GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION by SAMANTHA GRAY




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Live music downstairs • Running Time: 90 mins
Various Artists

The musicians have escaped from the theatre! Every Monday we'll be featuring live music downstairs in the bar for the pleasure of your ear canals. Kick back and enjoy bands and artists like Brynn, The Stone Jets, and Mischa Ruby. The line up will be revealed weekly so keep your ears ready.

Lara Frances | 25 June | 8PM

For Lara Frances, recording her new album was an exercise in musical honesty and vulnerability. On her latest release, “Relinquish” the talented singer/songwriter lays herself bare with a stripped down collection of songs that put her emotions front and centre.

With vivid lyrics and raw instrumentation layered over beautiful melodies, the new songs are captivating, atmospheric soundscapes with gentle hints of folk, rock and country. Based around the theme of letting go, “Relinquish” displays an artist whose sound has evolved and matured into something unmistakably honest and hauntingly beautiful.

Putting aside commercial concerns, Lara set out to create an album that would resonate with listeners on a deeper level, with universal themes based around poignant moments in her own life. It’s an album that was created organically rather than manufactured, and is an unfiltered reflection of thoughts, ideas and emotions. 

In a decade-long career in the South African music business, this will be Lara’s third release, following on from her two previous albums, “High on Life” and “Little Rendition”. With 4 top 10 radio singles, several music video releases aired on SABC2, SABC3 and MK324, a host of television appearances on various channels and even a number one single on KFM and Highveld Stereo, Lara is no stranger to the spotlight and is heavily involved in several charity initiatives supporting young artists and musicians. The new EP is a beautiful, profound musical statement delivered by an artist with unquestionable musical integrity. An artist set to make a serious impact on the SA music scene. 





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Fusion | Indie • Running Time: 45 mins
Adam Bonomo | Abraham Mennen

NYC Singer-Songwriter Bonomo performs songs from his latest album 'Phases' and features selections from his upcoming release along with multi-disciplinarian Abraham Mennen!

Bonomo is a New York based band on a mission to unify musical traditions and audiences alike. Formed by singer/songwriter Adam Bonomo, Bonomo’s music is transcendent, develops our conscience, and wakes us up – we are left with our interests peaked, curiosity ignited, and ears fulfilled. Bonomo checks the history of music and makes it fresh and innovative: everything a new band should be.

Born and raised in Jupiter, fl, Adam relocated to New York in 2015 to follow his passions. growing up in a family of musicians Adam nourished a deep love of jazz and the visionaries that had been born out of such disciplines. fusing influences from gospel, folk, jazz, and classical music, the members of Bonomo are a family.

Bonomo has won spots in the top 5 at the indie international songwriting competition, the top 3 at the new song music competition, third place in the Nashville film festival, and first place in the CASC songwriting competition.

Their first album, Phases, was released on February 19, 2017, live at Joe’s pub in New York city. Their next project, a series of four singles, is set to be released in 2018.

Abraham Mennen is a South African saxophonist, improvisor, composer and multi-discipline artist living between New York and Cape Town. He mostly plays jazz, improvised and experimental music. Abraham has worked with Louis Moholo, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Joe Morris, John Lockwood, Herbie Tsoaeli, Kesivan Naidoo, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, Cooper-Moore, Shabaka Hutchins and many others. He has recorded with William Parker and is an active member of several of his ensembles. 

He has enjoyed a varied musical career thus far. As a classical soloist, he won gold medal at the ATKV Muziq 2011, Overall Winner at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2012 and performed concertos with the London Contemporary Orchestra, The Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic. Other areas of music include performing with conceptual performance outfit The Brother Moves On, being musical director of the Korean music group Hapum Haneun Hama, saxophonist in the psychotropical punk band Escarioka Crew, building and curating his own sound installations, and composing and recording for animations, short films and advertising. He is an alumni of the Royal College of Music, London and the New England Conservatory, Boston.

Abraham is currently living and performing in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member and the musical curator for the intersectional creative space The Interim.




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Quiz • Running Time: 120 mins

After March's sell-out madness we are back to give you one more night of rerun fun.
Friends Trivia Night: The One Where You Win...Maybe
Two hours of one-liners, Monica's OCD moments, and sing along moments with Phoebe.
There will be an act out round, so channel your inner ego and put Joey's acting to shame.
If you think that you know that they don't know what you know then book now before it sells out...again.
And remember, no more than 6 in a team. Do not be seven... SEVEN.....sevennn.
(but we do start at seven so please arrive by then)





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Tue 26th Jun 7pm: Sorry, sold out

Dramady • Running Time: 70 mins
Produced by Lady Luck Productions | Directed by Tamryn Speirs | Performed by Shannyn Fourie & Alistair Moulton Black | Set Design by Carin Bester
Warning: Some nudity

The play is set in Frankie’s cramped Hell’s Kitchen apartment, here Frankie and Johnny have repaired after a satisfactory first date. But after satisfying their mutual desires, they’re soon saddled with violently diverging ones. Frankie is ready to withdraw back into her comfortable cocoon of emotional reticence; she wants him out, five minutes ago. Johnny is ready to sing an aria, to dance an endless pas de deux, to buy a tract house. He certainly isn’t ready to go home.

 "Terence McNally has a hit in Frankie & Johnny. A romantic two-hander with character and an abundance of laughs "
-Variety 

"A very sweet, extraordinarily funny, romantic and ribald comedy"
-The New York Post

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire du Lune by celebrated Terrence McNally who’s celebrated wealth of work speak for themselves--A Man of No Importance, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Full Monty. McNally has whipped up a play about a pair of prickly, middle-aged losers who fall in love in spite of themselves. Frankie and Johnny has everything you need --interesting characters, a strong story line, moments of soaring emotion.

Though its dialogue can suggest the easy rhythms of a slick commercial comedy, there are haunted depths to carved from the universal fear that human connection may be an impossible dream. McNally is an insightful author reintroducing the nuanced, bracingly insightful ''Frankie and Johnny'' and ''Lips Together, Teeth Apart.''

Shannyn Fourie

Shannyn Fourie graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School with quadruple honours in Tap, Modern Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. She swiftly found herself immersed in productions on stage namely; Sandy in "Grease" at the Barnyard Theatre directed by Ian Von Mermerty, Enchantress/Queen in the "Frog Prince" directed by Fred Abrahamse, Amanda in "Edges" and the bridesmaid in "I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change" directed by Paul Griffith which earned her a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the Grahamstown Festival. She embraced playing damaged and destructive Amy in "Tape" directed by Gabriella Pinto which ran in various theatres due to audience appeal. She has also written and co-produced "Salute the Troops" a sold out musical review at the Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre. Thereafter she enjoyed a brief stint abroad travelling and performing with "Showboat" directed by Janice Honeyman in the United Kingdom, Wales and Ireland. Her most rewarding accomplishment has been playing the multifaceted Fraulein Kost in the musical "Cabaret" directed by Matthew Wild, in which she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award. She found her country music roots portraying June Carter Cash in the touching biographical theatre piece, From the Heart, which ran to sold out audiences at the Alexander Bar! She is a an advocator for equal rights and enjoyed being part of the cast for both Eve Ensler pieces; Vagina Monologues and A Monologue, a Memory, a Rant and a Prayer at the Alexander Bar Theatre directed by Tamryn Speirs. A Jane of many trades she's seen flexing her acting muscles in numerous local and international television commercials, series and movies.

Alistair Moulton Black

Alistair studied at the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town. In more recent years his focus has been on camera (features and tv) including roles such as Dr Howell in Michael Bay’s ‘Blacks Sails’ for 4 seasons; Jonty Rhodes in the ‘Hansie Film’; Hennie in the feature ‘Skillpoppe’; Sgt Smith in ‘Bordering On Bad Behaviour’;a cameo in the HBO series Strike Back and another in NBCUniversal’s Series Dominion, he played a Female-Jumper in satire Capitalist Pigs and Alistair recently fought the ‘Graboids’ in Warnerbros ‘Tremors 6’ which will be released later in 2018.

However stage is his true passion and this year he played Allan White in ‘Aunty Merle’ at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and before that, ‘Cheers To Sarajevo’ in Canada. Other theatre credits include Romeo in a UK regional tour, Edgar in King Lear at The Arts Cape, The Nurse in ‘Shakespeare’s R&J’ at The Fugard, Leon Golgosh in the Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Assassins’, Dan Shapiro in ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ and Hennie in ‘The Playground’ at the Polka Theatre in London. One of his most enjoyable theatre achievements was winning the Editors Choice Award at The Edinburgh Arts festival for ‘Sylvias Ball’ that he performed and co-wrote.

Tamryn Spears 

Tamryn is inspired by untapped human creative potential. She believes it is as boundless as what we could achieve by unleashing it. She thrives off of multi-tasking to provide a constant outlet for her talents, having found solace in both acting and directing (for screen and theatre), presenting, dance, writing and working as an acting coach (locally and internationally ).

She studied at South Africa’s Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts and the London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. An English Major at UCT, she also studied the Royal Academy Ballet technique. At AFDA her team received a Stone Award for a Shortfilm. In New York she continued her professional development under A-lister Black Nexxus coach Susan Batson, Valerie Kingston a Uta Hagen School and closer to home , Matthew Harrison from The Actors foundry in Vancouver. Tipped as talented newcomer to the theatre scene in 2011, Tamryn supported actress Denise Newman as her younger sister in her 2011 theatre debut of Jean Genet's 'The Maids'. Director Ruth Levine and co star Susan Danford joined her list of powerhouse mentors. 

Tamryn understands that the roadmap to developing character requires exceptional vulnerability of self in the process that helps one understand who they are as an artist or creative. While nurturing these qualities on screen or stage, she incorporates the screenwriting perspective. Having spent two years with editor/ writer Gavin Sher and writer/director Matthew Kalil studying the architecture and structure of story through their mentorship, brought a new dimension to being able to understand the impact of the narrative trajectory for an actor. Over the past decade, working as an acting coach at ACT Cape Town, Tamryn has coached local and international actors helping them to "understand journey of the narrative" deep within the context of their creative expression" 

She has been directing theatre since her college days where they toured productions to the Grahamstown theatre. Her theatre directing credits include "Fat Pig" by Neil Labute which starred a talented cast of Chanelle de Jager, Colin Moss, Clayton Boyd and Lee-Anne Summers touring the city and Johannesburg. She directed Nicola Henekom's "21 light years " at the Galloway theatre last year and earlier this year directed Eve Ensler's latest contribution A Memory, a monologue a rant and a prayer" for Sugardaddy productions and starred the enigmatic talented Shannyn Fourie. She is currently preparing to direct a trilogy of Checkov adaptations for the Galloway theatre in early June. She is extremely honoured to be directing Shannyn Fourie and Alistair Moulton Black in this production.

The play has always been a dream of hers to explore. She loves the mechanics of telling love stories especially when it's heroes are complex and fragile beings. The play offers beautiful insights into our fears and desires and navigates these two souls through the journey into intimacy.




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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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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Performed by Hlubi Nontlanga

A young man finds himself trapped between financial and academic struggles. He strives to find a balance between the two but the debt that he faces as a result of an unjust system and the manipulators of society becomes too much for him. A pawn in a political game, his dreams and academic success are threatened and shattered. 

Hlubi Nontlanga is an actor, Theatre administrator, writer and director. Hlubi is a graduate at the University of Cape Town after studying theatre and performance specialising in theatre making. Hlubi attained his NQF Level 5 certificate in performing arts at the New Africa Theatre Academy. He has high ambitions of becoming a successful actor, Director and Theatre administrator. He has featured in many theatre productions at The Artscape, the Baxter theatre, the National Arts Festival and Joseph Stone Auditorium in plays like Bendingazi, Finally it rains in the desert, Thabo Mbeki and other nightmares, Canvas, Indonga ziwelene, Only love can mend a broken heart,  He has worked with directors like Clare Stopford, Ntombesizwe Tena, Louse Coetzee, Tsepo wa Mamato, Mbongeni Nomkonwana. He is also a founder and current Artistic Director of Mntam Mbhem Theatre Company (NPO).

Hlubi Nontlanga is currently signed and represented by Jonathan Swart Artists Management.




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Jazz fusion • Running Time: 60 mins
Composed by executive producer Riba Mwakusa | Vinascho Williams on keyboard | Griffin Maarman on drums

We believe music is audible love, therefore we are excited to share our work with audiences. Our very distinctive sound creates a calming and intimate atmosphere.

The sound of The Clan is an amalgamation of genres. Our rhythm section has been exposed to these throughout their musical journeys. Gospel music brought us together and from that point we discovered our mutual love of Jazz, Soul, R&B, Classical and Afro Soul.

Intriguing melodies in a warm atmosphere shared with friends and family. An evening not to be missed.




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Talkback • Running Time: 60 mins
Hosted by Sarafina Magazine

After a successful year of bringing womxn's stories to the forefront, Sarafina Magazine invites you to join the conversation. Inspired by The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtables, Sarafina Magazine: Live will feature discussions with South Africa’s leading womxn artists and arts industry professionals. Sarafina Magazine founder, Candice Bernstein, will moderate the fourth installment of the bi-monthly talkback series which kicked off in January 2018. Audience members are encouraged to engage in the discussion through a Q&A session at the end of the talkback.

All funds raised from ticket sales will go towards ensuring the longevity and expansion of this vital womxn narrative-driven platform. The theme of the conversation and it's panel members will be announced shortly.




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Theatre • Running Time: 80 mins
Written and Produced by Joakim Daun | Directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa | Performed by Mimi Ndiweni and Nikola Ruzicic | Dramaturgy by Zoë-Guzy Sprague | Stage Managed by Thabiso Tshbalala | Technical Stage Manager and Sound Design by James Ball | Lighting design by Nic Farman | Set and Costume Design by Cecilia Trono | Music by Lovedale Makalanga & Brezhnev Guveya | Workshop facilitation by Thoriso Moseneke & Courage Chinokewtu | Film by Anton Califano | Graphic Design by Tyme Design

Presented with support from the Swedish Embassy, Pretoria; the Swedish Author Fund; and Bilimankhwe Arts. Grateful thanks to Michaela Waldram-Jones; Goldsmiths Theatre dept, University of London; and Poplar Union.

Presented at the NationalArts Festival 2018.“Why do I have to represent a whole race when I just want to represent me?” 

The Incident is a new provocative play by Swedish playwright Joakim Daun that tackles belonging, migration, racism and power through an intimate love story spanning Sweden and Zimbabwe. The play premiered at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2017 where it received critical acclaim form the audience and was awarded Outstanding Zimbabwean Theatrical Production in 2018.

The Incident is directed by Zimbabwean director Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa and stars award winning British actress Mimi Ndiweni and Swedish actor Nikola Ruzicic. 

“Enlightening. Wow, that was raw. No filter. Loved it.”  (Audience Member HIFA 2017)

How ‘progressive’ are people really, when they’re confronted with difficult choices? 

Straight out of the National Arts Festival’s main stage in Grahamstown, The Incident is brought to Alexander Upstairs by a team of international and South African theatre makers.  

The Incident explores the experience of many Southern Africans who have moved to Europe in search for new opportunities and looks at the realities of living in a different culture, far from family, and tradition. It examines what it means to “belong,” for an ambitious, black African woman in a mostly white male dominated society. 

Joakim Daun - Writer and producer

Joakim Daun a Swedish theatre maker with a background in human rights who has worked extensively in Africa and Latin America. He writes and produces intercultural theatre that question current power structures from the perspective of the individual as well as the collective. He holds an MA in writing for performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Elizabeth Muchemwa - Director

Elizabeth Muchemwa is a Zimbabwean theatre Director working as an associate artistic director at Almasi Collaborative Arts in Zimbabwe. She has directed a number of shows and staged readings including the premiere of The Incident at Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2017. She is also a playwright and poet and has been a playwriting residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the UK.

Mimi Ndiweni - Actress

Mimi Ndiweni is a British actress with Zimbabwean descent and the 2018 Off West End award winner for best actress in London for her role as Jekesai/Ester in The Convert at Gate Theatre. TV credits include Mr Selfridge and BBC drama series Rellik and for film The Legend of Tarzan. She is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Ophelia in Hamlet. She trained at Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama.

Nikola Ruzicic - Actor

Nikola Ruzicic is a Swedish actor whose work includes appearances in two of Sweden’s most prominent primetime tv-shows “Maria Wern” and “The Fourth Man”, the upcoming feature film “Huldra”, and the Cannes-screened provocative short film “Mannequins.” Nikola trained at Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and also has earned a BA honours degree in media/communication and English.

Zoë Guzy Sprague - Dramaturgy

Zoë Guzy Sprague is an American dramaturge based in London. She works as a freelance dramaturge, writer and creative writing facilitator and is currently a member Orange Tree’s Writer’s Collective in London. She holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Nic Farman – Lighting Designer

Nic is an English lighting designer and Winner of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers & ALD Award for New Talent in Entertainment Lighting of the 'Francis Reid Award' 2013. He was Nominated for Best Lighting Designer at the Offie Awards in 2016 for The Spanish Tragedy.

Cecilia Trono – Set and Costume Designer 

Cecilia is a French Set and Costume designer based in London, who has worked at the Acrola Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, Omnibus Theatre, and the Vaults. She was nominated for an Offie Award for Best Set Design at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016.

James Ball – Sound designer & Technical Stage Manager 

James works in the UK and abroad, focusing on contemporary art, youth & community theatre and live music, working as Technical Manager for Paines Plough; Lighting Designer for Mandala Theatre Company; Sound Engineer for pop group ‘Saint Etienne’.

Thabiso Tshabalala–  Stage Manager 

Thabiso has worked as Production Manager for Sarafina! In Black and White at the Soweto Theatre and Stage Manager for the City of Tshwane’s Vision 2055 Launch. He also worked on Pamela Nomvete’s show, Ngiyadansa, and South African State Theatre’s production of Forgiveness.

Lavinia Serban – Company Stage Manager (London)

Lavinia graduated from the MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design Programme, Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She believes theatre can bring people together to share something life changing. She recently worked as DSM on 'Of Mice and Men

LoveDale Mak (Musician) 

Lovedale was introduced to music & creativity through his father, a traditional, spiritual mbira player, and his mother - a doylist. He went on to be an award-winning musician who has operated within the Zimbabwean music industry for over 17 years as a vocalist, song-writer/lyricist, composer, producer, guitarist, film scorer, and solo performer.

Brezhnev Gueva (Musician)

Brezhnev also known as Maestrowemhanda on stage in Zimbabwe, is a gifted musical improviser. He is an actor and musician with sixteen years of experience, including stage productions of Mbira and Percussions. He has worked internationally with professional artists in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Thoriso Moseneke (Project Support/Facilitator)

Thoriso is a South African creative entrepreneur and applied theatre practitioner specialising in arts in health and arts education. She is passionate about socially engaged arts, human rights, and social justice. Working as a creative arts facilitator, workshop curator and researcher she has international and local experience.

Anton Califano (Film maker)

Anton is an English film maker with more than two decades of filmmaking experience as producer, director & cameraman. His company Movement In Media makes films for the arts, education & cultural sector. He is currently making “Killing the Law” a feature documentary for release in 2018.




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Networking Event • Running Time: 90 mins
Red Velvet Zone

Modelled on the UK version, Village Drinks Cape Town is a monthly networking event for gay professionals in Cape Town. Village Drinks Cape Town will also offer businesses an opportunity to profile their services and products to the sizable gay market in Cape Town. Entrance includes your first drink (draft beer, house wine or soft drink). This event takes place in the bar area downstairs and may include a brief presentation.





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Folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Tracy Norman - Vocals and guitar | Sean Sanby - double bass | Lilavan Gangen - Percussion | Christian Chandler - Trombone

Tracy Norman is an up and coming singer-songwriter with an ability to capture and hold an audience in vulnerable curiosity with her gentle acoustic guitar and sultry, soulful voice. Her songs are a thoughtful reflection of the beauty and struggle of life as well as the issues facing our society. Join her for an intimate performance alongside her band in which she’ll be sharing more of her stories as well as the things which compel her to sing and write. The band features Sean Sanby on double bass, Lilavan Gangen on percussion and Christian Chandler on trombone.





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Jazz-Pop • Running Time: 65 mins
Marcè Underwood as lyricist and lead vocalist | Ryan May on bass | Justin Reed on keyboard | Sherwin Tate on drums | Together we are Project Escape

Join Cape Town's soulful up and coming band, Project Escape, as we perform at The Alexander Bar for the very first time. Our sound is funky, soulful and unique. We look forward to showing you our brand of music at this intimate setting in the heart of the Mother City. 

Based in Cape Town, South Africa and formed in 2016; Project Escape is a funky, soulful band made up of 4 talented musicians. 

Marcè Underwood is the lead singer and lyricist of the band, Ryan May is on bass guitar, Justin Reed is our keyboardist & Sherwin Tate is the drummer and most recent member. Together we perform a mixture of originals & popular music, while also adding in our own uniquely South African flavor.

Press Info: Based in Cape Town, South Africa and formed in 2016; Project Escape is a funky, soulful band made up of 4 talented musicians. 

Marcè Underwood is the lead singer and lyricist of the band, Ryan May is on bass guitar, Justin Reed is our keyboardist & Sherwin Tate is the drummer and most recent member. Together we perform a mixture of originals & popular music, while also adding in our own uniquely South African flavor.




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Musical theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and directed by Regina R. Malan | Music adapted and performed by Regina R. Malan | Presented by Mish Mash Media Productions

Mish Mash Media Productions presents another mini production called "Not Just Musicals".

Ellen has always loved living the life of a performer and can't see herself doing anything else. Well she can, however she does not want to. But when a series of events come into play and she is forced to face the unvarnished truth, everything changes. Now she needs to make the hardest decision she has ever made in her life. Conflicted and almost at her wits end, she ends up hurting everything she holds dear. The decision she ultimately makes affects her as an artist and the one she loves most for the rest of her life, in more ways than she could ever have imagined.

Regina obtained her BMus at Stellenbosch University, specialising in stage performance with Classical singing as her first instrument. While she has previously done Operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro and Dido and Aeneas, last year she starred in her first three plays, namely Macbeth, Design for Living and Jane Eyre, and first two musicals, The Full Monty at Grand West Casino and Shadows in Red Light, where she originated the lead role. In 2018 she made her Alexander Bar debut with Public City The Musical as singer, actor and musical director, starred in the LGBTQ show Because it's okay and is self-producing a few shows this year. Regina also does voice-over work, film, writes plays and composes music and is very pleased to bring the female version of Iago to life in the all female cast of Othello: A Woman's Story, this year. Keep an eye on this one. 




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Spokenword/Poetry and live music performance • Running Time: 120 mins
Curated by Kolawole Gbolahan | Tefo "Talking Drum" Mahola on drums | Riba Mwakusa on bass | Kagiso Noah Tshole on guitar | Ayandare Ajayi Bolaji on talking drum | Kolawole Cornelius Gbolahan as the talkative presence and on trumpet\percussion

Sounds and Words as a poetic band creates a very conscious and intimate atmosphere, an artistic and spiritual ambiance which facilitates a deeper and higher level of communion with the audience. Our art speaks to audiences that cuts across different spectrum of class and race within the society. We strongly believe that we  carry a very positive message that  is worth sharing and engaging with.  The next event at the Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre which is scheduled for 19:00 on the 29th of July,  is going to be a communion of souls and a gathering of creatives. We cheerfully invite all humans to come support an intimate listening session with sounds to heal and words to commune. Expect an intimately emotive fusion of Afro-beat, Highlife, Jazz, Reggae and Soulful funk complementing the literary aesthetics of poetry and spoken word.





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Performance • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and Directed by Raine Waring | Performed by Sinead Donnelly and Robyn Ivey
Warning: Language

Marriage! Marriage? Marriage. Fool, an original play uncovers the juicy, secrets of a marriage and the catastrophic turn of events that happen when things go a little pear shaped. A chauvinistic, custard of a husband and a devilish, sour housewife find themselves swimming around in a boiling pot of unwanted and unfortunate realities, bubbling under the surface until their shameful truths unfold. He obviously doesn’t like her cooking, but this wicked woman has much bigger fish to fry and let’s just say that revenge sure is sweet…beastly, dangerous and delicious!

Set in the 1960’s, this dark comedy demonstrates a series of powerful physicality and story-telling, unveiling some pretty wrongful truths. The play exposes a common problem of adultery in marriages today and one resentful and ingenious yet sinful solution. With a cast of two women, Fool leads you through a witty, outspoken, distorted, yet thrilling and liberating story of the revenge a woman takes on her husband. 

In 2017 Raine Waring and Severine Fletcher collaborated and opened a company called Keep the act alive, a drama and performance based initiative. KTAA offers acting classes and workshops to artists wishing to hone in on their acting and performamce skills. In addition to classes, Keep the act alive...and perform! was created out of a love for performing. It encourages artists to perform pieces of their own choice, and once a month we get together, whereby everyone participating provides positive and constructive feedback. As a group we inspire each other through our art. Our safe space creates a wonderful platform for artist to express themselves and get performance experience, while being surrounded by likeminded and encouraging artists. KTAA...and perform! Has developed further, whereby we now aim to showcase our talent through live performance theatre. This is where Fool was born! Fool is KTAA's first stage production as a professional team, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you Cape Town. 

A little about the creative team: 

Raine Waring (director and writer) is a graduate of The Cape Academy of Performing Arts 2014 with Distinction. Raine has been involved in various stage productions such as ‘Barred’ and ‘Trigger Warnings’ - The Yellow Glove Collective. ‘Between the Lines’ as part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festivals;’ and “The Real Inspector Hound” as part of the Constantiaberg Players, whereby she was awarded a certificate of excellence for the best cameo role of “the sweet young thing”. Raine wrote and acted in her own one woman play, ‘Wait” at The Alexander Bar in 2016. She made her film debut for Universal Pictures, in 2016 as a featured dancer in the latest instalment of Bring it On: Worldwide #Cheersmack. Most recently Raine has performed the role of Tinker Bell in the Abrahamse and Meyer stage production of Peter Pan and as the role of Peppa Pig and choreographer in the production of Peppa Pig live in SA. Raine is currently obtaining her LTCL drama teaching Diploma, after obtaining her ATCL drama teaching diploma, with Distinction, through the Trinity College of London. 

Sinead Donnelly (performer) is a Cape Town based performer. She completed her studies at the Waterfront Theatre College majoring in Musical Theatre and Dance, gaining her advanced 2 levels in modern, tap and ballet. She is a singer, actress, dancer and choreographer who has a hunger to learn and explore. Her experience includes appearing in Pieter Toerien's production of The Sound of Music (2018); Gardening and Other Distractions (2018) at the Grahamstown Festival and multiple WTS productions including Sister Act: the Musical; Cinematic Motion; The Crucible; and Pirates of Penzance. She also appeared in JUNK in the Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016. Sinead is a founding member of TRIALITY Dance Collective, a collaborative performance group. Being on stage has taught her how to be playful with her art form.  

Robyn Ivey (performer) is graduate from the Waterfront Theatre College, whereby she majored in dance and musical theatre. Robyn has obtained her Vocal and Drama Associate as well as her Licentiate in drama and musical theatre through Trinity College. She has also obtained her ISTD (Imperial Society of Dance) Tap Diploma and Modern Associate. Robyn was brought up in the art form of belly dancing, and is furthering her training with Soma Dance Studio, tribal belly dancing. In 2017 Robyn was in the production of Rent, Sister Act, and 'Fluttershy' in the My Little Pony Friendship Tour. In 2018 she was a Cheerleader for (IPL) India Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders. Robyn makes up the team of a collaborative dance company, Triality Dance Collective, alongside Sinead Donnelly and Liam Gillespie. 



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

Jo, a recent divorcée, arrives for her first session with Carl Zimmerman, a Cape Town psychologist. Carl's consulting room is on the corner of Loop and Strand and apart from the expected couch contains a Steinway baby-grand. (Carl is also a wannabe songwriter and often surprises his clients by using music therapy to work through their divorce issues.) In one 70mn musical rollercoaster-ride they laugh, cry, share and lay bare their broken hearts through song and chat  and by the end of the session we could almost believe that these two total strangers are ready to fall in love again.

A Couch & a Piano previews on 4th August at Alexander Upstairs followed by a two-week run in Johannesburg at Theatre on the Square, 14th August. 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, South African born Cat Simoni is now entertaining audiences countrywide. Alan co-created the highly successful children’s music series Beautiful Creatures with Ed Jordan & Paul Choritz. With their seven albums they have achieved two platinum, four gold albums in SA, two SAMA nominations & a Naledi award. They have five children’s books, and are represented on ITunes throughout the world. Alan’s children’s book 'Oliver’s Outline' was published by Pan Macmillan in 2015. Alan’s theatre career began with the acclaimed accapella cabaret group Not the Midnight Mass in 1988, which won a Dalro Cabaret Revue Award, Evening Post Award & a Vita nomination. Alan does numerous TV & radio voice-overs, and for produces large corporate events. A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 7 years, Paul has since acted and directed in theatres from London to Copenhagen, Vienna to Tokyo. Paul writes and directs Cat Simoni’s musical entertainments.




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Revue • Running Time: 65 mins
Developed and performed by Titilayo Adedokun | 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".

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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Comedy • Running Time: 75 mins
Presented by Mish Mash Media Productions | Written by Evan Linger and Andrew Hobgood
Warning: PG 13

The setting is America, 1956 and the annual quiche breakfast for the ladies of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is being held, when all hell breaks loose. Now it's every woman for herself. It's Lord of the Flies meets Stepford Wives - with Lesbians, Quiche and Improvised comedy. What more could you want? This naughty, witty, high stakes comedy romp is sure to warm your heart and make you burst out laughing.

The sisters are fun, elegant and on a journey of self-discovery. No meat... all manners! Be ready for an interactive comedy as we take you on a journey that will help you get in touch with your inner lesbian. 




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Cabaret • Running Time: 55 mins
Presented by Cabaret Man | Conceptualised by Roland Perold and Godfrey Johnson

Johnson and Perold reunite to present a feast of comedy and music in their new cabaret. 

Both play and sing the piano simultaneously! Together they bring hand picked comedy songs to life with custom music arrangements. Pieces that are funny, witty, strange & unusual in some way are featured alongside original material by the duo who are both songwriters.

A new take on well known songs by the likes of Cole Porter, Randy Newman, Noël Coward and Fats Waller are also on the bill, highlighting the bittersweet quality in these composers’ works. 


Godfrey Johnson has performed over twenty one-man shows nationally and internationally. Has worked extensively as a musician, director, composer and is a starlwart on the cabaret scene. Johnson has been nominated for 6 Fleur du Cap awards, most recenlty for “Vaslav”, and won for Best Performance in a Cabaret for Kissed by Brel.

Roland Perold is a consummate performer, producer, songwriter and cabaret artist with 9 years’ experience across Revue, Cabaret, Plays, Musicals and Pantomime. Specializing in Golden Age repertoire has grown a loyal following as Cabaret Man and won The Muse Award for Best New Play for “The Pitch” (co-written with Callum Tilbury) by the Writers’ Guild of South Africa. 

Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold reunite bringing their new show: “The GOOD NEWS Cabaret” to Alexander Bar at the end of August. 

Featuring the talented fingers and voices of this dynamic duo, Johnson and Perold are well known for their cabaret work locally and abroad. Both sing and play piano simultaneously and will bring their unique touch, along with custom musical arrangements to the stage. 

“The GOOD NEWS Cabaret” features hand picked comedy material from across the globe; songs that are funny, witty, or strange and unusual in some way. Perold explains: “We live in a social media crazy world where everyone is ‘doing fab!’. But when you look below the surface it’s another story. ‘Good News!’ on the surface, yes, but boy-oh-boy one level down and it’s a quagmire.”

Johnson continues: “We acknowledge this. And by seeing the humour in the situation we can all start to move forward. Music is such a great tool to facilitate this.”

Songs include an array of cutting edge new material as well as standards by composers like Cole Porter, Noël Coward, Fats Waller, Randy Newman and others. Johnson and Perold have managed to extract the bittersweet sentiment that is present is so many works that form part of these composers’ discographies. Both Johnson and Perold are also established songwriters, with Perold recently winning the Writers’ Guild of South Africa’s MUSE Award for his musical, “The Pitch”. The audience can also look forward to original songs, Johnson explains: “With the state of the world there is so much to talk about, we can’t resist!”.

Johnson has performed over twenty one-man shows nationally and internationally. He has worked extensively as a musician, director, composer and is a starlwart on the cabaret scene. Johnson has been nominated for 6 Fleur du Cap awards, most recenlty for “Vaslav”, and won for Best Performance in a Cabaret for his work in Kissed by Brel.

Perold is a consummate performer, producer, musician and cabaret artist with 9 years’ experience across Revue, Cabaret, Plays, Musicals and Pantomime. Specializing in Golden Age repertoire has grown a loyal following as Cabaret Man and is thrilled to reunite with Johnson after the sell out success of “Coward & Cole”, their previous collaboration. See www.cabaretman.com for more info. 

“The GOOD NEWS Cabaret” is on at Alexander Bar from 29 August – 1 September at 19:00 nightly. Ticket availabe online at: http://shows.alexanderbar.co.za




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Spoken word + improvisation • Running Time: 90 mins
Toast Coetzer on vocals | Stephen Timm on drums | Michael Currin on guitar

The Buckfever Underground has been around, in one form or another, for 20 years. Formed in Grahamstown in 1998, the band moved to Cape Town in the early 2000s where they earned a reputation as an idiosyncratic live act. In recent years, band members have come and gone, and they currently play as a three-piece: Toast Coetzer (vocals), Stephen Timm (drums) and new member Michael Currin (guitar).

The Buckfever Underground has released acclaimed albums like Jou Medemens Is Dood, TAFL - Teaching Afrikaans as a Foreign Language, SAVES and Verkeerdevlei. They have played at festivals like Oppikoppi, in St George's Park, a farm outside Potch, dodgy bars, indie clubs and many peoples' lounges, stoeps and back gardens. 






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Baroque music cross over • Running Time: 55 mins
Presented by the 2018 Cape Town Baroque Festival | Music composed and arranged by Jan-Hendrik Harley | Performed by 'Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas' | Jan-Hendrik Harley on violin, guitar and direction | Joshua Frank on recorder and guitar | Mariechen Meyer on double bass | John Pringle on percussion

The 2018 Cape Town Baroque Festival presents ‘David Bowie Reworked’, featuring works from David Bowie’s heyday, conceptually reimagined as baroque compositions. 

The music is arranged by Stellenbosch based composer Jan-Hendrik Harley and performed by Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas on original baroque instruments.

Having been dubbed the “Chameleon of Rock” and a master of reinvention, it felt that the only natural approach to an evening of eclectic arrangements in honour of the iconic musician and entertainer David Bowie would be a complete reinvention of his music itself. This is exactly what can be expected from Stellenbosch based composer Jan-Hendrik Harley and Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas’s contribution to the 2018 Cape Town Baroque Festival. 

‘David Bowie Reworked’ features works from the musician’s heyday, conceptually reimagined as baroque compositions – a nod to his ability to revamp his music and image so many times over a long and illustrious career. 

The concert will be presented by a quartet of musicians from the ensembles’ ranks: joining Jan-Hendrik Harley (violin, guitar and direction) on stage will be Joshua Frank (recorder and guitar), Mariechen Meyer (double bass) and John Pringle (percussion). The concert will be performed on period instruments, and the Bowie pieces will be alternated with anonymous baroque works that also reflect the recurring themes of angst, fear and alienation in his music, in order to complete the illusion.


Presented by the 2018 Cape Town Baroque Festival. Music composed and arranged by Jan-Hendrik Harley. Performed by 'Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas'. Jan-Hendrik Harley (violin, guitar and direction), Joshua Frank (recorder and guitar), Mariechen Meyer (double bass) and John Pringle (percussion).


Jan-Hendrik Harley – Violins/Violas/Guitars/Direction

Jan-Hendrik Harley obtained his Bachelors degree in music from the University of Stellenbosch (BMUS) in 2002, specialising in chamber music, classical guitar and viola. He holds a Masters degree in chamber music with a composition portfolio from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Masters degree in viola performance with early music as related field from the University of North Texas.


Jan-Hendrik is a composer/arranger of classical and popular music, and also freelance as a performing and recording artist. As composer Jan-Hendrik has enjoyed a number of premieres by student and professional groups in Africa, Europe and both Americas, of works ranging from intimate chamber music pieces to electroacoustic- and bigger orchestral pieces. He has done production work on numerous soundtracks and albums, his main focus being orchestration and scoring. Jan-Hendrik is the musical director of the Cape Town based Narrative Ensemble, and the curator and musical director of Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas.


Joshua Frank – Recorder/Oboe/Guitar

Joshua Frank is a final-year BMus student at Stellenbosch University, studying recorder with Karin Maritz, oboe with Ioanna Matei, and guitar with Nina Fourie-Gouws. His musical career began at age 6 when he started playing the recorder, after which he picked up the guitar at age 10 and oboe at age 13. He has received numerous masterclasses on all his instruments, from such performers as Maurice Steger, Stefan Temmingh, Carin van Heerden, Dorin Gliga, Goran Krivokapić and Morgan Szymansky. As well as being a principal member of the Stellenbosch University Symphony Orchestra (USSO) under the baton of Dr Corvin Matei, he has previously collaborated with groups such as the Cape Consort and the Stellenbosch University Camerata. He has also performed as a soloist with various groups, including USSO, Camerata Tinta Barocca, the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra, Stellenbosch University Camerata and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.


Mariechen Meyer – Double Bass

South African bassist Mariechen Meyer started her double bass studies with Peter Guy in Bloemfontein, and graduated cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch in 2011 on a string scholarship under the Dutch pedagogue and performer, Roxane Steffen.

From a young age, she was appointed principal bassist of several orchestras such as the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in USA, and the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra.  Mariechen has been invited to numerous international chamber festivals, among which are the International Chamber Festival in Stellenbosch (South Africa), MUSICA MUNDI International Chamber Music Course and Festival for Young Musicians in Belgium, the Stift Festival in The Netherlands, and the Interlochen Summer Camp in Michigan, USA, where she worked with Leon Bosch, Lawrence Hurst, Jack Budrow and Zoran Markovic.

As a soloist, Mariechen has performed with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra (2004) and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (2008).  Currently, Mariechen is pursuing her Doctoral Degree at the University of North Texas in Denton, studying with the world-renowned double bass pedagogue and soloist Jeff Bradetich.  In 2013, she was a winner of the University of North Texas Concerto Competition, second prize winner of the Mid-Texas Symphony Solo Competition and a semi-finalist in the prestigious solo competition if the International Society of Bassists.


John Pringle – Percussion

John L Pringle studied classical percussion under the guidance of Suzette Brits at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, between 2001 and 2004. He is a keen composer of both modern classical and light contemporary music, and has received numerous commissions from classical new music festivals, schools and the film and television industries.

His life long interest in, and study of the traditional music and cultures of the African continent can be heard in all his compositions. This passion and knowledge along with his years of teaching experience as a freelance percussion teacher in the Western Cape, South Africa (since 2003) has led to the compilation of this, his first series of books "Examination Pieces for the Djembe".




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Comedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Brent Meersman | Directed by Wynne Bredenkamp | Performed by Sophie Kirsch and Sizo Mahlangu

She suspects he’s up to mischief. He think she’s just being selfish. Out in the wilds with a tent without poles and surrounded by laughing hyenas, they have to come to an understanding if they are to survive. Well, that is what you’d think. But she has other ideas and he may have other agendas. Is this a camping trip from hell, or is hell in other people?

A new comedy by Brent Meersman, co-editor of GroundUp news, is directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, director of the "multi-layered and mesmerizing" At The Edge of The Light. 

Sophie Kirsch (Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa The Musical) stars in this comedy alongside Sizo Mahlangu (Shakespeare in Love and Othello).

"Campers do not give merely to get, but relate to each other in a spirit of equality and community,” wrote philosopher GA Cohen. But what if they didn’t? Find out in this most unusual comedy: Why not socialism





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Stand-up Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Written Directed by Nkosinathi Maki

Moving to Joburg" is Nkosinathi Maki's latest and 3rd one man show offering.
The show is about Nkosinathi's next big move to the City of Gold.

He takes us on a hilarious journey from, why he moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In the show he reveals South Africa's biggest ironies and experiences - His 1st time at a Johanneburg strip club, how Coca cola prices its products bakwards. Dstv Advertised on Dstv and Why Donald Trump is the perfect example of why people over the age of 50 should not be on social media.

Nkosinathi Maki has been a Stand-up Comedian since 2011. Nkosinathi organized comedy shows on the 1st month he started performing stand up comedy.

The next venture: Nkosinathi Maki has created an annual comedy festival for the people of Port Elizabeth, the place where it all began for him. The first festival took place in December 2017 and the 2nd annual comedy fest will be taking place in August 2018 over the course of 3 days.

He recently came back from the National Arts Festival where he has his sold out and had a standing ovation on both One man shows “Gluten Free 2016 and Schoolboy 2017”.

Nathi Comedy events are an important part of the ecosystem of the South African comedy industry and his dedication to making sure that comedy is more accessible to young South Africans, is a big reason why this comedian / promoter has made a real impact on the Cape Town Comedy Circuit and is now focusing on the Nelson Mandela Bay.




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Today (Saturday)


Corné and Twakkie
Comedy
at 9pm

Tomorrow (Sunday)


Blues in the Night - On Broadway
Jazz, Musical Theatre, Crossover
at 7pm

This Monday


Live Music Mondays
Live music downstairs
25 Jun at 8pm
BONOMO
Fusion | Indie
25 Jun at 9pm

This Tuesday


Friends Trivia Night
Quiz
Friends Trivia Night: The One Where You Win...Maybe26 Jun at 7pm

This Wednesday


OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
27 Jun at 7pm

This Thursday



Rest of June


Gertrude Stein and A Companion
Drama
Fri 29 at 7pm
Sat 30 at 4pm 7pm

July


The Deficit
Drama
Mon 2 at 7pm
Tue 3 at 7pm
Wed 4 at 7pm
Thu 5 at 7pm
Fri 6 at 7pm
Sat 7 at 4pm 7pm
Sun 8 at 4pm
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune by Terence McNally
Dramady
Tue 3 at 9pm
Wed 4 at 9pm
Thu 5 at 9pm
Fri 6 at 9pm
Sat 7 at 9pm
OMG Quiz Night
Quiz
Wed 4 at 7pm
Wed 11 at 7pm
Wed 18 at 7pm
Wed 25 at 7pm
Riba Mwakusa clan
Jazz fusion
Sun 8 at 7pm
The Incident
Theatre
Wed 11 at 7pm
Thu 12 at 7pm
Fri 13 at 7pm
Sat 14 at 3pm 7pm
Sun 15 at 3pm
Village Drinks Cape Town
Networking Event
Thu 12 at 6pm
Stories from a quiet voice
Folk
Sun 15 at 7pm
Project Escape
Jazz-Pop
Sun 22 at 7pm
Not Just Musicals
Musical theatre
Mon 23 at 9pm
Tue 24 at 9pm
Wed 25 at 9pm
Thu 26 at 9pm
Fri 27 at 9pm
Sun 29 at 3pm
The Communion with Sounds & Words at Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre
Spokenword/Poetry and live music performance
Sun 29 at 7pm
Fool
Performance
Mon 30 at 9pm
Tue 31 at 9pm

August


Fool
Performance
Wed 1 at 9pm
Thu 2 at 9pm
Fri 3 at 9pm
Sat 4 at 9pm
A Couch & a Piano
Musical theatre
Sat 4 at 7pm
50 Shades of Fairytales
Revue
Wed 8 at 9pm
Thu 9 at 9pm
Fri 10 at 9pm
Sat 11 at 9pm
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Comedy
Mon 20 at 9pm
Tue 21 at 9pm
Wed 22 at 9pm
Mon 27 at 9pm
Tue 28 at 9pm
Wed 29 at 9pm
Thu 30 at 9pm
Fri 31 at 9pm
The GOOD NEWS Cabaret
Cabaret
Wed 29 at 7pm
Thu 30 at 7pm
Fri 31 at 7pm

September


The GOOD NEWS Cabaret
Cabaret
Sat 1 at 7pm
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Comedy
Sat 1 at 9pm
The Buckfever Underground LIVE
Spoken word + improvisation
Sat 8 at 7pm
50 Shades of Fairytales
Revue
Fri 21 at 7pm
Sat 22 at 7pm
Sun 23 at 7pm
Mon 24 at 7pm
Thu 27 at 7pm
Fri 28 at 7pm
Sat 29 at 7pm
Sun 30 at 7pm
David Bowie Reworked
Baroque music cross over
Sat 22 at 4pm
Sun 23 at 9pm

October


Why not socialism?
Comedy
Mon 22 at 9pm
Tue 23 at 9pm
Wed 24 at 9pm
Mon 29 at 9pm
Tue 30 at 9pm
Wed 31 at 9pm
Moving to Joburg
Stand-up Comedy
Thu 25 at 9pm
Fri 26 at 9pm
Sat 27 at 9pm

November


Why not socialism?
Comedy
Thu 1 at 9pm
Fri 2 at 9pm
Sat 3 at 9pm