Acoustic Guitar • Running Time: 65 mins

Making a rare solo appearance in Cape Town and surrounds for only three shows this Feb/Mar is South Africa's premier acoustic guitarist, Tony Cox.

Known throughout South Africa as one of its finest guitarists, Cox's shows are filled with humour and stories from his life that often reduce his audience to fits of laughter and then gasps of amazement at what comes out of his guitar. Do not pass up the opportunity of witnessing for yourself just why this guitarist regularly moves local and foreign audiences from Italy to Canada, from the USA to the UK - to jump to their feet shouting for more...

'Cox baits the listener into rapturous moments of sublime guitar playing’ - Craig Feris, What’s On Cape Town - 2012

'The strength and precision of what emerges from this man's Mervyn Davis guitar is breathtaking' - Andrew Smith, The Press and Journal, Scotland, Jan 2010

More information on his website: http://tonycox.co.za





Nu-folk • Running Time: 120 mins

Join Nuka and Dave Knowles for a night of defining nu-folk. Both powerful vocalists, Knowles and Nuka weave rich imagery through accomplished guitar pieces spanning styles and genres. Woody acoustics and fiery hearts, free in form and firm in passion. These artists are not to be missed.





Inditronica • Running Time: 60 mins

Combine an eclectic fusion of electronic, jazz and house with some edgy tribal sounds, add a few quirky toys and a looping machine - and you've LegoLoop.

This Italian Inditronica duo - Francesca Krnjak and Riccardo Moretti - are pushing the boundaries of the avant guarde muso-artiste! This is an act that simply must be seen, LIVE

Franscesca's otherworldly sensuality and syrupy voice combined with Riccardo's high energy percussion and mixing, make them a potent duo of performance, poetry and passion.

LegoLoop is a tour-de-force on the music scene. Bold, imaginative and quirky - these are performers of the highest order. Step onto their musical carpet ride and you'll be transported to a world of new sights and sounds.





Lecture/Workshop • Running Time: 60 mins

A serious of lecture's designed to learn programming using the python programming language. The lectures are presented by Edward van Kuik and will follow the book Learn Python The Hard Way by Zed A. Shaw.

The show includes a sandwich and a juice for lunch.





Folk, Singer-Songwriter • Running Time: 50 mins

Fresh from New York, having played at the legendary Bitter End, this cape-town born artist shares a uniquely poetic take on song-writing, fused with an honest depth of performance and truly ‘lives her songs’.

It is not often one comes across a performer that so delicately embraces melody and lyrics with a powerful intimacy that draws listeners in. Acoustic folk that is contemplative, powerful and edgy - these songs celebrate the raw human experience.





Folk / Rock • Running Time: 70 mins

Jamie Jupiter spins magic with his original lyrics, assortment of instruments and his loop pedal which allows him to record sounds on sight and play it back to a live audience. From folk to funk, afro-groove to reggae, Jamie does it all.

Living in Cape Town Jamie is a member of local blues sensation Mother City Mojo.
He's toured the UK, USA and Canada, Reunion island and Germany with “The African Music Workshop Ensemble”, was a member of glam-rock group “The Honeymoon Suites” in the 90's and won a Fleur du Cap for best cabaret 2009 with the mock country show "Angels on Horseback."
At heart Jamie is a songwriter but is a sucker for blowing the blues harp and coaxing sounds out of used plastic!





Spoken word, improv meander of music • Running Time: 90 mins

Toast Coetzer (vocals, lyrics) and Stephen Timm (kaossilator) are members of Cape Town’s spoken-word improv band The Buckfever Underground. In this show they explore slightly different sonic territory than with their full band. The show will feature all-new lyrics, facial hair and jittery movements. “Music for the beau­ti­ful ones not yet born, a gen­er­a­tion that comes after the fact”, Rolling Stone wrote about The Buckfever Underground’s latest album. Tonight they will be supported by Wellington-based singer-songwriter Chris Wait.





Musical comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, directed and performed by Dylan Hichens and Simon van Wyk.

Fresh from a sell-out run in Grahamstown, The Brothers Streep are back in Cape Town with their hilarious and harmonious blend of comedy and music. “With endearing charm, boyish good looks and a talent for catchy hooks… expect to be humming the songs long after the performance is over.” Cue 2012

The Brothers Streep are an acoustic comedy act from Cape Town, South Africa. Performing as both a duo and full band, they have made their mark locally through playing at major South African events such as Rocking the Daisies (2010 & 2011), Synergy (2011), The 1st Annual Comics Choice Awards (2011) and Grahamstown Festival (2012 + 2013), whilst also broadening their horizons internationally by playing to Anna Paquin on The Graham Norton Show (2009) and debuting their own full length show at The Gilded Balloon as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2010). They are perhaps best known in South Africa for their performance on the first and last episode of SA Idols Season IV (2011) and for their quirky songs written for adverts, Geely (2011) and DSTV (2011/12).





Comedy Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Michael Kirch |written by Brent Palmer | starring Adrian Collins & Brent Palmer

2 Fleur du Cap nominations -  Best SA script and Best Director!

Brent Palmer’s hilarious comedy-drama “Bench” premièred at the Kalk Bay Theatre where it received consistently glowing reviews.

“Bench” is directed by Michael Kirch; starring Adrian Collins and Brent Palmer as Hendry and Denver, two local petty thieves. Seated on a park bench, they are on the brink of their most daring job to date –a job which they believe could make them wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. When one of them gets a crisis of conscience and begins to question the job, the planning takes an unexpected turn. It is a gritty yet whimsical comedy; examining a day in the life of two hustlers with surprising revelations.





Psychological Illusionist • Running Time: 60 mins
Stuart Lightbody

Come to the Alexander Upstairs for sneak peak at the show that Stuart Lightbody will be performing at the National Arts Festival this year. From the Standard Bank Silver Ovation award winning creator of "Stuperstition" and "Dark Imaginings" comes "Unreal"... Sure, magic isn't real, but that's what makes it beautiful! Drawing on material from "Elegant Deceptions" and "Burn My Hands"... but digit-ally remastered. Writen and Performed by Stuart Lightbody, Directed by Tara Notcutt.





Music • Running Time: 90 mins

Award-winning pianist and vocal artist Shannon Hope joins forces with the energetic and relatively new on the SA music scene Dividable Grand for Come Together – a show featuring a collaborative approach to their respective original songs and some songs they wish they wrote. Imagine the vocal power of Adele backed by the pop sensibilities of The Beatles – throw in a cello, some percussion and appearances by a couple of well-known guest artists, and Come Together will be a performance to remember.

Check out their video!





Intellectual Comedy / One-Man Show • Running Time: 60 mins

Off the wall comedy - back by popular demand!

Gaëtan Schmid returns as the eccentric Eastern European professor who rants about the history and propagation of the English language, its idiosyncrasies and etymological quirks.

Don't mind the prof's lack of vocabulary, ill-fitted costume and small suitcase. His exuberance will blow your socks off!

Directed by Rob Murray.

“... a class act … hilarious one-man show...” Mail&Guardian

“…an hour of outrageous laughter … awesome imagination … Go see it.” Artslink

“Gaëtan is brilliant … extraordinary energy … exceptional comic timing … amazing commitment and enthusiasm ...” Megan’s Head





Trash Pop • Running Time: 120 mins

Based in Seattle USA, ex- "koko and the sweetmeats" (Voted garage band of the year in 2011 by the Seattle Weekly), singer and guitarist g vandercrimp goes solo, mastering the art of minimalism for MAXIMUM IMPACT. Prism Tats creates waking dream sub-realities that devastate and elate. Get ready to be transported to an alternate dimension.

Supported by Julian Redpath.





Improvised Theatre • Running Time: 75 mins
Presented by Improguise
Facebook Event
The improv maestros that brought you Soapathon, Little Space Between, Documentary and Cape Town's beloved TheatreSports present another brand new and experimental format of improv.
In short, the entire show will comprise of scenes for the actors in teams of three, two and one.
That's it. No script. No rehearsing. Just pure improvised magic featuring Megan Furniss, Carolyn Lewis, Ryan Jales and Tandi Buchan.




Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
by Becky Mode, performed by Pieter Bosch Botha, directed by Megan Furniss

The return of the behind-the-scenes hit! One restaurant, 1 actor, 36 Characters, and over 200 character changes! This smash hit Off-Broadway comedy is spiced up with a whole lot of familiar homegrown flair. Starring Pieter Bosch Botha and directed by Megan Furniss and written by award-winning American playwright, Becky Mode.

This devastatingly funny one act follows a day in the life of Sam Cooper, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Cape Town's number one restaurant. Desperate callers will stop at nothing, coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics, in their zeal to land a prime reservation.

**** Stars “it’s breath­tak­ing to watch and hugely entertaining…you hys­ter­i­cally laugh your way through all the antics…” — THE STAR, Dianne de Beer

Rat­ing: 9/10 “near-perfect one-man show…This is unre­lent­ing humour at its best…” — THE CITIZEN, Sibu­siso Mkwanazi

“Botha has got it just about perfect…an absolute delight.” — THE DAILY MAVERICK, Les­ley Stones

“Bosch se tre­f­sekere spel, tesame met ’n stewige skeut humor en patos, sorg vir boeiende teater.” - BEELD, Rudolf Stehle

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Open-mic performance, writing, film & music • Running Time: 70 mins
Featuring talented musicians, writers, performers, film-makers, dancers, magicians, comedians and genre-bending folks of all kinds
Warning: Running time may vary wildly

Surprises. The unexpected. The unforeseen. If these words fill you with dread then Play Things is not for you. Play Things is a platform for the odd, the eclectic, the unpredictable. It's an open-mic night of multiple genres and styles... we have poetry and comedy, drama and dancing, film and shenanigans. What will you see this time?

Play Things is on the first Sunday of every month. To be involved with Play Things please visit our website.




Mind Illusionist • Running Time: 60 mins

When a spectator stares at a magicians hands and won't look away, magicians say that "he was burning my hands". Well now you're invited to gaze unblinkingly on the hands of sleight of hand artist Stuart Lightbody, as he takes you on a surreal journey into wonder and magic. This Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winning magician just got a 5 star review at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (the second biggest fringe festival in the world!), so come and join him for an unforgettable evening of astonishment.

"Stuart Lightbody [is a] sleight of hand artist extraordinaire" - Cape Argus

"His visual trickery is accompanied by wit and self awareness..." - Cue Newspaper

"He replaces normal human gullibility with an awestruck sense that what you have seen has to be pure magic..." - Adelaide Advertiser





Contemporary Music/Slam Poetry • Running Time: 55 mins

KWAS is a conceptual sound art outfit presented and produced by award winning saxophonist Abraham Mennen and visual and voice artist Jotam Schoeman with guitarist Gerrit Strydom.

The sounds of everyday objects, the explosive elements of the Afrikaans language and the unconventional sounds which incredulously belong to familiar instruments form an avant-groove soundscape, both arranged and improvised, to accompany original slam poetry in this semi-theatrical KWAS production that draws inspiration from South African musical and cultural elements.





Folk • Running Time: 120 mins

Tape Hiss and Sparkle will be sharing an intimate evening with Thomas Krane and Joy Smith, come enjoy a Friday evening at the Alexander Bar Theatre and listen to these 3 offbeat acts do what they do best.
We need your help to make this event unforgettable. We want you, you and YOU to make black and white drawings to use as projections during the performances.
Draw anything that you think would work with our music. You can give your drawings to us whenever you see us around or you can email (PDF’s, please) them to any of the following (before April): joysteyn@gmail.com, simontamblyn@yahoo.com, dan@hruki.com





Theatre • Running Time: 75 mins

New York Innovative Theater Award-winning solo artist Andrea Caban returns to Cape Town for two performances of Questions My Mother Can’t Answer. That the one person we expected to know everything, to fix everything and to be everything is not a mythic superbeing becomes clearer and clearer throughout our lifetime. Caban deals with this truth and her own personal journey in QMMCA. After she was hit by a New York cab, Caban embarked on a vision quest, seeking answers about life from a “donations only” prostitute, a Moroccan dancer and her own aunt — whom she portrays as interviewees onstage. The writer/actor’s characters are the result of stories collected in interviews with actual women, and they touch on the travails of living in a man’s world.

More info on website.





Comedy Drama • Running Time: 45 mins

Come in. Sit down. Don't be boring. The Spinster has some stories for you. She's mad and wild and outrageously rude but, if you promise not to interrupt, she'll probably let you stay for a drink. Or seven. Drawing inspiration from the political satire of Franca Rame, Lecoq's 'Buffoon' and female archetypes, 'The Spinster' is a rowdy new play written and performed by Kyla Davis, directed by the inimitable James Cairns.

'Beware of the spinster! Visit her at your own peril! She is outrageous, irreverent and absolutely inappropriate. Kyla Davis’s new play, The Spinster is all these things. It is also very funny, insightful, and in its own way quite sad.' - Keith Millar

More info on Facebook.





Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins

Returning for three more shows!
The chance of a life time that every performer dreams of, cries over, writes Oscar winning speeches for, and for the less scrupulous, may even kill for. The moment where the world is in awe of your talent. The Poor Artists present A Funny Thing Happened at the Talent Show written by Ian Tucker. An extremely funny two-hander with Greg Parvess as a neurotic, fastidious thespian and Roxanne Blaise as an energetic Cape Flats wannabe comedian.

What our audience have said so far:
"Great show - great venue! We all had a really awesome time! Thanks!" - Duncan
"I had a wonderful night out last night watching A Funny Thing. Was light, fun, easy watching thanks to such a strong cast! Always enjoy my nights at Alexander Bar, such a worthwhile experience! " - Megan
"Very entertaining show! And what a lovely bar :)" - Sonja

Read what Meganshead said here.





Swing / Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins

Les Blondes will be singing their way through World War 2 and adding their own special flair to a slice of history that brought the dawn of Pin-Up, swing and jazz music.

A tribute to the artists who boost the morales of the troops. Putting their lives on the line and spreading their love & light through entertainment. We invite you to an evening filled with nostalgia and old favourites, relive the the gift of the Golden Age through the velvet tones of Vera Lynn, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand and joyful sounds of Judy Garland to name a few. With Bob Hope at the helm of this spirited train its a night like none other and bound to have you feeling light on your feet and tickled pink.

Forget your troubles, come on get happy, and book now!





Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
Presented by Fruit Zalad Productions | Performed by Shaun Acker & Zanne Solomon | Written by Yasmina Reza | Translation by Christopher Hampton
Facebook Event

A man and a woman sit opposite each other in the detached intimacy of a train compartment. They have never met. He is a world famous author; she is the ardent admirer of his work. She carries his latest book in her bag. Silence...

This play is a literary masterpiece, written by the Tony Award-winning Yasmina Reza. Touching, funny and poignant, you get sucked into the imaginations of the two characters who are desperate to break out of their inner worlds and make a connection with each other.

SHAUN ACKER
Having grown up in the circus (quite literally) and mastering the art of trapeze, Shaun went on to do his Masters Degree in Drama at Rhodes University, focusing on pioneering the field of aerial dance in South Africa. He won the prestigious KKNK Sanlam SPAT award for best actor in 2008, and also plays several instruments and composes music.

ZANNE SOLOMON
Molded by some of South Africa’s finest theatre practitioners such as Andrew Buckland, Reza de Wet and Heike Gehring, Zanne has enjoyed great contrast in her years as an actress. Zanne is currently a new fixture in TheatreSports. She also has a tiny blond dog and is studying dietetics for fun.

Press & Reviews





Acoustic, singer songwriter • Running Time: 60 mins

Lose yourself for an evening with the unique sounds of singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, Samuel Miller. His musical journey transports you back in time and draws on the influences of iconic greats, such as Jeff Buckley, Ray Charles and Billy Rae Cyrus. He's a musician from another era - an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, blues and indie he will be showcasing the songs from his new album - Lost out Here. Inspired by old soul and music that meant something, he's determined to create with feeling and inspired by those who do.





Standup Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's four weirdos from Cape Town in pyjamas! Marvel at the mirth as the funny foursome use their stand-up comedy powers against the forces of Evil.

Starring Angel Blythe Campey, Gareth Woods, Peter Sserwanga and Schalk Bezuidenhout in what can only be described as INCREDIBLE! Or CAPE COMEDY! #capecomedy





Drama / One woman show • Running Time: 55 mins
Written & Directed by Jon Keevy | Performed by Briony Horwitz | Choreography by Fiona Du Plooy | Music by Brydon Bolton
Olivia arrived in the town with her Dad; she was the new girl, the quiet girl, the weird girl. Then she met Kay, the girl with the scar.

Told in two parts, Owl begins with a new friendship in the heat of the Overberg summer between two ten-year-old girls, and finds them again six years later. It’s an honest picture of growing up different in the middle of nowhere; a story about climbing trees, punching boys and kissing girls. A story about growing up where nothing grows.

Owl was invited to the Brighton Fringe Festival (UK) where it was one of three shows nominated for Latest’s Best International Performance.

“Some shows are easy to fall in love with; this is one of them. A Girl Called Owl is a sweet, poignant coming-of-age story.”

5 stars – Darren Taffinder, Fringe Guru

“Horwitz delivers an enchanting performance. Her versatility as an actress is astonishing and her effortless handling of so many characters is to be applauded…. moving and evocative”

 – Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

“Sy is ewe tuis in kinderlike onskuld en uitdagende tienergedrag. En alles word met empatie gedoen…..Die vertolkings en teks is selfloos.”

 – Mariana Malan, Die Burger

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Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Oskar Brown | Directed by Geoffrey Hyland | Performed by Oskar Brown & Nicholas Campbell
Facebook Event
"Between" returns to Alexander Upstairs having toured extensively over the last year, playing to sold-out houses and standing ovations.

“Between is very engaging, fast paced and SEXY... theatre that explores aspects of male sexuality rarely seen so honestly.”

This intimate story of a man's life, loves and losses was nominated for BEST WRITING and BEST ACTOR at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2012

If you're GAY then you MUST see this show!
If you're STRAIGHT then you MUST see this show!
If you have ever been IN LOVE then you MUST see this show!
If you have ever had your HEART BROKEN then you MUST see this show!

IF YOU HAVE:
had SEX, NEVER had sex, KISSED a girl, kissed a boy, read a SONNET, never read a sonnet, written a LOVE LETTER, had a CRUSH on a TEACHER, pretended to be BATMAN or ROBIN, found a DIRTY MAGAZINE, watched PORN, fought with a lover, consoled a lover...




performance poetry • Running Time: 50 mins

Imagine an April fool born in sub arctic Canada and living half his life in Southern Africa. Imagine a drummer artist turning to poetry. This is croc E moses - A trans media creature. A word wizard extraordinaire.

He has taken the genre of spoken word to new frontiers as an indie artist for over a decade in mainly South Africa and other parts of the world. His voice and guitar is rhythm driven talking song.

His focus is on using words and rhythm to create useful tensile lenses. By engaging paradoxes he demonstrates that 'clarifiying the great issue' is pivotal to communication.





Acoustic- Math Folk - Alternative • Running Time: 60 mins
Facebook Event
Gary Thomas returns to Alexander Upstairs for TWO NIGHTS ONLY.

Ground- breaking Math Folk musician Gary Thomas returns to the Alexander Bar Theatre in December! Currently planning a new European tour and working on a new record, this one man band is something truly remarkable to witness live. He is unlike any guitarist/ singer in South Africa. Don't miss out!

"A virtuoso display of Thomas' left- field indie- folk mastery" - Rolling Stone

“Manipulating guitar strings so that they converse in a new language…a psychedelic one-man anti-folk jamming machine” - Cape Argus

“One of the most followed –around, talked-about musos at the moment and he’s only going to get bigger and better” – The Sunday Tribune

"If music was creationism, Thomas might just be in contention for the "higher being" status. For a while, no other music could even come close to this mastery... - Your LMG

“An uberdextrous wunderkind... a rare breed of genius” - 24.com

"One of the most original and followed indie-folk, acoustic musicians in the country" - Whatson.co.za

“Spellbinding, epic soundscapes of surrealistic intensity. The Durban-born Capetonian is as renowned for his relentless touring schedule as he is for rupturing the mould of the conventional singer-songwriter” - Mail & Guardian

"The man is a genius. He takes sound and bends it in ways that I would never have thought possible" - City Press

"Innovative... Rich... Lustrous... Thomas' intricate, crystalline guitar work is balanced with his rough vocals to create and album that billows with every listen" - Obrigado

"Phenomenal... He has taken the various elements of contrasting musical genres and combined them into something bafflingly brilliant...so incredible you have to remind yourself that it is all coming from just one person. Masterful – Cue

“He possesses more than mere skill… knocking the crowd down with the wall of sound that he somehow seems to create all on his own” – Mahala



Jazz • Running Time: 100 mins

SAXIT! is a saxophone quartet developed by four professional musicians whose love of jazz and the saxophone came together to play specialist arrangements for the instrumentation, to explore the tonal possibilities and joys of playing in an ensemble. Apart from performing specially written arrangements of well known jazz standards, a great deal of original music from South Africa and abroad are performed. The sounds vary in intensity, mood and grooves, with a great deal of improvisation taking place. A fresh sound to Cape Town audiences.





Mind Illusionist • Running Time: 60 mins

BRYAN MILES is a young and unique performer in the world of magic. He can seemingly predict and influence human behaviour. He describes his art as a combination of skills including; magic, non-verbal communication and the power of suggestion.

He reads thoughts, predicts unlikely events and ultimately makes the impossible possible. Bryan's blend of talent and humour creates a relaxed and fun, yet stimulating and thought-provoking experience for the whole audience.

His act is unequalled and he is currently one of South Africa's most in demand entertainers.





Jazz Sessions • Running Time: 110 mins

A fresh twist on jazz from an award winning jazz singer and songwriter together with a bevy of South Africa’s finest instrumentalists. Join Melanie Scholtz (Standard Bank Young Artist 2010) as she prepares to unveil some of her new material at the Alexander Upstairs. Featuring a new sound with Bokani Dyer (Standard Bank Young Artist 2011) on piano, Benjamin Jephta (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums) and Jitsvinger (Hip hop artist).





Folk-Soul-Rock • Running Time: 90 mins

After 5 months of international touring, Mark Fransman will be performing his very 1st original vocal set at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre. Come and join him along with Romy Brauteseth (on Bass) and Heinrich Goosen (on drums) for an intimate evening of music





Performance Extravaganza • Running Time: 120 mins

The Great Gupta Ball is a live musical, film and dance extravaganza where Bollywood meets the lush trimmings of 'The Great Gatsby'. Headlined by 'Shades of Kwaai' artist Umlilo, it features some of Cape Town's most electrifying new acts. Audiences are advised to dress up in their most lush Bollywood and Roaring 20's inspired outfits and indulge in some showstopping mash-ups of orginal South African music.





Comedy Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
With Jaco Nothnagel & Maryke Nel. Written by Penelope Youngleson & Philip Rademeyer. Directed by Philip Rademeyer. Designed by Penelope Youngleson. A Rust Co-Operative Production.

An(T)oniem tells the story of two people who are physically and emotionally trapped in their bedrooms: a young woman, crippled by self-doubt and insecurities, who feels like she has an extraordinary gift for love but no one to lavish it on; and a young man who feels pressurized by the expectations of his family, religion and Afrikaans culture. Both of them decide to try their luck at finding someone online..and it won’t be long before they find each other.

An(T)oniem is an “anti-romantic” comedy incorporating themes of identity, belonging, sexuality, romance and nostalgia; exploring the depths of human desperation and longing as seen from behind the anonymity of a computer screen…and the darkly funny depravity of our characters once they meet each other in the “real” world.

Languages: English and Afrikaans.





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Performance • Running Time: 70 mins
Vulture Productions, Cast: Jeremeo Le Cordeur, Clayton Everson, Shamilla Ismael, Michelle Allen, Robyn Knowles and Scott Cooper

Risk [The Pre-Show], combining structured material and live improvisation, highlights the countdown to Risk* – it showcases interviews with all the contestants explaining why they are about to risk their lives for five million rand, uncovering certain current issues, and depicting the obsessions individuals have with money, power, and fame, and what they are willing to risk to get these.

*Risk stages a fictional live television game show (though presented on stage) where South Africans are awarded an opportunity to change their lives by taking part in a game of Russian roulette for a five million rand.





Winetasting • Running Time: 60 mins

A winetasting of these fine Nitida wines:

  • Sauv Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Coronata
  • Cab Sauv
  • Calligraphy


Each wine will be accompanied by a canapé.





Folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Lance Herman

Eliezer is the solo project of Cape Town musician Lance Herman (Fly Paper Jet, Ginsburg & Herman). Nylon-string guitar and vocals - lyrical ballads, haunting waltzes - a soulful performance influenced by artists such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Jose Gonzalez.

In 2012 ELIEZER showcased on the fringe at the Grahamstown National Arst Festival.

What the Critics are Saying:

“Eliezer’s music is clear and lyrical, and the evening had that unusual musical nakedness of just one man and his guitar.”
- Mahala.co.za (music, arts, culture, Online Magazine)

“A breath-taking performance by Lance Herman. It is not often you find a solo project as exhilarating as Eliezer. This really is a rough gem.”
- Cue Newspaper (Grahamstown National Arts Festival - Official Festival Guide)

“I am not qualified to comment on the technical quality of the songs. I can only say that as a lover of music I am moved by them, and struck by the honesty of the lyrics. I have been to three Eliezer shows and each one has been more magical than the last.”
⎯  JRNL.co.za (Music, Arts, Culture, Online Magazine)





Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
by Jason Potgieter, directed by Kim Kerfoot, performed by Jason Potgieter & Alici McCormick. Presented by Instant Arts Collective.

An accident.
Who was there?
What did they see?
What really happened?

A white carguard
a mother hooked on therapy
an American who came to South Africa and decided to stay
a paramedic bored with life
a struggling drag artist and lover of all things French

Five people’s experiences of a life.

The Things You Left Behind isn’t a love story. It’s the story around a love story.  It’s the story of all the heartbreaks, little and large, that affect others on the periphery of the lovers’ grand narrative. In a series of five hilarious, moving and intensely human monologues shared by two actors, it takes on the unexpected, the unexplored perspectives on the age-old tale of relationship break ups.

From the perspective of Delores, the drag queen from Delft, to Erwin, the only white car guard in the city, the characters are drawn simultaneously  closer to the love story and a car accident that connect them. Also caught up in the unfolding events are a would-be philosopher paramedic, an ex-lover about to get married and a mother hooked on therapy.

The Things You Left Behind  reveals the subtle, profound bonds that life forges between complete strangers, the hundreds of coincidences and connections that happen each day without us realising it.

Press & Reviews





Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
by Angel Campey, directed by Nik Rabinowitz, presented by Siv Ngesi

What's in a name? For Angel it's a punchline.

The sneak peek preview of Angel Campey's first ever one woman comedy show. Directed by Nik Rabinowitz and produced by Siv Ngesi. Yes, Really Angel will be debuting at Grahamstown Fringe Festival this year.

Come and witness the comedian that Nik has dubbed "One of the sharpest young comedic minds in this country, (after Blade Nzimande.)" as she makes this giant leap into the comedy fold.





Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Gaëtan Schmid directed by Brent Palmer

“Sharp, funny and immensely entertaining. If you didn't get tickets for Russell Brand, don't worry, The Belgian will have you in stitches instead.” (Tracey Kim Saunders)

 “Falling somewhere between a stand-up comedy show, an interior monologue, a Monty Python sketch and a lost Charlie Chaplin film, The Belgian is an unfiltered gaze into the mind of its peculiar performer, Gaëtan Schmid.” (Cape Times)

 “… hilarious …” (Cue)

“… anarchistic …” (False Bay Echo)
The Belgian is a hilarious trip into the mind of a most misunderstood species: Belgians!

Behind the façade of their clean little houses with their neat little front garden patrolled by smirking garden gnomes… something obscurely wicked is lurking… and some waffles. The Belgian aka Gaëtan Schmid (Body Language, Rumpsteak, The Dog’s Bollocks) will regale you with extravagant stories about everything and nothing. From his childhood amongst the cows in Belgium to understanding braai etiquette in present day South Africa. Sometimes you might wonder where reality has been a little bit stretched – but who cares? You will be entertained with such panache and jubilation, that you won’t be able to resist a smile, chuckle and laugh.

This is not a show about France.



Girly Pop • Running Time: 60 mins
Lexi Frame & Josh Samson

Take every mixed tape, heartbreak, high school crush, first love, crazy-in-the-moment decision, stupid mistake and whirlwind fling you know, mush it with a bit of country, folk and pop. Add a sweet voice, a bit of acoustic guitar and some beats. Stick in the record player and press play. The result? Singer/songwriter Lexi Frame and her set of Girly Pop songs that will either get your toes tapping, eyes watering or your mind wandering back to a stolen kiss.





Blues • Running Time: 60 mins
Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass)

Back by popular demand!

Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden era performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to modern songbrids Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Adelle. These women have all shared their stories, uniting women around the world as they sang their "Blues in the Night"





Burlesque • Running Time: 60 mins
Brought to you by Black Orchid Burlesque S.A.

This fabulous evening of divinely decadent Burlesque theater will feature some of the most talented( and gorgeous!) Artistes Cape Town has to offer. Over the past 5 years that Burlesque has been in South Africa, Black Orchid has been lucky to train and perform with many gorgeous gals over the years. While the industry is finally booming, not many folks know the history behind this ever-speeding burlesque express in our country... so we would like to share our little piece(s) of heaven with you!

There is no denying the old-world charm of this risque art-form, where the skill lay in the subtle playful tease and not the final reveal of tantalizing skin... Join us for an evening of visual delights and gut-busting bawdy fun in the tradition of authentic burlesque theater.





comedy revue • Running Time: 60 mins
Concieved by Stanimir Stoykov and Sibu Radebe. Directed by Stanimir Stoykov. Cast: Sibu Radebe, Gabriella Cirillo, Daniel Amaral and Stanimir Stoykov

Boylesque pays tribute to 1930's and 40's American style of burlesque striptease performances, but with a South Africa twist! It's a fun journey through a smorgasbord of genres and styles covering comedy, singing, ballet, disco and drag.

The cast of this variety show go through twenty two costume changes in an hour!

It's a tongue in cheek sexy and fun celebration of talent, versatility,  and of course, the male and female physique.





Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Robyn Scott and Ntombi Makhutshi. Directed by Lara Bye. Written by Nicholas Spagnoletti. Design by Craig Leo. Original Score by Braam du Toit.
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The beautiful, poignant story of an unlikely friendship between two women, neighbours in a block of flats in Sea Point. Rosa is an elderly Jewish widow. Stella is a Nigerian immigrant cagey about the details of her import/export business. Their lives collide after an incident of violence, and gradually they discover much in common - families scattered around the world, old grudges, lost loves and a fiery verve for life. Funny and heartbreaking with powerful, detailed performances.

Winner of 3 Fleur du Caps, a Naledi, the Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award 2010 and the Olive Schreiner Prize for drama; Top-seller at the National Arts Festival three years in a row; and most recently Robyn Scott won the prestigious Stage Award for Best Actress at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

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“…simply brilliant… radiates beauty and empathy.” Sunday Independent
“Memorable, mesmerising, magnificent” Citizen
“a treasure…. a warm, witty and wise drama” Business Day
“…feels like a little miracle.” The Next 48 Hours
“The humour is gentle, the drama and pathos understated … brought to life by two formidable stage talents …” Sunday Times;
“A beautifully written script performed magnificently by two very talented women and directed with such beautiful eloquence. This play raises the bar on new South African writing for theatre.” Ismail Mahomed, National Arts Festival Director
“…awash with lingering powerful images.” Cape Times
“Go to London Road. It’s worth the journey.” Cape Argus
“Die 36-jarige Scott in die rol van die bejaarde Rosa Kaplowitz is verbysterend… Makhutshi is pragtig en het ‘n sterk teenwoordigheid op die verhoog.” Die Burger
“…..Spagnoletti has both a good ear for dialogue and a camp sense of humour…This is indeed promising new work.” Mail and Guardian
“…… an absolute master class in movement and breath….” www.writingstudio.co.za

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Talks • Running Time: 300 mins

This year's TEDxCapeTown event will focus on inspired people with powerful stories who've found themselves in unexpected circumstances or crazy places, situations that have propelled them to do great things! The event is at the Baxter, but it's sold out. Instead you can join us and watch the live stream in our Alexander Upstairs theatre. You can interact live by tweeting. 

The event runs from 9am through to 5pm, but we're only starting at 12 noon. Seriously; it is a Saturday morning afterall.

It's an All Day Pass, meaning you can come and go as you please.

Check the website for more details.





Film Screening • Running Time: 120 mins
The Trio Production, O- Haptic, Void- David, Platt Fanon- Pupil, Richards Intellects: directed by: A.L.V

The film is a visceral noir documentary film telling the story of a Cape Town ‘car guard’ by the name of Richard. It delves deeply into his insights about life, politics and spirituality. It is a self-reflexive study of how A.L.V relates to his personal friend Richard, and the on-going battles that pertain to the spirit, the poor and the neglect of marginalised people by South African society. Over three chapters, the film dissects controversial subjects around Apartheid, Christianity, Jacob Zuma and everything in between.

The screening will also debut A.L.V’s music videos and never-seen before trailers.

Amani Lenny Vallihu . A.K.A . A.L.V is a multidimensional artist who directs and edits films, music videos and produces sound. Throughout his career, A.L.V has collaborated with a host of artists as well as co–founded the visual representation art house Project NOW.





Jazz • Running Time: 65 mins
Michael Thorn

Jazz graduate and percussionist Byron Howell plays drum kit (past collaborations include Starkravingsane, Damnatia, the Dino Miranda Group, Gcobanes African Vibes, Adamu and Hot Water),  Composer and multi-instrumentalist Max Starcke plays electric bass (past collaborations include the Lisa Bauer Quartet, Starkravingsane, Damnatia, Alan Funk, Hot Water, La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and the LMR Trio) and performer and producer Doug Armstrong plays trumpet (past collaborations include The Honeymoon Suites, MoodPhase5ive, Hannepoort and the Biggish Band, Smoking Brass, The Dynamics and Gustavo Fasani).

Jazz graduate and percussionist Byron Howell plays drum kit (past collaborations include Starkravingsane, Damnatia, the Dino Miranda Group, Gcobanes African Vibes, Adamu and Hot Water),  Composer and multi-instrumentalist Max Starcke plays electric bass (past collaborations include the Lisa Bauer Quartet, Starkravingsane, Damnatia, Alan Funk, Hot Water, La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and the LMR Trio) and performer and producer Doug Armstrong plays trumpet (past collaborations include The Honeymoon Suites, MoodPhase5ive, Hannepoort and the Biggish Band, Smoking Brass, The Dynamics and Gustavo Fasani).





Documentary Film • Running Time: 30 mins
Directed by Rachel Close

A township tour with a twist….

The film is a short & sweet portrayal of township life through the eyes of some of its residents... Introduced within the premise of the increasingly popular 'township tours', we are taken on a journey through the some of the informal settlements of the Cape.

The Twist: Instead of tourists filling up the tour bus we are joined by a few of Lavender Hills residents; who all have their own insights on where they come from, and indeed what impetus that has on where they are going.

Together we travel through the dirt roads lined with corrugated tin dwellings & make shift tuck shops, to more formal dwellings that make up the Cape Flats. Shop owners ready themselves in the hope of cash-flush tourists, while Alesha Keys & Rihanna ring out from portable speakers on every corner.

This is the new South Africa, and the rainbow nation has opened its doors to the rest of the world in more ways than one. This film hope to portray some of the texture and life found within the township, whilst addressing the push & pull effects this place has on its residents. Does where you come from determine where you go?





Experimental Acoustic Folk • Running Time: 60 mins

Mr Cat The Jackal is a unique five piece multi-instrumental group often described as experimental acoustic folk whilst exploring blues, tango, pirate, Balkan and Irish themes. With a circus of sounds created by foreign and handmade instruments – their live performance calls for a complete theatrical experience.

The band formed in 2006, originally devoted to writing musical scores for theatre productions.

Their debut album, Themes and Variations, was released in November 2007. Since then the band has been touring Southern Africa repeatedly and kept on refining their craft through commandeering festivals and entertaining audiences at every venue available. In March 2011, MCATJ released their much anticipated second studio album, Sins and Siren Songs, to raving reviews and critical acclaim.

The group spends its time in their studio writing, inventing and building instruments and song structures. Gertjie, Jacques, Pierre, JC and Johan all come from diverse musical backgrounds and aim to one day spread their Galilean gospel like galigaskan wearing fools on a galiot with a game plan.





Performance Showcase • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Nicola Hanekom - Starring 2nd year Acting for Film Students

Twenty-one light years is a play about five young people who take the MyCiti bus.  It is a journey through the thoughts and feelings of common people. It takes a harder look at the stranger beside you. What lies beneath the surface while we are on this ride called life? What do you see if you use your peripheral vision? Buy your ticket and find out. On this wonderful planet there are gnomes and flamingos. There are ringing telephones and second hand shoes.  But most of all there is us and our experience of it all.





Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
presented by Horses' Heads Productions. Directed by Gary Hartley, written by Genna Gardini, performed by Amy Louise Wilson, set design by Francois Knoetze, sound design by Umlilo.

Catch Scrape fresh from its Standard Bank AHA! Award-winning run at the 2013 National Arts Festival.

Scrape is the story of an everyday woman suffering from an unusual condition. After falling and scraping herself, Beth discovers that not only does skin heal, it can sometimes do so with a vengeance.

"Scrape, with its visceral imagery, is darkly funny and goes deep beyond the surface to scratch at issues of identity, obsession, helplessness and isolation." Artsblog

"Poet Genna Gardini's new script is beautifully honest and superbly acted by Amy Louise Wilson." CUE

"...unusual, refreshing and funny." Artsblog

"...theatre-making at its best." Artsblog

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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written, Directed and Designed by Penelope Youngleson. Performed by Rebecca Makin-Taylor. Sound design by Joanie and Ben Ludik. Stage Management by Philip Rademeyer

"Expectant" is a contemporary coming of age story told against the backdrop of a 400 year colonial history of young, white, English speaking South Africans; and how their identity revolves and dissolves around what it means to be “from this country”. Posed as the late-night conversation-stains of a young woman who finds out she’s pregnant and isn’t sure she can stomach having another version of her own uncertainties materialise in front of her – Expectant addresses the fault lines in our country’s creolized culture with a dark sense of humour and sobering interpretation of the “New” South Africa.

Rebecca Makin-Taylor is astounding in a sensitively crafted performance that is as alluring as it is alarming. Featuring soundscapes and score by Joanie and Ben Ludik (Invisible Nightclub) – of Cannes Film Festival award-winning "Skoonheid" and legendary film-maker Katinka Heyns' "Die Wonderwerker" fame.

It was also named in the City Press as the 5th most important show to see on National Arts Festival Fringe this year. "Expectant" was awarded a Standard Bank Ovation award at the 2013 National arts Festival.

Rust Co-Operative has been running since February 2012 and in that time has won both local and international awards (Standard Bank Ovation, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival) and been nominated for 3 Fleur de Cap awards.

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Music: an eclectic blend of jazz, folk & latin • Running Time: 60 mins
Tina Schouw

Catch singer songwriter and guitarist, Tina Schouw at the Alexander Bar on Friday 16th August as she celebrates women's month with her show "How to do this". The show is a revelation of a personal journey and a celebration of life using the medium of stories, songs and poems. She will travel back in time and unveil the women artists who influenced her writing and music. Her repertoire will include original material from her three CD (Winds Call; Bleed and The Goodnight Songs) as well as songs from various artists.

The show is a personal account of her influences and her way of writing. A reminder that we each are on our own unique path and that our life experience is constantly shaping the person and artist we are becoming. Tina will perform solo on guitar and vocals.Books and CD's will be on sale.





Electro-acoustic / Soundscape Music / Jazz • Running Time: 65 mins
Maxim Starcke & Ronan Skillen

Multi-instrumentalist Maxim Starcke and percussionist Ronan Skillen collaborate to venture into and across sonic realms of the imagination. Their debut album entitled FORGERY explores intuitive sound-composition and otherworldly, ecstatic improvisatory streams as compositions emerge from the creative energy of the live performance. Drawing on their artistic inspirations and musical knowledge, Starcke and Skillen venture through sonic scenes and possible landscapes, reacting with and against each other, reinforcing musical gestures and textures with subtle and prominent strokes of sound as if painting in the ether.

FORGERY was launched at The Forge in Kalk Bay and The Mahogany Room in Cape Town, South Africa on the 25th and 26th of May respectively.

Visit maximstarcke.com for more info, sound, imagery and to order CDs.





Contemporary music • Running Time: 75 mins
Zanne Stapelberg & James Grace

Zanne Stapelberg has attained fame as a serious classical artist with unprecedented popular appeal. This Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner, nominated by Insig Magazine as the "number 1 theatre attraction in South Africa", has always been known as an artist who breaks musical boundaries ; even being called an “opera recce” by one critic. Collaborating with artists like Mandoza, Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Karen Zoid she likes to experiment with the nature of her classical background.

In Secret Songs she is on stage again with acclaimed guitarist James Grace - head of classical guitar at the University of Cape Town; this time performing the songs she listens to in front of the fireplace with a glass of red wine in her hand. This is a very intimate show. Stripped bare – just Zanne and James doing what they love most; making music.

They will be performing songs by Led Zeppelin, Lead Belly, Karen Zoid, Sting, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone and also her own compositions.

What the critics say:

"Stapelberg and Grace’s ensemble is the creative pivot around which this recital revolves; their subtle communication, artistic awareness and perfect sense of dramatic timing allow song after song to become a living entity. This is especially apparent in the tenderly evocative duet Quando la ames. The zeal with which Stapelberg approaches this recital proves that she does not see her craft as a job or a calling – it is far more than that – her passion for performance is the essential ingredient in her live. She remains one of South Africa’s most prolifically talented an engaging artists."

 - Jeff Bruckman, Cue

"Being an opera singer, Stapelberg’s voice was what really stood out for me. Her control was phenomenal. There were so many shades coming through in every song; loud and soft, forceful and meek, tempered and violent. Overall the performance was intimate and light-hearted. It was refreshing to hear well-known tracks interpreted in this way as well as seeing classical sensibilities applied to pop songs. If you see this pair performing ‘Secret Songs’ near you, make a plan to see them."

 - Murray Walker, What's On

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Magical Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Tara Notcutt, written & performed by Stuart Lightbody

Join multi-award winning magician Stuart Lightbody in the Ovation Award winning show “Illusive” - Pure sleight of hand artistry, immersed in psychology and wrapped in imagination, this show delivers an experience of wonder that is rare, beautiful and illusive.

“Every part of the performance is breathtaking and so elegantly executed you find yourself, if only for a moment, believing in magic.” – Cape Times

“His performance is measured, graceful and unpretentious…” – Cape Times

“Sleight-of-hand gets a shot of elegant theatricality…” – Cape Argus

“… an unreal experience that relies on pure artistry to entertain.” – Cape Argus

“…beautifully impossible while still being impossibly beautiful.” – Cape Argus





Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Pieter Bosch Botha and Shaun Acker. Directed by Zanne Solomon. Written by Nicholas Spagnoletti.
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Winner of a Standard Bank Ovation award at National Arts Festival 2014 | Nominated for best script at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival |
Fleur du Cap nominations for script and director

Civil Parting is a savagely funny comedy-drama about two men getting divorced. Glenn and Jean-Pierre have been married for seven years, as long as gay marriage has been legal in South Africa. Things have soured between them but since they are professional, respectable members of the community, they have resolved to divorce amicably. As they are kept waiting alone together in the divorce lawyer's reception, the cracks in their cordiality begin to show.

"Deliciously biting comedy" - Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent
"[An] acutely observed portrait of relationship failure... the dialogue positively crackles... doesn't exoticise the phenomenon; it turns out the ending of a gay relationship looks much the same as the ending of a straight one " - Rebecca Davis, The Times
"Deliciously funny... believable characters... impeccable sense of dialogue" - Tracey Saunders, Cape Times






Zanne Solomon has a Masters Degree in Drama from Rhodes University, and has most recently performed in an acclaimed Cape Town and National Arts Festival run of Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man, which she also produced and directed along with Shaun Acker. Their production received a Standard Bank Ovation award.

Shaun Acker is also a Rhodes graduate with both a bachelor of music and masters degree in drama. As an actor he works both on stage (Get Kraken, The Unexpected Man) and screen (Black Sails, Women in Love BBC). As an aerial dance theorist his work is published at The University of Circus and Dance in Sweden. As a musician he has composed for the late playwright Reza De Wet.

Pieter Bosch Botha recently appeared on stage in Cape Town, Joburg and Grahamstown in his critically-acclaimed show Fully Committed in which he portrayed 36 different characters. He is also something of a theatre all-rounder having directed 19 professional productions to date.

Nicholas Spagnoletti is best known for his hit play London Road which won him a Fleur du Cap and the Olive Schreiner Prize and recently toured to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of The Assembly’s SA Season. His play Special Thanks to Guests from Afar was produced by Artscape and had two runs in Cape Town before touring to the National Arts Festival this year. He also works as a software developer and co-owns Alexander Bar which houses Cape Town’s buzzing micro-theatre Alexander Upstairs.

More of what the press had to say:

"’n seker treffer. Civil Parting gaan egter gehore se lagspiere én traankliere nog lank prikkel." - Marina Griebenow, Die Burger

"Civil Parting will appeal to anyone who knows what the deterioration of a relationship feels like… the show’s actors are dedicated, versatile (pun intended) and a joy to watch… predominantly a comedy of deliciously bitchy one liners [but also with] several unexpected moments of vulnerability" - Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent

"The plot unfolds beautifully, allowing us glimpses into the characters’ shared pasts and their current endeavours, and it climaxes in the most epic of breakdowns." - Marilu Snyders, Artslink.co.za

"Everything about Civil Parting is agile" - Rebecca Davis, The Times

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Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Presented by: Curious Notions Entertainment Written and Directed by: Debbie Robertson Starring: Tarryn Saunders & Chris Fisher

In her dressing room, an aging prima donna gets ready for a show. She has been playing Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd for the last 19 years and she sees today as no different. Unbeknownst to her, however, on this particular day the fragile props which underpin her life will begin to fall away. Will she make it to the stage?
Both funny and dark, Encore! pulls the curtain aside and takes a look backstage at the creative types behind the performance…





Folk Acoustic • Running Time: 90 mins
featuring Gavin Minter, Mark Fransman & Dave Ledbetter

Come spend and evening of musical story telling with Gavin Minter. Performing music from his own albums as well as taking on and interpreting a few borrowed favourites.

The trio features Gavin Minter on guitar and vocals, Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2011 Mark Fransman on piano accordion and vocals, and the versatile and acclaimed Dave Ledbetter on guitar. This is as up close and personal as it gets.

Singer, songwriter saxophonist and percussionist Gavin Minter has performed all over the world with various bands and artists. He has released 6 albums to date and has just just finished his 7th album (to be released in October 2013).

Some great artists that he has performed with include the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Fourie, Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Arno Carstens, Cape Heritage Big Band, Prime Circle, Judith Sephuma, Stevie Wonder, Winston Mankunku, Errol Dyers, Robbie Jansen, Marcus Wyatt, Strait and Narro, Tina Schouw, Steve Newman, Robin Auld, and Louise Carver.

For more information please visit www.gavinminter.co.za





Improvised music • Running Time: 90 mins
Alex Bozas on Guitar, Brydon Bolton on Double Bass & Ross Campbell on Drums

The Benguela trio once again take advantage of their lack of commitment by having to improvise due to a total lack of prepared material.

Come witness the spontaneous creation of music through individual action/reaction times and their collective caffeine consumption. 15 years of random sonic emotion has got to count for something...

Benguela have been playing improvised music together for over thirteen years and have just released their 4th album Black Southeaster. Every show they play is a spur of the moment creative cesspool that straddles both the ambient and angular. Their last collaboration with Tony Cox won the SAMA award for Best Instrumental Album 2008. They have also collaborated with cultural anarchist Koos Kombuis and internationally renowned poet Breyten Breytenbach. They have played most of the festivals around the country including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oppikoppi in ‘98 & ‘01, Splashy Fen, Up The Creek and the Standard Bank Grahamstown Arts Festival in ’99 & 05 as part of the New Music Indaba.



The name ‘Benguela’ was taken from the cold current running up the West Coast of Southern Africa and reflects both the flowing nature of the music as well as being geographically representative of where the band came together and the climate in which they live.



“People think of improvised music as Jazz because it has been marketed as Jazz. A lot of performers you can’t classify get put into Jazz, but Jazz has a style, rules and common practices, and Jazz musicians improvise within those boundaries. Improvised music - true improvised music goes beyond that. It has no preordained language. It entirely creates it’s own form and genre. It just creates, which is beautiful. What’s interesting about an improvising band is that everyone in it is changing all the time, listening to new music, seeing new things, experiencing new emotions, developing.. so your perspective on life is changing. And because you’re never playing the same chords or singing the same lyrics, you’re never acting: it’s always a true and immediate expression of who you are.”







Folk • Running Time: 90 mins
Simon Van Gend on guitar & vocals, Eric Michot on bass & backing vocals, Ross Campbell on drums

Simon & The Bande À Part have been around for some time now, having released their 4th album,Blinking and Breathing, in June this year. Influenced by the likes of Dylan and Young, Simon likes to delve into the deep, where the things that keep him awake at night like to sleep.





Alexander Upstairs prepares for their most daring project to date

 Less than a month from celebrating their first birthday and Cape Town’s littlest theatre is buzzing with activity as the team puts together the December line-up. What makes this holiday season special though is that it’ll host another first: the Camissa Festival.

 “Why isn’t there a theatre festival in Cape Town capitalising on the amazing talent of our industry and the local and international tourists?” asks Nicholas Spagnoletti, co-owner of Alexander Upstairs. “The problems people point to boil down to funding and logistics – they’re problems of thinking past your capacity. We think small, we figure out how to make our size an advantage and how we can fit big ideas into small spaces. For this festival we’re putting up 6 shows in our theatre and mixing them up over a 6 day period with daily performances at 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm – that’s 4 performances per day. In a year or two Camissa is going to be huge, this year is the first step to the festival Cape Town deserves.”

 The newest edition to Cape Town’s cultural calendar runs from Monday the 9th to Saturday the 14th of December; coming between a run of Stephen Belber’s Tape (25th November til 7th December) and the return of London Road (16th til 28th December), fresh from it’s very successful run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival where actress Robyn Scott snagged the Stage Award for Best Actress.

 Headlining the festival are three amazing productions from Johannesburg based companies: Love & Prozac, a raunchy one woman comedy about dating from Sonia Esgueira; The Epicene Butcher, the smash hit description-defying play by Jemma Kahn; and Boylesque, the tongue-in-cheek musical and dance extravaganza showcasing the naughty art of burlesque performance.

 Tape (25/11 – 07/12)

A tense potboiler, Gabriella Pinto directs Scott Cooper, Bjorn Steinbach and Shannyn Fourie as three characters unravelling in a motel room. The play peels back the lies that bind old friendships together, ending in an explosive confrontation.

 For information on scheduling and booking visit http://shows.alexanderbar.co.za

 The Camissa Festival (09/12 – 14/12)

6 great shows taking place over one week in Alexander Bar’s Upstairs theatre. For information on scheduling and booking visit http://camissa.co.za

 Our headline shows:

Love & Prozac: the naughty girls' (mis)guide to dating, bonking and other disasters is a new and utterly fabulous comedy on love, dating and everything in-between. Directed by the Emmy nominated John Trengove and starring Sonia Esgueira this multi- award winning duo bring you a sassy, side splitting comedy that's raked in 5 star reviews from critics.

 Shape shifting from one hilarious character to the next, Esgueira ponders being single in ones thirties with uproarious results.

 Known for her chameleon like transformations on stage, Esgueira brings us her finest comedy yet, painting eccentric Portuguese mothers, sleazy sugar daddies and pesky Kugels with aplomb.

Following one woman's rather desperate attempt to snag herself a Hollywood Ending, whatever the costs, she investigates what it means to find love in a fast paced 21st Century.

Whether your status is single, married, divorced or "complicated", this comedy gives you a hilarious and sometimes uncomfortable glimpse into yourself and just how far we will go to find "The One". 

 Critics’ Raves:

"A mirth fest by one of South Africa’s sharpest, smartest, sassiest and funniest actresses" – Business Day

 "South Africa should be proud of this gem – astounding, hilarious... a must see!" – Tame Times

 "Quirky, skilful, relevant, occasionally raunchy, and yes – very, very funny" – The Star

 "A magnificently scripted play. A cacophony of charm and delight...5 stars!" – Nelson’s Comedy

 "Esgueira is Kak Funny!" – Megan Furniss, Megan's Head

 "Skreeu-snaaks!" – Die Burger

 The Epicene Butcher and other stories for consenting adults

The Japanese story-telling art of Kamishibai (meaning literally 'paper play') is given a darkly hilarious, profane and utterly original revival. The show features a growing repertoire of original stories that run the gamut from pornography to epic poetry, from the silly to the sublime. Jemma Kahn performs seven eclectic Kamishibai stories with the use of beautifully illustrated paper panels that slide out of a specially crafted wooden stage - stories that take in such divergent themes as heaven and hell, pornography, gothic tragedy and the dream life of cats.

 We are proud to present this cross-cultural theatrical oddity after the show's award winning performances at The National Arts Festival and Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2012 and Musho! International Theatre Festival 2013.

 Critics’ Raves:

“…fabulous gustatory delights, erotic pleasure… moral horror that ultimately will leave you wrenched and enthused and wishing for more” – Robyn Sassen, Artslink

 “It’s an hysterical fusion of English and Japanese that drifts into bouts of pure poetry” – Hailey Gaunt, M&G

 “...sweeps through all emotions and times and genres lightly, accurately and full of laughing” - Megan Furniss, Megan's Head

 “Jemma Kahn is a brilliant... The concept is extraordinary… and I came away with my mind slightly blown! If you get the opportunity to go to one of the shows, I couldn't recommend it more highly” – Annie Lennox

 Boylesque

Four cast members, 15 songs, 22 costumes and only one hour! It’s outrageous and fun, which is exactly what these performers want.

 The show is inspired by 1930s and 1940s American-style burlesque striptease performances, but with a twist – all performers are male. Or are they? It’s a journey through a variety of genres and styles covering comedy, singing, ballet, disco and drag. It’s a tongue-in-cheek, sexy and fun celebration of talent, versatility and, of course, the male and female physique.

Boylesque stars multi-award-winning singer, actor, choreographer, dancer and TV personality Sibu Radebe, best known for his portrayal of the iconic character of Vusi on e.tv soapie Backstage, but also seen in many of the big musicals and pantos. He also choreographs the show. It’s very much his show and that of partner in crime Stanimir Stoykov of Doo Bee Boobies. With Boylesque they want to entertain and share the sheer joy of performing with live audiences. If Dita von Teese can do it, why can’t they, is where they’re coming from.

 The show features almost all the talents of Koko, an Asian model and go-go dancer and winner of many beauty pageants, including Mister Physique Singapore 2011, as well as the gorgeous busty Italian actress and dancer Gabriella Cirillo, who was most recently seen on Egoli and The Wild.

 London Road (16/12 – 28/12)

The beautiful, poignant story of an unlikely friendship between two women, neighbours in a block of flats in Sea Point. Rosa is an elderly Jewish widow. Stella is a Nigerian immigrant cagey about the details of her import/export business. Their lives collide after an incident of violence, and gradually they discover much in common – families scattered around the world, old grudges, lost loves and a fiery verve for life. Funny and heart-breaking with powerful, detailed performances.

 Winner of 3 Fleur du Caps, a Naledi, the Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award 2010 and the Olive Schreiner Prize for drama. Top-seller at the National Arts Festival three years in a row.

 For information on scheduling and booking visit http://shows.alexanderbar.co.za

 Critics’ Raves:

“….simply brilliant… radiates beauty and empathy.” – Sunday Independent

“Memorable, mesmerising, magnificent” – Citizen

“a treasure…. a warm, witty and wise drama” – Business Day

“…feels like a little miracle.” – The Next 48 Hours

“The humour is gentle, the drama and pathos understated … brought to life by two formidable stage talents …” – Sunday Times

“A beautifully written script performed magnificently by two very talented women and directed with such beautiful eloquence. This play raises the bar on new South African writing for theatre.” – Ismail Mahomed, National Arts Festival Director

“…awash with lingering powerful images.” – Cape Times

 “Die 36-jarige Scott in die rol van die bejaarde Rosa Kaplowitz is verbysterend… Makhutshi is pragtig en het ‘n sterk teenwoordigheid op die verhoog.” – Die Burger

 “…an absolute master class in movement and breath…”  – www.writingstudio.co.za





Comedy Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Celia Musikanth, choregraphed by Paul Johnson & Debby Jamieson, accompanied by Ivor Jacobson, Ted Faulkner & Alan van der Merwe

Debby Jamieson and her three piece band will present a fun and light-hearted comedy song and dance cabaret.

"A Taste of Bette Midler" received rave reviews and comprises an entertaining repertoire including The Rose, Wind Beneath my Wings, From a Distance and other songs which give Debby an opportunity to utilise her comedic talent.
The show promises to be a relaxing, fun and happy time out for the audience.

Debby is a trained singer, dancer and actress. She studied Speech & Drama at CADA and did her Post Graduate Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London. She studied Ballet, Tap, Modern and Spanish dancing. She performed in 'Into the Woods' off Westend and played a cabaret singer in 'To Die For' at the London Palladium. She has done stand-up comedy in pubs and clubs around London.

Ivor Jacobson has been playing drums for nearly 50 years. He has done some 32 shows in Cape Town, East London and Israel. He has been in the band Ivory for many years playing the "Oldies" and Latin American genres. He has been playing at the Ritz Revolving Restaurant for the last 5 years as well as for Weddings and Barmitzvahs.

Ted Faulkner has played in numerous bands such as the Shannigans, the Drifters and Ivory. He has been the Musical Director for Camelot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and All You Need is Love (a tribute to the Beatles). 





Folk / Spoken word • Running Time: 100 mins
Music by Thomas Krane & Chantal van T, Spoken word by Richard-Dean Sumares

Thomas Krane is the surviving member of the Krane siamese twins that achieved brief fame in November 1982. As some of you may recall from news stories at the time, his sister Nadia failed to survive a risky experimental pre-birth surgical separation.

Though he has managed to live a fairly normal life since (at least in a physical sense), Thomas naturally tends to make sad music.





Mind Illusionist • Running Time: 60 mins

BRYAN MILES is a young and unique performer in the world of magic. He can seemingly predict and influence human behaviour. He describes his art as a combination of skills including; magic, suggestion, psychology and devilish good looks.

Bryan reads thoughts, predicts seemingly impossible events and ultimately makes the impossible possible. Whether he is focusing on the name of someone you merely thought of, or impossibly predicting what you will do next - his award-winning abilities are without compare.


“How’d you do that?!” – Katlego Maboe SABC 3 presenter

“I would really like to see this talented young artist set out to expand his show for larger audiences and even land himself a much more believable, and entertaining spot on television.” - David Engelbrecht News24.com

Bryan has performed all across the globe, from London to New York, for movies stars and celebrities. His act is unequalled and he is currently one of South Africa’s most in demand entertainers.





A mix of world music, jazz, blues & pop • Running Time: 120 mins
presented by RMH Entertainment, featuring: Natasha Meister, Philip Malan & Friends

Renowned touring performers, Natasha Meister, the award winning and Fender endorsed Canadian sensation as well South African respected jazz and world-music fingerstyle guitarist, Philip Malan, come together with a collection of friends to bring you a show not to be missed!

Natasha Meister:
"She's fanatastic" - Tommy Emmanuel
"A breath of fresh air in the music industry" - MK

Philip Malan:
"one guitar plays back an orchestra" - The Month
"Philip's music is filled with the storytelling characteristics so often found in folk music but instead of lyrics and song, he takes us on an instrumental journey using suggestion, expression and musical themes all performed using only the six strings of his guitar - City Soiree"





Performance & Music • Running Time: 60 mins

Cape Town performance artist and singer Umlilo celebrates his 27th birthday with a tribute to the life and times of the members of the 27th club featuring performances from his debut EP 'Shades of Kwaai', reworked cover songs, new material and surprise musical guests from some of Cape Town's renowned live acts. Audiences can dress up as their favourite 27th club member and be ready for the after-party at the bar downstairs.





Corporate Comedy • Running Time: 35 mins
Directed by Lara Bye | Written by Gaëtan Schmid | Performed by Gaëtan Schmid | Presented by Sean O'Connor & Gaëtan Schmid

KFCC is Gaëtan Schmid’s compacted corporate comedy version of his National Arts Festival sold out show Body Language.

"... physically and cerebrally delightful ..."
Sunday Times

KFCC is a skil­fully con­trolled high-octane burst of behav­ioural sci­ence and psycho-biological anthro­pol­ogy, tai­lored to explore, expose and evis­cer­ate the com­plex­i­ties of body lan­guage and non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the work­place. The show is a hilarious break for peo­ple in the prison-house of a reg­u­lar salary in need of fun and bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion. For fur­ther inquiries please con­tact info@takeawaytheatre.com

What the press had to say on Body Language:

"... a solo tour de force ..." Sunday Times
"... visually feasting ..." Sunday Independent
"... manic ... crazy ..." Your Soapbox
"... strange ... psychotic ... " TONIGHT
"... hilarious rollercoaster ride ..." the writing studio
"... not for the faint-hearted ..." Encore Entertainment
"... make sure your cheeks are ready to be stretched into a smile for about an hour." Bizcommunity.com

"… Gaëtan Schmid ... an ... inimitable ..." Artslink
"... immaculate ..." Cue2011
"... and extremely humorous ..." WhatsoninCapeTown.com
"... fascinating performer." Thee Next 48hours

" ... and … big balls." Megan's Head





Jazz / world music • Running Time: 80 mins

Deep South is a collaboration featuring the combined talents of some of S.A's finest musicians. Headhunted by Dave Ledbetter (Guitars) and Ronan Skillen (Percussion), Deep South recently released their debut album 'A Waiting Land' which features S.A. legends and international icons like:
Shaun Johannes (Bass) Kevin Gibson (Drums) Darren English (Trumpet) Mark Fransmann (Clarinet) Shane Cooper (Fretless Bass) and Hein Van De Geyn (Double Bass).
The music reflects the Cape's Deep Southern natural environment and fuses styles of music ranging from World, Jazz, Blues and Acoustic Groove.





Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by My Shirt Productions, Director: Greg Karvellas, Writer: Louis Viljoen, Producer: Johann Kupferburger, Cast: Nicholas Pauling & Mark Elderkin

Extended by popular demand!

In the competitive world of property development, two men go to extreme lengths to secure a lucrative real estate deal and to dig themselves out of a financial hole. As they wait for darkness to fall, the paranoia sets in and they find their ideals challenged, their morality shaken and their blood-lust slowly increasing. “The Frontiersmen” is a dark tale about land, blood and good old South African greed.

From the creators of the award-winning play “Champ”, comes a disturbing story about the violent measures some people will go to for financial gain. Shane and Yuri, two ambitious property developers, are on the verge of sealing a very important property deal, but it grounds to a halt when an important investor threatens to pull out. Convincing themselves that their survival is at stake, Shane and Yuri make a fateful decision to abandon their humanity and embrace the evil in their hearts.

The script, by Fleur du Cap winning writer Louis Viljoen, is fast-paced, profane and unsettling and is complimented by the direction of acclaimed theatremaker, Greg Karvellas (Champ, Frank-n-Stein, The Abusers). Added to that is a power-house team of actors: Nichlas Pauling (Waiting for the Barbarians) and Mark Elderkin (Betesda) .

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Jazz • Running Time: 60 mins
Lisa Bauer: vocals & composition, Dr Andrew Lilley on piano, Romy Brauteseth on double bass, Kesivan Naidoo on drums

"An understated vocalist and deft composer... Bauer's set was a study in focused emotional dissection, her voice as clear and pure as mountain rainwater.” - Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Jazz vocalist Lisa Bauer leads this quartet of acclaimed jazz instrumentalists, performing a special selection of her original compositions and rarely performed jazz standards. The set will feature works by composers such as Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, Alan Salinga, Tommy Turrentine, Hank Mobley, Curtis Lundey, Clifford Brown, Ray Bryant and lyricists Kurt Elling, Meredith d'Ambrosio & Paul Williams.

Lisa Bauer's debut album Finding A New Way (2010) was nominated for best traditional jazz album at the South African Music Awards in 2011. It features SA jazz giants Andre Petersen, Chantal Willie, Kesivan Naidoo with Mark Fransman and Maxim Starcke. The CD will be available for purchase on the night of the performance.

Reviews:

“Lisa Bauer’s music is full of joy. It is also full of soulfulness and sorrow, but her voice is packed with such delicacy that even woe sings like a plucked string. It is this quality that secured her debut album, Finding a New Way, a South African Music Awards nomination as well as glowing reviews from the jazz fraternity. Understated yet urgent, her vocals are spangled with the improvisational essence of jazz, the heartfelt essence of the blues and gospel and mystical riffs…” – Miles Keylock, Mail & Guardian

“…Jazz in South Africa is of a very high standard and Finding A New Way is an album that is one of those leaders…” Eric Alan, Jazz Rendezvous, Radio 2000

“…Lisa put her heart into this one as though she has witnessed how ‘the stars forgot to shine’…” Carol Martin, South African Jazz Educators (SAJE)





Staged Reading • Running Time: 60 mins
By Amy Jephta, directed by Kim Kerfoot, performed by Jason Potgieter

This is Riaan. 30-something. Male. White. And sort of gay. Basically he’s an ass-kicking combo of new South African pariahdom, wrapped up in one slightly squishy package.

Riaan likes peppermint, bunsen burners and rugby. He dislikes Enya, vaginas and Woolworths. He also has a peculiar connection to the old national anthem and doesn’t know how he’s managed to end up in jail when he’s really just a nice, mild-mannered Afrikaans boytjie. Part rant, part declaration, part incoherent mumbling, this is Riaan’s attempt to figure out his life while we nod and listen.

Join us for a first look at this exciting new show.

Amy Jephta is a 25-year old Cape Town based playwright. She completed her undergraduate and MA degree at the University of Cape Town and has since had her work performed at the Women Playwrights International Conference (Sweden) as part of the Artscape spring season (Cape Town) and at the Intimate Theatre in Cape Town. She is an alumni of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York, has taught voice and acting at the Woodward School for Contemporary Art in Vancouver, at City Varsity, and the University of Cape Town. In 2013, she was one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Top Young South Africans. Amy is currently undertaking a two year playwriting residency with the Royal Court Theatre (London), developing her play Free Falling Bird with the Bush Theatre (UK) on a grant from the UK Arts Council and has been commissioned to write her first feature film with Johannesburg-based production company, West Five Films.

Jason Potgieter is a writer, director and performer for the stage. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, he has performed and lectured all over the world, most recently with Handspring Puppet Company. Jason also likes to play with The Mechanicals, Puppetry South Africa, ZA News, Hearts and Eyes Theatre Collective and various other interesting folk. His most recent directorial endeavour was I Love You When You’re Breathing, featured on the National Arts Festival main programme in 2012. Jason was Artist in Residence at West Michigan University in October 2012. He has also created performative installations for Performativity (Frank Caller) and Infecting the City (Flown) He is fond of the avocado.

Kim Kerfoot is a freelance director and performer. He has presented original work as part of the Iqonga platform at the Out The Box Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2011, creating and performing in Left Inside, and creating and directing Lynchpin and Guillotine. As part of his ongoing creative partnership with Jason Potgieter, he directed Potgieter’s The Things You Left Behind at the Intimate Theatre in December 2010 and January 2012. In 2011 Kerfoot received the GIPCA Baxter Theatre Centre Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, and with it he staged Athol Fugard’s Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act. The Production transferred to the Fugard Theatre in early 2012, where it had a successful extended run. Statements was a part of the Assembly on the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Most recently, Kerfoot won the 2013 Fleur du Cap award for Best New Director, as well as a Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival for his direction of The Things You Left Behind, and an Ovation Award for his direction of Get Kraken!

Warning: Performer smokes in the show





Live Music • Running Time: 120 mins
Lexi Frame with Ryan Sackanery (keys), Revaughn Sackanery (bass) & Joshua Samson (drums). Presented by RMH Entertainment.

After a sold-out show last time she performed at Alexander Bar, Lexi Frame returns to this fabulous venue.

Lexi Frame is a Cape Town-based songstress backed by a kick-ass band of keys, bass  and drums. Her sound has an acoustic pop base, but is far from innocent. Think strong melodies and good harmonics, with a cheeky, feisty and sometimes melancholy twist – she calls it “rebel pop”.

"Lexi Frame was up next, a pretty dark haired girl who looks vaguely familiar. Her ready smile and excellent crowd interaction makes you want to be her friend immediately. Her facebook page says her genre is “girly pop” and she lists influences like Taylor Swift and Michelle Branch.  The crowd was very excited to see her on stage and during her whole set she gamely laughed and bantered with the audience. Once she started singing I realized that this girl is much more than just a pretty face. Her voice is incredibly strong and has a beautiful warm quality to it. Her songs are upbeat in melody and sweet in lyrics. Her girly, folk-pop inspired songs make you want to dance and the lyrics make you smile, even when they are bittersweet. Lexi is an incredibly talented musician with a great flair for songwriting. The crowd loves her and she was happy to oblige them by playing her more well-known songs, “Backslide” and “The Wild Side”. Her set was also short but long enough for me to know that I will definitely be looking out to hear her play again very soon." 

- SA Music Scene





Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Oskar Brown

YOU, the audience brings a 'THING'.*
Any 'THING', from the mundane to the unmentionable.
Place the 'THING' ** in the cardboard box on stage.
Take your seat and let Oskar Brown transport you into his world of stand-up storytelling.

“He is gifted in his abil­ity to craft imagery with word and a pretty charm­ing and engaging way of going about it.”
(Broad­way World Magazine)


*Every 'THING' will be returned after the show. Unbroken, undamaged, unconsumed and unsexed... Inshallah.
** The 'THING' does not reference the semi-fictional comic book character

Anything can happen!





Tango Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Complied by Albert Combrink & Stanislav Angelov
These two musicians have worked together for over a decade on different stages in different countries.
In this show they will explore their cultures and their interests, centering around the Tango Music which they have been performing together for over a decade. They will perform Tango music from both their cultures, Bulgaria and South Africa, and there will be space on the stage for Tango Dancers to take the stage. So if you are a Tango Dancer, bring your dancing shoes along, and if you are simply interested in watching, you can have a drink and relax and enjoy the sights.
The idea for this show came during their tour to Germany where they performed in the prestigious Leipzig Gewandhaus, and performed in Tango Clubs in Berlin, Leipzig and Tubingen.
Albert Combrink and Stanislav Angelov form the core of the well-known CT Tango Ensemble, the only Tango Orchestra of it's kind in Africa. Both are classically trained musicians who came to the passionate world of Tango through the seductive strains of the music of the great Tangeuros: Piazzolla, Gardel, Di Sarli.... They have continued to redefine the parameters of Tango, including African Instruments on their First CD "El Tango En Africa" and adding Classical Guitar and Jazz Saxophone on their second SAMA Nominated CD "Tango Cub".

Press & Reviews





Storytelling • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed by John Trengove, written by Gwydion Beynon, starring Jemma Kahn & Dylan Esbach as 'Chalk Girl'. Illustrations by Jemma Kahn, Carlos Amato & Gwydion Beynon
 Cape Town can't get enough of this global cult hit. The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults returns to Alexander Upstairs for a week to satiate the demands of those who missed its last run. Come and see the deployment of a 12th Century Japanese Buddhist story-telling tradition known as kamishibai to tell 7 startling pop stories. The show is a mash-up of manga, sex, gothic horror and mainstream popular culture using hand-drawn illustrations and luscious narration.

The Epicene Butcher has to date received:
A Silver Ovation Award, NAF Grahamstown 2012
Critics' Choice & Audience Favourite, Fringe Amsterdam 2012
Best New Script & Audience Favourite, Musho! Theatre Festival
**** The Herald (Edinburgh Fringe)
**** The List (Edinburgh Fringe)
**** Broadwaybaby
**** Broadway World

'Jemma Kahn is brilliant. I came away with my mind slightly blown.' Annie Lennox, who saw the show at Alexander Bar!

Jemma Kahn was selected as one of M&G's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2013 and as one of AfriPOP's Top 5 Women to Watch in SA Theatre.

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Folk Music • Running Time: 75 mins
Featuring Joy Smith, Nuka & Thomas Krane

So after touring up in Gauteng Joy Smith is ending the launch tour of her album "Next"  here in Cape Town. This show will be magical with life size owls and readings and other great performers such as Nuka and Thomas Krane.

Joy will have the new album "Next" - all of them with a original, signed art work in them, some more odd than others but all with equal love in them.
Make sure to join us for this sure to be unforgettable evening.

Joy Smith along with her trusted left hand man Dolf Baker will make sure to bring you songs of white horses dipped in yellow gold like paint and foxes underneath your bed.
Joy will paint the pictures with her voice while Dolf builds a frame with his banjo. Together they have worked hard to get it right to make you the listener feel childlike again, bringing back imagination with sounds.

They're proud to be sharing the stage with amazing folk singers/songwriters Thomas Krane and Nuka, both wonderful and will surely leave the audience speechless! Each is very different stylistically: Nuka is very soft and beautiful folk music while Thomas Karne is more aggressive and hauntingly some what folk/rock.
But the best way to find out more about all three of these performers is to come to the event and see them in action.





Indie Folk • Running Time: 70 mins

This indie folk duo share songs of love and life. Their new show, The Somewhere Wind, is a sublime journey into the deepest parts of two musical souls. Have your heart captured and taken on a magic carpet ride with these two sincere singer songwriters.

"Miss something else, don't miss Digby and the lullaby" - Graham Ward, Drummer - Tom Jones, Paul McCartney.





Drama • Running Time: 110 mins
By Patrick Marber, directed by Kim Kerfoot, performed by Electra Nathania, Wessel Pretorius, Lesoko Seabe & Albert Pretorius, sound by Gideon Lombard, design by Jon Keevy.

Award-winning young director Kim Kerfoot tackles Patrick Marber’s play of entangled relationships.

Four characters come together and are torn apart in a succession of connections and confrontations.

Closer delves into the relationships of four people living in London, with chance encounters sparking desires and deceits as Dan, Alice, Larry and Anna collide over the course of four years. Truth and lies both bring the characters closer and tear them apart. Albert Pretorius plays Larry, the dermatologist, and describes the story as, “an anti-fairy tale – a romance for adults, for people who have scars.”


All tickets on all Tuesdays are R40 at the door. Disregard the R80 and select "Pay Later" to reap the benefits.

Patrick Marber explores the paradoxes and contradictions of contemporary romance with brutal frankness; his script is a benchmark in contemporary theatre, speaking to the craving for absolute honesty and raw emotion but at the same time critical of this impulse.

 “It’s romantic love versus real love,” says Wessel Pretorius, who plays Dan. “How people try to create the narrative of romance without the complicated truth of it.” The rest of the cast agree, “It rings true to people who want so badly to be loved completely, to be able to tell the truth and still be loved.” adds Electra Nathania, who plays Alice, the young waif and catalyst of the story.

 Director Kim Kerfoot won the Fleur du Cap’s Rosalie van der Gucht prize for best new director in 2013 for his production of Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act. “Closer is such a densely layered text, with a fascinating take on structure. I’m drawn to stories about people and the f__ked up stuff between them. It speaks to our generation – it’s not pretty, it’s raw in its views about sex and love.”

 Closer is the third play written by English playwright Patrick Marber. The play was premiered at the Royal National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in London in 1997. Rights for this production were secured by arrangement with DALRO (Pty) Limited.





Spoken word, singer-songwriter, punky folk. • Running Time: 100 mins

This triple bill brings a gang of South African singer-songwriters together. Spoken word stalwarts The Buckfever Underground (playing as trio on the night) bring their 19-date nationwide tour to a close at the Alexander Bar. Comedy-folkpunk duo Die Skynmaagde (think Flight of the Conchords... in Afrikaans!) join them as well as under-rated Hanru Niemand - if he doesn't make you cry... go buy another whiskey!

The Buckfever Underground: Toast Coetzer (lyrics, vocals), Stephen Timm (drums, synth) and Jon Savage (guitar, bass). The band (in full flight a 5-piece) has been around since 1998 and has about 9 albums to their name. The latest is called 'Verkeerdevlei'.

Die Skynmaagde: Henry Cloete (vocals, guitar) and Wilken Calitz (vocals, guitar). They're relatively new to the scene, but had a hit in 2012 with 'Die Kommunis Sokkie' with its video flighted heavily on MK.

Hanru Niemand: guitar & vocals. Hanru has two albums to his name, 'Tot Stilte' (2006) and 'Roepwoorde' (2010).





Poetry/Music/Soundscape/Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Ruben Mowszowski, Dizu Plaatjies & Maxim Starcke
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“Fusing poetry, world music, electro-acoustic soundscapes and jazz, Souls of Ancient Fish offers a mystical journey that’s hypnotic, haunting and sublime. A collaboration between the poet Ruben Mowszowski, traditional music artist and cultural historian Dizu Plaatjies and soprano saxophonist and electronic musician Maxim Starcke, it forms a lush current, a confluence of leaping vocabularies that celebrate the fluid and rich possibilities of words and sounds. Tempered by love and loss and infused with the musicality of the oral tradition and ritual, the group’s incantations are a poetic and spiritual atlas of new imaginative territories.” Mail & Guardian
DIZU PLAATJIES is internationally celebrated as a performer and teacher of African music. Widely known for his exuberant performances and charisma, Dizu is the founder and former leader of the marimba, percussion and dance group Amampondo. Under his leadership the group which started off performing on the streets of Cape Town, came to international attention when they played at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Concert in the UK. At the request of Mandela, they represented African music at the Atlanta Olympic Games and continued to perform internationally. Dizu’s presert ensemble Ibuyambo will perform this year at the International Festival Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal, the WOMAD festival in UK (see Dizu on stage here) and the Rainforest Music Festival in Malaysia. In Souls of Ancient Fish, Dizu, who is the son of a traditional healer, presents a deeply spiritual side of himself, performing music as invocation, In between tours, Dizu is a teacher and cultural historian at the University of Cape Town College of Music. For more information on Dizu click here.

RUBEN MOWSZOWSKI
 is a founding member of the performance ensemble Souls of Ancient Fish. The ensemble grew out of a collaboration with Dizu Plaatjies and took present form when Maxim Starcke joined as the third member. Ruben’s short stories and prose poems, from which his incantations are drawn, have been published in Vrye Weekblad, in literary magazines Revue Noire (France) , New Contrast and Staffrider, in collection in his book Souls of Ancient Fish, and in the collaborative text/photo book Karoo Moons. His essays at the intersection of western science and indigenous cosmology have been regular features in the Mail & Guardian, The Sunday Independent and Geographical (UK) and have also appeared in Leadership, Pforward, Resurgence (UK), Cape Style, Men’s Health and Architectural Digest. Ruben was a prize-winning finalist in the Vita Short Story Awards, a finalist for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award, regionally shortlisted for the SACPAC National Drama Award, prize-winning finalist of the South African Science and Technology Journalism Award, winner of the South African Science and Technology Journalism Award, shortlisted for the City Press Non-fiction Book Award and shortlisted for the EU Literary Award. For more information on Ruben click here.

MAXIM STARCKE is a composer and multi-instrumentalist working in the field of electro-acoustic, contemporary classical, soundscape composition and other contemporary styles. He performs on classical & electric guitar, soprano & alto saxophone, electric bass, laptop and various electronic effects devices – these in different combinations depending on the project or ensemble. Recent career highlights include the world premiere of his works 'Overberg Suite' and 'esCape' performed by the Cape Town Goema Orchestra in December 2012 and November 2013 respectively, guest appearances on classical guitar with the traditional jazz SAMA-nominated Lisa Bauer Quartet (featured on her album Finding A New Way and having recently performed at the 2011 Cape Town International Jazz Festival), extensive work and recording with Starkravingsane, jazz/rock outfit Cascade Film Quartet, improvisation and loop-based electro-acoustic soundscape duo Howell & Starcke, a collaboration with percussionist Ronan Skillen and live digital artist Ed Babb (collectively known as Starcke/Skillen/Babb) and the release of a debut live album in 2013, together with Skillen, entitled FORGERY. Starcke received a Masters in Composition (cum laude) in 2012 from the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.



Drama • Running Time: 70 mins
Written and performed by Megan Furniss | directed by Liz Mills | sound art by James Webb | visuals by Sanjin Muftic
Read the 5 star review from Cape Argus July 8th 2014 here.

The Story...
Marion Taylor, a forty-nine year old academic, attends the National Arts Festival every year to give her talk on creative writing. Her lecture, The Road Trip, focusing on journeys and their symbols in fiction, is particularly popular, and the reason she keeps getting invited back onto the Thinkfest. Only this time something strange has happened to her on her own road trip to Grahamstown…

The Destination...
A personal, symbolic, engrossing story, intended to give an audience a thrilling theatrical experience. Combining the mundane, familiar and everyday, with a uniquely South African landscape and the deeply strange, Drive With Me is original, local and innovative; taking the audience on a journey in which they slowly come to the realisation that things are not what they seem… they are in a very strange place, with a very strange somebody…

Drive With Me returns to Upstairs at The Alexander Bar (after 3 sold out performances in November) with a two week run from Monday 30 June through to 12 July, pretty much the exact time of the Grahamstown festival. This will bring the festival to Cape Town without the hideous inconvenience of actually going to Grahamstown.

"The story is intense and sad and moving and funny... Drive With Me is well written. There are great moments and Choritz’s inhabiting of Marion Taylor will move you."

 - Sarah Roberson, Arts blog

"Within the first minute, I sat back – intrigued, amused and with a creeping awareness that this was unlike anything I had seen before. Drive with Me is a refreshing, meticulously written piece of theatre; insightful, informative and highly entertaining. The unique angle of the play is fully harnessed by director Liz Mills, and it is clear why this play won an Ovation Award at (this year’s) Grahamstown Festival. A round of applause for Megan Furniss and for anyone who strives to keep theatre intelligent, innovative and creative."

 - Marilu Snyders, What's on in Cape Town

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 10th Jul 2014 LMG (Live Music Guide) Review of Drive With Me by Ana-Bet Bester
  • Thu 10th Jul 2014 Whats on in Cape Town Review of Drive With Me by Marilu Snyders
  • Tue 8th Jul 2014 ★★★★★ Argus Review of Drive With Me by Beverley Brommert
  • Wed 2nd Jul 2014 Cape Times Review of Drive with Me by Steyn du Toit




Folk / Storytelling • Running Time: 100 mins
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Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (Pennyblack Music) and prompted Mike Harding from BBC Radio 2’s Folk programme to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as
“One of the finest singer-songwriters England has produced.”

“Perceptive..beautiful and intelligent songs…Stunning!” - Mike Harding, Mike Harding Folk Show

“Lovely and sparse and beautiful” - Iain Anderson BBC Radio Scotland

"Reg's powerful writing has produced a CD that takes you on a personal journey. Leaves & Feathers' strong imagery and captivating lyrics make sure you return to the songs again and again" - Terry Ferdinand, Bishop FM

"Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered"
- The Times

“A poet, a wordsmith and a fine storyteller” - Maverick Magazine

"Reg tells it with soul" - Nick Lowe





Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Gabriella Pinto, Written by Stephen Belber, Starring Scot Cooper, Bjorn Steinbach, Shannyn Fourie
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Vince, Jon and Amy haven't seen each other since high school, half a decade later they unexpectedly reunite in a dingy motel room. A seemingly pleasant rendezvous leads to confessions, a betrayal , a surprise and the unearthing of blurry and explicit events of a love-triangle and night best left forgotten.

Stephen Belber's text delves into sexual politics with raw frankness, laying open the past to multiple interpretations as the characters struggle with guilt, desire, jealousy and anger.
"Under Pinto's direction, this play is engaging, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable" - Lauren Vogt

"The opportunities for laughs but also heartfelt emotion area beautifully balanced" - Whatsonincapetown

Press & Reviews





Camissa Festival: Joburg comes to Cape Town | Variety • Running Time: 35 mins
Presented by Third World Television | Starring Glen Biderman-Pam & Jemma Kahn | Written by Gwydion Beynon
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With Theatre of Death the creators of the cult smash Epicene Butcher continue their reconnaissance into new theatrical territory. Using multi-media, Beethoven, sock puppets and other unexpected items, this show promises to be the most unusual thing you will watch about Death this December. Hooray!
Third World Television's production of The Epicene Butcher has travelled extensively throughout South Africa and abroad garnering numerous awards. The show was voted as Critic's Choice at Amsterdam Fringe in 2012, formed part of Assembly's South African Season at Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and is about to tour Australia in early 2014.

TWT aims to create work that is refreshingly odd; quick, witty and highly visual theatre for the YouTube generation. Glen Biderman-Pam is the frightfully exciting addition to this creative team.



Comedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by John Trengove | Performed by Sonia Esgueira | Created by Sonia & John
The naughty girls' (mis)guide to dating, bonking and other disasters!

The Titanic of the dating world is on the prowl in a dirty comedy about love. One actress, thirteen sidesplitting characters.

The smash-hit dirty comedy on the horrors of dating in your 30\'s is back! One actress, 13 hilarious characters. Directed by John Trengove and starring Sonia Esgueira, the show earned her a prestigious Mbokodo Award nomination for excellence in Arts and Culture in the field of Comedy.  


"Razor sharp hilarity bordering on hysteria...Sonia should be available on prescription!" - Whats On

"Astounding , hilarious...a must see!" - The Star.  

"A mirth fest by one of S.A’s sharpest, smartest, sassi­est, fun­ni­est actresses.” - Busi­ness Day.

“S.A should be proud of this gem. Astound­ing, hilarious…a must see!” The Star.

"9.5/10!" Monday Missile.

Rated 5 stars by media and audiences, Love & Prozac is simply unmissable. From Sea Point trophy wives, sleazy sugar daddy's , speed dating, Indian love gurus, sozzled Portuguese mothers , trance parties and sangoma's, this comedy is jam packed with hilarious recognisable South Africans and razor sharp wit.

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Camissa: Joburg comes to Cape Town | Variety Burlesque • Running Time: 65 mins
Concept by Stanimir Stoykov & Golden Delishas | Performed by Stanimir Stoykov, Golden Delishas, Bibi La Strange & Lady Magnolia
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A tongue in cheek variety show, paying tribute to 1920's, right through to 50's American style burlesque comedy and striptease performances. But there's a twist... this revue has a distinct South African flavour. It's a fun journey through a variety of genres and styles of performance from comedy, live song, ballet, drag, and of course, striptease.

It is a collaboration between the notorious and Johannesburg "Boylesque" troupe and Cape Town based burlesque superstar Golden Delishas, who has recently returned from performing at the Paris Burlesque Festival.
Stanimir Stoykov is a multi talented film/theatre/image maker and boylesque performer, who has collaborated with some of South Africa's finest talents on various creative projects. His underground queer films, which have screened locally and abroad, feature Broadway star Amra Faye Wright ("Chicago"), disco diva Tamara Dey (Flash Republic), multi-award winning actor Robert Whitehead ("Isidingo") and many more. More recently Stanimir and his partner in creative crime, multi-award winning actor/singer/dancer Sibu Radebe, created the well received theatre project "Boylesque", which has been performing steadily throughout 2013 at various venues in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Golden Delishas studied and performed other dance forms for over 10 years before she took to burlesque and discovered a love for big feather wings and most importantly, the art of strip-tease. Her unique presence and power endlessly fascinates and is appreciated by spectators locally and abroad. A truly delectable vision of undraped loveliness, she is known for her feminine fearlessness, her raw allure of passion and nostalgia and her unashamed honesty in seduction. 



Performance Party • Running Time: 240 mins
Presented by Umlilo & The Wrecking Balls
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2013 has been a wreck! We've seen ratchett behaviour become the norm amongst the world's rich and famous, twerking went mainstream, we've seen natural and man-made disasters, we've suffered great losses and gains, one of those gains is great friendships, new partnerships and the ability to laugh at life's idiosyncrasies. Dress up as your favourite or least favourite 2013 person and come toast to the end of 2013 with a smashing wrecking ball hosted by Umlilo.
For the first time the Upstairs is going to turn itself around, packing away the seating to make space for a dance floor and raised performance stage.

DJs will provide some old school pop, R&B, hip hop, rock 'n roll as well as some future kwaai, punctuated by performances from some of the Other City's craziest dancers.

9 - 10pm: Gennacide - indie-rock/pop tunes
Special guest: Lulubelle with a hip dance act accompanied by ArtXCrossroads
10-11pm: Angelo Vilario old school Disco Heaven
11- onwards: Umlilo - Good Bye to the Best of 2013 and the Countdown to 2014
Special guest: Robert Haxton with a Britney Spears tribute.

Last rounds is at 2am




Tango Performance • Running Time: 70 mins
This Piano and Accordion Duo form the core of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble and have a rich and varied musical heritage to draw on. These 2 musicians have worked together for over a decade on different stages in different countries.

In this show they will explore their cultures and their interests, centering around the Tango Music which they have been performing together for over a decade. They will perform Tango music from both their cultures, Bulgaria and South Africa, as well as some traditional tangos from the well-known Tango repertoire.

The idea for this show came during their tour to Germany where they performed in the prestigious Leipzig Gewandhaus, and performed in Tango Clubs in Berlin, Leipzig and Tubingen.




Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Presented by the Instant Arts Collective | Written by Jason Potgieter | Directed by Kim Kerfoot | Featuring Alicia McCormick & Jason Potgieter | Lighting by Matt Lansing
Don’t miss this Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winning production back by popular demand

An accident.
Who was there?
What did they see?
What really happened?

A white car-guard,
a mother hooked on therapy,
an American who came to South Africa and decided to stay,
a paramedic bored with life,
a struggling drag artist and lover of all things French.

Five people’s experiences of a life.
The Things You Left Behind isn’t a love story. It’s the story around a love story. It’s the story of all the heartbreaks, little and large, that affect others on the periphery of the lovers’ grand narrative. In a series of five charming, moving and intensely human monologues shared by two actors, it takes on the unexpected, the unexplored perspectives on the age-old tale of relationship break ups.

From the perspective of Delores, the drag queen from Delft, to Erwin, the only white car guard in the city, the characters are drawn simultaneously closer to the love story and a car accident that connect them. Also caught up in the unfolding events are a would-be philosopher paramedic, an ex-lover about to get married and a mother hooked on therapy.

The Things You Left Behind reveals the subtle, profound bonds that life forges between complete strangers, the hundreds of coincidences and connections that happen each day without us realising it.



Burlesque • Running Time: 70 mins
Presented by Vava Voom Entertainment | Hosted by Diva Disastar as Prof. DD Boobs!
Warning: A Slightly Naughty Theatre Experience - No Under 18s
The Great S.A. Burlesque Express celebrates its first year in style, returning to the illustrious Alexander Bar & Theatre for its most grandiose trip yet!

The extravagant bill boasts the biggest names in the Cape Town Burlesque scene, featuring acts that are indulgent and intoxicating.

Nothing but the breast of burlesque for you, so grab your tickets and climb on board!
Experience the extravagance that is The Great S.A. Burlesque express with "the hostess with the mostest", Prof D.D. Boobs, who returns with her reputation for bawdy banter, and beautiful burlesque from a star-studded cast.

With a track record of 8 shows between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Great S.A. Burlesque Express will be celebrating it's 1st year at the very venue it embarked on for it's first journey.

Featuring performances by the biggest names in Cape Town, we offer you nothing but the “Best of Burlesque” aboard this train. Join us for an evening for visual delights and let us derail your thoughts with all the bells and whistles; glitter and garters; and scintillating smiles of The Great S.A. Burlesque Express!



Music & screening • Running Time: 60 mins
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Cape Town's kwaai diva unveils his latest music video for his third single, 'Out of My face' directed by the talented Tlhonepo Thobejane and styled by Art Mataruse. The performance artist and singer will feature performances from The Ragdollz and joined by DJ Angel-ho showcasing music from his acclaimed debut EP, 'Shades of Kwaai'. The show will also feature other Umlilo videos as well as performances of new songs.
The event will be a snazzy sit down ball where audiences are encouraged to dress and let their hair down for an evening of fun music and great performances.

The Umlilo Music Video was directed by: Tlhonepho Thobejane
Director of Photography: Christian Denslow
Styling: Art Mataruse
Lighting and Photography: Mads Norgaard
Edited by: Lukas Kuhne
Assistant Editor: Sisanda Msimang
Production Assistant: Zandile Mjekula
Umlilo costume design: Maxinne Friesnieg
Makeup: Charli JVR and Liandi Ahlers
Location: Triplane Studios
Special Thanks to the fierce all stars: Phoenix Norgaad, Soneda, Angelo Valerio, Devan Hendricks, Amogelang Lebethe, Zani Moleya and The Ragdollz (Alex Alfaro, Keelin Simmons, Wentzel Ryan, Darion Adams, Sheldon Michaels)




Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Christopher Weare | Written by Tony Jackman | Performed by Lynita Crofford | Presented by Tony Jackman
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Director Christopher Weare's production of Tony Jackman's one-hander with Lynita Crofford in her Fleur du Cap Award-nominated role as Emily Hobhouse, whose efforts to make the British establishment grasp the injustices of their concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War ring familiar alarm bells today. Crofford, in a performance that has won her many standing ovations, embodies both the stern passion of the Cornish crusader and the grim determination of Tant Alie, a Boer prisoner, to survive the war and the camps. Weare's placement of the story in the detritus of a ransacked Boer farmhouse brings an added poignancy to what Die Burger described as "a jewel" of a script. The production won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2013 and has also played in Johannesburg and at Clover Aardklop in Potchefstroom.

“This is not a history lesson. Rather, Jackman and Crofford breathe life into some very real characters and through them allow the audience some insight into a period fraught with many of the same tensions we’re experiencing today. Be sure to see this.” - Marina Griebenow

Christopher Weare is a member of The Mechanicals theatre collective which stages highly successful repertory seasons. He is Director of the Little Theatre and founder of the Intimate Theatre. Recent Fleur du Cap theatre awards nominations include Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2007) and Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman (2009). He was the recipient of the Fleur du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Work includes a well-received Chekhov season and his acclaimed direction of Vigil, by Morris Panych, for the Fugard Theatre.

Lynita Crofford has worked in theatre, film, television and radio for more than 25 years. She received a Fleur du Cap theatre award nomination last year for her role in An Audience with Miss Hobhouse, and earlier appeared in the international movies Safe House and Chronicles. She also works extensively as a voice artist and is a dialogue and voice coach and lecturer in acting and TV presenting at City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town.

Tony Jackman writes with irreverent humour in newspapers while also sub-editing and revising the work of his peers for newspapers throughout the country. He has published restaurant guides to the Cape's top restaurants, and while living in the UK edited and founded etc, an award-winning magazine whose template has since been used throughout the UK. His front pages for the West Sussex Gazette were nominated for a British Press Award. He has written three plays, of which 'Hobhouse' is the first to go into production. He is currently researching two new plays.

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Theatre – Solo Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Gregory Karvellas | Performed by Emily Child | Based on the short stories of Dorothy Parker with thanks to the NAACP for the use of Ms Parker's work
Based on the short stories of American literary icon, Dorothy Parker, A Certain Lady explores the heart of a woman in the 1920’s. Through five interwoven stories, the play examines a woman of wit living in the Jazz Age and her relationships with men, whiskey and the waltz. Dry, dark and sarcastic, A Certain Lady says what we wish we could at a dinner party and what we never should say on the telephone. Directed by Greg Karvellas, the acclaimed director of Champ and The Frontiersmen, and performed by award-winning actress and member of The Mechanicals Collective, Emily Child, A Certain Lady is an unsentimental, painfully funny and unromantic look at romance, taxi rides and disobedient garters…

 

Emily Child graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting.  Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed theatre troupe The Mechanicals, whose work has garnered her numerous Fleur Du Cap award nominations. Her recent work includes Shakespeare's “LEAR” directed by Guy De Lancey,  “CHAMP” by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas which she performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2013, as well as Marc Camoletti’s  farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner” directed by Steven Stead, which toured Johannesburg and Cape Town. In December 2013 Emily was part of LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground and Mechanicals’ co-production  “Urban Death”, directed by Jana Wimer. On screen Emily can be seen in the online Mockumentary series pilot “Armed Response” which just won the best short film at the SHNIT International Festival.

 Greg Karvellas is a UCT alumni who studied under Christopher Weare, Mark Fleishman, Liz Mills and Geoffrey Hyland. Greg has worked as a director, producer, actor and production manager in theatre, film and television for over ten years. He is the co-owner (with Louis Viljoen) of Dark Red Productions which has produced the plays “The Abusers” (director), “The Bile Boys” (actor), “The Frontiersmen” (director) and “The Verbalists” (designer), as well as the feature film “Cowboy” (actor). Greg also directed the hit play “CHAMP”, which ran at Artscape, the Fugard Theatre, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.

 

 

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Folk • Running Time: 80 mins
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Come join ethereal singer-songwriters Carla Conradie & Evelyn Hart. With their rich melodies and captivating performances these two songbirds are bound to keep you entertained.
It's going to be a magical night, hope to see you there!


Carla Conradie

Carla has been enraptured with the magic of song-writing since the tender age of 14; it's no wonder she’s now dedicated her life to music. With special attention to her melodies, the impact of her music is not only substantial but also extremely pleasing, leavng you with the sense that you’re not alone. Carla has wrapped her words and compositions up into a home where your mind can live quite comfortably. Heads turn when they see this beautiful guitarist/singer song-writer take the stage.


Evelyn Hart

From the intimate space of a writer, the alcove of an artist and the well lived-in hollows of a craftswoman, Evelyn Hart comes with songs and a voice that need the full attention of the heart to describe. In her music is a taste of the seasons and the landscapes of the heavens and the earth, of rich storytelling, of love and of wonder. The last two years have seen Evelyn and her band performing at unique venues and with some high profile musicians.





Improvisation • Running Time: 75 mins
Conceived & performed by ImproGuise with Nadine Antler & Shawn Kinley
"Love knows no limits. Capetown's award winning improv company ImproGuise teams up with international improv legends Nadine Antler (Germany) and Shawn Kinsley (Canada) to bring you a juicy, Improvised  Valentine's show. For 2 nights only you will be wooed by some of the world's most accomplished Improvisers, through scenes, poetry and song. Two entertaining, fully improvised roller-coaster rides of love's high's and lows will leave you breathless. Book for "First Kiss", 14 Feb or "Last kiss" 15 Feb, or both.

Ticket includes a complementary glass of bubbly.
This Intercontinental Love fest will combine the talents of 3 continents, who will be performing for the first time together on one stage! They will be celebrating Valentine's day by exploring matters of the heart. ImproGuise are Improvisation veterans and perform Capetown's longest running live show, TheatreSports. They are regulars at Alexander bar with 'Jam Sandwich" completely experimental Improv. Their guest performers are renowned in both Germany and Canada and have worked with some of the world's most revered Improvisation legends.



Folk/Acoustic • Running Time: 70 mins
Co-founder and front man of Durban’s acoustic duo The Kickstands, Gary cut his teeth on the South Coast of KZN in the small town of Scottburgh where he passionately forged his acoustic conceptions. Having played at the major festivals in KZN and Durban extensively, Gary has taken it upon himself to travel the coasts of Southern Africa and spread his songwriting and zest for life to willing listeners and acoustic enthusiasts, wherever the road may lead... The Wild Years







Middle Eastern music & dance • Running Time: 60 mins
Musical director: James van Minnen | Raoul Spiegel: saxophone, hulusi, saw | James van Minnen: percussion, mandolin | Simone Chiara: vocals, guitar, percussion | Marissa Cuenoud: percussion, dance | Callan Wolff: double bass
Ottoman Slap brings you melodies from the mountains of Al-Andalus, rhythms from the Middle East and dance from the sands of the Sahara… right to the foothills of Table Mountain. Come enjoy this feast of flavours ranging from sultry to sublime as this unlikely troupe takes you on a trip down the road less travelled!

This Cape Town ensemble has been slowly brewing over the last few years, creating a repertoire of ancient traditional music mixed with original pieces inspired by these lesser-known genres, with appearances at Alexander Bar, Rocking The Daisies and Cape Town World Music Festival.
The five-piece comprises vocals in Spanish and Roma, Middle Eastern bellydance and an artillery of instruments, ranging from double bass, saxophone and mandolin to accordion, darbuka and hulusi!



Acoustic Folk • Running Time: 50 mins
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Ever wondered what happens when a jet made out of stone attempts to fly? What it sounds like? Stone Jets is a music duo that takes such musical elements and shares them with all willing to listen, and listen they do. Made up of Manfred (Guitar) and Given (Vocals), Stone Jets’ music is a sound to be consumed by and a sight to see. From generation to generation, somehow this duo seems to close the gap with their advise-laden, hard earned lyrics and interesting melodies ready to be shared.
The journey started simply as being at the wrong place in the right time. We met at a recording session in Cape Town, where we collaborated together on some music. Given moved from Jo'burg to start the band with Manfred and continue the new found fusion. The name Stone Jets encompasses the fusion of our different musical and social backgrounds. Together, we form an Acoustic Folk Rock style that has its tonal fingers in a lot of pies...

With all said and done, it remains all about the music.





Rock • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by The Inside Job
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The band offers a very unique feel to the current South African band scene. This diverse band with a girl drummer emerges in a genre-bending blend of rock, pop and funk, and an extensive repertoire of standards and original compositions, presented in an appealing, high-energy package, with lashings of stage presence.

* Two ATKV Awards - Best Composer & Best Artists
* Winner of Newcomer of the year awards - Provincial Music Awards
* Performing at RAMfest 2014
* Their first single, "Out Of This World" (music video launch 25 Jan '2014) was chosen as the official soundtrack for the "Expedition Project" an organization that travels across South Africa to encourage, inspire and provide what they can for underprivileged communities.





Drama • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed & written by Sheldon Cross | Performed by Michele Belknap | Designed by Penelope Youngleson | Sound by Eric Egling | Photography by Ariane Questiaux
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A middle aged white woman alone in a dark room awakens to navigate her past, present and future. She constantly seeks light, an escape from her shattered sense of self. Her candid confessions and recollections are emotionally engaging; the humorous absurdity of life juxtaposed with heartache. A contemporary work dealing with abandonment, fear and madness.
Biographies:
Sheldon Cross has an undergraduate degree from the University of Stellenbosch and an Honours degree from UCT (both cum laude). He has had great success in his directing projects which include The Odd Couple – The Female Version (2012) and Kismet (Out the Box Festival 2011). He is currently the Drama teacher at Battswood Arts Centre in Grassy Park, where he teaches Grade 4 – 12.

Michele Belknap graduated from UCT drama school and worked at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Michele is involved in both professional and amateur theatre and film work in Cape Town. Recent stage roles include Barbara Phillips in The Shadrack Affair, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Violet Weston in August Osage County, Olive Madison in The Odd Couple - The Female Version and Mme Pinchard in An Absolute Turkey.




Folk-Rock • Running Time: 120 mins
Up till now, Grierson and Freeman have never shared the stage but on the 5th of March, all of that will change.
Grierson's brand new double-disc LIVE album will be on sale and Freeman will be switching to his acoustic, so come expecting something different from this highly accomplished artist.







Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Created by Dianne Simpson & Pieter Bosch Botha | Directed by Pieter Bosch Botha | Written and Performed by Dianne Simpson | Musical Direction by Dawid Boverhoff
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Rose Red is the well-known fairy tale of Snow White turned on its head, as told through the eyes of the Evil Queen. Aimed at adults, this musical production is a wickedly fun, original and moving take on her story. It is cleverly woven together with light-hearted comedy and popular songs from Tori Amos, Annie Lennox and Brandi Carlile to Lady Gaga. This highly acclaimed performance by Dianne Simpson has been hailed as "a first-class performance…with perfect timing and often very funny asides…an hour of finely honed entertainment that touches the heart”.
The show is directed and produced by Pieter Bosch Botha, who was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed "Fully Committed" and Nicholas Spagnoletti's "Civil Parting". Musical direction is by the inimitable and multi-talented composer and musician, Dawid Boverhoff.

What the critics have said about Rose Red:

“Simpson is magnificent, giving a flawless performance as the queen…” – Lesley Stones, The Daily Maverick

* * * * “the combined talent of the three people involved adds powerful punch to this shining gem…sharp and witty…it’s the kind of show that has you smiling throughout.” – Diane de Beer, The Star Tonight

“fascinating…fresh and entertaining.” – Christina Kennedy, Business Day

“a layered, thought-provoking, witty and ultimately (and unexpectedly) moving examination of a well- known and much-maligned literary character…cleverly constructed stuff that never settles for the obvious, playing for laughs outlet (although there are many very funny moments).” – Bruce Dennill, The Citizen

"a touch of mad brilliance" - Artslink.co.za

"a treat....Simpson's Queen has got more edge.....a lot of fun....a deliciously dark romp" - Cape Times

"Rose Red packs as much laughter in the punchlines as you’d probably find in a production for kids. Light and darkness as a metaphor for life is used quite brilliantly. …really funny… Powerful." - Cape Argus

"Dianne Simpson was captivating….faultless" - City Press

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Play Reading • Running Time: 65 mins
Read by Rowan Studti & Richard Lothian | Reading directed by Gabrielle Pinto. Originally written, directed and performed by Richard Zajdic & Richard Crowe
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An exclusive reading of Richard Zajdic and Richard Crowe’s controversial “Cock and Bull Story”…

The story deals with two young men who are both forced to confront their sexuality, male masculinity and violent tendencies in the confines of a boxing changing room in a provincial town in the south of England, on the night of an important boxing match. The stakes are high, should Travis win against his old rival, Sangster, he will turn professional.
Jacko’s there to help Travis prepare for the fight and to celebrate his anticipated victory, which will dramatically change their respective futures if Travis wins…




Folk / Acoustic • Running Time: 75 mins
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Two of South Africa’s top female singer songwriters collaborate in their stunning tandem show.

The blues infused vocal-rock of Josie Field (Best Female SAMA 2012) connects with the intimate folk, country styles of Laurie Levine (Best Produced Album ‘Six Winters’ SAMA Winner 2012) to create a unique and intimate musical experience featuring their hit singles as well as select covers.

A real treat for music lovers these performances are solely acoustic utilizing a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, ukulele and more along with their unique vocal harmonies, allowing both old and new fans to experience their material in a whole new light.




Storytelling • Running Time: 55 mins
Written & performed by Lebogang Mogashoa
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When a friend says, “You will never guess what happened to me… I can’t believe I’m telling you this but… I will never forget when…” what follows is usually an intimate story that reveals a kernel of truth about the way we live. When We Were Nearly You is a storytelling show that celebrates this kind of personal tale. Storyteller Lebogang Mogashoa shares stories about planning what is supposed to be the perfect first kiss, disappointing a childhood idol and an unexpected religious conversion. When We Were Nearly Young is an intimate show that's as hilarious as it is poignant.
When We Were Nearly Young (WWWNY) is a storytelling show modeled after shows such as This American Life, The Moth and Risk. It a show that tells entertaining, emotional, intimate, important, funny or compelling personal stories that shine light on some aspect of human nature.

Lebogang Mogashoa launched WWWNY in December 2012 in Seoul, South Korea as a single performer bi-monthly show with an audience of fifteen. It grew into a monthly series with an average of six performers - whose stories Lebogang workshops - and over a hundred audience members. Following the launch of WWWNY in South Africa Lebogang will offer workshops with the aim to create strong storytelling community in the country

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comedy drama • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Cheri-Lee Blackie | Written by Grace Newton | Performered by Gabriella Pinto, Kat Ten Velthuis, Tarryn Sessions & Nena Butler
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a busy restaurant on a Friday night? ‘The Bentleys Bettys’ explores four very different waitresses, some difficult customers, attitude problems, family problems, casual sex, alcohol, and how they all intersect during one busy night.
But casual nights of serving, flirting, drinking and fighting don’t always end the way you want them to. Come and have a look at what The Bentleys Bettys are getting up to tonight.
The Bentleys Bettys was one of the winners of the “Scribe” National Script-writing Competition in 2013

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Burlesque Dance Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Stanimir Stoykov
Boylesque is a tongue in cheek variety show, which pays tribute to 20th century style burlesque comedy and striptease performances, but with a twist - this revue has a distinct South African flavour. It is a fun journey through a variety of genres and styles of performance from comedy, cabaret, ballet and drag, to current street dance styles like voguing and hip hop, and of course, striptease.

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Running Time: 60 mins
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Arrive.
Get a glass of wine and an envelope. Follow the instructions inside.
Might be ice-breakers. Might be free shots at the bar for you and your new friend. Might be a treasure map.

For all those who want to meet people, whether you're new to Cape Town or all your friends have decided to have babies and don't come out so often any more.





Talk - Photography • Running Time: 90 mins
presented by Eric Nathan
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An evening of anecdotes, images and videos from travel photographer Eric Nathan's travels through 86 countries over the last two decades. Part of the talk will be dedicated to Eric's time-lapse photography and there will be a Q&A session at the end. A small selection of Eric's work will be on exhibit and available for purchase.




Sleight of hand artistry • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Stuart Lightbody
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DLA presents sleight of hand artist Stuart Lightbody in “Senseless”, a playful evening of absurd impossibilities.

Stuart Lightbody has just arrived back from a sold-out run at the Fringe World Festival in Perth and is trying out a bunch of crazy new ideas and stunts, all to raise money for the DLA AfrikaBurn theme camp!

Join us for an immersive experience of wonder that is guaranteed to knock you senseless!
Stuart Lightbody is a sleight of hand artist and psychological illusionist who has made it his life's work to engineer elegant moments of playfulness, curiosity and wonder.

Stuart is both a graduate from and lecturer at the College of Magic in Cape Town, South Africa. At the 2005 S.A. Magic Championships he won the Grand Prix Trophy, becoming the South African National Magic Champion. He has represented South Africa at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas in 2005 and at the World Magic Championships in Sweden in 2006.

His theatre shows include “52” (2008), "Sleight of Mind" (2009), "Telling Lies"(2010), "Stuperstition" (2011),"Dark Imaginings" (2012) and “Illusive” (2013). These include five shows presented at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the largest arts festival in Africa. His last three shows each won a coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award for excellence at the South African National Arts Festival, making Stuart Lightbody the only performer to have won this honour for 3 consecutive years.

Stuart has taken some of these shows around the world. “Stuperstition” toured to Australia where it was nominated for the Performance Award at the Fringe World Festival in Perth, and won a weekly Best of the Festival Award at Adelaide Fringe Festival. It also toured to Brighton Fringe Festival and Prague Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for the Creative Award.

More recently Stuart was invited to perform “Illusive” at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and then toured the show the Fringe World Festival in Perth, where it was a sold out success and was nominated for the Artrage Theatre Award.

Stuart Lightbody enjoys a deep fascination for his art, and would love nothing more than to keep sharing it with others.



Epic Poem • Running Time: 60 mins
written by Shel Silverstein | performed by Graham Clarke
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Graham Clarke revives his award-winning performance of the late American author Shel Silverstein's epic one-man comedy poem. It is filled with a mixture of profanity and profound wisdom.

Billy Markham is an out of work blues singer. A boozer and loser, Billy is in a bar one evening where he is challenged to a game of dice by the Devil; the stakes are his soul. It kicks off a escalating game, taking the characters between Hell, Heaven and Nashville, and moving from hilarity to poignant drama. The text is a lively celebration of the English language.

“Clarke is a compelling, masterful and humorous story-teller… he holds the audience in his grip without a falter for an hour.” - Fiona Chisholm, Argus 2005
Graham Clarke won the FNB Vita award for best comedy performance in a one man show for this show in 1998.




Sketch Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed by Alicia McCormick & Dylan Esbach | created by Jon Keevy
Warning: Contains all the dirty words | no under 18s
Dirty Words was born in the fast and loose crucible that is Alexander Upstairs' own monthly experimental platform, Play Things. Immediately it became a cult sensation. Filthy, Explicit and incredibly funny… Dirty Words pulls back the covers on erotica, chat sex, dirty talk and naughty sexy grammar. In seven sketches Alicia and Dylan turn up the raunch, slipping in sexy tongue twisters and burlesque shenanigans.

Warning: contains all the dirty words and also some almost nudity.

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Screenings &talk • Running Time: 45 mins
Presented by Stanimir Stoykov
Bulgarian born and Johannesburg based film and theatre maker Stanimir Stoykov (from the notorious "Boylesque" shows) has produced and directed several queer short films, which have been screened at festivals around the world. His work often both shocks and entertains, using satire to parody and spoof mainstream cinema. Stanimir uses a unique blend of underground performers such as drag queens like Sharon Bone as well as mainstream theatre, film and TV actors.

This retrospective screening of his "movies" offers Cape Town audiences an opportunity to experience his whacky and outrageous work.

WED 16 April

LEAPS AHEAD (2002) starring Brian Webber, Nicola Honekom

PUSSY (2003) starring Sasa Stojovic, Patrick Mynhardt, David Riley

 

THURS 17 April

LESBIAN BRAAI (2004) starring Tina Jonston, David Riley, Sasa Stojovic

fAnnie (2006) starring Amra Faye Wright, Robert Whitehead, Vanessa Cooke, Gabriella Cirillo, Sasa Stojovic, Maralin Vanrenen

 

FRI 18 April

THRUSH (2003) starring Sharon Bone, Sasa Stojovic, David Riley

ME KUTCH NE KARONGI (2005) starring Robert Whitehead, Robert Coleman, David Riley, Gabriella Cirillo

 

SAT 19 April

SNAKES (2008) starring Robert Whitehead, Brian Webber, Carl Beukes, David Riley

SPOTLIGHT TERROR (work in progress) starring Tamara Dey, Grethe Fox, Robert Whitehead, Sibu Radebe





Indie-Pop Music • Running Time: 60 mins
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Lance Herman singer-songwriter (of the eclectic Fly Paper Jet, and most recently of the multidisciplinary Art-Performance project ELIEZER) dips into his catalogue of songs and compositions to offer a unique selection. Slow-Gaze, Chill-Step, Dream-Pop; these are some tags to help describe Lance’s inimitable style. In addition to his lucid delivery and skilled performance, for this particular show Lance invites the audience to a more intimate gaze of his creative process, offering sketches and dialogues towards further illuminations of songwriting craft.




play reading • Running Time: 60 mins
written by Megan Furniss | read by Jaci de Villiers, Tandi Buchan, Heather Mac, Nicole Franco, Charlie Keegan & others
Clouds Like Waves is a brand new, strange, original play by Megan Furniss. It looks at longing, loss, love, accidents, violence, death and bicycles in a random and personal way. This event is a reading of that play.




Cuban, Salsa, Reggae, Soul • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Eric Omba & Friends
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Eric Omba & Friends are back with their unique blend of Cuban, Reggae, Salsa and Soul. Ready to set the crowd ablaze with all-new songs from their upcoming album "Docta Makumba".
Eric Omba is the founder and composer of Eric Omba & Friends. Since their formation in 2004, the band has traveled to Dubai, toured Africa for numerous festivals, including South Africa's 2010 Ubuntu Festival. In 2011 they were honoured to play alongside Jimmi Dludlu, Steve Newman, Khoitrans, and more. The band played a show at Rocking the Daisies 2013, and are busy recording an album, "Docta Makumba".





Singer-Songwriter • Running Time: 60 mins
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Lexi Frame's warm and emotionally haunting music plays with the borders of folk and pop. In this very personal show Lexi shares her process, exploring what goes into writing a song. Who inspires the melody and lyrics? When and where does it all begin? What's the end goal? Lexi shares her answers to these questions and more with an exclusive show about the stories and inspiration behind her music.





Improvisation • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Improguise | Cast: Megan Furniss, Ryan Jales, Ardine Fick, Carolyn Lewis & Leon Clingman | Directed by Tandi Buchan
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"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered."

Scott . F .Fitzgerald

Little Space Between.

A series of Improvised moments that will explore relationships through the personal connection we each have with love, sex and intimacy. A group of experienced Improvisers will be taking a leap of faith into the deep and complex world of intimate relationships. Some that may involve physical and sexual attraction as well as liking, belonging, loving, a need to be cared for and good old-fashioned romance.

Warning: This show is completely improvised and therefore we cannot determine what the outcome will be... ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE




Cabaret • Running Time: 45 mins
performed by Lucy Tops | direction by Garth Tavares | written by Jon Keevy
Bette Midler started off singing in bathhouses and went on to fill stadiums. Her charm, talent and humility raise her above other divas and secure her place in many people's hearts which is exactly why we are selling tickets to a tribute show. Join Lucy Tops as a luckless and desperate diva discovering the reasons why Bette's music has the power to move us like no other in the smallest theatre in Cape Town, a very long way from Las Vegas.
This is the first show in Alexander Upstairs' own tribute series 'Stealing the Show', a shameless move on our part to cash in on musical legends like Bette. If there's someone you'd like to see on our stage send us a suggestion at stealingtheshow@jonkeevy.com and we'll see what we can do...

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Comedy-Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & directed by Tara Notcutt | Performed by Rebecca Makin-Taylor | Presented by The Pink Couch
Warning: There is smoking on stage.
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"Last Rounds". The return.

It's still 2am. The final bell for last orders has been rung. The Hopeless / Modern Romantic sits in the dark bar, swilling her whiskey, watching the door for him. She’s just a girl, sitting in a bar, waiting for a boy...

Back Upstairs after a sell out season in May, "Last Rounds" is a biting look at love, whiskey, and good music. Written and directed by Tara Notcutt (The Three Little Pigs and ...miskien) and featuring the lovely Rebecca Makin-Taylor (Expectant, The Kingmakers).

"so honest it's raw" - Artsblog
"captivating theatre … an intelligent blend of satire and sentiment."
- The Cape Argus ★★★★

"… as truthful as one can be without estranging all friends, family, acquaintances and former lovers."
- Westcape News

"Makin-Taylor portrays the flawed 20-something Modern Romantic to perfection"
- Your LMG

Rebecca graduated in 2011 from UCT, and has appeared in The Verbalists and The Kingmakers, written and directed by Louis Viljoen, and Expectant, written and directed by Penny Youngleson which travelled to Amsterdam and the Market Theatre. Tired of men, and women, asking her to give private narrations of “50 Shades Of Grey” (a book she has yet read) Rebecca quit waitressing and now works as a voice coach and voice artist dubbing Iranian sitcoms and films into English.

Tara graduated from UCT in 2008 and has been working hard, in the dark of many theatres, ever since. She is a multi award-winning director, and has had plays perform on three continents (“...miskien”, “The Three Little Pigs” and “Illusive”). She likes long walks on the beach in the rain, and when she is not working, she can be found shoving R2 coins into the jukebox at the Kimberley Hotel.

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Drama • Running Time: 55 mins
Written & performed by Kurt Egelhof
For Generations is an energetic one person show that has been running since 2008, enjoying a national and international tour in formal and informal theatre venues. Kurt Egelhof uses the technique of autobiography to tell a universal story about the legacy we leave for our children's children for generations to come. Who would think a WW2 veteran could produce a future Protea captain of color, and that they would experience the almost identical life path in two totally different worlds?

"a riveting biography, which holds the audience spellbound" - Maurice Kort, artSMART
Kurt Egelhof graduated from the UKZN in 1980 with a B.A. in Speech and Drama, in a time when South Africa had no place for artists or actors of colour - the numerous offers to play racially caricatured degenerates not withstanding. Somehow Kurt was able to carve out a respectable career as an actor in pre-and-post apartheid SA, and to garner international recognition for his professional standards and expertise. For Generations is the story of that story!



Physical Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Tara Notcutt | Written by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi & Luke Brown | Produced by Here Manje & KBT Productions | Choreography by Cleo Notcutt & Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi | Cast: Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, Stefan Erasmus & Luke Brown | Stage Manager Georgia Lahusen
Warning: Strobe lighting is used for moments in the play
"Winning formula... Electric... Seamless marriage of song, dance and humour." - Cape Times

"Who knew that fingers could say so much?" - Monday Missile

UNDERMINED mashes up comic book and African storytelling, to tell the true tale of Madlebe, an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, who came from Mozambique to find a job and take a better life home to his father and wife to be. However his uniquely finely tuned sense of hearing leads to some interesting developments along the way. Told against the backdrop of urban Jozi and the deep of the mines, it is a story of hope, perseverance, and an unexpected hero.
UNDERMINED premiered at the Kalk Bay Theatre in April this year. After a very successful run, UNDERMINED will perform only two shows at Alexander Upstairs before heading to the National Arts Festival with Cape Town Edge.

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Comedy/drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Caitlin Macleod | Written by Caitlin Macleod | Cast: Alex Stonehouse, Daniel Corder, Neil du Toit, Liza Nisbet, Zandi Zim, Michelle October & Caitlin Macleod | Featuring music by Shortstraw
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What would the mountain say if it could recall what it has seen? What conversations have happened over some kind of table? Tables satirises and celebrates the zeitgeist and subcultures of Cape Town, combining photography and theatre to narrate the lives of a hipster love triangle, a suburban housewife and a feisty domestic worker .
A brand new local production headed for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.





Comedy/Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Ashley Searle | Written by Follow Spot Productions | Performed by Vanessa Harris, Lucy Tops & Cassandra Money | Presented by Follow Spot Productions
From the creators of ‘Big Boys Don’t Dance’ comes another zany, energetic and highly entertaining show. Vanessa Harris – ‘Love At First Fight’ and director of ‘Big Boys Don’t Dance’, Lucy Tops – ‘Absolucy’ and ‘Stealing Bette’ and Cassandra Money, bring down the house is this crazy cabaret comedy. Three totally over the top chicks holding it together when all else fails. Hilarious and brilliant vocal acts seamlessly strung together with absurdly appropriate narrative. More Follow Spot fun for everyone to enjoy.
Ash and Vanessa, creators of Follow Spot, have performed locally and internationally in productions such as Chicago, We Will Rock You, Buddy Holly, Rocky Horror Show, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Peter Pan, African Footprint and many more. They are well known for their on screen appearances, Vanessa Harris as the leading lady in the movie ‘Running Riot’ and Ash Searle in ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

Vanessa and Ash, use their international experience to create world class, high energy entertainment. They excel at trendy crowd pleasing entertainment from dance performances to flawless vocal shows, mind-blowing specialty acts to intimate theatre.

Follow Spot has won numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, particularly for their unpretentious and all inclusive approach to entertainment.



Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Performed by Dalin Oliver. Directed by Stuart Taylor
Teacher by day, Comedian by night! Try explaining that at a parent teacher meeting.
Rather than trying, Dalin Oliver ditched the chalk board and assemblies, for a microphone and the stage. The qualified high school mathematics and history teacher also felt more comfortable wearing a jeans and t-shirt instead of chinos and an over sized blazer.
This is comedy about following the path less traveled and discovering that the real learning starts when school ends.
Warning: late comers may be spanked.
Dalin Oliver's Comedy highlights include:
Performed four consecutive nights alongside Stuart Taylor at On Broadway, 2011.

Played the main stage at two shows at the prestigious Vodacom Funny Festival and
featured on the line-up of the Vodacom Funny Festival Community Road Show, 2011.

Opened for Barry Hilton on the Cape Town leg of his Best of Everything Ever tour, 2013.
Opening act for Riaad Moosa on his Doctors Orders tour in Cape Town, Ladysmith, Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and East London, 2013.

Toured East London as Stuart Taylors opening act for his Learner Husband book tour launch, 2013.

2013 National Arts Festival where he formed part of a comedy collective under the banner of Kurt Schoonraad’s Jou Ma Se Comedy Club.

2013 Keeping You in Stitches 2 at CTICC alongside Nik Rabinowitz, Stuart Taylor, Riaad Moosa, Schalk Bezuidenhoudt and Kagiso Mokgadi.



Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and directed by Justin Nurse | Starring Oliver Booth & Schalk Bezuidenhout.
Warning: No under 18s
White Guilt is a play about wrongs and rites of passages so dark you'll need your best friend to hold you through the night. Good times gone bad. Bromance gone badass. Theatre gone gangsta. Haters gon’ hate.
White Guilt is a drama laced with comedy. It's entertainment laced with drugs. It's irreverence littered with meaning. It's about friendship, the landmark moments in our lives, and how we need each other just to survive. It's about bromance.

Justin Nurse is the 't-shirt guy', who took on SAB in the Constitutional Court over his now infamous 'Black Labour' t-shirt and won. Justin has written this play. Oliver Booth is the star of the show, bringing a gravitas that belies his belligerent youth. Schalk Bezuidenhout tries to steal the show, because he's a kleptomaniacal comedian like that. This is one show you won't want to miss.

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Stand-up comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written By Martin Evans | Directed By Juanita Ferreira | Performed By Martin Evans
Multiple Standard Bank Ovation Award-winner, Martin Evans is back from performing in 12 countries last year. Sharing stories about the good (The bad, and the Ugly), finding humour in the tragedy of the human condition #SorryNotSorry will have you crying with laughter. Join the man from “Come Dine With Me” in his latest comic adventure.
Martin Evans is the man behind several award winning shows and ventures. He's been doing stand up in over 15 countries clocking up nearly 2000 performances and starred in over 30 international TV commercials and films.



Stand-up comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written By Martin Evans | Directed By Juanita Ferreira | Performed By Martin Evans
Sometimes bad experiences make for great stories. Take a journey through broken legs, hearts and dreams with storyteller comic Martin Evans as he gives you a slice of life in this unforgettable Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning comedy. Performed for the last time at the NAF. “Tour de force” Cape Argus
Martin Evans loves telling stories... this was the first show that captured a story telling essence for Martin. He hates the idea of something being referred to stand up comedy.... this hopes to bring the highs and lows of life into storytelling... so you will laugh.. and you will cry... kind of.



alt/indie/folk • Running Time: 70 mins
Shotgun Tori, Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys
Alternative folk artists Shotgun Tori and Lucy Kruger & the Lost Boys team up to bring you a double bill of music that will soothe your savage beast.

“I now understand why her voice made some of the biggest names in the South African music scene sit-up and notice. It’s certain that her music is ageless...” Dirty Pink City on Lucy Kruger

“Shotgun Tori is one serious vocal powerhouse coming out of South Africa music scene today … She blends folk, rockabilly, and alternative for a sound that can go from gritty to dreamy in just a few minutes” Eartotheground.co (USA)
It has been close to two years since the release of Lucy’s debut album and her emergence on the South African music scene. The growth in these two years, due to relentless touring and collaborations with various artists, has resulted in a new avenue for the 25 year old - one of colourful soundscapes, dreamy melodies and primal rhythms, while still staying true to her roots of acoustic folk and her honest way with words.



The makings of her band, The Lost Boys, started with stripped down acoustic shows at the 2013 National Arts Festival, where Lucas Swart and Andre Leo joined her on guitar. The musicians have given Lucy the space to further explore what music can sound and feel like. It brings a greater subtlety and a greater violence to the songs.

Shotgun Tori is, at heart, a storyteller, a woman with a voice and a guitar, her subject matter approached with an interesting, occasionally humorous, yet always insightful life view. Her touching, raw vocal delivery is both tender and powerful, and listeners are left with no doubt that she sings straight from her heart. Tori’s music puts you on the spot, in the moment, while sometimes fun and upbeat, it is often gentle and heart-wrenching


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Satire • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & performed by Thoko Masikini
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Would you be able to spot the African if they walked into a room? Probably not! There have been many false assumptions that have been circulating in recent years regarding who and what the African is. And now the time has come for the truth to emerge. A species unlike any other: this lecture sheds a light on the identity of the African in the 21st century. Prepare to be enlightened.

Presented as a lecture by a pompous intellectual, The Modern African eviscerates the absurdity of life in the shadow of colonial history. Malawian-born Maisikini has created in his Anglophile professor the perfect antidote to the quest for the modern African.

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Brass Instrumental • Running Time: 60 mins
Alto Saxophone & Clarinet: Shaun Acker | Euphonium: Andrea Fisher-Jeffes | Baritone Saxophone: Levi Alexander | Composed by Shaun Acker & Andrea Fisher-Jeffes
Witness this band leading you through some of their sultriest and hair-raising Contra-Balkan, Hosh-Klezmer and Parisian peep show inspired music. A powerful wind triumvirate comprising Eu(PH)onium and two S(AX)ophones formed by the alumni principal players of the South African National Youth Orchestra: Shaun Acker, Andrea Fisher-Jeffes and Levi Alexander. Original compositions.








Burlesque Theatre Show • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Directed by Sapphire Supreme, St. Fox & Diva Disastar | Produced by Black Orchid Burlesque | Starring: The Black Orchids, Diva Disastar, Miss B.have, Bon Bon & Dear James | Hosted by Tony Shine, our brave narrator
Warning: Mature audiences only - no under 18s please!
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As the sun goes down, so do the inhibitions of our favourite Burlesque beauties!

Black Orchid Burlesque invites you to embark on a tale of mystery and intrigue with all the razzle and dazzle of the theatre. Think femme fatales wrapped up delicately in glamour, silk and stockings, using their weapons of mass distraction to entertain and excite you!

We dare you to take a walk on the wild side... after all, the best things happen After Dark!
Enjoy the opulence and arresting sophistication of these beauteous ladies of burlesque, as they playfully tease and titillate you. Featuring everything from extravagant feather fan shows to giant feather boas, this show is packed full of classy cabaret acts. Join us as we celebrate the golden age of vintage burlesque by paying homage to the iconic props strategically used to beguile and bewitch audiences across the decades.



Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Mpapa Simo Majola | Mentor/Director Phala O. Phala | Choreographer Billy Langa
Warning: This show takes place at the South African Sendinggestig Museum (The Slave Church) at 40 Long Street
Through movement, poetry and monologues, Mpapa Simo Majola reveals in moments of physical and lyrical performance a restless soul who cannot find peace in death. In vignettes and disconnected monologues, The Funeral is a meditation on our own fraught connection with life and death.
Scotch finds his spirit caught up in the space of limbo, where he is yet to find the right hand of God or the sensation of burning from the eternal flames of Hell. Through text and movement Scotch invites us to the world he perceives as the space of nothingness. 
This show takes place at the South African Sendinggestig Museum (The Slave Church) at 40 Long Street
‘’This young artist is reaching for the stars’, if you have not seen his play The Funeral I would prompt you waste no time and find out where they will be showing next." ­ - Dikgang Dube, Daily Sun

"What really comes through when watching The Funeral is Majola’s love for playing with language, presented in a hypnotic beautifully turned out phrase." - Theresa Smit, Cape Argus

"The Funeral is the best poetical show I have seen so far, their beautiful poetry accompanied by grounded acting makes this epic body of work a must see." –Neil Coppen,­ Think Theatre

Mpapa Simo Majola
Simo Majola works as a writer, director, actor, and choreographer; his collaborations include works with various Production companies, play-writers, humanitarian organizations, community groups, filmmakers and musicians. He has spent all his artistic years as a freelance practitioner, writing for organizations like Ox Farm GB, South African History on line, Goethe institution, RapeNomore.org, Ethekwini municipality. His work centers around a broad spectrum, of social, historical, township mythology and cultural interest.

Billy Langa (Choreography) 
Billy Langa, is a graduate of the Market Theatre Laboratory, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Kofifi Theatre Company, based in Sophiatown at the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre (THMC). Billy started his career professionally in 2010 at THMC with a production by UK based theatre company, Tongues of fire Youth theatre Company. “Zanandule -The Spirit of the Elephant” (Uk & SA) Directed by Alexander Gifford. “Ubuntu-Spirit” (UK & SA) Contacting the World 2010 Manchester. Billy continues to search and explore his love for Physical Theatre with “Le Club” at Well Worn Theatre.

Phala O. Phala (Director/mentor) is a wits graduate and an award winning director. His direction of Kafka's Ape  earned him a standard bank ovation award at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.


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Screening • Running Time: 60 mins
The most interesting/weirdest/funniest/not-anything-est of youtube.com
Warning: Content may contain swearing and hashtags
This YouTUBE Night eschews the usual videos of amusing cats, psychotrophic imagery and people falling over to bring you something special... we've crawled through the shady tangle of the web to bring you Scifi Surprise, a night of short movies guaranteed to give you a nerd on of note. Fan flicks, special effects, terrible costumes, animation and stories from the silly to the sublime await you.

As usual, ADMISSION IS FREE. Just book a ticket online or at the bar to make sure you have a seat.




Stand Up • Running Time: 55 mins
Wirtten by Mike van Graan | Directed by Mbulelo Grootboom | Performed by Daniel Richards
G for Guptas. N for Nkandla. O for Oscar. Daniel Richards, directed by Mbulelo Grootboom, takes the audience on a sharp, satirical ride through the A-Z of things that cannot be blamed on apartheid (well, mostly!). Reflecting humorously on the Rainbow Nation, Born Free – by Mike van Graan - will premiere at the Kalfiefees in Hermanus on Friday 8 August. Join us for this one-off premiere.




improv • Running Time: 55 mins
Megan Furniss | Directed by Candice D'Arcy
Hot on the heels of her sold out success, Drive With Me, Megan Furniss takes to the Alexander stage again for three nights only to perform a one-woman totally improvised show.

Risky, crazy, funny, weird and terrifying. With nothing pre-planned except a short intro, Furniss will improvise for just under an hour using a few suggestions from the audience. She invites you to come and take the risk with her.
Megan Furniss has been improvising in front of audiences for well over 20 years and is well known as the founder of TheatreSports in Cape Town. However, this is the first time she will be making it all up as she goes along totally alone in a one woman, totally improvised show.



Sleight of hand • Running Time: 60 mins
Stuart Lightbody
Stuart's been working on some cutting edge "just might be crazy enough to work" card magic, and needs a spot to try out his latest inventions. But don't worry, these new demonstrations of sleight of hand and psychology will be mixed in with some of his favourite pieces from his last 6 one man shows. The result will be an evening that is guaranteed to entertain, at half the price of his regular show!




Acoustic/Folk-Rock • Running Time: 80 mins
Come join the inspiring Natasha Meister (CAN) and Carla Conradie (SA) as these songstresses promise a night of passion, heartfelt lyrics and pure musical genius in one of Cape Town’s most intimate and magical venues: The Alexander Bar, Café & Theatre.







Stand-Up Comedy • Running Time: 75 mins
Written, directed and performed by Vittorio Leonardi
Warning: Language
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Vittorio Leonardi has taken it upon himself to reveal the immortal secret of relationships... as soon as he finds a lady to tell him what it is.

After 15 years in stand-up comedy, few of them knowing the love of a woman, he has had plenty time to build up desperation, loneliness and depression.

He's also fixated on the relationships between the sexes and wonders why, on occasion, they tend to resemble the last moments of the Hindenberg.

Now, in his first one-man show, he turns his cartooned, surreal eye to the things luckier people take for granted.
The show is about relationships, specifically my experiences on the battlefield of the heart and the survivors tales I've been told.

It's a personal collection of observations that I want to share about what I've seen myself and many others do in an attempt to find someone special - Miss Right and on occasion, Miss Right Now.

In the end, the message is that it's OK for them to ask "Can we still be friends?" and that it's perfectly fine to respond with, "No thanks, I already have a dog."

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Dark comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Louis Viljoen | Designed by Greg Karvellas | Performed by Pierre Malherbe, Brendon Daniels and Rebecca Makin-Taylor
Warning: Explicit language
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The Kingmakers follows a group of opposition-party strategists as they attempt to place a neutral party member in contention for leadership. After an internal power struggle leaves them out in the cold and on the fringes of the party, they come up with a plan to shape a seemingly ambition-less, but well-respected politician into a leader. With the help of a rising corporation seeking political clout and possible government contracts, the stage is set for a merciless power grab and perhaps a chance at revenge.
This dark political comedy is written and directed by Louis Viljoen, the award winning writer of the critically acclaimed plays Champ and The Frontiersmen. It is set in the familiar world of skullduggery, backstabbing, one-upmanship, disloyalty, blackmail and profiteering, otherwise known as South African politics. Our three heroes spend their days making sure the system works for no one except the lucky few or the ones who can afford to do as they please. But after years of working in the dark and the cold, financially speaking, they conspire to get something for themselves, whether it be gold or power. Never mind the body count.

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Pop/Classical/Opera/Spanish • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by Zanne Stapelberg |Performed by James Grace & Zanne Stapelberg
Zanne teams up with guitar virtuoso James Grace for a riveting musical experience in “Canciones en Espanolas” (Songs in Spanish). Popular and exotic classical music are combined in contemporary Spanish songs to form a richly textured tapestry of sound.

Intense, playful, passionate and magical – “Canciones en Espanolas” consists of indigenous Spanish melodies by Enrique Granados and Manual de Falla, as well as music by the Argentinean tango composer Astor Piazzolla.

There is also music from the soundtracks of popular movies “Frida” (Lila Downs) and “Don Juan de Marco“ (arrangement Bryan Adams), as well as  a new composition by Matthys van Dijk on a poem from Pablo Neruda’s “Book of Questions”.
TRIPLE KUJDOS FOR THIS DUO

By Jeff Brukman, Contributing Editor, Cue

Zanne Stapelberg will mesmerise you, entice you, cajole you and ensnare you in her captivating recital of spanish songs. Admirably supported by guitarist James Grace, the complete Latin experience unfolds in a spectacle of fire, passion, pathos and beguiling sensitivity.

ln a magnificenly executed opening, Grace's truly fantastic guitar playing conjures up images, sounds and smells of the Latin spanish world. This is musicianship of another order, where the listener is transported to a fantasy world of wonderment and beauty.

Stapelberg uses every possible inflection and fibre in her being to interpret a range of Spanish songs with fantastic and alluring theatricality. This is not mere singing: it is drama emanating right from the core of her sensibilities.

From the fragility of Tonadillas to the passionately inspired Milonga from Maria de Buenos Aires, Stapelberg takes the audience on an emotional journey which is invigorating and awe inspiring.

Mas alla del Arco is, arranged by Swellendam composer Braam du Toit, sees Stapelberg traversing intricately shaped melodic lines with a bewildering ease of accomplishment.

Fablo Neruda, specially commissioned by Stapelberg from South African composer Matthjis ran Dijk, displays her prawess as a saxophonist, soprano and percussionist.

This rernarkable work, which skilfully captures the essence of the text and Spanish flair is as much a part of the programme as those works composed by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and de Falla.

Stapelber"g and Grace's ensemble is the creatire pirrot around which this recital revolves; their subtle cormmunication, artistic awareness and perfect sense of dramatic timing allow song after song to become a living entity" This is especialty apparent in the tenderly eurcatire duet Quando la ames.

The zest with which Stapelberg approaches this recital proves that she does not see her craft as a job or a calling * it is far more than that - her passion for performance is the essential ingredient in her lire. She remains one of
South Africa's most prolifically talented an engaging artist

Canciones Espanolas has been without a shadow of a doubt the highlight of my Festiral 2009. Bravo! Bravo !!




Reading • Running Time: 75 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith | Readers: Cherry Lesque, Comedia Wilde, Lyricnotic & Mademoiselle Demi Monde
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s
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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 ladies removes their clothing (yes, all of it) and reads 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.

More: http://nakedgirlsreading.com/press


Naked Girls Reading, called “appropriately racy” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best thing to happen to books since they were put on tape…” by Carson Daly, was founded in Chicago in March of 2009 by International Showgirl Michelle L’Amour and husband Franky Vivid.



Cabaret and Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed, performed and presented by Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson
South African darlings of the cabaret stage, Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson, will be joining forces and hands to bring you an evening of fun, humour and fabulous songs.
Fleur du Cap winner Godfrey Johnson and SAMA award nominee Emile Minnie will be performing raucous hits from the sixties to the naughties with just a piano, a clarinet and a wine glass for percussion. Come and see these two captivating artists light up the stage with their humour and energy.
Songs include “Love is a stranger” by Eurythmics, “Holding out for a hero” by Bonnie Tyler and “Putting on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin.
For that something extra they will be doing African pop by the likes of The Click Song, as well as an Afrikaanse treffer or two.
Grab your handbag, your man purse or your moonbag and make your way to the Minnie and Johnson show!
Legwarmers optional.

“Brilliantly, unashamedly self-aware and proud. This performance spans decades of music and genres, dipping into African pop and 1980s classics, as well as featuring Piaf and Brel. The honesty and joy in the performances on piano, clarinet and vocals are astounding examples of how the arts should be performed.”
Chelsea Haith, Grahamstown Festival Cue, June 2013.



Drama | Solo performance • Running Time: 85 mins
Directed by Clare Stopford | Adapted & performed by Nicky Rebelo | Based on Leo Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata | Lighting design Paul Abrams | Presented with the kind assistance of Artscape
The Kreutzer Sonata adapted from the 1889 novella by Leo Tolstoy, which was inspired by Beethoven's sonata for piano and violin. On a train journey from the country to Moscow, Posdnicheff, a former court official of the Zemstvo, tells a gripping tale of love, lust, debauchery, marriage, jealousy and murder. The show premiered on the main at the 2014 National Arts Festival Grahamstown as part of The Season of Solo plays.
The Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani murder trials are shocking reminders that South Africa has a female homicide rate six times the global average with half the women killed by an intimate partner. Tolstoy, widely considered as one of the worlds greatest novelists, gives a startling insight into the psychology behind the facade of love and lust of men.

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Contemporary Folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Laurie Levine
Laurie Levine is a singer-songwriter carving out an original niche in contemporary folk music. Her exciting blend of American roots music and the ‘Nu-Folk’ sound has earned her critical acclaim at home and abroad. She has earned multiple SAMA nominations, won two Standard Bank Ovation Awards and has toured the UK with an international release of her album ‘Six Winters’. Her unique voice combined with her poetic and rich storytelling make her an artist of real power – melodious, soulful and captivating. Catch her solo show at the Alexander Upstairs theatre, up close and unplugged.
As her fans know well, Levine’s gift lies in her ability to draw on the deep roots of folk music, and mix it in with a myriad of other influences, including from America’s Appalachia region and her native South Africa. With the acoustic guitar as her main instrument, her recordings see Levine – and a host of superb musicians – deploy an array of instruments (pedal steel, dobro, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, strings) that add the kind of atmosphere and layers that propel her songs out of simple singer-songwriter territory.






Music performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Daphne Tuesday | Produced by Greenback Events
BLVD Queen is an intimate solo show performed by Daphne Tuesday. Daphne Tuesday is an alternative pop singer/ songwriter from Cape Town; her sound consists of melancholic melodies layered on top of hip- hop beats influenced by Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Drake and The Weekend. Her lyrical content combined with emotive vocal range talks about her love for 60's pop culture and the life and times of a 20something year old. Her writing is influenced by the mystery and general "weirdness" of Coco Rosie and the beautifully sad and romantic imagery of Lana Del Rey, Sylvia Plath, Azelia Banks, Ernest Hemmingway and Etta James.
Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Daphne's passion for writing started at a very young age through her mother's encouragement to keep a diary. It was there where her thoughts blossomed into short stories and poetry. She started singing late in her high school career and after doing her first solo gig at a school concert, she knew that singing was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Her dream became more of a reality in University where she got the opportunity to work
with amazing and talented musicians, producers and writers. Through her parents, who worked tirelessly to give her the best education possible and the many people she's been fortunate to work with, she has become the singer/songwriter that she is today. After many tribulations with record labels, Daphne, along with her manager, made a conscious decision to start an independent career, where she can express herself and experiment freely, as an artist, within her craft and incorporate all art forms into her music.



Performance Poetry and Storytelling • Running Time: 50 mins
Written and performed by Dinah Eppel Directed by Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
It is 1995. In the Cape townships, an inclusive, openhearted, forgiving, generous spirit lies waiting. We have been invited to unite and build together. Dinah Eppel, extraordinary storyteller, enters this world and is embraced by our particularly indigenous South African style of good manners. South Africa’s transformation anticipates community involvement in restructuring and developing the land we struggled for. Love and learning begin. The show is for those of us who never knew, who have forgotten, who feel out of touch with our essence, and those of us who are willing to learn to be freely and enthusiastically South African. Wish you were (t)here, a one-hander of excellence exudes spontaneity and ambiguous hilarity – truly South African!




Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Louis Viljoen | Directed by Greg Karvellas | Performed by Nicholas Pauling & Mark Elderkin
Warning: 18+ L
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
In the competitive world of property development, two men go to extreme lengths to secure a lucrative real estate deal and to dig themselves out of a financial hole. As darkness begins to fall and paranoia sets in, they find their ideals challenged, their morality shaken and their blood-lust slowly increasing. The Frontiersmen is a dark tale about land, blood and good old South African greed.
The script, by award-winning writer Louis Viljoen, is fast-paced, profane and unsettling and is complemented by the direction of acclaimed theatre maker, Greg Karvellas. Added to that is a powerhouse team of actors: Nicholas Pauling and Mark Elderkin. The Frontiersmen will unnerve, agitate and entertain.

The script, by Fleur du Cap win­ning writer Louis Viljoen, is fast-paced, pro­fane and unset­tling and is com­pli­mented by the direc­tion of acclaimed the­atremaker, Greg Karvel­las (Champ, Frank-n-Stein, The Abusers). Added to that is a power-house team of actors: Nich­las Paul­ing (Wait­ing for the Bar­bar­ians) and Mark Elderkin (Betesda) .

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Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Performed by Andrew Simpson
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
What do you get when you mix some of the greatest movies ever made with SA politics? The Must-See Comedy of the Cape Town Fringe, of course! This hilarious satirical parody spoof tells the story of South Africa through hit movies like “Lord of the Rings”, “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and “The Matrix”. A young hobbit from Lower Earth must become a Wizard Jedi, destroy an evil ring of power and defeat the evil Darth Duma. This “powerful”, “inspiring” and “brilliant” show is written and performed by Andrew Simpson – the creator of “Ghost Story” and “To Kill a Koeksister”.




Performance Poetry and Storytelling • Running Time: 80 mins
Performed by Nicholas Ellenbogen & Claire Berlein
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Starring the multi award-winning duo of Nicholas Ellenbogen and Claire Berlein, Live With Ivy journeys from Nyasaland (Malawi) in the 1950s to London’s West End in the 1980s. The Garrick family have been actors for generations – but young Ivy is caught between choosing law or following in her uncle Rex’s footsteps on the stage. This lyrical story gently guides you down the lanes of African nostalgia through the eyes of Ivy, who starts off as an innocent 11-year-old girl and follows her through the most memorable seasons of her life.




Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Written & directed by Wiseman Mncube | Performed by Lihle Dhlomo
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
On the day that she is getting her freedom back, she is afraid to walk out of jail. She survived 18 years of imprisonment by using her imagination. She doesn’t know what is waiting for her outside nor whether her imagination will be enough. This production was staged at the 2014 National Arts Festival and scooped the New Writers Award and a Standard Bank Ovation Award.




Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
by Samuel Beckett | Directed by Zena Wood
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Happy Days, by absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett, deals with our attempts to ward off existential isolation by endless chatter and rituals. Director, Zena Wood, adds visual stimulation to the experience of isolated entrapment which the character, Winnie, experiences with a visually smothering dress. Winnie represents the colonial woman in a patriarchal, conservative South African culture. In our multi-lingual, multi-cultural country we are trying to communicate through barriers. Words fail. Active listening becomes difficult and loneliness and confusion is experienced within our own culture and identity as we try to pass the time amicably until our own mortality merges into reality




Theatre • Running Time: 65 mins
Presented by Bonfire Theatre
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
What is the story you are burning tell? It’s through sharing our everyday stories, no matter what they are, that we ignite the possibilities contained within stories: the potential to learn, grow and be transformed by our experiences or those of someone else and to experience the interconnectedness of us all and our shared humanity. Our actors and musicians will take this snapshot of your life – the inspirational, painful, happy, and sad or anything in between – and we will transform it immediately into live theatre. In this way, each person’s uniqueness is honoured while at the same time connections between us as a community of people are strengthened and affirmed. Come and tell YOUR story, or hear others tell theirs, around our BONFIRE this CT Fringe Festival




Drama • Running Time: 75 mins
Written by Athol Fugard | Directed by Chris Weare | With Marlisa Cooper-Doubell and Steven Jubber | Presented by Sugar-daddy Theatre Company
Warning: Smoking onstage
One of Athol Fugard's most profound works, a powerful and moving family drama.

Set in the 1960s against a gritty Port Elizabeth, Hello and Goodbye tells the story of two dirt poor white South Africans, an estranged brother and sister who meet again after twelve years. Johnny's older sister Hester hears news of their father's failing health and returns home to collect her half of their inheritance. Looking back on their childhood, they try to come to terms with their dysfunctional family.
The action takes place in a house that is no more than a shack in Fugard's native town of Port Elizabeth.
After a difficult childhood Hester was kicked out of the house by their father and has since become a prostitute in Johannesburg. Johnny stayed behind to take care of their father who had lost his leg in a railway accident. Over the years Johnny's life became more and more isolated and now he is clearly on the edge of a mental breakdown.

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Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Performed by Lynita Crofford | Directed by Megan Furniss
How can a divorce, being over forty and single, dating, being broke, having a thing for grammar and spelling, and an ever present tingling between the thighs be so utterly, delightfully delicious?

Violet, who certainly isn’t a shrinking one, makes it so. Recently divorced, she barges into the world of cyber dating, Scrabble sex (you heard it here first), a midlife Brazilian wax discovery, crossing the colour barrier, struggles with clothes, and smouldering real time sex with virtual strangers. Violet lives and learns, dispenses advice and confesses all in a delightfully unselfconscious way.

Gorgeous Cape Town Actress Lynita Crofford comes back to The Alexander stage as Violet. Violet is modern, sexy, funny and confident. And, quite simply, she is looking for love. Or sex. Or love and sex. And she does it all in her own tongue in his cheek way.

Violet Online is based on blog posts by a well known, anonymous, over 40, mother, ex wife, grammar fiend.
Megan Furniss directs. After a sold-out run here last year, and another at The Kalk Bay Theatre Violet Online comes back to The Alexander with a quick run before heading off to the NAF. If you have managed to miss her, now is the time to catch her, or for those of you who fell in love with her, you get to see her again.

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celebration • Running Time: 70 mins
presented by the Alexander Bar team
It was two years ago that Nicholas and Edward realised their ambition of owning a theatre. They got in Jon to climb through the crawl spaces and hang lights and deal with emailing performers and musicians, and together they set about making the smallest theatre in Cape Town a reality. It was a pretty crazy idea. But performers and musicians bought into it. Journalists bought into it. Audiences bought into it. Alexander Upstairs has been going for two years. Come celebrate.
For our two year anniversary we're going to celebrate in style with wine and snacks and some guest performances. We'll also be recognising the performers and productions that have made our life so far so exciting and wonderful. Maybe with stickers.

Income from the ticket sales will go our I Make Theatre Happen fund, our next crazy idea which will be launched at the celebration.




Live Reading • Running Time: 75 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith | Readers: Belladonna D'vil, Black Soda, Eva Bee & Sue Cubus
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s
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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 ladies removes their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and reads 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.

Come and delight in the readings shared by the ghoulish Belladonna D'vil, Black Soda, Eva Bee and Sue Cubus as they read chilling tales of terror - if you dare.
Naked Girls Read­ing, called “appro­pri­ately racy” by Enter­tain­ment Weekly and “the best thing to hap­pen to books since they were put on tape…” by Car­son Daly, was founded in Chicago in March of 2009 by Inter­na­tional Show­girl Michelle L’Amour and hus­band Franky Vivid.



Student Performance • Running Time: 70 mins
Presented by the CityVarsity Acting Department
CityVarsity Acting Department presents two one-act plays in the classic style of a melodrama. The students in the degree stream have spent the year conceptualizing, writing, rehearsing, designing and directing themselves towards two stories that deal with family, love and honour. Given the events of a departure and an arrival, they have developed productions where each character struggles with a sacrifice to make life better for their family. These first steps towards making their own work are sure to take you on an emotional journey.

Tickets include both plays.
Love and Lies in the new South Africa follows the life of William Bernard who returns home to his wife after being away for 8 years. William soon finds out that things are not how he left them, neither South Africa nor his loving wife are the same. As he uncovers the secrets and lies in what used to be his house, he must decide if he’s going to stay or go. The story takes place in 1996 and 2014, as the choices of the past affect those of the future.
Written, devised and directed by the cast | Marie - Dan-Mari Viljoen | Elizabeth Schoeman - Annemie Jordaan | Olivia Davids – Lobcke Hein | William Barnard – David Traub | Samuel Schoeman - Kitso Selato

The Divide tells the story of widowed Gisela Müller's struggle to keep both herself and her daughter alive on the less fortunate side of divided Berlin. Gisela is a hard working seamstress in a Communist-controlled factory in the East. Her daughter, Hanna is a strong-minded, 16-year-old aged by the poverty and tragedy that surrounds her. When Gisela's conniving boss, Anita offers her a better life in the West Gisela is faced with a decision that could leave her life more divided than Berlin.
Written, devised and directed by the cast | Gisela Müller - Lizelle Bernardo | Hanna Müller - Genna Blair | Anita Becker - Inez Robertson



Sleight of Hand • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Stuart Lightbody | Written by Stuart Lightbody & Tara Notcutt | Directed by Tara Notcutt
Warning: May blow your mind
They say that the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. Well, Stuart Lightbody remains unconvinced.

The multi-award winning sleight of hand artist Stuart Lightbody returns to Cape Town after a a tour that included Fringe World Perth where "Devilish" was nominated for the Theatre Award, and receiving a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

From the creators of the Illusive, which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Creative Award at the Prague Fringe Festival comes a diabolical mix of sleight of hand artistry and psychological illusion filled with secrets and confessions. Whether you’ve danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, or just want to flirt with something wicked, come and take a seat with Stuart Lightbody: he has a story to tell…
“Stuart Lightbody [is a] sleight of hand extraordinaire” – Cape Argus (2009)

“Stuart Lightbody is a well spoken affable young man, lucky to be alive in the 21st century – otherwise he’d be burned as a witch.” - Adelaide Advertiser (2013)

“Every part of the performance is breathtaking and so elegantly executed you find yourself, if only for a moment, believing in magic.” – Cape Times (2013)

“…everyone he invites up onto the stage becomes part of a quite amazing disruption of everyday belief” – Adelaide Advertiser (2013)

“… he replaces normal human gullibility with an awestruck sense that what you have seen has to be magic” – Adelaide Advertiser (2013)

“Sleight-of-hand gets a shot of elegant theatricality courtesy of performer Stuart Lightbody…” – Cape Argus (2013)

“…beautifully impossible while still being impossibly beautiful.” – Cape Argus (2013)

“… an unreal experience that relies on pure artistry to entertain.” – Cape Argus (2013)



Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Written by Dario Fo | Produced & Directed by Christopher Weare | Lighting by Luke Ellenbogen | Costume by Leigh Bishop | Performed by Larica Schnell & Nathan Lynn | Foley artists Amelia Vernede & Ameera Conrad
The Open Couple is a comedy about sexual politics in marriage. The play is centred on an extended argument between a husband who enjoys an array of partners and his wife who wants him for herself. Despite reaching a mutual agreement about living in an open relationship, they find themselves faced with unexpected complications when their passion for each other re-emerges. When things blow up and the tables turn their marriage is left in a precarious conundrum.
"Nathan Lynn's husband is a classic Woody Allen-style underdog Casanova." - David Fick, Broadway World
"Larica Schnell cuts a stylish figure as the wife."- Cape Argus
"Anarchic humour... Impeccable timing and hilarious effect"- Cape Argus
The Open Couple, under direction of Christopher Weare, premiered at Nicholas Ellenbogen's intimate Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town in May 2014, as a double-bill with an Afrikaans adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Die Buffel (The Bear) and was received with much positive critical acclaim.

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 20th Nov 2014 The Next 48 hours Review of the Open Couple by Peter Tromp
  • Mon 17th Nov 2014 The Next 48 hours Link
  • Mon 17th Nov 2014 Cape Times Link
  • Sat 15th Nov 2014 Artslink Review by Rory Appleton
  • Fri 14th Nov 2014 Whats on in Cape Town Review by Rory Appleton




Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed & Designed by Quintin Wils | Written & Performed by Jannes Erasmus | Videography by Jaco Jansen van Rensburg
Smaar­ties (which takes place in both Afrikaans and English) is a pow­er­ful one-man show about Mr Lotz who finds him­self in a psy­chi­atric ward after the death of both of his par­ents. He still has a 12-year-old sis­ter he has to look after. The play looks at his daily life in the ward and how he is cop­ing and try­ing to word and explain what really hap­pened that night to him and his parents…
"...Smaarties kan kompeteer met van die beste eenman stukke in die land!" Breytenbach (Die Reviewer)

"...hierdie is uitstekende teater, 'n ware lekerny!" Hurter (Artslink)

"...Erasmus se toneelspel is uitstekend!" Kusel (Grapevine)

After a hugely suc­cess­ful run at the South African State The­atre ear­lier on in the year, Smaarties has been invited to play at var­i­ous other the­atres in South Africa, includ­ing the­atres in Rusten­burg, Pre­to­ria, Cen­tu­rion, Potchefstroom and Johan­nes­burg. Now the time has come for Cape Town to wit­ness this great pro­duc­tion.

It is directed and designed by one of Mail&Gaurdian's Top 200 Young South Africans, Quintin Wils, who says that Smaar­ties is by far the most com­plex show that he has ever directed, but adds that “…it is by far the most excit­ing pro­duc­tion that I have directed thus far! A pro­duc­tion that makes you think twice about what schiz­o­phre­nia actu­ally is.”


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Theatre Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Wilson Carpenter & Brendan Murray | Directed by Greg Karvellas | Props/Effects: Juanita Ferreira & Jim Raubenheimer | Fight Choreography by Alex AnLos
Warning: There will be blood. Great movie, also applicable to the show.
Something Outrageous is coming to the Mother City...

Actors are egotistical, pampered shits. In their world nothing is real: brick walls are made from balsar wood and gunshot wounds are created painlessly in the makeup trailer... The only way onto this decadent merry-go-round is the casting room, a sterile white chamber where talented and untalented alike scramble for the next role. Rejection is a way of life. No wonder they're bastards, but can you blame them?

In this world of paraniod insecurity, insincerity and outright lies; two actors are waiting for an important casting to begin. Once friends, now rivals the two are forced to endure each other's company for the first time in years and as their realtionship unravels they stuggle to seperate reality from fantasy. The result is Something Outrageous.

The show stars Wilson Carpenter (USA) in his South African stage debut alongside Brendan Murray in a play that lives up to it's title. Directed by Greg Karvellas. No under 16 due to strong language, ribald humour and onstage violence.

Go on. Be cool. Be the person who gets to ask their friends "Do you want to see something outrageous tonight?". You know you want to.

Press & Reviews

  • Thu 20th Nov 2014 Cape Times Cape Times




Drama/Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed and designed by Gary Hartley | Written by Genna Gardini | Starring Zanne Solomon & Shaun Acker | Music by Umlilo
The Swell is the story of two unusual characters who meet under even stranger circumstances. Marie Walters identifies as a mermaid, and when she makes a medical aid claim for the loss of her tail it's up to the company’s Strange Claims officer, Howard Fawls, to track down the reclusive Marie and investigate. Did her tail ever exist at all? This encounter raises and interrogates  questions of how bodies, both tangible and fantastical, are treated in contemporary South Africa.

The Swell is the first collaboration between the independent theatre companies Fruitzalad Productions and Horses’ Heads Productions.

Biographies:

Performers
:
Shaun Acker is an actor and musician based in Cape Town. Apart from appearing in local South African theatre productions (The Unexpected Man, Get Kraken, Dogyard, Swoop, King Lear, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Kardiavale), he has also appeared in international television series (Black Sails, Women in Love) and commercials (Rolo, Chexmix, B&Q, McCoys, Robinsons Squash, Carling Black Label). Acker is a co-founder of the Balkan brass ensemble The Phax Trio, in which he composes and performs the saxophone and clarinet. He holds a Masters degree in Aerial Choreography through the department of Drama at Rhodes University, and has choreographed two short aerial dance works: Somnambul and in/apt: a contemporary hanging. Acker has recently returned from Dublin, Ireland where he performed Fleur Du Cap winner Nicholas Spagnoletti’s Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning work Civil Parting at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

Moulded by some of South Africa’s finest theatre practitioners, Zanne Solomon has enjoyed great contrast in her years as an actress. She has transcended the physical/emotional boundary with Andrew Buckland; delved into imagined worlds with Reza de Wet and relished the psycho-sexual complexities in Hieke Gehring’s Die Bannelinge in which she was cast as a melodramatic transgendered mother. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from Rhodes University Drama Department. Her most recent performance work was in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man; which was directed, performed, and produced by Shaun Acker and herself as the debut work of their budding theatre company, Fruitzalad Productions. The show was performed to sold-out houses over the last year in Cape Town andat the National Arts Festival . She has recently directed Nicholas Spagnoletti's critically acclaimed play Civil Parting, which was featured in the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May, and won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2014 National Arts Festival. Solomon was also nominated in the category of Best New Director for the 2014 Fleur du Cap Awards, for her part in directing The Unexpected Man and for Civil Parting.

Director and Designer:
Gary Hartley is a theatre-maker, performer and television producer based in Cape Town. In 2007 he obtained a BA from Rhodes University with a Distinction in Drama. In 2012 he produced Wintersweet (in collaboration with The Runaway Bunni Collective), which won a Standard Bank Ovation Encore prize at the National Arts Festival. Hartley co-founded the independent theatre company Horses' Heads Productions with writer Genna Gardini, which won a 2013 Standard Bank AHA! Ovation Award for the play Scrape. As a choreographer, he conceptualised the multimedia interactive piece SIMilar for GIPCA's 2013 LAND Festival, which returned to the stage at the 2014 Baxter Dance Festival’s Main Programme. Hartley has worked as a producer and writer for TV shows such as The Showbiz Report, The Close Up and Screentime with Nicky Greenwall. He is currently working as the editor of CapeTownMagazine.com.

Writer:
Genna Gardini is a writer and scholar based in Cape Town. She was featured as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2013 and, later that year, won the DALRO New Coin Poetry prize. Her poetry and flash fiction have been published widely, most recently in the literary journals The Common, Prufrock and uHlanga, as well as the Umuzi anthology The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories. Gardini wrote the plays Wintersweet and Scrape, both of which won Standard Bank Ovation Awards. She is a member of The Royal Court Theatre’s South African New Writing Programme and the playwriting collective Play Riot. Gardini also writes extensively on art and literature for various publications, including the Cape Times, Sunday Independent and Art South Africa magazine. She is currently completing her MA in Playwriting at UCT.

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Alternative Acoustic Folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Mr Cat & The Jackal are: Gert Besselsen - Guitar, Accordion, Bouzouki, Vocals Jacques du Plessis - Guitar, Saw, Lap Steel, Bouzouki, Vocals Pierre Arnold Theron - Percussion, Guitar, Backing Vocals
The Mr Cat & The Jackal Trio Show consists of the two songwriters of MCATJ Gert Besselsen and Jacques du Plessis joined by percussionist Pierre Arnold Theron. The show takes you deeper to the core of their music, sculpted to accentuate all the subtle nuances. They play most of the old favorites like Wheres My Shoes and The Devil Always Wants To Dance as well as a couple more toned down songs that you wont hear at their rowdier full band shows. This is a sit down and listen show not to be missed!
The experimental acoustic folk piece band, Mr Cat and the Jackal, have just released their third album, "S3T."
The third album has taken nearly 3 years to record, in 3 different studios, divided into 3 themes and titled with three letters: S2T. With this album: Loathe songs, maladies of regret and opuses of warning are carefully textured with Mr Cat and the Jackal's unusual brand of humour. 

"S3T" has literally cost a working pancreas, a car full of instruments, a house robbery and a drummer. And it's worth it. Putting these obstacles aside, the band managed to collide with great success and fortune, steering Mr Cat and the Jackal into the direction of winning an MK award, no signed to an international artist agency and embarking on a successful UK tour. All of these affairs assembled explain the mood inconsistency of "S3T". It's dark, and yet beautiful. "S3T" encompasses three themes: Love, Regret and Doom. There are absolutely no artificial sounds to be found on this album, only an amalgamation of foreign instruments - some of which are handcrafted by Mr Cat & the Jackal themselves. 

Having just sold out their album launch show at R150.00 a ticket, the band also performed performed a sundowner slot on Oppikoppi's main stage for 8000 people, which resulted in three full colour photo spreads with reviews in the Mail & Gaurdian, News24 and the Argus over and above the media attention they received around the launch of their album already.

Mr Cat & the Jackal are currently available for full band and unplugged three piece performances, which allows them to be flexible and remain accessible in any venue that they perform, no matter how large or small.




Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
by Richard Zajdlic & Richard Crowe | directed by Micheal Kirch | performed by Rowan Studti & Dylan Skews
Warning: Language | Testosterone
Trav, an up-and-coming boxer on the verge of the big time, prepares for battle in the fight that could make his life-long dreams a reality. Jackie, his friend and coach, psyches him into fitness with grand illusions of a world of endless bodily pleasures and material spoils.

Trav’s zealous drive for power and glory leads to questionable conduct in the boxing ring. Although Jackie has little regard for the rules of the game, and is only concerned with winning, he is faced with a serious blow to his conscience: How far is too far?

The story delves into the themes of male friendship, homosexuality, masculinity, dreams and ambitions, the fight for survival and keeping the male ego in check. It is gritty and fierce, and the characters are challenged psychologically and physically, making for an exciting, emotional and gripping journey of discovery.

What is the prize for being a real man?
The production is originally written, directed and performed by Richard Zajdlic and Richard Crowe in 1985, the production toured in and outside London, and had its first performance at the Palza theatre, Romsey on April 25th 1985.

This staging has been reworked by the cast and director to suit a South African context.

Creative Team and bios:

Rowan Studti has studied abroad at the New York film Academy and at the Actors’ Centre in San Francisco in 2008. Thereafter he enrolled at ACT Cape Town to be coached by the likes of Grant Swanby and Nicola Hanekom, and graduated with a BA in Drama, Film and Screenwriting from the University of Cape Town.  His most notable and recent work includes, “An Absolute Turkey”, directed by Chris Weare and “The Beauty of Incomplete Things”, written and directed by Daniel Dercksen.   He has also acted in a number of international and local film/television productions.

“Cock & Bull Story” is Rowan’s debut in the role of producer, the start of many productions that he hopes to produce independently. 

Michael Kirch: UCT graduate with a Master’s Degree in Directing for Stage. Over the years I’ve tried my hand at stand-up comedy, improvised theatre, acting for stage as well as film and television. I have spent some time with a few stand-up comics directing their one-man shows. More recently was nominated for Fleur du Cap award (2012) for Best New Director for Brent Palmer’s Bench which ran at various venues around Cape Town.

I also work as a freelance assistant casting director, directing and filming candidates’ audition tapes for film and television commercials.

Dylan Skews is an actor and stand-up comedian, he has a BA in live performance from the South African School Of Motion Picture And Live Performance (AFDA) where he won best actor 2008.

 Since then he has featured in numerous international and local feature films, series and documentaries including, Death Race, Dominion, Mankind, Kidnap and Randsom, The Runaway, Amerca: the story of us and Gettysburg but to date his most memorable role is when he played a boisterous and charismatic drunk pirate called Logan in the Michael Bay series Black sails featuring in season 1 episodes 1-8, as well as season 2 episodes 1-7.

 He is also one of South Africa's fastest rising comedians, he has been doing comedy for 5 years and has won the Nandos Comedy Showdown in 2009 and was the winner of Phat Joe's comedy show in 2010 where he won the title "Cape Town's next comedian". He has performed in numerous theatres around Joburg as well Cape Town including the Baxter theatre and Artscape. He recently finished his one man show "SKEWS ME" which ran for two weeks. He wrote, directed and performed it at on Broadway, to rave reviews and a packed house.


Press & Reviews





Sleight of hand artistry • Running Time: 70 mins
Stuart Lightbody
Warning: Includes an interval
Come and play with us on the shifting sands of perception: an hour of playful sleight of hand artistry and wonder with Stuart Lightbody... and all to raise money for the DLA Afrikaburn Theme Camp!

Including some of Stuart's favourite pieces from his one-man shows, and a few never-before-seen wonders, this will be an evening to remember.

"Every part of the performance is breathtaking and so elegantly executed you find yourself, if only for a moment, believing in magic.” - Cape Times

“Stuart Lightbody is a well spoken affable young man, lucky to be alive in the 21st century – otherwise he’d be burned as a witch.” - Adelaide Advertiser

“…everyone he invites up onto the stage becomes part of a quite amazing disruption of everyday belief” - Adelaide Advertiser

“Sleight-of-hand gets a shot of elegant theatricality courtesy of performer Stuart Lightbody in Illusive.” - Cape Argus

“…beautifully impossible while still being impossibly beautiful.” - Cape Argus

“… an unreal experience that relies on pure artistry to entertain.” - Cape Argus




Comedy Cabaret Variety Show • Running Time: 60 mins
Created by Staninir Stoykov and Sibu Radebe | Starring Sibu Radebe, Stanimir Stoykov, Cameron Camargo, Franco Lamprecht | Featuring Cape Town-based guest burlesque performers
Warning: Adults only
“BoyLesque” is a tongue in cheek variety show, which pays tribute to early 20th century American style burlesque comedy and striptease performances, but with a twist - this revue has a distinct South African flavour. It is a fun journey through a variety of genres and styles of performance from comedy, cabaret, ballet and drag, voguing and of course, the art of strip tease.
The show stars hree times Naledi award winner singer, actor, choreographer, dancer and TV personality Sibu Radebe (best known for his portrayal of the iconic character of Vusi on e TV soapie “Backstage”, as well as his many appearances in musicals like “Chicago” and “Beauty and the Beast”).

The show was conceived by cult film - maker Stanimir Stoykov ( "Doobee Boobies"). This version of the show is a collaboration between Joburg and Cape Town based performers.

“Boylesque” began its first run at the Foxwood Theatre in February 2013 and has been running in several venues like the Sandton Theatre on the Square, POPart Theatre in the Maboneng Precinct, Cantare at Monte Casino, Casta Diva in Pretoria and the Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre in Cape Town.

There have been different versions and collaborations derived from the original production. In 2013 the Boylesque team created the "Welsome to Burlesque" show featuring new cast members Emmanuel Castis and Michael Riff Themba. This was followed by the "Late Night Varietease Show" featuring Golden Delishas. Most recently Boylesque created the successful "Late Night Boylesque Show" which featured an entirely new cast.



A collection of short plays • Running Time: 65 mins
By Louis Viljoen, Nicholas Spagnoletti & Jon Keevy | Featuring Adrian Collins & Amy Wilson | Directed by Louis Viljoen, Megan Furniss & Jason Potgieter
Three writers, two actors, make an anthology of short plays on the theme 'A Change in the Weather'.

Jon Keevy's Bullet Point an enigmatic package throws two con artists into a tight spot.
In Nicholas Spagnoletti's Drowned Bride, a best man and a bride find themselves at the bottom of the Atlantic, dead, after the wedding went horribly wrong.
And there's Louis Viljoen's Tropicalypse: Some hangovers feel like the end of the world; some hangovers are the end of the world.

The writers were given the theme, and aside from constraints on cast-size and set, total freedom. Brilliant acting talents Adrian Collins and Amy Wilson are up for the challenge that Anthology presents.

Anthology: A Change in the Weather was first presented in a limited run in December 2014. Anthology is the brainchild of Nicholas Spagnoletti and Louis Viljoen, hatched as a platform for local writers to experiment with short format plays, network, and have fun. The first short run was over too soon, so before moving on to the next edition we decided to reprise this. However Candice D'Arcy, one of the writer-directors, has moved on to Australia so Jon Keevy has filled in with a contribution. Brendon Daniels, who was in D'Arcy's piece, will return in Anthology Two scheduled for August.

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Performance Art • Running Time: 30 mins
Performed by Thola Antamu
Exhibit-S, 'Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a black South African woman' is a poetic performance piece inspired by misrepresentation, art and the story of a young woman. Born exactly 200 years before Thola Antamu in 1789, Saartjie Baartman was a khoikhoi woman from the Eastern Cape.

"She lived to be only 24 , after a life of seemingly never-ending struggle and lies. Like me she was also orphaned as a child. She was  bought as a showpiece by an Englishman and smuggled to England never to set foot on  her home soil again. She was supposedly well treated, paid, housed and respected by her 'owners.'

"This is her story fused with  mine and told through, speech, skin, and movement."
- Thola Antamu

Following the 30 minute performance there will be a Q & A session in the theatre.


Thola Antamu is a professional dancer, singer and actress specialising in poetry and movement as a mode of creating exhibitionist theatre. After graduating from The Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Antamu subsequently travelled internationally and was comissioned to create and perform her piece "My Confessions" at JW3 in London. She also trained and performed with the Artful Badger immersive theatre company in "Flood" at London's feted The Vaults Festival. In her powerful new solo production, "Exhibit S, Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a Black South African Woman", Antamu uses a culmination of her extensive training and techniques, South African history, everyday news, femininity and blackness to evoke pertinent conversations and empower women.

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 9th Dec 2014 People's Post Press Release
  • Thu 25th Sep 2014 Whats on in Cape Town Review




pop-indie music • Running Time: 60 mins
Lance Herman
Lance Herman singer-songwriter & musician, brings a 1hr performance of original songs & compositions: a dream-inducing set of music played on nylon guitar with vocals. Lance will be joined on stage for parts of the performance by Canadian Born slam poet Croc E Moses.


Jazz/ Soul Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Maya Spector
A fast-rising talent in jazz and soul, singer/songwriter Maya Spector has a voice texture that is best described as an old soul, weathered by life and schooled by adversity, yet still so alive in vocal tone and bubbly in its expression. Following the release of her debut EP, she will be joined by some of Cape Town's finest instrumentalists for a soulful and bubbly unforgettable show at The Alexander.

“Spector’s voice is pure honey, with the darkness as well as sweetness that implies, and she tells her stories convincingly.” - Gwen Ansell (Business Day)





Music • Running Time: 100 mins
Featuring StoneJets, Fruit Vendor, Richard Stirton, Mary Anne Constable & Marie Claire de Villiers
5 Artists with 5 different vibes and 5 different stories will be sharing, 1 stage for 1 night using 1 thing, Music!

Stone Jets turned one this year. Having learnt so much in such a short space of time, we've met people who share the same sentiment and have made our journey even more worthwhile. We'd like to share our newly made friendships with the people that have supported us so far and seem to believe in what we do.

Don't stop us now, we are on to something...

Stone Jets will be sharing the stage with friends : Fruit Vendor, Richard Stirton, Mary Anne Constable and Marie Claire de Villiers.

5 Artists with 5 different vibes and 5 different stories will be sharing, 1 stage for 1 night using 1 thing, Music!

Stone Jets :
Out of genuine interest and love for music, Stone Jets was born. Music has the ability of making you feel like a flying jet even when the world weighs you down like a stone… From acoustic to big band, their music jumps borders. With all said and done, it remains all about the music. Stone Jets is: Given and Manfred

Richard Stirton :
Born and bred Cape Town boy. Went to Rondebosch boys high. Studied business science at UCT in 2013 but currently taking a gap year to pursue his music career. Work at stardust restaurant in Woodstock and loving life doing music.

Brian Bohlin moved here from the states in 2007. Same year he picked up a guitar and has been playing amazing blues riffs ever since. Jimmy Hendrix is a hero of his. Teamed up with Richard at the beginning of 2014 to start writing originals and get a band going. Been a struggle though because he is in matric this year. Well hopefully he would have just matriculated in fact (from Rondebsoch boys High)

Fruit Vendor :
Born from an impromptu songwriting session, the name Fruit Vendor; first a title of a song and somewhat an ode to the human condition became the most preferred title of a melodic alternative hip hop/folk artist from the hinterland of Cape Town’s music scene in Stellenbosch. – Fruit Vendor creates a fresh sound that appeals to a diverse audience.

Marie Claire de Villiers:
Marie-Claire is a singer/songwriter/producer from Cape Town. Having studied classical music and opera, she has always kept an alter-ego root in electro and has written and performed in a broad range of genres including electro, rock, and soul. She loves an array of musical flavours and enjoys her own wide range of genres and experiments through songwriting.

Mary Anne Constable :
Mary Anne Constable has been writing poetry and singing in the shower most of her life. A late bloomer by music world standards, she got her first guitar at the age of 21 and began to turn her poetry into songs and discovered that she had a voice too! She creates her own unique fusion of soulful folk melodies combined with honest and incisive lyrics - an intense reflection of the journey through life and experience of The human condition. She released her first single "Twenty Nine" in October 2014 which is available for free download on noistetrade.com/maryannesong. She has plans to record a full album in 2015. Find her on facebook at facebook.com/maryannesong.





Tribute show • Running Time: 65 mins
Peter Gilchrist
In my study, we will chat about my adoration of Lily Langtry, among others, and my eventual marriage to Constance - all sprinkled with wit! We will share the delightfully absurd Lord Goring and his manservant Phipps and revel in the macabre story of Picture of Dorian Gray. The outrageous Lady Bracknell is our highlight. My life is incomplete without considering my calamitous 2 years in Reading gaol, saved by hilarious chats between Wilde and his Irish warder, Tom Martin. Noel Coward is planning to chat to you about his thoroughly eventful and comical journey out to us in Cape Town.

We create the illusion of asking my audience to join me in my study and share my life. I play some 7 different characters in the show, including the iconic Lady Bracknell.

I so enjoy the sharp and witty insights that Wilde gives into the, at times, hilariously idiotic snobbery of the English upper classes of his time.

As well as the humor, there is also the sadness associated with his later decline and imprisonment. Noel Coward gives us a delightful encore.

Comments from members of previous audiences:

"I have twice had the privilege of enjoying Peter Gilchrist's Oscar Wilde presentation which he does with such empathy for both the humour and the poignancy of his writings and plays." - Peter Steyn, (Ornithologist)

"A wonderful, creative show. Like a breath of fresh air at Kelvin." - Robert Permual (Kelvin Grove Club)

"A sensitive, gentle chronicle of Oscar Wilde's private life. Peter is mesmerizing in demanding, complex roles." - Samantha Gray (Film Director)

"A fantastic night. I have spoken to several members since the evening and they have all commented on a wonderful performance and want us to hold more evenings like it!" - Tarryn White (Functions Manager at Erinvale Golf Club)





Party • Running Time: 480 mins
The eternal march of time drags us forward, past milestones, past deadlines, past headlines into a future we can only imagine until we arrive there and go right on past that too.

I for one am tired of marching. Time to switch footwear. Throw away your marching boots and slip on your dancing shoes for Alexander Bar's New Years Eve dance party. The theatre opens up into s sweet little dance floor for you to flash the moves you learnt this year, or just flail about joyously too. Either works.




Storytelling • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Performed by Lebogang Mogashoa
Lebogang tells hilarious stories. He survived North Korean bomb threats. He’s the one to call when you need help recovering from secret jaw-shaving cosmetic surgery. He knows which celebrity endorsed (urgh, Gwyneth) detox diet causes Martha Stewart hallucinations. And he knows what it's like to live inside a political campaign. Bring friends and all of your emotions to this show.
In When We Were Nearly Young, Lebogang Mogashoa tells real stories from his life with humour and candor. These are tales often shared among friends after a really good meal. They are personal and leave you feeling less alone in the world.
This time around Lebogang shares hilarious and poignant stories about helping a friend hide from her family while recovering from secret plastic surgery, the highs and lows of his mother’s political campaign, a carefully planned but disastrous first kiss, an unexpected religious conversion and living close next-door to North Korea for five years.
When We Were Nearly Young is modelled after storytelling shows like This American Life, The Moth and RISK!

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Dark ethereal rock • Running Time: 60 mins
Vera Vukovic - Guitar, Lute, Violin & Backing Vocals | Cathy Davy - Vocals & Violin | Linda Scarborough - Keyboard & Backing Vocals | Helen Westcott - Bass & Backing Vocals | Ross Campbell - Drums
Coal is a band from Cape Town. They perform dark & haunting lullabies to soothe any heartache. Their music is rich with the strains of loss, fleeting moments, deceit, distance and, sometimes, love.




Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
By Harold Pinter | Directed by Gabriella Pinto. | Starring Terry Norton as Rebecca & Mark Elderkin as Devlin
Facebook Event
After a successful run at the Cape Town Fringe Festival, Harold Pinter's 'Ashes to Ashes' comes to Alexander Bar.

On a summer evening, Rebecca recalls a sadomasochistic ritual between her and a past over. An intrigued Devlin proceeds to interrogate her in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. She must revoke her repressed past to face her troubled present while his suspicions grow and his desire to secure and control their future is threatened by her enigmatic recollections.

How do we live in the present if we repress past atrocities?
"Elderkin – who makes a welcome return to serious roles after a recent run of comedic performances – is cold, wry and quietly domineering. Norton’s relaxed delivery is at masterful odds with the underlying intensity of her experience" - Carla Lever, The Daily Maverick

Press & Reviews

  • Fri 6th Feb 2015 Times Live
    "Both actors are superb... Elderkin has a dangerous sex appeal... Norton is voluptuous and confident yet fearful.."
    Pinter Patter of Tiny Horrors: Review by Herman Lategan
  • Tue 3rd Feb 2015 ★★★★ The Cape Argus Review




One Person Show • Running Time: 50 mins
Directed by Gabriella Pinto | Performed by Kelly-Eve Koopman | Written by Gabriella Pinto & Kelly-Eve Koopman | Produced by Fuzlin Esau
Facebook Event
In a secure suburb in the South, in the early morning hours a woman suffocating from status anxiety sits enclosed by electric fences, surrounded by roll on lawn, tucked behind a Trellidoor and protected by private security. In a street lulled by lavender and deaf to her warnings of pot plant syndicates, bin day conspiracies and stranger danger, she reveals how far a vigilant fynbos fundi must go, to serve and protect a nonchalant neighbourhood.
Kelly-Eve Koopman graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B-Dram in Theatre and Performance specializing in Cabaret. She has attempted to make theatre ever since and is interested in multi-genre work as well as social development. Over the course over the last few years she has been in productions that have toured the Afrikaans festival circuit and been nominated for some awards including Kannas and Fiestas.

Gabriella has been creating theatre since she graduated from UCT with a BA in Theatre and Performance. She enjoys creating new work as well as staging existing texts and was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Best New Director in 2014.

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 3rd Feb 2015 ★★★★ The Cape Argus Review
  • Thu 29th Jan 2015 Cape Times Review




A Musical Memoir / Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Presented by KBT Productions | Written & composed by Jervis Pennington | Vocals: Janine Cupido | Guitar & spoken word: Jervis Pennington
Introducing singer Janine Cupido singing ten new songs from composer Jervis Pennington (The Soft Shoes, Scribble, A Town called Fokol-Lutho) woven into and drawn from his often hilarious, somewhat shambolic, tragicomic youth and truth. Undersized and underfed at school, the most sea-sick Midshipman in SA Naval history and reluctant 80's pop teen-idol, the author takes us on a ride from famous to homeless in a heart-stopping beat.

Both performers are born and bred Capetonians so they took that as their band's name. The Capetonians. Don't ask what city you live in, ask what city you live for.... You can check out songs from the show at www.thecapetonians.co.za


Jervis Pennington began his song writing career as lead-singer of his 80’s pop group The Soft Shoes. The group won the 1983 TV Talent Show Follow that Star with their song Elvis Astaire, written by Jervis, which went to No 1 on several radio stations. The group sold over 100,000 records. Later, as General Manager of EMI’s South African music label, CCP Records, he managed the careers of artists such as Brenda Fassie. His songs written for The Capetonians mark a return to pop after writing the songs and scripts for several successful musical theatre productions.

Praise for Jervis's previous works:
Who Really Freed Nelson?!
FIVE 2005 NALEDI AWARD NOMINATIONS
“…incredibly moving, world-class show…”  C.K. The Citizen
“See this show? Hell Yes!”  A.S. The Star
“…leaves audience begging for more.”  This Day




Table Reading | Comedy • Running Time: 90 mins
Written by Louis Viljoen | Directed by Greg Karvellas
Warning: mature language and sexual imagery | no under 18s
porn |pôrn| (also porno |ˈpôrnō|) informal
noun
1 pornography.
2 films, television programs, books, etc., regarded as catering to a voyeuristic or obsessive interest in a specified subject : a thrilling throwback to the golden age of vampire movies—gothic porn of the highest order.

Three friends, three actors, two producers, one narrator, one warehouse, twenty four bats, five and a half marital aides, 60 tubes of lube, one bucket of cheaper lube, bought earlier... um... nine other things to make up the list, and then more items until we got to eighty-eight or even 88... which is the coolest number in the world, according to scientists and science.

The creators of CHAMP bring you a reading of a play so salacious, so risque, so likely to offend the squares and titillate the free and horny, that no theatre was willing to produce it. There was also a space issue and there are nine speaking roles and it's quite a complicated set, so it's a logistical nightmare, but that's neither here nor there.

Join Greg Karvellas and Louis Viljoen and their brave troupe of hungry-for-acclaim actors as they tackle the great un-produced script of this month or any other month (but probably only this month).




Sketch Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Directed by Robin Hitchcock | Additional Material by Mark Sykes | Performed by The Long Shots & Friends
Warning: Not recommended for under 18s
"Mother City Sketch" presents original comedy skits performed live by members of The Long Shots theatre troupe and others from the Cape Town comedy scene. This collection of short sketches pokes fun at over-the-top Valentine's Day presents, wine pairing courses, ugly newborns and more. You'll laugh until your cheeks hurt, but it will be worth it.
Writer/Director Robin Hitchcock began producing sketch comedy in 2011 with the all-female troupe Frankly Scarlett, based in Pittsburgh USA. Since moving to Cape Town, Robin has been affiliated with The Long Shots improvisational comedy troupe and Improv Cape Town. Mother City Sketch marks the South African debut of her written comedy material. The Long Shots, who comprise the core cast of the show, have been performing improvised comedy in Cape Town since 2011, and are thrilled to branch out into pre-scripted material with Mother City Sketch.

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Live Reading • Running Time: 75 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s
Facebook Event
Come and let our readers lead you away from tales of the straight and narrow at the first Naked Girls Reading event dedicated to queer writers and LGBTI stories.

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 ladies removes their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and reads 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.

Naked Girls Read­ing, called “appro­pri­ately racy” by Enter­tain­ment Weekly and “the best thing to hap­pen to books since they were put on tape…” by Car­son Daly, was founded in Chicago in March of 2009 by Inter­na­tional Show­girl Michelle L’Amour and hus­band Franky Vivid.



Drama • Running Time: 75 mins
Written by Mike Bartlett | Directed by Paul Griffiths | Starring: Francis Chouler, Matt Newman, Melissa Haiden and James Skilton
Warning: Explicit language
Unhappy in his relationship, John wants out. Or maybe he just wants time out? A break from his boyfriend for a few weeks. Or maybe months? Actually, the whole problem is John doesn’t know what he wants. But the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a woman…

Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in An Affiliate Theatre, Mike Bartlett's sharp, witty script takes a candid look at one mans sexuality and the difficulties that arise when faced with a whole new world of possibility.
Praise for Mike Bartlett's  script

“A smart, prickly and rewarding view of sexual and emotional confusion” – London Evening Standard

“With the exception of Oscar Wilde, quarrelling lovers are never as articulate and entertaining as they are in COCK, Mike Bartlett’s Battle Royal of wit and persuasion” – Variety

“Robust and rollicking. Bartlett’s dialogue crackles and pops with the rhetoric of vituperation” – The New Yorker

“Bartlett manages, deftly, to explore many exigent questions of identity, sexuality, our obsession with certainty and our visceral discomfort with ambiguity.” - Huffington Post

“A terrific comedy…Hypnotic and utterly contemporary.” - New York Times

Press & Reviews





Musical Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Book, Music & Lyrics by: Roland Perold & David Fick | Directed by: Drew Rienstra | Musical Direction by: Roland Perold | Appearing: Amy Trout, David Fick, Roland Perold
Facebook Event
A musical comedy of devilish delight.
Poor Jonny? BANG! Recently deceased Jonny finds himself in limbo… his own game show where scenes from his life are replayed with purgatorial relish. Has Jonny been a good boy? Not from the looks of things…
“A funny story about an ‘80’s TV reality game show in purgatory. Great original songs performed by three hugely talented actors.” Steven Lang, Cue 2014
YOU BET YOUR LIFE! may seem like a typical TV game show – but it’s one with a bite! Hosted by the devilishly charming Timothy Radcliffe, the show welcomes a special guest whose heart and soul are on the line, due to the little fact that they have just cashed in their chips! So when the recently deceased Jonny arrives on set, the audience is introduced to his neurotic mother, his crazy ex-girlfriends, a ferocious Russian drag performer and a host of other characters who all seem bent on keeping Jonny in limbo as Timothy tries to manipulate things to secure his own redemption. Will Jonny be able to save his soul? Or will be stuck in afterlife TV reruns forever and ever? Only a trip to YOU BET YOUR LIFE! can answer these questions!

YOU BET YOUR LIFE! is the first collaboration by Roland Perold and David Fick both of whom have written two musicals before deciding to work together on this project. Having had a fantastic run in Grahamstown in 2014 the team is excited for the Cape Town premiere to be hosted at Alexander Bar.

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 10th Mar 2015 Argus Trout in many guises ensures devilishly humorous night out - Review by Beverley Brommert




Running Time: 480 mins
  • Tunnel Tour (3 Hours from 14:00 - 18:00) -  R250 per head
  • Galbi Braai Restaurant for supper (19:00 20:30)  - R150 per head (excluding drinks)
  • Followed by a pub crawl via Aces & Spades and ending at Alexander Bar




Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Presented by Instant Arts Collective | Directed by Kim Kerfoot | Performed & written by Tamarin McGinley | Dramaturgy by Kati Francis
A cheeky, tender, mixed-up play about misplaced affection. How do our early experiences define us forever? Part confession, part comedy, and part scientific treatise, Inherent End questions how we affect each other, how we alter each other and how we pass on the experiences we received at the hands of others.

Stacey is only 11 but she is learning about seduction and love. A woman is hurtling towards disaster on parallel tracks of inappropriate attraction. A scientist seeking her own salvation in field of epigenetics is hunting down the genetic extent of trauma. United by circumstance these woman straddle the gaps between victim and predator, circumstance and action, innocence and guilt.
A solo show with Tamarin McGinley, directed by Kim Kerfoot, and presented by the Instant Arts Collective, Inherent End is fresh from artistic development in London and is premiering in Cape Town before embarking on an international adventure.  It's a reunion, a new inter-continental exploration and an experiment in storytelling and style. See it here first!

Press & Reviews

  • Fri 27th Mar 2015 Argus The Good Weekend




Live Blues and Burlesque • Running Time: 80 mins
Presented by Vava Voom Entertaiment | Performed by Diva Disastar, Miss B.have, Sapphire Flex, SueCubus & Crimson House Duo
Warning: Due to the risque nature of the content, this show is for mature audiences only! "Slightly naughty theatre!"
Nothing beats a night of smoking hot blues on a warm Summer evening...

... Except maybe blues and beautiful boudoir burlesque, artfully paired together to create a unique LIVE experience that will leave audiences thrilled!

Take two of the hottest blues boys in Cape Town, add a handful of sultry burlesque beauties and you are instantly taken back to the speakeasy era where men were men, and femmes were fatales! Follow this comedic tale of life and love; where a man’s choices are swayed by the wink of an eye and bump of a hip. A tale as old as time; we invite you to witness the heartbreak, the drama and the thrill of the chase in this incredibly sexy “Blues n` Burlesque” Show.




Anti-Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Collective: Frik 'The Legend' du Perez, Tatiana Petrokova, Milton Schorr & Brendan Murray
Warning: Running time may vary.
Facebook Event
Tatiana, a giant female player from rural Russia, is planning to commit suicide after one last game with legendary Coach Frik ‘The Legend’ Du Perez. Her plans are scuppered when they are locked in by a hapless security guard, forcing them to spend the night together. As the sexual tension mounts a devastating secret is revealed. Will Tatiana live to play another day? Will Frik finally face the awful reality of his secret life? All will be revealed when they play The Game.
The Game was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the Grahamstown Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. "A waste of time and money..', 'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…', and 'no talent, no story-line, no game…' are just a few snippets from that landmark text. The review went on to form an integral part of the saga of The Game, as it continued to challenge audiences with it’s unique non-theatrical style. After a hiatus of nearly four years, The Game is back with its third installment: Redemption.

Some responses from attendees have been:

“It was like being on a fucking rollercoaster!”
“Shock and awe.”
“It’s the kind of thing I’d recommend to my friends. And my enemies.”
“I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race.”
“TOTALLY inappropriate.”
“WOW……..CANT BELIEVE THE FESTIVAL LET YOU DO IT!…….SHAME ON U”
“funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker”
“I agree: TOTALLY innapropriate!”
“I have never seen a room of people laugh this hard.”




Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed By Bo Petersen | Written & performed by Graham Weir | Lighting designed by Guy de Lancey
As a small boy at the funfair I let go of my father's hand. I was so caught up in the distracting sights and sounds I did not realise I was lost until somebody switched off the lights.
Graham Weir telling tales of places that were and people he knew.
Graham Weir wrote a number of one man plays in the 1990s including Brief Descriptions which won the Vita Award for Best New South African Play. This is his first one man play for some time. Graham and Bo Petersen worked together on Graham's Letters from Patient Essop, a one man musical which played over a number of years to great critical acclaim. Graham is perhaps best known for his song writing and performances with Not the Midnight Mass, which he founded with his sister in 1988. The Mass still appear together, most recently at the Baxter Theatre and they have been invited to perform at the 2015 Fleur du Cap Awards. Graham also co produced and wrote the music and lyrics for Noah of Cape Town, the countries first acapella musical. Graham most recent work with Guy de Lancey was in 2013 in the title role of Lear in King Lear. This production was highly acclaimed and was one of the last productions at the Intimate Theatre.

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 19th Aug 2015 Critter Death Be Told: Review by Steve Kretzmann
  • Sat 15th Aug 2015 Cape Times Telling Stories
  • Thu 16th Apr 2015 Cape Times Review of Dead Yellow Sands by Tracey Saunders in the Cape Times.
  • Wed 15th Apr 2015 ★★★★★ Argus Review of Dead Yellow Sands by Beverley Brommert
  • Sun 12th Apr 2015 Weekend Argus Sands of time recall younger inspiration - Robyn Cohen




Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed & written by Gaëtan Schmid | directed by Lara Bye | sound design James Webb
After ‘Body Language’ SOLD OUT 5 years ago, Gaëtan Schmid is back with more fascinating revelations in this high octane physical comedy. A journey spanning 400˙000 years of human evolution, exploring our (sometimes very confusing) mating rituals and hidden non-verbal messaging. A must see for the sake of the survival of our species!

Press for Body Language:

 “solo tour de force”

“Strange … psychotic energy”

“Hilarious rollercoaster ride”

“Gaëtan Schmid at his rolling marvellous crazy best”

“Masterful”
Gaëtan is a Belgian theatre artist currently living and working in South Africa.

After studying theatre at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France he toured exciting new creations to festivals and theatres all over the world. Russia, Sweden, Romania, USA, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Wales, Uganda, Andorra, Spain and Scotland.

Since arriving in South Africa 15 years ago – his South African wife (not wife then) told him to “come … come and have a look … couple of weeks max …” – Gaëtan produces, creates, writes and performs his own excitingly original one-man-shows … well, most of them are his own: The Belgian, Body Language, Rumpsteak (Fleur du Cap nominated), The Dog’s Bollocks, The Incredible Beer Show, the pigeon and The Comical Tragedy. The first 2 and latter 2 were directed by his extraordinary wife Lara Bye (London Road, The Flying Dutchman, Rainbow Scars, Yellow Man), mother of their son Matteo (11) – Minecraft specialist.

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Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
Written by Dario Fo & Franca Rame | Translated by Gillian Hanna | Directed by Michael Kirch | Performed by Anna Kurgan
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Entropy imploding. A woman hit by fifty shades of blue. A goldfish in a bowl. The hamster on its wheel. Going round and round and round.
Therein hangs a chased tail.

A Woman Alone by Dario Fo and Franca Rame takes a wry look at a repressed, disempowered housewife killing time while adrift in timeless issues. As Rame said, "I draw on problems that women have within society at large. The most important thing that I would wish to see... is respect for women everywhere: at home, in the street, in the family and in bed." The play, post-feminism, introduces a woman unhinged by patriarchal clamour, unable to turn down its noise. A disturbed woman. An abused woman. A woman alone.





Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Athol Fugard | Performed by Pieter van Zyl | Directed by Thomas Leabhart
This adaptation of Athol Fugard's riveting short story  'To whom it must concern' portrays the impact a tragic event has on the life and psyche of a Karoo train driver, Roelf Visagie. During the hour long one man play, Roelf and other characters share with the audience their unique perceptions of the same incident. The play is presented in a simple manner, and deals with universal issues of humanity.

'The woman with a baby on her back' is the result of a collaboration between Pieter van Zyl (actor) and Prof Thomas Leabhart, director and senior professor in drama at the Pomona College in Claremont, California. The play was given its first performances at the Seaver Theater in California, where it was received with much praise and acclaim. The performances at the Alexander Theatre mark the South African premiere of the play.
Athol Fugard is one of South Africa's most esteemed playwrights. He is best known for his political plays opposing apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel Tsotsi. The recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Pieter van Zyl (actor) has studied acting at the Akademie van Dramakuns in Cape Town and then continued his theatre studies in London, Paris and California, specializing in the corporeal mime technique of Etienne Decroux. In London, as a member of Theatre de l'Ange Fou, he performed in 'Entangled Lives' (Tardieux) and 'The Government Inspector' (Gogol); and in California in 'Spoonriver Anthology' (Masters) and 'Maid To Marry' (Ionesco). In South Africa he created four plays that were much influenced by his study of corporeal mime: 'On a green footpath'; 'BREAD'; 'When the saints go marching'; 'Early Works - a love story'.  For the Spier production of 'The Great Gatsby', directed by Peter Joucla, he played the character of Wilson. Pieter's voice is regularly heard in plays and readings on RSG. He has a master's degree in music and also works as a musician.

Thomas Leabhart (director) is Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist at the Pomona College in Claremont, California. He frequently teaches and performs in Europe, Asia and South America and is a member of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) Artistic Staff. His specific areas of scholarship is Etienne Decroux, with whom he studied from 1968 - 1972. Thomas Leabhart is the most published writer on the subject of corporeal.

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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.






Drag • Running Time: 60 mins
Lilly Slaptsilli
Fresh from a colonic, drag star Lilly Slaptsilli celebrates an extended run of her hit solo show Shenanigans. She's hauling her heels upstairs along with lipstick, trilogy, tiaras, parody and pantyhose from the top drawer. Whether you’re an avid fan of drag shows or have yet to experience one, the hostess of humour with a licence to lip-sync will pull a cast of characters from her closet to delight, thrill and entertain you. Shenanigans is a glamorous evening of provocative and playful performances by Lilly Slaptsilli.




Hip-Hop/Perfromance Art • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph & Sean San Jose | Written & Performed by Dahlak Brathwaite | Presented by Joan Osato & Kyla Smith of The Shortened Tongue
Warning: Adult content & adult language
In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a government funded drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multidimensional play blurs the lines between hip-hop and dramatic performance.  Dahlak Brathwaite weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage for Black Americans.



Spiritrials is made possible through the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Columbia Foundation and Ictus; a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project is a NPN Partner for the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by the support from the NPN Creation Fund, NPN Forth Fund and the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major Contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (A Federal Principal development support was provided by Painted Bride Arts Center (PA), Ithaca College (NY), Sonoma State University, and the Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA).

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Drama • Running Time: 50 mins
Written by Jon Keevy | Performed by Briony Horwitz and Jazzara Jaslyn | Directed by Tara Notcutt.

From the team behind the acclaimed ‘A Girl Called Owl’ comes a story about two sisters. A play about silence and noise. About waiting. About old habits, blood bonds, miracles and spare parts. A play about the strange, powerful moments that carve into memory like water through sand.

Susan is adopted. Katelyn is her younger sister – the miracle baby. Susan is a lawyer, wife and mother. Katelyn just rolled her car down a mountain. In the hospital, pain meds and memory twinkle under fluorescent lights, circling ever closer to the truth.

The story behind the story:
Briony always felt that A Girl Called Owl was eerily connected to her own life. As if Jon had written her play (she wasn’t yet cast when he wrote it). She found herself thinking ‘but how does he know?’. Given the success of the partnership and her thirst to work on something challenging and beautiful again, she commissioned Jon to write a new play loosely inspired by events in her family. Once again, he wrote all kinds of things she hadn’t actually told him. Creepy. This time she asked for a two-hander so that she wouldn’t be so lonely on stage.

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Improv • Running Time: 55 mins
Concept by Megan Furniss
Megan Furniss jumps back onto the Alexander stage for more of her unique style of improv, only this time she will be joined by a different fellow improviser every night for 55 minutes of making it all up.
Getting to play with Megan are, Tues 19 May Brett Anderson, Wed 20 May Anne Hirsch, Thurs 21 May Ryan Jales, Fri 22 May Carolyn Lewis, and Sat 23 May Tandi Buchan.

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Live reading • Running Time: 70 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith | Readers: Charlie French, Golden Delishas, Lady Magnolia & Miss Fuma
Warning: Nudity... obviously.
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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 ladies removes their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and reads 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 has been described as a "performance art sensation" on eTV Primetime News and has been featured in The Sunday Times, as well as recommended by Elle magazine's online gig guide.

Naked Girls Read­ing, called “appro­pri­ately racy” by Enter­tain­ment Weekly and “the best thing to hap­pen to books since they were put on tape…” by Car­son Daly, was founded in Chicago in March of 2009 by Inter­na­tional Show­girl Michelle L’Amour and hus­band Franky Vivid.




Alt Folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Simon Tamblyn - Guitar & vocals | Mandisi Nkomo - Drums | Alessandro Busetto - Bass guitar
Lo-fi folk act, Tape Hiss and Sparkle, celebrate the release of their latest album, The Winter Switch. Come and enjoy an evening of  music that leads you off the beaten track.






Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Songs and stories written and performed by Daneel van der Walt | Accompanied by David Lubbe | Directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti | Dress by Deeva Merwe from Merwe Mode | Original musical direction Roelof Colyn | Original direction Jason Potgieter
The Den is a cabaret bar at the end of the world that's always been plagued by the inevitability of being shut down and resident act, Dani and Leo, are giving their final performance at this little dive they've come to call home. To celebrate and mourn this Dani and Leo have put together a special set for you, an armoury of gutsy, sad and blisteringly funny blues songs and stories. Catch them before they're gone and The Den is no more.

Winner of a Standard Bank Ovation Award 2016

"Cabaret as it was meant to be... sets the gold standard for this trickiest of theatre genres... " - Broadway World
"Would be heartbreaking if it wasn't so touchingly funny" - Megan Furniss
"Absolutely breathtaking" - Cue, 2016

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Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and directed by Philip Rademeyer, Presented by Rust Co-Operative, Performed by Stefan Erasmus and Jason Jacobs
Presented by the award-winning Rust Co-Operative, Ashes is a hard-hitting two-hander chronicling the life of a young gay man through the eyes of six characters. It explores his small-town upbringing, his entrance into adulthood and the excitement and thrill of first love. A sudden, violent event ruptures the world of the characters, forcing them to pick up the pieces in the void that remains. Inspired by actual events, Ashes examines family, love, and the scourge of violence against gay lives in our country.

Presented by the dynamic Rust Co-Operative team of Philip Rademeyer and Penelope Youngleson, the creators of award-winning works such as The View (winner of two awards at International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards), Siembamba (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, played at Amsterdam Fringe Festival) and Expectant (Standard Bank Ovation Award, played at Afrovibes Festival). Ashes features the exciting talents of rising stars Stefan Erasmus and Jason Jacobs. 
The impetus for Ashes is the ongoing violence against gays and lesbians in our country, specifically three excessively violent attacks on young gay men in the Western and Northern Cape in 2014 (which mostly remained unreported in the mainstream media) – in one particular instance an assailant called over a group of teenagers to watch as he was “going to kill a moffie.” With Ashes, the writer examines systemic homophobia and the scourge of violence against young gay lives in our country, deftly exploring the thin line between the personal and the political. Ashes is an intimate theatrical piece, serving as a reminder that individual lives are not isolated events but part of the social fabric, intricately woven up with and into other lives.

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Drama - Staged Reading • Running Time: 65 mins
Directed by Kim Kerfoot | Written by Ian Tucker | Performed by Brendon Daniels & Rebecca Makin Taylor
A staged reading of the new political text-in-development by Ian Tucker. A fast thinking, fast talking political drama, "Black Prophet Down" is a new South African play, set in the United States of America, telling a story of global significance.
Kim Kerfoot took his degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town, specialising in Theatremaking. He graduated top of his class with distinction in 2007. While studying, he directed and co-created Hope Lies…which was performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, at the UCT Arena Theatre in Cape Town and at the Odin Teatret in Denmark. Since graduating Kim has worked with some of South Africa’s top companies and theatre practitioners including Mandla Mbothwe, Christopher Weare, Magnet Theatre, ZANews (the award-winning satirical puppet news program) and FTH:K (From The Hip: Khulumakhale is a multiple award-winning non-verbal, visual theatre company that integrates deaf and hearing artists). He has also presented original work as part of the Iqonga platform at the Out The Box Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2011, creating and performing in Left Inside, and creating and directing Lynchpin and Guillotine. In 2011 Kim received the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary and used it to stage Athol Fugard’s Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act. The production received 5 star reviews as well as accolades from Athol Fugard himself, before transferring to the Fugard Theatre in early 2012, where it had a sold-out extended run. It was also a part of the critically acclaimed Assembly South African Season on the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. In March 2013 Kim received the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards for his direction of Statements. His subsequent direction of Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys at the Fugard Theatre in March 2013 was equally well received. As part of his ongoing creative partnership with Jason Potgieter, Kim directed Potgieter’s The Things You Left Behind at the Intimate Theatre in December 2010, January 2012, and again at the South African National Arts Festival in July 2013 where it won one of only six Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards. Kim’s production of Jon Keevy’s Get Kraken! also won a Standard Bank Ovation Award and was commended for innovation in physical theatre. In 2014Kim participated in the Director’s Lab at the Lincoln Center, and devised and directed the play Inherent End in London with Tamarin McGinley. In 2015 Inherent End had a successful season at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre in Cape Town.





Comedy Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Adapted from stories by Herman Charles Bosman | Directed by Tara Notcutt | Performed by Andrew Laubscher & Sive Gubangxa | Presented by the Pink Couch
Welcome, weary traveller. Rest your feet from your long journey, and sit down on the stoep with Oom Schalk Lourens. Bask in the light of the full moon and let him tell you stories of love, music, and a little bit of magic. But beware, young traveller: all good stories have a dark side…
“After Dark in the Groot Marico” is the second chapter to the critically acclaimed and award-winning “Mafeking Road”, which premiered at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, in 2011.
In “Mafeking Road”, Andrew Laubscher and Mathew Lewis, under the direction of Tara Notcutt, brought Bosman to life in a way that had never been seen before. Using nothing but their bodies, they took the audience on a comic-book style whirlwind trip through the Groot Marico – and found, on its way, a new and younger audience for the stories. The show won a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award, and went on to perform for three years all the way from Cape Town to Grahamstown to Joburg, and finally, to the Groot Marico itself. They were praised by many, and criticized by some.
Many were delighted by the style and found a renewed joy for the stories they had loved while growing up. The show was hailed as “physical theatre at its best…. a world of imagination, perfect timing and offbeat humour ….a brilliant piece of entertainment” (The Cape Times) and “one of the funniest things I’ve seen on stage in a long time” (The Witness).
Some people, however, were not fans. The show was also described as “a desecration of Bosman” (some lady in the queue to buy tickets at NAF 2011) and “Bosman would be rolling in his grave” (some lady in the front row of a show who took Hate Notes on kitty notepaper and handed them to Tara afterwards). All of this only fueled the fire to continue touring the show and bringing a new appreciation of Bosman and his beautiful stories to a wider, younger audience.
This year, Andrew and Tara bring you “After Dark in the Groot Marico” and have invited Fleur du Cap winner for Most Promising Student Sive Gubangxa along for the ride. Using physical theatre, and little else, Andrew and Sive will weave a world of wonder and magic, as they take you on a journey into the Marico’s dark side…





Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by, produced by, directed by and starring Martin Evans
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Martin Evans is an award winning comedian with performances around the world. "War Donkey - The Polony Diaries" is Martin's fifth solo show and charts life in South Africa in the 80s. From the Satanic panic and the threat of border duty, through to drive in movies and politically incorrect sweets that made up our youth. This "work in progress" will be taken to the National Arts Festival shortly. Come join him for the first ever performances of his brand new show.




Burlesque • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by: Black Orchid Burlesque S.A. Performances by: Diva Disastar - Artiste, Miss B.have - Artiste, Bon Bon - Artiste, Sapphire Flex - Starlette, Honeybun Shortcake - Bobette (Newbie)
Warning: "A Slightly Naughty Theatre Experience!", for mature audiences only!
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Offering you a glittering array of seasoned professionals, as well as upcoming starlettes, Black Orchid Burlesque invites you to travel back to a time filled with glamour, sophistication and old-world charm.

Featuring timeless one-of-a-kind performances that focuses on the subtlety of a woman’s seduction fused with brazen abandon. Using vintage inspired music for these whimsical performances, our five beautiful burlesquers bring the stage to life!

So, come wine and dine at the fabulously vintage inspired Alexander Bar before you submerge yourself into an air of nostalgia as we revisit the era of classic burlesque at The Vintage Varietease Show!

The Vintage Varietease Show features beautiful burlesque performances by:

Diva Disastar – “S.A.’s Original Dame of Burlesque!”
Miss B.have – “Miss B.have by name, Misbehaved by nature!”
Bon Bon – “Quiet by day, Sensational by night!”
Sapphire Flex – “The most flexible Pin-Up in town!”
Honeybun Shortcake – “The Sweetheart with a feisty bite!”




Anti-theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Milton Schorr, Adrian Collins & The Mystery Kid.
Described as ‘genius’, ‘relentless’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherf****r’, The Game is back with the premiere of Shannon’s Tongue, a new installment in the cult series.

Join Frik, Shannon & The Mystery Kid as they face the most devastating test of their lives. 20 years ago Shannon's tongue was taken from him, now it's time to take it back.

The Game was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the Grahamstown Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. "A waste of time and money..', 'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…' and ‘no game, no talent, no storyline’ are just a few snippets from that landmark text.

As with all ground-breaking theatre real opinion was divided. "It was like being on a f*****g roller coaster”, "shock and awe" and “I’ve never seen a group of people laugh this hard” were a few of the impressions gleaned.

That first review went on to form an integral part of the saga of The Game as it has continued to challenge audiences with its unique non-theatrical style.

After two successful runs of the original show, a sequel and a smash hit at the Alexander Bar with The Game: Redemption earlier this year, The Game is back with its newest instalment; Shannon’s Tongue.



Stand Up • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Greg Karvellas | Written & performed by Oliver Booth
Life, with Oli Booth is a first hand account of young white South African comedian Oliver Booth trying to navigate the world around him. The show takes the audience on a roller-coaster of observations and opinions on subjects as mundane and exciting as quitting smoking, being a standup, motorcyclists and dogs at the park... Because what the world really needs more of is a white man's opinion. This heartfelt look into one of Cape Town's up-and-coming comedian's brains is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry or at worst chuckle vaguely under your breath, besides all the other shows are at the Grahamstown festival so this really is your only theatre option.




Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed and Written by The Long Shots | Featuring The Long Shots: Tamith Hattingh, Jason Delplanque, Andre Ballot, Rob Coutts, Sipumziwe 'Pags' Lucwaba | Guest appearances by Jessica Munna and Al Postman
Mother City Sketch returns to the Alexander Bar for more live original comedy skits performed by The Long Shots improv comedy troupe and special guests!
After their previous sold out shows it’s time to bring back some audience favourites and a few new sketches and characters you’re sure to love! This collection of short sketches pokes fun at gym classes, the habits of dating, wine tasting, loadshedding and much more.
Mother City Sketch is devised, written and directed by The Long Shots with additional material by Jessica Munna and Robin Hitchcock (previous Long Shot and member all-female troupe Frankly Scarlett based in Pittsburgh, USA). MCS is the love child of Robin Hitchcock. She wrote, directed and performed in the first one and now it continues to live on while she’s away.
The Long Shots, who comprise the core cast of the show, have been performing improvised comedy in Cape Town since 2011, and are thrilled to branch out again into scripted material.
Starring André Dinomancer Ballot, Rob Coutts, Pags Bantwana, Jason Delplanque, and guest appearances by Jessica Munna and Al Postman.

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Contemporary World / Jazz • Running Time: 75 mins
Proboscis is Liane Halton (guitar), Jay Latter (drums), Kyle Dijkstra (bass), Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (trombone/euphonium) & Shaun Acker (saxophone)
Warning: 15 minute interval
The artistic coupling of the acoustic brass band The Phax Trio and the rhythmic trio Seed breathes life into this collaborative ensemble; presenting their original contemporary world, jazz and brass instrumental music.   The musical and instrumental genetics of Phax and Seed are perfectly suited. Seed is a rhythmic band (drums, bass and guitar) and Phax is a horn section (euphonium/trombone and saxophone). Establishing a solid quintet. The music of Seed is inspired by Avishai Cohen and Anushka Shankar and Phax is inspired by Goran Bregović, Paris Combo and Giora Feidman.   Proboscis will be performing an anthology of arrangements by both bands. Seed brings “Song for my Mother; Resonance; Elephant and Calf; Ants; Proboscis and Phax brings Phax Suite i,ii,iii; Italian Scallion; Persian Tanz; Windigo. All music references the geography and biology of our world and our human ties to it.  Though “Proboscis” refers to Butterflies, this band is more akin to moths and their short life-cycle. After months of rehearsal and gestation the band will only perform for one special week in July before disbanding.




Solo Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Sue Bevan
Young Shurl leaves a deeply dysfunctional home deep in the Welsh Valleys to follow her hero - international diva dame Shirley Bassey - across the world and back. But when the two women come face to face, will it all go alright on the night? Or will there be tears for the wrong reason? A tragicomic tale of one woman's journey of self-discovery. Not to be missed!

For one night only Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre is proud to host this international work of heart-felt art.

'Gripping, immersive stuff, and powerfully emotional' **** THREE WEEKS
'Perfect fusion of script and performer - beautifully executed' **** BROADWAY BABY
'Storytelling at its very best' **** EDFRINGE REVIEW
'Compelling' THE STAGE

Sue Bevan's captivating one-woman show was nominated for the prestigious Outstanding Performance Award at Prague Fringe, and got rapturous reviews from critics and audiences alike at Edinburgh Fringe 2014. After a standing ovation at UCT's Women Playwrights International Conference last month, we now catch An Audience With Shurl before it returns to the UK for the start of an international tour.


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Gothic Horror • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Kim Kerfoot, Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman featuring Claire Watling
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Jane is not well. Rest, a rigid daily schedule and freedom from all care and work is prescribed. Secluded in a country estate, the yellow wallpaper occupies her mind. The yellow wallpaper disturbs her rest. And a forbidden series of journal entries is the only means of expression she has. A chilling, satirical, gothic horror story, The Yellow Wallpaper is full of secrets. You have three nights to uncover what you can.
Kim Kerfoot is a South African theatre-maker who has worked with Magnet Theatre, ZANews and FTH:K and is co-founder of the Instant Arts Collective. Kim presented three original site-specific works as part of the Out The Box Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2011, creating and performing in Left Inside, and creating and directing Lynchpin and Guillotine. He has been involved in two Infecting the City Festivals, participating in Quiet Emergency in 2010 and in The Uncommercial Traveller and Flown in 2013. In 2011 Kim received the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary and used it to stage Athol Fugard’s Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act for which he won the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards in 2013. Kim directed Jason Potgieter’s The Things You Left Behind, which won one of only six Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival 2013. His production of Jon Keevy’s Get Kraken! also won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at NAF 2013 and was commended for innovation in physical theatre. In 2014 Kim took part in the Director’s Lab at the Lincoln Center in New York, and he begins his Masters in Directing at Columbia University in New York City in the Fall.  

Claire is a dedicated actress, singer and teacher. She has made numerous appearances in theatrical productions over the last 20 years. mentionable roles include Lady MacBeth, Sonja in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and a Fleur du Cap Award for her role as 'Feste' in Twelfth Night. "Kissed by Brel", performed in Cape Town, Gauteng and London, was a popular show for which she and her co-star Godfrey Johnson were awarded a joint Fleur du Cap.  Claire mostly dedicates her time to teaching voice, singing and acting at her studio in Observatory, CPUT and UCT.

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Live Music • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Luna Paige
Luna Paige  brings her music to  Cape Town. Luna has released 5 albums and has performed at numerous SA festivals (Up the Creek, Woordfees, KKNK, Splashy Fen, Grahamstown, Innibos, White Mountain, Oppikoppi, Aardklop etc) and abroad (Namibia, Mozambique & Netherlands). She will be performing songs from her various albums and might throw in a new song or 2.

“Luna takes you on a hypnotic and moving voyage with the backing of accomplished musicians…Her vocals are sultry and soulful with a hidden power contained in a petite frame. ”

 - Het Barfly; SA Music

“If Luna were from New York, she’d be the latest rage!”

 - Diane Donovon - World Discoveries. Net

"Listening to Luna Paige perform with her long time friends is the cure to any bad mood. Do try and catch her when she is next in town."

 - Samantha Orange, What's on in Cape Town
Luna Paige started her career in 1999 when she was introduced to the SA music scene as participant in the compilation project Eve: Women in the Garden of Song. Since then she has released 5 albums. Luna (her self-titled first release, 2003) secured her her first performance at Oppikoppi and numerous well known venues in SA. 2 of the tracks off this album were used in popular travel TV series "Going Nowhere Slowly".

With the release of her second album, Missing Pieces (2005) Luna gained further recognition with songs such as "Somewhere beautiful" which reached Nr 1 on OFM and was playlisted on numerous other radio stations across SA.

Luna released her third album in 2009 (Wonderful life). Her song "Restless Soul" reached the local top 5 of MK's charts and song "Won't be leaving you behind" was playlisted on numerous major and smaller radio stations. On this album Luna also collaborated for the first time with artists Gerald Clark and Chris Chameleon. 2009 was also the birth year of the popular collaborative "Lovemore Show" with Gerald Clark. It is also in this year that Luna took part in the Afrikaans music theatre piece, "Elders aan Diens" with actresses Frieda van den Heever and Nicole Holm (under the director Albert Maritz). This production toured to numerous festivals and theatres and was nominated for a Kanna award at KKNK.

In 2012 Luna Paige released her first Afrikaans album and DVD. It was a unique project in the sense that all songs were inspired by Afrikaans short stories and novels as written by some of SA's most acclaimed writers / novelists. This introduction into the Afrikaans music scene opened many doors for this songwriter. She was invited to perform at numerous literary events and festivals. This album also established Luna Paige as an exemplary songwriter, composer and independent artist. It was this album that took Luna on her first journey to the Netherlands, where she performed at the Festival voor Afrikaans (2013), The International Singer-Songwriter Festival (2014) and where she will be performing at Herman van Veen's "Harlekijn Festival & Dag van Zuid-Afrika" in August 2015. Her travels to the Netherlands will also include some extra solo performances in the Netherlands.

2014 saw the release of Luna's fifth album, Borders & Beyond. In this album Luna experimented with country sounds with popular songs such as Illusions and Keep on Keeping on. Once again Luna wrote a duet for herself and Gerald Clark and included it in the album. "One Day" forms part of the Lovemore Show. Songs like "Rollercoaster" and "Beyond Borders" were playlisted on radio in 2014.

In 2015 Luna introduced a new Afrikaans production - Die Ander Konsert. Here Luna invited singer-songwriters she admires to join forces with her in an Afrikaans music project entailing songs from an array of music genres. The show made its debut at Woordfees 2015 and received great publicity and reaction at KKNK 2015. Fans can expect a short concert series in October 2015. Die Ander Konsert will be hosted in Stellenbosch, Robertson, Durbanville and one other area which will be announced soon.

Luna is spending time on the composition of a theme song for a dark comedy featuring Casper de Vries and Tobi Cronje. The film is written by and directed by David Moore and filming starts in August 2015. Luna will also appear in this film. This will be Luna's debut appearance in a film and her introduction to the world of film music ( a dream she has been holding onto for many years).

Luna is keeping performances to a minimum this year since she is spending time on being creative and writing new material. Besides her travels to the Netherlands, fans can check Luna in the Lovemore Show at Die Boer (with Gerald Clark) this coming Saturday and at Oppikoppi (9-11 August).  

Fans can attend Die Ander Konsert in October and check out Luna's website for details on 2 small tours taking place in September and November (details to be announced soon).

Expect some brand new music and projects in 2016!

www.lunapaige.com 
www.facebook.com/lunapaige.singersongwriter
www.soundcloud.com/lunapaige
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Live music performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Created, written and performed by James Grace
Acclaimed guitarist James Grace presents his new show, Guitar Hero which recently debuted at the Stellenbosch University Wordfees. Guitar Hero pays tribute to the 20th century’s guitar icons and includes music by The Shadows, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and of course the Spanish greats. Featuring unique arrangements for solo guitar by James Grace, Guitar Hero celebrates the diversity of the modern day instrument, drawing on a variety of playing techniques from an array of genres. For more info visit www.jamesgrace.co.za




Live reading • Running Time: 75 mins
presented by Naked Girls Reading Cape Town | Readers: Cherry Lesque, Jezzy Belle, Lyricnotic & Charlie French | Producer: Kelly Smith
Warning: No under 18s | Nudity | Running time includes 15 minute interval
We bring you a scintillating round-up of popular readings selected from all the previous Naked Girls Reading events to date! In the past year and a half we've delighted you with tales of love, horror, wisdom and celebration and can't wait to share our favourite picks of the bunch.

This event is being held in conjunction with The Grand Exhibition, International Burlesque Benefit and proceeds will be donated to Rape Crisis.

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 ladies 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, as well as recommended by Elle magazine's online gig guide and CapeTownMagazine.com.

More info: http://nakedgirlsreading.com/press



A selection of new short plays • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Louis Viljoen, Joanna Evans & Jon Keevy | Starring Andrew Laubscher & Brendon Daniels
Facebook Event
Three writers, two actors, and one director come together to create an anthology of three short plays on the theme 'Anti-Matter'.

Alexander Upstairs loves new writing and Anthology is a platform for exciting new voices to play with style and material. The first installment earlier this year explored the theme "A Change in the Weather" - this time the writers have been challenged to come up with stories inspired by the term "Anti-Matter". Each play is around 15 minutes in length, making for a evening of surprises and punchy story-telling.




Contemporary folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Original music by Caroline Blundell | Performed
South African singer-songwriter and folk legend Caroline Blundell teams up with Brydon Bolton and James van Minnen, who will be bringing you new works from Caroline's upcoming album, some unexpected twists on traditional tales, and above all, beautiful acoustic music. A celebration of life's palate of love, tragedy and humour, this show will warm up your Thursday night from the inside out! 


Folk singer/songwriter Caroline Blundell's music comes from the heart - and from the heart of experience. Her succinct (and often humorous) lyrics, conveyed by her pure voice and accompanied by the beautiful melodies she creates with fine fingerstyle acoustic guitar, touch us with a gentle wisdom, resonating with the quintessential human adventure we all share. Check out www.carolineblundell.com for more information.  Brydon 

Brydon Bolton is a musician, composer and educator. He has performed widely throughout the world in many different guises. He has played with most of the great South African jazz musicians, he has been a member of the South African New Music Ensemble for the past 3 years, he is the bassist for sonic renegades Benguela and he writes music for plays.  

James van Minnen is an accomplished percussionist and drummer. He plays drums, Middle Eastern percussion and the odd flourish of mandolin. Playing professionally since 2000, James has played in various other musical projects in Africa, Europe and Japan, including Ottoman Slap, Mean Black Mamba, Andrew James & The Steady Tiger, Hot Water and Sirena Riley. 






Folk, Blues, Indie • Running Time: 150 mins
Performed by Cami Chaos, Joy Smith and Joshua Grierson
Facebook Event
The Artists:  

Cami Chaos:  Cami Chaos is a lone gunslinger, a steam punk minstrel with the swing blues. Wielding her double bass like a weapon, she wanders the world looking for something undefinable at present; chaos following in her wake.  

Joy Smith: 23 year old Joy Smith is something else; she is the real thing.  Horses dipped in yellow, suit-wearing foxes under her bed, watercolours painted for a dying grandmother and many other tales filled with love lost, gained and misplaced; this is just a tiny peek into the beautifully imaginative and visceral, yet near auto-biographical mind of Cape Town based singer/songwriter Joy Smith.

Joshua Grierson: Joshua Grierson is a passionate 31 year old Folk-Rock singer, songwriter and musician. And over the last 11 years, has built the reputation of being one of the hardest working artists South Africa has bred.  Through his sheer bull-headed determination, grierson has found himself supporting award winning acts like Finley Quaye, Yoav, Dan Patlansky, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, John Ellis, KONGOS, Tony Cox, Gary Thomas, Plush and Taxi Violence.  “Grierson’s central gift…is performances so gripping the world could be falling down around you and you wouldn’t notice.” – Rolling Stone magazine South Africa  “Whether you know it or not, and whether you believe it or not, Grierson is a rare and genuine talent.” – Jon Savage




Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Performed by Milton Schorr and Brendan Murray
Hailed as ‘pure genius’, ‘superb’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherf****r’, The Game: Redemption is back by public demand. For just five nights join legendary coach Frik Du Perez (Milton Schorr) and the giant female player Tatiana Romkova (Brendan Murray), as they face a shared secret that has haunted them all their lives.  Improvised according to a set story-line, every performance of The Game is one of a kind and never to be repeated, creating the on-the-edge energy that has made this show notorious.   
The Game is long-form improvisation, with balls. It was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the Grahamstown Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. \"A waste of time and money..\', \'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…\' and ‘no game, no talent, no storyline’ are just a few snippets from that landmark text.   As with all ground-breaking theatre real opinion was divided. \"It was like being on a f*****g roller coaster”, \"shock and awe\" and “I’ve never seen a group of people laugh this hard” were a few of the impressions gleaned.   That first review went on to form an integral part of the saga. Fueled by its unique improvised style The Game has continued to challenge audiences with its gut wrenching humour and searing subject matter, earning the franchise a cult status.   After a blazing debut at the Alexander Bar earlier this year, and following hot on the heels of the wildly successful Shannon’s Tongue, The Game: Redemption is back by public demand. 



Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins
Written and performed by Klara Van Wyk | Directed and designed by Francesco Nassimbeni | Costume design by David Hutt
Warning: There is an open flame and flash paper gets burnt during the production
You Suck (And Other Inescapable Truths) documents the spirited misadventures of a Grade 9 Afrikaans underdog and her crucial survival-advice as a minority in an Anglophile high school. It's about falling apart, fitting in, and getting even. It’s also hilariously funny, with Klara Van Wyk’s portrayal of the gum-snapping, rambunctious teen earning her a Fleur-Du-Cap nomination, Standard Ovation Award and a recent Kanna nomination. 

You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths has recently been translated into Afrikaans, receiving a recent Kanna nomination for ‘beste debuutwerk’ at KKNK. It has also recently completed a ‘bullying awareness tour’ performing to 30 local school audiences after several sold out runs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown. 


 "The manner in which Van Wyk invests the audience in Prettina's experiences, both as a writer and a performer, is masterful and the results - organic comedy and genuine pathos - are quite something to experience." 
- David Fick, Broadway World

“Klara captures the ennui of a Joburg teen magnificently. Extremely funny but not without darkness and pain. Kinda like Die Antwoord made a solo theatre show with elements of clowning after a trip to the shopping centre. But not. You'll have to see for yourself.” 
- Nicholas Spagnoletti.

“A theatrical gem” 
- Robyn Cohen

'Gaan kyk hierdie belangrike stuk' 
-Cliff Roberts (Netwerk 24) 

'Kids went bananas for it' 
-Daily Maverick

Klara van Wyk is an actress, clown, writer and student, trained by Philippe Gaulier. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch, specializing in clowning. She was recently seen in the productions Babbelagtig and Tweespalt. 

Francesco Nassimbeni is an interdisciplinary performing arts practitioner.
He recently completed a Masters in Theatre-Making at UCT, studying the overlap between graphic design and performance.
He will appear in Juliet Jenkin's new choral work, "Woolworths", at the National Arts Festival in 2018.

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Talk show • Running Time: 70 mins
Presented by Alan Committie | Special guest Janice Honeyman
Warning: Running time my vary
The Alexander Bar presents We Need To Talk... With Alan Committie, a monthly series of conversations with prominent figures in the South African Theatre Industry.

Actor and comedian Alan Committie, known for his energetic stand-up shows and skewed look on everyday life, will conduct one-on-one interviews with playwrights, directors, producers, actors, critics and all manner of theatre-makers, all in front of a live audience in Cape Town's home of independent theatre, The Alexander Bar.

Every month, a new guest will chat candidly to Mr Committie about their experiences within the threatre industry: the ups and downs, the process of producing work, making a living doing theatre and anecdotes and tales of this colourful theatrical world and its citizens. No topic is taboo, everything is allowed, entertainment is key and by the night's end, the audience will be better informed and terrifically entertained... If Mr Committie has anything to say about it.

Come to The Alexander Bar for a night of chatting, drinking, thinking and entertainment, because We Need To Talk...

This week’s special guest on We Need To Talk... will be prolific director, Janice Honeyman.  Janice Honeyman’s work as a director covers most theatrical genres including drama, musicals, opera, classics and adaptations. Amongst her many musicals are Hair, La Cage aux Folles and Starlight Express. She directed Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Boys in the Photograph and most recently the Alan Menken musical Sister Act.
 
In 2005 and 2006, Janice directed Cape Town Opera’s Show Boat, which played to capacity houses in Nuremburg and Oslo, travelled to Malmö in Sweden in 2009, Paris in 2010 and toured the United Kingdom in 2014.
 
Also for Cape Town Opera, Janice has directed Così fan tutte, A Turk in Italy, Carmen Jones and Hansel and Gretel. Operettas and musicals with the company are La belle Hélène, Die Fledermaus, Once on This Island and Candide. Directing highlights include Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass with Sir Antony Sher and a top-flight South African cast as well as André P. Brink’s Bidsprinkaan. Janice is proud of her long association with Athol Fugard and she has directed highly acclaimed productions of hisHello and Goodbye (Royal Shakespeare Company), Exits and Entrances, Booitjie and the Oubaas (Baxter Theatre), Die Kaptein se Tier and The Blue Iris (Fugard Theatre).
 
Janice attended the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina with Thembi Mtshali-Jones in Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona. Her critically acclaimed production of The Tempest with Sir Antony Sher and Dr John Kani, with the Baxter Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company was performed in Cape Town and Stratfordupon- Avon, and enjoyed a sold-out UK tour. She is the winner of numerous awards, including the Five Roses Young Artists Award, the Breytenbach Epathlon, a number of Naledi, Vita and Fleur du Cap Awards, and the Johnnie Walker Achiever Award. Janice will return to the Joburg Theatre for this year’s pantomime, The Sleeping Beauty, and during the 2015 Christmas season she will be storytelling again, onstage, in Bangalory’s Back at the Baxter Theatre.

Alan Committie is a Cape Town based comedian and actor. He was recently seen as “Seymour” in the hit musical Little Shop of Horrors and doing his acclaimed new stand-up show The Sound of Laughter.





Sleight of Hand • Running Time: 60 mins
Created and performed by Stuart Lightbody
Join Stuart Lightbody as he delves into the rich secret tradition of past masters of the humble pack of cards and performs some of his favourite pieces from his award winning one-man shows, plus a few brand-new-just-might-be-possible feats of illusion.

It’s a night of stories, playfulness and wonder.  
“Every part of the performance is breathtaking and so elegantly executed you find yourself, if only for a moment, believing in magic.” – Cape Times
“Stuart Lightbody is a well spoken affable young man, lucky to be alive in the 21st century – otherwise he’d be burned as a witch.” - Adelaide Advertiser  

“…everyone he invites up onto the stage becomes part of a quite amazing disruption of everyday belief” – Adelaide Advertiser   

“… he replaces normal human gullibility with an awestruck sense that what you have seen has to be magic” – Adelaide Advertiser




Acoustic Soul • Running Time: 60 mins
Created, written and performed by Josie Field
Her signature sound is a potent mix of lyricism and fire, heart-felt issues and tender constructions, rooted in folk but encompassing multiple genres. Like silk on gravel, Field has a unique textured blues infused voice and soulful vocal delivery style which sets her apart. Having dabbled in soul, blues and country in her third album and with strong elements of jazz coming through on her latest release, Josie is no ordinary folk musician, don’t be misled by the singer/songwriter tag. Earlier this year Josie Field’s latest release S’bongile was nominated for a South African Music Award. Her fourth offering is a completely indie acoustic album which includes some of her best work and embodies the magic of her stripped down acoustic show. Born from pure demand for a more acoustic representation of Josie’s sound, the album has delivered, S’bongile has a real organic feel. Stripped of a glossy full production, the warmth of Josie’s voice and lyrical style glides over tasteful guitars with hints of percussion. Lyrics have space to breath and it’s clear what an exceptionally talented songwriter Field is. Experience the intimate nature and soulful performance of one of South Africa’s most versatile and experienced singer songwriter.
Earlier this year Josie Field’s latest release S’bongile was nominated for a South African Music Award. Her fourth offering is a completely indie acoustic album which includes some of her best work and embodies the magic of her stripped down acoustic show. Born from pure demand for a more acoustic representation of Josie’s sound, the album has delivered, S’bongile has a real organic feel. Stripped of a glossy full production, the warmth of Josie’s voice and lyrical style glides over tasteful guitars with hints of percussion. Lyrics have space to breath and it’s clear what an exceptionally talented songwriter Field is. Experience the intimate nature and soulful performance of one of South Africa’s most versatile and experienced singer songwriter.



Play Reading - young adult script • Running Time: 55 mins
Written by Jon Keevy | Read by Faniswa Yisa, Sive Gubangxa, Mvelisi Mvandaba, Callum Tilbury, Maggie Gericke and Dustin Beck
Khanya is on the verge of getting through matric and out into the world when she crosses path with a fugitive from the cops. He gives her something forbidden in this future Johannesburg... a book. And inadvertently kicks off a race between government agents, terrorists and hackers to get control of the truth.

Jon Keevy presents his new play for young adults, a dystopian action adventure inspired by the current political climate.




Alternative/Folk • Running Time: 60 mins
Vocals and Guitar performed by Julian Place | Drums by Joy Millar | Vocals by Frances Sholto-Douglas | Bass by Robert Fowler
Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice, Jacques Brel and Bright Eyes, Brynn plays a poetic blend of folk and alternative rock with an honesty and passion that is rare to witness. Gathering a positive following through their performances at varieties of venues and festivals around Cape Town (such as the Cape Town Fringe Festival, Octopus' Garden and Obviouzly Armchair) Brynn delivers powerful and emotional performances that leave audiences breathless and hungry for more. 

Brynn began in July last year and quickly released a live EP called "seeds", a medley of rock and folk tracks created during practices. As the band progressed and began to perform more frequently their sound changed and matured dramatically and drifted into its own blend of French jazz, alternative/rock and folk. Brynn has just began the recording of their debut album "Vinegar" which is set to be release in November/December.

Julian has performed around Cape Town regularly since immigrating to South Africa from New Zealand four years ago. Mostly playing in small and intimate venues around the city (Down South, Carnival Court, Obviously Armchair etc). Julian has had the creative freedom and space to develop his musical abilities and understanding extensively over the years. Julian claims that Brynn has been his most personally fulfilling and exciting project yet.

 Joy Millar has been drumming for bands on the Cape Town music scene for over 8 years, namely the likes of "Highly Strung", Ripcord (a regular at the Hermanus Whale Festival) and award winning Hotel Iris who headlined the 2014 Barleycorn music festival.

Grahamstown local Rob Fowler has had extensive musical training in the past and has played trumpet and bass guitar for various bands and groups over the years. Most recently "Black Rabbit", before joining Brynn in 2014. 




Stand-Up comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Rob van Vuuren | Performed by Stuart Cairns and Westley Cockrell
Stand-up comedy duo Stuart Cairns and Westley Cockrell will perform their show, THE PLOTHOLE, at Alexander Upstairs, 19 - 22 June, 9pm.  The show had runs at the National Arts Festival, Cape Town and Johannesburg last year and will return to Grahamstown for a second season at the end of June. This year, the duo has enlisted Rob van Vuuren to direct the show.

THE PLOTHOLE brings to life the trials and tribulations that comics face while pursuing careers in stand-up comedy. From keeping a day job to chasing the impossible dream of impressing their parents, these two oddballs will have you laughing at their expense.
For an hour, Cairns and Cockrell take you through the wacky process that goes into creating stand-up comedy. Pursuing a career in comedy is not easy, as you will soon learn, and both guys have had their fair share of embarrassment. Instead of quitting though, the duo have transformed their trials and tribulations into one of the funniest stories you will ever hear.”  Cassy Van Eden forwww.mediaupdate.co.za 

“A highly energetic show. Two whimsical characters take you on an explorative journey to becoming standup comedians. They maintain good humour, despite obstacles in their journey. Their creative use of props and audience interaction guarantee an hour of hearty laughter.”

- Simone Ferreira for Cue Magazine

"Innovative and Hilarious."
- Deep fried Man

Cairns, who was the winner of Laughmaster in 2014, and Cockrell, who won the 2015 Joke Slam, are fresh new talents on the South African entertainment scene. They have been producing shows all over the country and run several monthly and weekly gigs in Cape Town, including hosting, auctioneering and stand-up comedy. Both of their acts have been featured on numerous occasions on television and radio platforms, such as Good Hope FM with Nigel Pierce, as well as on the Internet in News 24's "Real News, Funny People". They have performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, at the Cape Town Comedy Club and have been featured on PANTS ON FIRE.

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Magic • Running Time: 65 mins
Performed by Bryan Miles
Warning: Not recommended for under 12s
Bryan Miles has just returned from his tour across the USA which took him from Las Vegas to Hollywood –including performing at the world-famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles. His one-man show “Obsessions of a Thought Reader” 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.”


Light Comedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Written & Performed by Jason Potgieter
Warning: Not recommended for under 16s
It's the 90's. The New South Africa is a toddler playing in the global sand pit with bucket and spade, building castles, making mud pies and learning to share her toys, while her now liberated people run through sprinkler-rainbows looking for pots of shiny gold. Ideas of change and social rebirth fly through the nation like a flock of drunk ducks looking for a decent Martini and while some would-be-pillow-stuffers run for their guns with one eye on the sky, others chuck breadcrumbs out on the lawn and keep the dog inside. Somewhere up the West Coast, on a camp site formerly known as Volmaansig, three white okes, a ghost called Polla and a Staffie with a bone to pick get chatty around the campfire. They remember, they theorise, they consider and they criticise, - but most of the time they just like to laugh and tell stories, because roasting marshies and having someone to talk to is a good way to pass the time and fend off the Worry.
Gone Camping is a fireside storybook brought to life by playwright and performer, Jason Potgieter. It is a new theatrical work and is based on events experienced by Potgieter in Cape Town, South Africa, between 1990 and 1996. Similar in style to his previous work, The Things You Left Behind, Potgieter has crafted five humorous monologues borne from his love of people-watching and performs characters from different social backgrounds, age-groups and even species, all brought together by a place where the struggles and worries of everyday life are discarded in favour of flimsy tents, mosquito repellent, midnight skinny dipping and the great outdoors.

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Drag-lesque: a Fusion of Burlesque, Drag and Boylesque! • Running Time: 60 mins
Black Orchid Burlesque
Warning: For mature audiences only!
Black Orchid Burlesque brings you a fun filled show jam-packed with Drag-lesque: a fusion of burlesque and drag king performances, speckled with just a hint of boylesque and cabaret.  Further Info: Every day is a masquerade here on stage with this motley crew of misfits, femme fatales and bawdy burlesquers. Let us help you get out of your comfort zone (or settle back into it) with some topsy turvy Gender Bender fun! 
Embrace your inner drag diva or king and join in the Gender Bender madness, we promise some splendid spot prizes on the night. 

Featuring special performances by:
 • Dear James • Sapphire Flex
 • St. Fox
 • Bon Bon
 • Honeybun Shortcake  
 • and introducing, Velveteen Noir  

With a special guest performance by:  
 • Lady Magnolia 




Afro-Jazz/Dance Performance • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed By Silas Miami | Supported by dancer, Nadine Adams | An event by Greenback Events
The New Abnormal is a live music performance by Kenyan born artist, Silas Miami. It is unique in that it is a very visual experience for the audience. It will include a mix of afro-jazz music and contemporary dance. Silas will perform his own original music and mix it up with a few heart-warming covers. The audience will also be treated to a cross-over of languages as Silas will switch between English and Swahili. 
Silas is a Kenyan born singer/songwriter who now resides in Cape Town. Before moving to Cape Town, Silas had built a rather strong following in his home country. He is now expanding his horizons and sharing his music with the rest of the world. His music is a mix of Afro-jazz and Afro-pop. He sings songs in English and Swahili. Silas writes songs about love, positivity and heartbreak. Silas has performed on various stages around the world. This includes his performance at Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in 2015. HIFA is the biggest arts festival in Southern Africa. Other notable events that Silas has performed at include “Blankets and Wine” in Kenya.



Cape Town Fringe | Performance Art • Running Time: 50 mins
Performed by Thola Antamu
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Exhibit S, Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a black South African woman’ is a poetic performance art piece inspired by misrepresention, art and the story of a woman. Saartjie Baartman was from a khoikhoi ethnic group in the Eastern Cape, born exactly 200 years before Antamu, in 1789.

She lived to be only 24 , after a life of seemingly never-ending struggles. She was bought as a showpiece by an Englishman and smuggled to England never to set foot on her home soil again. This is her story fused with Antamu’s and told through, speech, skin, and movement.




Magic • Running Time: 50 mins
featuring Brendon Peel
Warning: Ticket prices vary according to meal option
Cape Town Fringe Booking
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe Booking and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
For centuries conjurers, illusionists and magicians have entertained millions. From ancient Egypt all the way to the latest TV magic specials. Explore the rich history of magic with Brendon Peel and witness demonstrations of the world’s most famous and infamous illusions that have changed the magic community. It’s fun, factual, entertaining and definitely not to be missed.

This special lunch time performance can include a tasty sandwich and cool drink to enjoy during the show. Check the ticket options.




Cape Town Fringe | Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Quintin | Performed by Jannes Erasmus | Abstr(ACT)Productions
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Written and performed by PANSA award winning and Naledi Award nominee Jannes Erasmus, Smaarties is a powerful one man show about a man who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and finds himself in a psychiatric ward after the death of both his parents…how far will domestic violence drive you?
Directed and designed by one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s 2014, Quintin Wils, the production has been feted by arts critics:

“Erasmus deliveres a truely stellar performance; the audience is spellbound as he prays, croons, shakes and shouts.” 

“…Smaarties is sharp and cutting as glass…” 

“This is what solo theatre should look like. Entrancing.” -Kerstin Hall; Cue Newspaper, National Arts Festival. 

“…it is excellent theatre, a real treat!” Hurter, (Artslink.co.za), 

“Smaarties can compete with some of the best one man shows in the country”, Breytenbach




Illusion • Running Time: 50 mins
Director: Richard Antrobus Featured Artists: Marcel Oudejans
Warning: Ticket prices vary according to meal option
Cape Town Fringe Booking
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe Booking and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
From the creator of the hugely successful shows, Sleight of Mouth 1 (NAF 2013 & 2015, CT Fringe 2014) and Curious Things (NAF 2014), veteran South African magician, Marcel Oudejans, presents Sleight of Mouth 2: Now Talk Your Way Out of This! Get ready for brand new surprises, illusions and laughter as Marcel gets wrapped in duct tape, is caught playing with his food, or found lurking in your mind. Despite things seldom going quite to plan, he uses his quick wit and magical ability to somehow always come out ‘on top’. Magic and comedy – with a unique twist!

This special lunch time performance can include a tasty sandwich and cool drink to enjoy during the show. Check the ticket options.




Cape Town Fringe | theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Penelope Youngleson | Choreographed and Performed by Iman Isaacs and Richard September | Rust Co-Operative
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Written and directed by Fleur du Cap award winner Penelope Youngleson, Nat stars Iman Isaacs and Richard September (Fiesta, Fleur du Cap and WoordTrofee winner). Nat follows the lives of three adolescants in Grassy Park rupturing in the sexuality and violence inherent in their community. These are the expendable children that populate our disadvantaged communities – the children too poor to have a childhood.




Cape Town Fringe | Dance & Physical Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Directed by Gabriella Bishop | Performed by Raine Waring, Chane Otto, Asisipho Malunga, Gabriella Bishop | Choreographed by Yellow Glove Collective
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
Barred is a new site-specific production that has been exclusively made to be performed in the stylish, old-world, jazz sounding space that is the Alexander Bar. Many may come in and out of this local watering hole, but the ones that are of most importance are those that have been admitted to the Bar, the Lawyers. They say the walls have ears, and that one should always cover your tracks, but these lawyers have made no objection, overruled no hearing and admitted to their crimes. Court Adjourned.




Cape Town Fringe | Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Jannes Erasmus | Performed by Jannes Erasmus and Blyde Smit
Cape Town Fringe
Please note booking for this show is through Cape Town Fringe and therefore Florin points and discounts do not apply.
PANSA award winning and multi Naledi nominated writer Jannes Erasmus presents STILL; the gripping tale of a sister’s endless endeavour to find her missing little brother. She dedicates her life to find him; in a very odd way…with photography. How much negatives can one person develop, how many stills before she gets it right, and is he really missing or is she missing…him? Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness. Sometimes it’s not the moments captured on film but the moments between each shot that make life worth living.Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame by holding it still. Multi Award winning production company Abstr(ACT)Productions produces STILL, Starring Blyde Smit and Jannes Erasmus (Smaarties) this production promises to be a heartfelt and cutting edge visual treat.





Illusion • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Stuart Lightbody | Performed by Mawonga Gayiya
Warning: Recommended for 10+
Fresh from sold out shows at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The award winning Mawonga Gayiya, from Khayelitsha in Cape Town, has performed his hilarious magic widely from China to Las Vegas. Experience an impossible hour of non stop laughs and gasps as Mawonga shares his life and magic. 100% guaranteed to Astonish.
Mawonga Gayiya, born and raised in the Khayelitsha township outside Cape Town, South Africa, has been an entertainer his whole life. From age 10, when he joined the College of Magic, he developed award-winning talents. In 2008 he made his first big break when he was selected to represent South Africa at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Mawonga went on to win the Western Cape Junior Magician Championships and graduated from the College of Magic in 2009. In 2010 he starred in the acclaimed production, “Imagine” at the Artscape Theatre and received a Silver Medallion for his performance. He was a finalist in the FISM Africa championships held in Cape Town in 2012. With the same spirit he carried the flag high in China, Shanghai at the International Magic Championships in 2013.

Mawonga is well known for his unique style of magic “Comedy Magic” and is currently a popular entertainer at numerous events, product launches, conferences, festivals and social occasions. He is also a member of the College of Magic teaching staff and assists with training programs for disadvantaged young enthusiasts in Cape Town, the rural areas of the Western Cape and in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Many will know him as “Wonga Magic” who entertains at private parties. His biggest success in magic was producing his own one man stand show "Astonish" which sold out at the College of Magic Theatre in 2014. In 2015 the show was produced and directed by the award-winning Stuart Lightbody. With so much success and exposure SABC approach Gayiya and created a documentary around his life as an Astonisher on 100% Youth for SABC 1. "Astonish" was later seen at the 2015 National Arts Festival against South Africa's top shows, but Mawonga's magic is 100% Astonishing and the sold out run proved it. Cue Newspaper reviewed it, saying: "Comparable to Trevor Noah back in The Daywalker days, his approachable humour takes on a tone that older audiences appreciate". Astonish is full of surprises, making you question whether Gayiya is a magician or a supernatural. Witness the funny magic, it guarantees to Astonish.



Sleight of Hand Artistry • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Tara Notcutt | Performed by Stuart Lightbody
Warning: Recommended for 13+
One performance only, your last Chance to catch "Sleepless Dreams" before Stuart Jets off to perform at The Fringe World Festival in Australia.

From the Standard Bank Ovation Award winning creators of “Illusive” and “Devilish” comes a true story of obsession, a story that starts with an out-of-print book hidden away in a secret library... Stuart turns the cards over and over in his hands, and these sleepless nights lead to one question: With every piece perfectly in place can we share a seamless moment of wonder?




Comedy Panel Show • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Brett Anderson, Andrew Kerr, JP Le Riche, Graeme Comrie, and MJ Phillip
All’s Well That Ends Well is a hilarious new comedy panel-show that takes a sideways look at world history. Join host, MJ Phillip, as he guides two teams of comedians on a journey into the many weird and humorous chapters of history.

From the dancing plague of 1518, to John F Kennedy’s coconut, to Peter the Great’s trained bear waiters, we delve into the crazy and hilarious moments in our planet’s past. Further Info: There are 6 rounds in the show including ‘You Can Quote Me on That’ where panelists need to figure out which historical figure said what, and ‘Did That Actually Happen?’ where each panelist must tell a ‘historical’ story that’s either fact or fib while their opponents must figure out whether it’s true or not.

MJ Phillip - When MJ was growing up he had two dreams; to be a historian, and host a comedy show. That dream is now a reality. MJ also presents a video series called 'Know Your Country' about South Africa's unique and interesting history. For a number of years he performed improv comedy in Stellenbosch, and has written and directed 4 short films.  

Brett 'Fish' Anderson - Brett "Fish" Anderson is a person who has been mistaken for Bono, not because of any great singing ability, but because he once owned a pair of yellow Bono glasses and dyed his hair black. Who cares? Bono!!' He is married to tbV and owns the world's most famous stuffed dolphin called No_bob, who doesn't bob hence the name. Brett has been performing Theatresports with Improguise for more than a decade.  

Graeme Comrie - The man who puts the sigh in ‘The Treaty of Versailles’, Graeme Comrie has been performing comedy for many years albeit mostly to his pub quiz team. Currently he works as a script writer for an animation studio, and has recently acted in a short film called ‘My African Dream – Gavin to the Wild’.  

Andrew Kerr – Standing at well over 6 foot tall, Andrew has helped the show rise to new heights. For a number of years he performed Theatresports with Improguise before moving onto other online projects including the Brothers Streep Show and writing sketch comedy for stage. Andrew has also contributed to \'Afterliff\' a book by QI creator John Lloyd.  

JP Le Riche – Despite sometimes getting confused between Saladin and salad, JP’s quick wit and love for comedy is clearly evident on stage. JP previously performed in a comedy panel show called ‘Panel Beating!’.




Spoken word, with improv musical accompaniment. • Running Time: 90 mins
Lyrics and vocals by Toast Coetzer | Drums and synth by Stephen Timm | Guitar by Jon Savage
Warning: Interval of 20 min
The Buckfever Underground kicks off their mini-national tour with a two-set show packed with wandering poetry and equally wandering music. 
Enjoy the word-journeys of writer and frontman Toast Coetzer to the improv tunes of drummer Stephen Timm and guitarist Jon Savage. 





Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Graeme Bunce | Performed by Scot Cooper | Presented by Slick 'n Sleeve Productions | Produced by Justin Wilkinson
Henry and the Sand is a one man play that stars Scot Cooper as Henry, the last man left on earth. His world is now sand... Literally, the earth is now a desert. A post apocalyptic drama set in Southern Africa. Henry and the Sand (Previously 'The Loner') premiered at the National Arts Festival this year to great reviews for Scot Cooper's performance.

"The acting is superb." - Cue 

"... he gives a fantastic, and affecting performance." - Cue
Scot Cooper previously performed in the highly acclaimed American play Tape at Alexander Upstairs to sold out audiences, and great reviews. Scot Cooper who co starred in the finale of Homeland season 4, also is the lead in the South African movie Reconnect being released in cinemas countrywide October 16th this year. And in the movie Girl From Nowhere released in 2016.

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Musical Comedy • Running Time: 55 mins
Created and Performed by Luella Holland | Directed by Richard Wright-Firth
Luella Holland takes a stab at social media in this hysterical romp! From Facebook to Twitter, Whatsapp to Skype, her side-splitting antics will leave you in stitches as she plays all the instantly-recognisable characters we encounter within our social circles. Interspersed with songs and sketches, it’s the cheeky musical comedy ripped from YOUR newsfeed! 
"She sings, she acts and she's funny. Is there anything that solo performer Luella Holland can't do?" 

"Holland keeps her audience hooked." 

"Well worth watching!" - CUE

Luella is a not-so-dumb blonde who chose acting over a career in nuclear physics. Or not. She trained at UCT and has been involved in many productions since graduating, including Oscar Wilde's ‘Lady Windemere's Fan’, 'Gigi', 'Shout- The Mod Musical‘ and 'Edges'. She is also one of the founders of cabaret sensation ‘Rock ‘n 'Rouge'. A qualified drama teacher, Luella teaches private musical theatre lessons and is thrilled to be performing at the Alexander Bar with her one-woman hit show "That's what she said too"!




Performance • Running Time: 80 mins
Created by David Traub | Annemie Jordaan | Dan-Mari Viljoen | Inez Robertson | Lobcke Hein | Genna Blair | Lizelle Bernardo
Warning: Interval | 16+
CityVarsity hosts the inaugural 3rd year Degree Solo Project festival. The 7 Obsessions is an original programme, crafted by CityVarsity’s senior Acting students, which challenges them to write, direct, produce and perform their own solo theatrical pieces.  Encompassing multiple cultures, languages and social perspectives, each of the seven pieces grapples with a range of issues relevant to South African youth. The subject matter of the pieces ranges from pop culture to concealing depression and distress. Audiences will be entertained throughout the evening as the soon-to-be professional actors and artists reveal their obsessions.
The CityVarsity Acting Department Degree students are trained in both live and camera performance as well as the writing of scripts, directing, devising and marketing of productions. The performances are multidisciplinary, incorporating of dance, poetry, spoken word, music and visual media. With guidance from their lecturers Genna Gardini, Jayne Batzofin and Sanjin Muftic, the students are eager to seize this opportunity and put their years of learning to work on stage in The 7 Obsessions.  


Shows include Unnatural Animals by David Traub (One young man’s frustration as he struggles against his human nature); T(ill) Y(ou) D(ie) by Dan-Marie Viljoen (A girl tries to escape the spell no one can seem to get away from, and if you do, it will be too late); Bedtime Stories by Annemie Jordan (A girl is possessed by her favourite fantasy monsters, who are desperate to tell their side of the story); Bitten by Lobcke Hein (A young girl's obsession with vampire fandom leads to an unhealthy obsession with creatures of the night); Truth Be Told by Genna Blair (Follow one woman in this moment by moment account of living with depression and desperately trying to hide it); Punk is Not Dead and Neither Am I by Lizelle Bernardo (A journey from childhood to adulthood in the life of a girl who has always relied on punk rock music to be there for her and see her through tough times); i: by Inez Robertson (A young woman takes a deeper look at herself through the eyes of the person she wants the world to see her as in this exploration of self-image).



Ethereal Dark Rock • Running Time: 60 mins
Vera Vukovic - Guitar, Lute, Violin & Backing Vocals | Cathy Davy - Vocals & Violin | Linda Scarborough - Keyboard & Backing Vocals | Helen Westcott - Bass & Backing Vocals | Ross Campbell - Drums
Coal perform lullabies to soothe any heartache. Their dark and ethereal soundscapes are immersive and rich with strains of loss, fleeting moments, deceit, distance and, sometimes, love. Their much anticipated album "The Ruse" will be available for purchase on the night.  The evening also marks the final show for this very unique band. See Coal for the very last time on this special night where they perform their own songs, as well as a selection of songs by bands that have inspired them over the years.




Drama • Running Time: 45 mins
Directed and co-written by Franciska Haasbroek | Written by Henry Doyle | Performed by Almar Muller and Kika Smit
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Daar is twee wolwe binne elke mense. Een is goed en vol liefde, die ander een is donker en vol wantroue. Watter een oorheers jou? Die een wat jou voed’. Van Wyk en Elaine is nog nie lank getroud nie, maar daar heers is `n ewil in hul huwelik. Hul aksies van die verlede maak vir Van Wyk verbittered en vinnig word hy `n teiken van huishoudelike mishandeling. Watter wolf gaan elkeen van hulle voed?

There are two wolves within each person. One is good and full of love, while the other is filled with darkness and mistrust. Which one governs you? The one that feeds you. Van Wyk and Elaine have not been married for very long, but their is an evil in their marriage. Their past actions cause Van Wyk to be bitter and soon he becomes the target for domestic abuse. Which wolf will feed them?
'Dit gee 'n intieme blik op twee brose en gebroke mense se lewens, en albei akterus het hul kneusplekke innig met die gehoor gedeel'

- Herman Lategan




Drama • Running Time: 55 mins
Written and Directed by Terence Makapan | Performed by Terence Makapan and Retief Rye
Facebook Event
Twee jong vreemdelinge ontmoet een oggend onder die brug by die Gardens Centre. Die een is uit geskop en die ander een het weg gehardloop van die huis af. Een is wit en een is bruin. Alhoewel hulle van verskillende agtergronde kom, is daar soveel wat hulle eintelik in gemeen het. “Van swerwers sonder rigting, van soekers wat nooit vind en eindelik was almal net kinders van die wind.”




Fiction Writing Course • Running Time: 120 mins
Researched & presented by David Cornwell
Warning: Course is 24 Feb to 12 April, every Tuesday 3pm - 5.30pm
 An 8-week fiction course offered by Umuzi author David Cornwell, providing a solid introduction to the methods and techniques involved in creating original fiction. Includes weekly lessons, guided writing exercises and detailed feedback on all work produced during the course.

With a strong practical focus, this fiction course aims to provide a solid theoretical grounding in the processes of narrative, while also introducing students to various fictional techniques that will add weight and colour to their writing. Wherever possible, these techniques are illustrated by close reference to exemplary passages from modern fictional texts.

Whether you need help in telling your story — or whether you’d like to build confidence in your style — PENNY IN THE WELL will give you the tools you need to create meaningful, professional creative writing.
For more information and to find out about upcoming courses visit David's website PENNY IN THE WELL.

David Cornwell was born in Grahamstown in 1985. Now he lives in Salt River, where he writes novels, makes films and plays guitar for rock outfit KRAAL. His debut novel, Like It Matters  will be published by Umuzi in April 2016. His writing has appeared in numerous local and overseas publications, such as The Mail & Guardian, The Chiron Review, Prufrock, and Quiddity International Literary Journal.




Poetry and Movement • Running Time: 40 mins
Poetry, Choreography and Performance by John Cartwright | Direction and design by Penelope Youngleson | Composer and Musician Jeremy de Tolly
A shimmering ode to aging without getting old. John Cartwright's poetry and choreography is part Butoh-inspired, part broken thermometer, part free dance and part nails on a blackboard. 

Featuring Jeremy de Tolly's SABC recordings of his Piano Nocturnes and Professor John Cartwright's original poetry and choreography - with design and direction by Penelope Youngleson. 
Jeremy de Tolly is a composer, singer, guitarist, pianist and producer, based at We Love Jam Studios in Cape Town, South Africa.
Jeremy is a classically and flamenco trained guitarist, a trained vocalist, and a road hardened composer and programmer. He currently sings and writes songs for Original Swimming Party, composes music for advertising, games, dance and theatre in between. He also became a pianist by chance, and recorded Piano Nocturnes Volume One in 2011. Volume Two will be written in 2015. He has also been the lead singer of South African alternative rock band The Dirty Skirts from 2004 to 2011.

John Cartwright was born in Muizenberg 1938. Tertiary education at UCT, Oxford and Toronto (PhD in Medieval Studies). Lectured in English at Stellenbosch, Toronto and UCT. Since 1998 a consultant in public safety and community policing.

Drawn into the theatre by Fred Engelen in Stellenbosch in the mid-sixties: King Berenger in Ionesco’s Exit the King, Sergius in Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Captain Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s The Rivals; in university theatre in Toronto from 1969 to 1975: Agamemnon in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Coriolanus in Brecht’s adaptation of Shakespeare, Jesus in Denis Potter’s Son of Man, the title role in John Milton’s masque, Comus. Returned to the theatre in 2005 in Brett Bailey’s Orpheus (Spier, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hannover) and (also Bailey) First Witch in Verdi’s Macbeth; old white guy in Jay Pather’s Body of Evidence (Dance Umbrella, Jo’burg; Grahamstown, Durban, Den Haag, Market Theatre). Wrote and performed solo show Into the River at TAAG (Observatory) 2013, re-staged 2014.

Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist, and educator working in Cape Town, South Africa. She is also a drama, visual arts and music teacher at the Battswood Arts Centre in Grassy Park. She holds a MA in Theatre Making from UCT and is currently in the process of becoming a PhD candidate through Wits.

Plays she has written and co-written, directed and, or, designed have won international and local acclaim, including the Best International Production at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Runner Up Award for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection for the Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, 2 Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards – and a Fleur du Cap award in her own capacity. Her particular interest is creating new South African plays and has written 6 scripts in the last 3 years – all original stories, all about and for and in praise of people from this country. 




Funky dance spectaular • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Tara Notcutt | Choreography by Cleo Notcutt | Performed by Cleo Notcutt, Rori Bingham, Kelly Atkins & Marcus Mabie
XX. Kiss kiss… 
Part dance, part cabaret, part revue, XX is a naughty little rendezvous about our most intimate of acts: the kiss. Sister team Tara and Cleo Notcutt bring together four of Cape Town’s sassiest performers to Cape Town’s most intimate venue for your viewing pleasure. 
Pour yourself a drink, and join us in the dark for a little glitz, a lot of dance, and... well, we’d say more now, but as you know it’s not polite to kiss and tell…
Tara is a purveyor of human experience (read: theatre maker) based in Cape Town. At the age of 28, she is one of South Africa’s top young  independent director and producers, the Artistic Director of The Pink Couch, and is dedicated to making brave, original, and sexy South African theatre.

Her recent work includes "…miskien", "The Three Little Pigs", "Mafeking Road", "Last Rounds", Stuart Lightbody’s "Devilish" and "Sleepless Dreams", and "Three Blind Mice". On her bookshelf she has a Fleur du Cap for Best New Director, and eight (invisible) Standard Bank Ovation Awards. In 2012 she was named one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. She has presented works in countries three continents, but South Africa is her favourite. When she’s not in a theatre, she can be found in the back row at the Labia or putting R2 coins in the jukebox at the Kimberley Hotel.

While theatre is her love, dance runs in Tara's blood. Her mom, Trish, is a dance teacher and throughout her life many-a-long-night has been spent both on and backstage at dance shows, eisteddfods, and Hip Hop competitions. Not many people know this, but she did Ballet for 6 years and always wanted to learn Tap. 
 
Cleo is a young, motivated, versatile dancer who started to dance in her mother’s dance studio, The Dance Project. Her training covered many dance styles ‐ hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, musical theatre and South African styles like pantsula, kwaito and gumboot dancing.

She started teaching dance to others from a very young age and this desire to improve herself and others has led her to studying the styles of the great performers, attending workshops of recognised visiting experts and working for many choreographers, dance teachers, local and international artists and dance companies who perform in diverse styles. 

She believes that one can and should always learn something new from each different experience. 

She loves performing ‐ on stage, in a show, on TV, at corporate functions, at competitions and this led to her becoming a top 16 finalist in the SA TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Cleo has put shows together (eg Cape Town’s Most Wanted) and works hard at creating opportunities for dancers ‐ even designing an extra‐mural performance training programme for by the Sport and Recreation Department for secondary schools facing challenges.

She represented South Africa twice at the Las Vegas World Hip Hop Championships and put together and trained various dance groups (one of them 7 years old) for competitions overseas. She led a dance tour with a young group of dancers from a mixture of backgrounds ‐ to Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Washington DC and finally Orlando for an International Hip Hop Convention.

Cleo studied at the Broadway Dance Centre, winning the “Outstanding Student Award” after being there for only 3 months. She performed a kwaito piece and was asked to teach kwaito to her class and choreographed a piece which became a hit as part of their final “Performance Project”.

Tara and Cleo have worked together on various shows, with Cleo choreographing small parts of "Last Rounds", Rob van Vuuren's "WhatWhat", and "The Incredible Journey". However, they have wanted to do a full show together for some time, and "XX" is the product of this desire.




Live reading • Running Time: 75 mins
Produced by Kelly Smith | Performed by Black Soda, Charlie French, Comedia Wilde & Philo Axe
Warning: Nudity | No under 18s | There is an interval included in the running time.
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Naked Girls Read­ing is a nude lit­er­ary salon that takes place in 25 cities around the world and on five dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents. At each event, a small cast of beau­ti­ful ladies removes their cloth­ing (yes, all of it) and reads 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.

Come and delight in the read­ings shared by the ghoul­ish Black Soda, Charlie French, Comedia Wilde and Miss Jade as they read chill­ing tales of ter­ror - if you dare!




Sketch Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by André Dinomancer Ballot | Written by Robin Hitchcock , André Dinomancer Ballot , Mark Sykes and Jessica Munna | Performed by Rob Coutts, Pags Bantwana, Tamith Hattingh,Jessica Munna, Mark Sykes , Eva Gillam and guest appearances by Mark Penwel
Mother City Sketch returns to the Alexander Bar for more live original comedy skits . After their previous sold out shows the MCS crew are back for their third round of shows! A gaggle of performers and writers have  joined forces to bring you short, sharp and shockingly hilarious sketch comedy. 

Definition of Sketch Comedy as given by the inter webs : A sketch comedy comprises a series of short comedy scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long. Such sketches are performed by a group of comic actors or comedians, either on stage or through an audio and/or visual medium such as radio and television.

Get ready for an all new collection of sketches which poke fun adult habits, the minds of kids, pompous court rooms, over zealous martial arts instructors and a zombie or two thrown in for good luck.




Think Up (TED-style Talk) • Running Time: 45 mins
Robert Silke
Can buildings make good husbands? Holyrood is a dense spindle of tight 1930's bachelor flats set on Cape Town's central park. Affordability, panoramic views and sculptural beauty in a prime position, means that the inmates tend to stay for life. One such inmate is architect, Robert Silke, who has lived in the building his entire adult life and seems set to remain. Silke has published articles on the building’s extraordinary architecture, and used it to set his critically-acclaimed cult mockumentary, The Satyr of Springbok Heights. Silke presents an afternoon lecture about an architecture that captivates - literally.
Robert Silke is one of the city's most prolific young architects and urban theorists. Having designed Chevron's award-winning new headquarters in Century City as well as the futuristic Point mall in Sea Point, Silke is best known for his residential conversion of Old Mutual's former Art Deco Headquarters in Darling Street - and is widely credited as the catalyst for turning around the fortunes of Cape Town’s city centre.



Drama • Running Time: 75 mins
Presented by Wessel Pretorius | Directed by Philip Rademeyer | Performed by Wessel Pretorius, David Viviers & Melissa Haiden | Design by Philip Rademeyer & Stefan Benade | Lighting Design and Stage managed by Stefan Benade |
Warning: No under 16s
“Do you remember? Under the tree, just the two of us? Our feet in the sun? Solange?”

Jean Genet’s classic text is brought to life in this intimate, seductive, contemporary staging. Two sisters and maids, two lowly outcasts (Pretorius and Viviers), perform a daily sacred ceremony in which they turn the tables on their Madame (Haiden) in an attempt to become human again. They are the monstrous soul of servantdom, she the seemingly unattainable everything. A sudden change of events forces them to take their ceremony further than they ever have before…


Philip Rademeyer is a writer and director, and co-founder of the award-winning theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative. He has written, co-written and directed six productions for Rust Co-Operative, including The View (Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing and Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2013,  nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors 2013, nominated for Best Production at Aardklop 2013, published through Junkets Publishers); Siembamba (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at 2014 NAF, selected for 2014 Amsterdam Fringe Festival); and Ashes (Standard Bank Ovation Award at 2015 NAF). He has also directed In the Wings (Standard Bank Ovation Award at 2015 NAF, produced by Chaeli Campaign). He holds a Masters in Theatre & Performance (Directing) from the University of Cape Town, where he lectures part-time.


Wessel Pretorius was born in 1986 and grew up in Nelspruit. He obtained his B.A. Drama degree at The University of Pretoria and his Honours in Acting at The University of Stellenbosch.  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 and in 2014, it played the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it won the Standard Bank Ovation Award: Gold. He also appeared in Shakespeare’s Richard III (directed by Lara Bye) at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Boesman, My Seun (written and directed by Deon Opperman), Waterpas which he also wrote (directed by Christiaan Olwagen) and Tom Lanoye’s Bloed en Rose. He’s also wrote Slaaf (2014), Al Julle Volke and Sandton City Grootdoop (2015) – which all premiered at the ABSA KKNK. In 2015 he apeared in Philip Rademeyer’s Adam Twee at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch.  He currently resides in Cape Town where he continues to invest in local theatre as actor, writer and theatermaker.

David Viviers
David is a film and theater actor. In 2014 he graduated from UCT with distinction in Theatre and Performance (UCT), where he also received the Ruth Peffers prize for Most Promising Student. At the beginning of 2015, he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap theatre award for Most Promising Student. This year, he has performed alongside Nicholas Ellenbogen in the National Arts Festival cult classic Raiders and in Cry Havoc, directed by Roy Sargeant. In his final year at UCT he appeared in Mephisto, A Lie of the Mind,12th Night at the Macbeths and Die Buffel - all directed by Christopher Weare.

Melissa Haiden
In January 2015 Melissa Haiden played Desdemona in Fred Abrahamse's Othello at Maynardville. Following that she played W in Cock at the Alexander Bar and 3 women in John at the Artscape Arena. She plays a very excitable Irish nurse in Netflix's Jadotville and a savage pilgrim called Elinor Billington in Sony and Nat Geo's 'Saints and Strangers' to be released in November 2015.




Drama • Running Time: 90 mins
Written by Keith Huff | Directed by Adrian Collins | Starring Brent Palmer and Nick Pauling
Palmer and Pauling perform in this gritty, rich and entirely gripping noir tale of two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart

Keith Huff's award-winning hit Broadway play “A Steady Rain” takes the audience on a gripping, relentless journey. Using razor-sharp story-telling, writer Keith Huff weaves the perspectives of two Chicago police officers, Joey and Denny, into a harrowing story. Long time partners and best friends, Joey and Denny have serious problems. Joey struggles with alcohol while he secretly obsesses over Denny's wife. Denny is resentful, aggressive and racist cheater. During the course of the compelling and devastating narrative, the audience is kept white-knuckled right until the moment the lights go down.
Biographies:

Nicholas Pauling's theatre credits include: The Frontiersmen, Blue/Orange, The Pervert Laura, Waiting for the Barbarians, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Zoo Story, Cowboy Mouth, Who\'s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Champ, Death of a Colonialist, King Lear, Mich Ado about Nothing, Comedy of Errors, Amadeus ( Fleur du Cap, Best Actor). His film and TV roles include: Black Butterflies, Challenger Final Flight, Death Race 2, Unfriend, Black Sails, Dominion, Bluestone 42, Apocolypse Slough, Leonardo, Book of Negroes  

Brent Palmer, a London trained actor, comedian and writer is the man behind the 2015 SAFTA winning comedic short film Picture Perfect Heist. He is currently developing a feature film of the same name with Benchfilms. He also wrote and acted in the Fleur Du Cap nominated play called Bench.   Over the last fifteen years Brent has worked professionally in theatre, television and film with his most recent television credits being Those who Can’t (SABC) and Jamillah and Aladdin (CBBC). Brent has also used his talents to direct shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi and Gaetan Scmidt.   As a result of his passion for authentic and full expression, he runs workshops on speaking and presenting with confidence across the country to a large spectrum of corporate clients. 

Adrian Collins’ extensive theatre work includes Hamlet, directed by Janet Suzman at the Baxter and Swan theatre in Stratford upon Avon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Birthday Party, for which he received a Fleur de Cap nomination. Adrian is a member of The Mechanicals theatre collective and most recently played the role of Edmund in King Lear. 




New Musical Theatre Festival • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Keenan Tyler Oliphant | Musical Direction by Kurt Haupt | Conceptualised by Keenan Tyler Oliphant and Bonny White
Cape Town’s vibrant, new musical theatre company, Mixing Bowl Productions present a three night New Musical Theatre Festival. Three concerts over three nights of brand new, unknown contemporary musical theatre pieces performed by a cast compromising of Cape Town’s top vocalists alongside some brilliant undiscovered talent. From comical to poignant, the pieces explore contemporary experiences of love, loss, sex (GASP) and more. 
Mixing Bowl Productions is a theatre production company focusing on small-scale alternate musical theatre. Mixing Bowl strives to produce musical theatre, which is cutting edge and pushes the boundaries of traditional musical theatre. Mixing Bowl Productions’ recent debut at the National Arts Festival,with their new musical theatre production, In-between, was met with high critical acclaim:

‘The work of the cast is exceptional. This is a layered, lyrical pieces with strong vocalists who take you on a journey of their experiences.’ - CUE 2015

No Jazz Hands Allowed is a festival, which allows not only Cape Town audiences, but also the performers the opportunity to discover and experience these musical theatre gems.




Think Up (TED-style Talk) • Running Time: 45 mins
Lauren Beukes
Warning: Not appropriate for small children. Teenagers welcome
Fantastical storytelling is at its most potent when it's anchored to reality. Lauren Beukes talks about why she writes strange and twisty fiction from novels to comics to TV shows and how storytelling that re-imagines where we are has the ability to tell us more about who we are.




Karaoke meets Idols • Running Time: 90 mins
Facebook Event
Unlike normal Karaoke, Karaoke Pro is a show to a paying audience where we invite singers to be in the show. The singers prepare and rehearse to sing their song(s) on the night ahead of time.

At the end of show, we ask the audience to vote for their favourite, and the winner takes all.

Tickets cost R30, so the winner could walk away with over R1000.

ps. Did you know that Karaoke means 'Empty Orchestra' in Japanese? I didn't.

We're looking for 7 contestants. If you wish to participate as a contestant, please email karaokepro@alexanderbar.co.za




Comedy/Drama • Running Time: 65 mins
Written by Michael Gow | Directed by Paul Griffiths | Starring Matt Newman and Genna Galloway
Warning: Strong language
Written by award-winning Australian playwright Michael Gow, Sweet Phoebe is a superb dark comedy in which sensible priorities are forgotten, marriage is laid bare and a well adjusted suburban lifestyle lurches out of control.

From the director Paul Griffiths comes an award winning play - Sweet Phoebe by Michael Gow.  Most notable as the play that launched the international career of Oscar winner Cate Blanchet - Sweet Phoebe offers psychological insight into the dynamic of marriage and the impact of life' stresses on our sense of being. It also reassures us that our lives are maybe not so bad!  Starring Matt Newman (last seen at the Alexander Bar in Cock) and Genna Galloway who returns to Cape Town after a world tour of Sound of Music, Sweet Phoebe opens at the Alexander Bar on the 23rd November and has a limited season so book now to avoid saying 'Damn - I wish I'd seen it!'
Genna Galloway: Training: Waterfront Theatre School with I.S.T.D. International Teaching Qualifications in Tap and Modern Theatre Dance, Licentiate in Drama and Musical Theatre via the Trinity College, 2005. Theatre includes: ‘Dotty’ in Showboat (Staatsteatre Germany); ‘Alice’ in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Civic Theatre, Johannesburg); Swing in Rent for Anthony Rapp (Alexander Theatre and Artscape Theatre, South Africa); Understudy ‘Meat’ and ‘Scaramouche’ in We Will Rock You (Asia-Pacific Tour); ‘Silly Girl’ and ensemble in Beauty and The Beast (The Teatro and Artscape Theatre South Africa); ‘Beryl’ in Noah of Cape Town (Baxter Theatre, Cape Town); ‘Jellylorum’, ‘Demeter’, ‘Bombalurina’ and ‘Jennyanydots’ in Cats for Really Useful Productions (The Teatro and Artscape Theatre, South Africa); ‘Rizzo’ in Grease (South Africa and International Tour); ‘Carabosse’ in Sleeping Beauty (Leamington Spa Centre, England); Lead Vocalist in Chef, Rattle and Roll (Globe Theatre, Gold Reef City); ‘Lisa Houseman’ in Dirty Dancing (South Africa and International Tour); ‘Sister Berthe’ in The Sound of Music (South Africa and International Tour); Lead Vocalist in Big Girls (Kalk Bay Theatre and Grahamstown National Arts Festival); Lead Vocalist in Another Day (Grahamstown National Arts Festival) Television includes: Tanya in Home Affairs. Choreographic Credits Includes: Annie Jr. (National Children’s Theatre); Seussical Jr. (National Children’s Theatre) Other work includes: the voice of ‘Sue’ in the animated TV Series Zoovolution, as well as a variety of both corporate and commercial voice overs.   

Matt Newman:  Theatre roles include M in COCK (Alexander Bar Upstairs), Andrew in The Treatment (Theatre Arts Admin Collective), Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew (Southwark Playhouse, London), Tom Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guildford Shakespeare Company) Robin in Robin Hood (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds) Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford) and They’re Playing Our Song (English Theatre, Frankfurt). Recent television credits include Strike Back III (HBO) and Bluestone 42 (BBC Television).   

Paul Griffiths Paul's professional career started in Musical Theatre Productions including Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Peter Pan, Camelot, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof and Maynardville in The Taming of the Shrew. After four years of working in South Africa, Paul moved to London where he spent the next 8 years. Whilst in London, he completed an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University – a course which included modules at The GITIS Conservatory in Moscow, RESAD Drama School in Madrid and master classes from The Berliner Ensemble. It was as a director that he continued to develop his career in the UK. He was Education Associate for The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond where he directed the theatre's Shakespeare-in-Schools Programme. He was then appointed as Associate Director of The Bridewell Theatre and was Acting Artistic Director. In 2006 Paul was appointed head of Drama and Musical Theatre at the WTS and his company 'Big Leaf Productions" produced numerous National plays and musicals.  He became a partner of The Waterfront Theatre College in 2011. His most recent productions for the college include: Pirates of Penzance, Legally Blonde, Footloose, Hairspray and Chorus Line. His freelance directing credits in recent years include: Cock and I Love, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Press & Reviews

  • Mon 30th Nov 2015 Bizcommunity Review
  • Wed 25th Nov 2015 Blogs Review




Comedy-Drama • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Nicholas Spagnoletti | Translated by Nico Scheepers | Performed by Wessel Pretorius and David Viviers
A Sunday afternoon reading of Nicholas Spagnoletti's Civil Parting, translated into Afrikaans by Nico Scheepers and read by Wessel Pretorius and David Viviers. 

Hoflik is ‘n meedoënloos-snaakse komedie-drama oor twee mans wat op skei staan.  Glenn en Jean-Pierre is nou sewe jaar getroud, sedert gay-huwelike in Suid-Afrika gewettig is. Hul verhouding het intussen versuur, maar aangesien hulle professionele, gerespekteerde lede van die gemeenskap is, is hulle vasbeslote om op goeie voet te skei. Terwyl hulle egter alleen saam in die egskeidingsprokureur se ontvangskamer wag, begin hulle ware gevoelens deurslaan.

See Civil Parting for more information about the original play.


Wessel Pretorius was born in 1986 and grew up in Nelspruit. He obtained his B.A. Drama degree at The University of Pretoria and his Honours in Acting at The University of Stellenbosch.  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 and in 2014, it played the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it won the Standard Bank Ovation Award: Gold. He also appeared in Shakespeare’s Richard III (directed by Lara Bye) at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Boesman, My Seun (written and directed by Deon Opperman), Waterpas which he also wrote (directed by Christiaan Olwagen) and Tom Lanoye’s Bloed en Rose. He’s also wrote Slaaf (2014), Al Julle Volke and Sandton City Grootdoop (2015) – which all premiered at the ABSA KKNK. In 2015 he apeared in Philip Rademeyer’s Adam Twee at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch.  He currently resides in Cape Town where he continues to invest in local theatre as actor, writer and theatermaker.

David Viviers
David is a film and theater actor. In 2014 he graduated from UCT with distinction in Theatre and Performance (UCT), where he also received the Ruth Peffers prize for Most Promising Student. At the beginning of 2015, he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap theatre award for Most Promising Student. This year, he has performed alongside Nicholas Ellenbogen in the National Arts Festival cult classic Raiders and in Cry Havoc, directed by Roy Sargeant. In his final year at UCT he appeared in Mephisto, A Lie of the Mind,12th Night at the Macbeths and Die Buffel - all directed by Christopher Weare.




Singer - Songwriter / Pop • Running Time: 60 mins
Nicky Schrire is an award-winning vocalist and composer. She has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Dublin and South Africa with musicians ranging from Sibongile Khumalo and Arno Carstens, to Grammy-nominated pianists Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein. Compared to songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Tori Amos, she has performed extensively with cellist and founding member of Sterling EQ, Ariella Caira. Recent highlights for the duo include the 2015 Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival, and a double-bill with Beatenberg frontman Matthew Field. They are thrilled to be joined for this performance by friend and drummer Kevin Gibson (Prime Circle, Lucy Kruger, Winston Mankunku).

“A number of the more and most intelligent female vocalists come to mind-Mia Doi Todd, Tori Amos, Kimiko Itoh, Lorraine Feather, Norma Winstone, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, etc. - in Schrire's work.” — FAME (USA)
"Wonderful....an acute eye for observation of the small details." — Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio (UK)
“A remarkable talent... Her vo