The Alexander Telegraph

Having a lovely chat over a glass of vino is definitely the best way to get caught up on all the news and views, but there is another way. No, we’re not talking about cracking open the newspaper or wading through facebook. We’re talking about right here on our site. We’ll be posting profiles on artists, meditations on theatre and art, and probably a host of other miscellaneous goodies. Enjoy.

  • Who’s Upstairs: Frédéric Baptiste - Frédéric Baptiste is the director of London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017 Home town? Paris. Forever. Tell us a little more about your show? It’s a one-woman musical with the delightful, delicious, de-lovely Sarah Tullamore. The second one I’ve directed with her. And what’s next on the cards for you? Travelling all around the world with « London […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Rebecca Makin-Taylor - Rebecca Makin-Taylor stars in Sillage, on at Alexander Upstairs from 20-25 Febraury 2017 Home town? Philadelphia. Off the N7. Near Atlantis Tell us a little more about your show? Sillage is about a mother and daughter who have drifted appart. While packing up the family home, they try to fix their relationship and in the process experience […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: James Burn - James Burn is the composer of London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017 Home town? London Tell us a little more about your show? London-Paris-Roam! is a combination of stand-up comedy, soul-searching monologue, cabaret, blues, torch songs and theatre, all blended together to create a unique one-woman musical. Sarah’s idea to write a musical from […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: John Florencio - John Florencio is the pianist for London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017 Home town? I was born in Manila, grew up in San Francisco and now live in Paris. Tell us a little more about your show? A witty, poignant look at aging, moving on and starting over.  And what’s next on the cards for you? […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Sarah Tullamore - Sarah Tullamore stars in London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017 Home town? I come from Woodmansterne, a village in Surrey (just south of London) but I’ve been living in Paris for the last 21years so that feels like home now. Tell us a little more about your show? It’s a one-woman musical with […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Jemma Kahn - Jemma Kahn of The Epicene Butcher and We didn’t come to hell for the Croissants fame, is back at Alexander Bar with her latest project in Kamishibai theatre In Bocca Al Lupo, on at Alexander Upstairs from 30 January 2017 – 11 Febraury 2017 Home town? Johannesburg Tell us a little more about your show? This […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Penny Youngleson - Penny Youngleson is the director of Sillage, on at Alexander Upstairs from 20-25 Febraury 2017 Home town? Durban  Tell us a little more about your show? Sillage is a French word for the scent left behind when someone has walked past you – the trail of their perfume, cologne, soap, self. The play is about the […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Mahlatsi Mokgonyana - Mahlatsi Mokgonyana is the director of Tswalo/Source, on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 June Home town? Dawn Park, somewhere in East rand. Tell us a little more about your show? A warm feast of poetry, movement and some songs for winter. A showcase of performance skill to keep the audience warm.It is short, sharp and […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Daniel Mpilo Richards - Daniel Mpilo Richards will be performing in Mike van Graan’s Pay Back the Curry! on 20 and 21 June at 7PM as part of our Pre-NAF mini festival. Home town? I was born in Switzerland. I know. But i consider Cape Town my home town. Tell us a little more about your show? Mike Van […]
  • Call for Director - We are looking for a theatre director for production of the new play The Finklesteins are Coming to Dinner. We have applied for Cape Town Fringe and we have confirmed dates at Alexander Bar. The play is a funny and moving love story. Nate, a gay artist who is haunted by his dead mother is […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Mike van Graan - Mike van Graan is the author of Pay back the Curry, on at Alexander Upstairs from 20-21 June at 7PM, starring Daniel Richards and directed by Rob van Vuuren. Home town? Cape Town. Mostly. With a six-year stint in Durban in the nineties. Tell us a little more about your show? South Africa’s a pretty rough […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Gemma Griffiths - Gemma Griffiths will performing live music at Alexander Upstairs, on 12 June at 7PM Home town? Harare, Zimbabwe Tell us a little more about your show? It will contain original indie/folk tunes, soft, different and full of soul. And what’s next on the cards for you? A debut EP to be released later this year, […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Charles Tertiens - Charles Tertiens will be starring in C’est Bizarre, on at Alexander Upstairs from 13 to 15 June at 7PM Home town? I’m a Cape Town boy, born and and bred behind the Boerewors curtain. And what’s next on the cards for you? I’ve been out of the theatre world for a very long time, focusing […]
  • Online Auction of the collages from Spaghetti of the Whores - Attention fans of We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants and especially those who loved the fabulous finale story by Lebogang Mogashoa entitled Spaghetti of the Whores: the story’s original collages by artist Rebecca Haysom are being auctioned! So set your alarms for this Sunday 5th June to get online wherever you are and […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Richard Wright-Firth - Richard Wright-Firth is performing in Vacancy at Alexander Upstairs from 30-31 June at 9PM and 6-11 June at 7PM. Home town? Harlow, Essex – I’m sorry. Tell us a little more about your show? It’s a sweet, quiet, romantic show that explores loneliness, loss and finding something or someone that makes you happy. And what’s […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Candice van Litsenborgh - Candice van Litsenborgh is performing in Vacancy at Alexander Upstairs from 30-31 June at 9PM and 6-11 June at 7PM. Home town? Born in East London but moved to Port Elizabeth when I was 5. Tell us a little more about your show? Vacancy is a show for anyone who’s ever felt lonely, let down […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Irit Noble - Irit Noble will be performing at Alexander Upstairs on 3 and 4 June 9PM Home town? Tel Aviv. I came to South Africa when I was about 8. Tell us a little more about your show? The cornerstone of this show is what I call The FabuKak Balance of Life. The show is about the […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Hezron Chetty - Hezron Chetty will be performing at Alexander Upstairs for one night only on Sunday 22 May Home town? I was born in Durban Tell us a little more about your show? My show is a glimpse into the life of a working musician and the realities. It is not all how it’s made out to […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Esosa E - Esosa E is will be starring in the self-written play, The Woman Who would be King at Alexander Upstairs from 20 to 30 April. Home town? Los Angeles, California. Tell us a little more about your show? It’s a one woman play inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh. And what’s next on the […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Lise-Marié Richardson - Lise-Marié Richardson is performing in a live reading of The House of O on the 3rd of April. Home town? Born and bred Joburger Tell us a little more about your show? “House of O” is a reconstruction of the age old classic “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, however in my opinion, is a way more […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Ilana Cilliers - Ilana Cilliers is performing in the a live reading of The House of O at Alexander Upstairs on the 3rd of April. Home town? Stellenbosch Tell us a little more about your show? The House of O is a contemporary reimagining of Hamlet, highlighting Shakespeare’s ongoing relevance to social issues, including the current political situation […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Michael-John Phillip - Michael-John Phillip stars in All’s Well That Ends Well on at Alexander Upstairs 2nd April. Michael John Philip Home town? The Mother City has always been home. Although I did do a 5 year stint in Joburg, but I’d rather not talk about that… Tell us a little more about your show? It’s a history-based […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Greg Parvess - Greg Parvess will be performing in a reading of The House of O at Alexander Upstairs on the 3rd of April. Home town? Cape Town Tell us a little more about your show? The House of O is a reconstruction of Hamlet that magnifies the themes of corruption and greed in the ailing state of the Danes, […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Megan Furniss - Megan Furniss is the director of Violet online: Love me Tinder, on at Alexander Upstairs from 18-30 April. Home town? Cape Town (from Jozi) And what’s next on the cards for you? (Violet Online Rebooted, more improv, a screenplay and hopefully a chance to tread the boards in a traditional play. And the project you’re […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Shimmy Isaacs - Shimmy Isaacs will be performing Untitled at Alexander Upstairs from 4 – 23 April. Home town? Worcester Tell us a little more about your show? This stand up show is about change and how I have changed. I am adjusting to my early 30s and it’s not easy as I have become obsessed with youthfulness. […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Vianney Henry Farmer - Vianney Henry Framer is the producer for bRENT: a Mobile Thriller in which he also stars, on at Alexander Bar from 24 March to 9 April. Home town? Namaqualand-Northern Cape Tell us a little more about your show? The Mobile Thriller series are immersive theatrical creations, set in a moving vehicle and audience members become […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Herman Voster - Herman Vorster is the writer of bRENT: a Mobile Thriller, he will be starring in it from 24 March to 9 April. Home town? Pretoria Tell us a little more about your show? bRENT is a unique way of experiencing some social issues we struggle with in everyday life. We like to keep it a […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Jacques Theron - Jacques Theron will be playing Laertes in the upcoming reading of The House of O at Alexander Upstairs on the 3rd of April. Home town? I grew up living in four different provinces but I spent the most time in Stellenbosch, so that’s the closest I have to a home town. Tell us a little […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Hanlé Barnard - Hanlé Barnard wrote and directed the upcoming reading of The House of O at Alexander Uptairs on the 3rd of April. Home town? I grew up in Irene, near Pretoria. It is a beautiful town – I was exposed to art and music there. Tell us a little more about your show? The House of […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Maggie Gericke - Maggie Gericke performs in Anthology: Young Bloods, on at Alexander Upstairs from 13-26 March. Home town? Somerset West. Scumerset West. Somerset Best. Depending on how forgiving you’re feeling. Tell us a little more about your show? Anthology: Young Bloods. Three Playwrights from Stellenbosch/Cape Town. Three shortish scenes. Two actors. One theme. Anthology is an important […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Kiroshan Naidoo - Kiroshan Naidoo is performing in Anthology: Young Bloods at Alexander Upstairs from the 15th to 26th of March. Home town? Pretoria Tell us a little more about your show? We’re currently doing three short plays by young writers based in Cape Town/Stellenbosch. The way I interpreted the first play “Coma Null” by Louis Roux, is […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Roland Perold - Roland Perold stars in The Pitch, running at the Alexander Upstairs from 7 – 19 March at 9PM. Home town? Port Shepstone… warm sunny KZN. Tell us a little more about your show? ‘The Pitch’ – a piece that started at Alexander Bar Play Things in October last year. Myself and Callum Tilbury (aka Lady […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Callum Tilbury - Callum Tilbury is the director of and stars in The Pitch, running at the Alexander Upstairs from 7 – 19 March at 9PM. Home town? Nottingham Road, KZN Tell us a little more about your show? “The Pitch” is a pseudo-musical-super-comedy. It’s got drag, it’s got puppets, it’s got everything. It’s a hot mess (not […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Amelia Vernede - Amelia Vernede is starring in the physical theatre drama Cannibal Country, on at the Alexander Upstairs from 15 – 20 February. Home town? I spent my childhood in Jo’burg but I am a Capetonian. Tell us a little more about your show? Cannibal Country is a play about a dystopian South Africa. We hope to […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Alex McCarthy - Alex McCarthy is the director and writer of the physical theatre drama Cannibal Country, on at the Alexander Upstairs from 15 – 20 February 2016. Home town? Johannesburg. Tell us a little more about your show? Cannibal Country is an allegorical tale about white capital. Using physical theatre, we explore the personal and systemic relationships […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Brynn - Brynn will be performing at Alexander Upstairs on the 16th of January. Home town? Originally from Auckland, New Zealand Tell us a little more about your show? Every show with Brynn is a pretty beautiful experience for us. I suppose the music we play is very personal and emotional so when we perform live it’s […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Andrea Fisher - Andrea will be performing in 0:9 at Alexander Upstairs on the 24th of January at 7PM. Home town? ​Cape Town​ Tell us a little more about your show? ​It is a collaborative between the Shh.Art Ensemble, Phax trio and friends. It features original compositions by young South African composers that basically, challenge the boundaries of […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Emily Child - Emily Child stars in Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, on at The Alexander Upstairs from the 25th of January to the 13th of February at 7PM. Home town? Johannesburg ( But I have lived in Cape Town for 10 years so now I think it’s actually Cape Town.) Tell us a little more about your show? Contractions is […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Jared Musiker - Jared Musiker created and starred in #Balletmustfall, which had a run at Alexander Upstairs from 7-9 January. Home town? Do I have to say this one out loud? Tshwane (AKA Pretoria) Tell us a little more about your show? #BalletMustFall was inspired by a not-quite-sober conversation at the Alexander Bar about being frustrated as a […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Mawonga Gayiya - Mawonga Gayiya will be performing in Astonish, on at the Alexander Upstairs from the 11 – 23 January at 9PM Home town? I was born and raised in Cape Town, Khayelitsha. Tell us a little more about your show? Astonish is about a young black magician from Khayelitsha who fall in love with magic at […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Craig Morris - Craig Morris stars in Boykie and Girlie, on at Alexander Upstairs from the 11th to the 16th of January. Home town? Jozi  A window into the relationship between Boykie & Girlie. Tell us a little bit about your show? A window into the relationship between Boykie & Girlie. He’s a writer who’s blocked. She’s a lawyer […]
  • Some Assembly Required interviews the cast of #BALLETMUSTFALL - Jason Potgieter chats with dancers Jared Musiker, Asisipho Malunga and Londiwe Khoza who are performing #BALLETMUSTFALL at Alexander Upstairs from the 6th to the 8th of January at 9pm.
  • Who’s Upstairs: Aletia Upstairs - Aletia Upstairs will be performing in Urban Gypsies at Alexander Upstairs on the 23rd of December. Home town? I was born in Stellenbosch and grew up in Bellville. Tell us a little more about your show? Urban Gypsies: London – Cape Town – Berlin is kind of the best of Aletia and Sigrun over ten […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Mae Sithole - Mae Sithole will be launching her album ‘First Glance’ at Alexander Upstairs on the 20th of December. Home town? Harare , ZW Tell us a little more about your show? It is a musical journey that paints a fusion of African sounds with international music. The music comes from the heart and it speaks about the […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Hayleigh Evans - Hayleigh Evans stars in Unfair Lady, on at Alexander Upstairs until 12 December Home town? Johannesburg Tell us a little more about your show? The show is a little bit of a rant about the ridiculous expectations set up by women’s magazines… But we believe it to be a very funny rant. And what’s next […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Jemma Kahn - Jemma Kahn is the creative instigator behind ‘We didn’t come to Hell for the croissants: Seven Deadly New Stories for Consenting Adults’, catch her performance alongside Roberto Pombo from 14-19 December. Home town? Johannesburg  Tell us a little more about your show? ‘We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants’ is the perverted little sister of The Epicene […]
  • Some Assembly Required interviews Zac Fleishman & Chloe Cattin - Jason Potgieter chats with UCT students Zac and Chloe about theatre, nonsense and Frankie Nassimbeni’s IN MY DREAMS I AM OK at the Bindery Lab on UCT Hiddingh Campus Thursday to Saturday. Bookings via weareplaygroup@gmail.com or ph: 021 480 7129 – tickets are free and donations appreciated. Jason Potgieter is a performer, theatre-maker and educator. […]
  • Some Assembly Required interviews Marcela Guerrero Casas of Open Streets - Jason Potgieter chats with Marcela Guerrero Casas of Open Streets Cape Town. About Marcela: “I am passionate about cities, public space and most importantly, people. Open Streets is a concept that resonates strongly because of my upbringing and the potential it has shown in Cape Town.  Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, I lived in […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Genna Galloway - Genna Galloway will be performing in Sweet Phoebe, on at Alexander Upstairs from 23rd to 28th November. Home town? Cape Town Tell us a little more about your show?  Essentially, Sweet Phoebe explores the dynamics within relationships and how external influences and circumstances can change that dynamic and bring about a level of chaos and […]
  • Who’s Upstairs: Rori Bingham - Rori Bingham is a dancer performing in XX, on at Alexander Upstairs until the 7th of November. Home town? My home town is Cape Town Tell us a little more about your show? This show touches every soul and is highly relatable which makes it really personal for both viewer and performer. It’s about that first […]