Kalahari Karoo Blues

david-kramer kalahari karoo blues

Iconic David Kramer conjures up fond imagery of a Castrol-Can turned guitar with his foot tapping tunes. We all remember his association with Volkswagen South Africa, when they contracted his idiosyncratic South African image to their microbus-kombi. Since then David has produced some top-class musical theatre productions including the tongue-in-cheek Breyani and more recently his collaboration with Taliep Pietersen in the hit stage production that traveled South Africa - “Kat and the Kings” Once again the legend returns to entertain us with his latest musical ensemble - Kalahari Karoo Blues. Capetonians are in for a treat with an exclusive concert where David Kramer brings together eccentric musicians from the far corners of                  

Jaaa Boet! We are back…

Boet n swaer come to Cape Town 2012

Eastern Cape farmers, Alan Weyer and Brian Mullins aka "Boet n Swaer" discovered their comic talent while turning chops on the braai and slugging back a klippies and Coke. Hailed as "master exponents of the oral traditions of Lower Albany" the hilariously funny, politically incorrect, sexist comedy is headed to the Western Cape after 5 years of hysteria drought. Boet n Swaer saw 11 sold out shows at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, as well as various other festivals around South Africa and received raving reviews from their international audiences from their shows in Tanzania, the United Kingdom and Australia. Boet n Swaer are headed to Cape Town for 3 nights only on the 18th, 19th and 20th of October and are performing                  

ImproGuise TheatreSports

Improguise Cape Town

Improvisation must be the most difficult form of drama, having the talent to perform without any preparation and still make everyone laugh - you need to be damn talented! ImproGuise - Cape Town’s oldest improv team has been delighting audiences by playing TheatreSports for 20 years. ImproGuise, is the comedy show where everything is made up on the spot and the audience provides the suggestions as to what they would like to see. It is absurd improvised brilliance like "Whose line is it anyway?" The TheatreSports and improv shows are made up as they go, always different, based on suggestions from the audience, and always bring the magic of live theatre right onto the stage. You could see a period drama set in a nuclear power                  

Imperial Russian Ballet bedazzles Baxter

The Baxter Theatre presents The Imperial Russian Ballet

The Baxter Theatre is renowned for presenting some of our country’s finest theatre, opera and dance. In their own words, they try to “reflect the cultures of all the people of South Africa on our stages and in our foyers and galleries”, which they certainly do! This vibrant and interactive hub is proud to present the return of the Imperial Russian Ballet to the fairest Cape. The Imperial Russian Ballet, founded in 1994 by the legendary ballerina Maija Plisetzkaya, is a company made up of international ballet stars and trained and directed by famed teachers. They have toured every continent and are well known for their innovative style of dancing. Last year, the Imperial Russian Ballet thrilled Capetonian                  

Help get Fugard’s Statements to the 2012 Edinburgh Festival

Athol Fugards Statements

2012 marks the year of the legendary Athol Fugard’s 80th birthday, the playwright who has brought us amazing, edgy, protest theatre for close on 55 years. Kim Kerfoot directed his Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act, which was described by Mr. Fugard himself as the best production of his work directed by someone other than himself. Statements then moved on and played to a four-week sell-out run at the Fugard theatre. This remarkable piece of theatre - still relevant, still contentious has now been invited to be part of the international Edinburgh Festival. This is where you come in... Join 6 on Spin for a gorgeous, decadent evening - with the “eat.drink.talk.read.think” philosophy, for a swanky                  

Pieter-Dirk Uys – Adapt or Fly

Pieter-Dirk Uys

Pieter-Dirk Uys hits the stage with yet another one-man satirical masterpiece Adapt or Fly at the Baxter Theatre this June. Over the years we have had the privilege of his multiple stage performances and personalities reminding us that it is important to laugh at ourselves however serious the situation may seem. His new show is personal political comedy-trek along a familiar long tiptoe to freedom, through the minefields of racism and sexism that have always made up the tarmac of our political freeway. Laughter at fear has always been Uys’s trademark, from the darkness of his first one-man show in 1982 Adapt or Dye, to the dazzling kaleidoscope of rainbow colours in his new 2012 show Adapt or Fly. In a time of depression,                  

Check out ‘LINE’ at The Little Theatre.


      LINE, a one-act comedy by Israel Horovitz, is the longest-running play in New York, now brought to Cape Town for the very first time by Sugar-daddy Theatre Co. Running from the 18th to the 28th of April 2012 at the Little Theatre, Orange Street; Age restriction 2-18; tickets are R80 for adults, R60 for students and pensioners, and are available through Computicket. This absurdist-style play centres on five people waiting in a queue, none of them seemingly know what they are waiting for, but all are desperate to get first place in line. The drama unravels as they squabble, trick, fight, and betray each other to get ahead. It is a character-driven play making a profound statement about society and human                  

The story of the sinking of the SS Mendi.


    The story of the sinking of the SS Mendi - one of the worst marine disasters in history - hits the Baxter in February for a short season. One of the greatest tragedies in the history of the South African military will be vividly brought to life when Did We Dance: UkutshonakoMendi (The Sinking of the Mendi) hits the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 23 February to 10 March at 7pm nightly with matinees on 25 February and 10 March at 2pm. A formidable creative team and eight-member cast has been assembled to tell the epic story of South African soldiers trapped on the SS Mendi which sank in British waters during World War I in 1917. The script is based on the book Black Valour by Norman Clothier. For discounted                  

HYPNOPOMPIC at The Arena Theatre.


    Hypnopompic is a new physical theatre production produced and performed by the Israeli-born South African Amit Raz, with direction by Craig Leo.   Hypnopompic describes the state of associated semi consciousness preceding waking. In this physical theatre performance, the hypnopompic state is expressed through a multi-disciplinary performance work using dance and puppetry, taking the audience on a journey through the many layered and magical worlds of a sleeper's dreams. The piece starts with the performer drifting off to sleep in his bed which becomes an ever-changing landscape. The set is designed by architect Amir Gazit, and is constructed according to parametric design, using parameters to define                  

’Dit Voel Leeg’ premières at Suidoosterfees 2012.


    Human trade is a cruel reality in South Africa. This controversial subject is highlighted in Dit Voel Leeg, a brand new play that opens at the Suidoosterfees. It is based on the British playwright Lucy Kirkwood's acclaimed, award-winning drama It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It’s Alright Now. Kirkwood's thought-provoking play was translated and adapted by Hugo Taljaard and it is directed by Henry Mylne, the director of 7de Laan and Vaselinetjie. In the South African context, Dit Voel Leeg is about a naive young girl from Rehoboth in Namibia, who is lured to Cape Town under false pretences by her Nigerian boyfriend. She is forced into a life of prostitution and drugs, but despite the