Kelly LodewyksLast night the SunStar Beacon of Hope was unveiled and lit up on Signal Hill. And it looks pretty spectacular. Designed by Christopher Swift and part of the World Design Capital initiatives, the SunStar was made with pieces of the fencing from Robben Island. Standing 24 metres high, this outdoor art installation will stay on Signal Hill for about six months before it’s moved, possibly to one of the properties of Sun International, who funded the piece.
Natalie LeicherWith so much happening in #lovecapetown this weekend, it’s not a case of what to do in the Mother City, but rather can you fit it all in? We bring you some of this weekend’s top choices.
Kelly LodewyksThe Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a huge annual event that brings together top-class local and international jazz acts for the entertainment of those in the Mother City. It’s an event that people travel for and an event where if you’re not quick off the mark for tickets, you stand a good chance of missing out. Some of the line-up for the 2015 festival has just been announced and judging by the talent, the next Cape Town International Jazz Festival looks all set to impress the crowds.
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Cameras flashing, actors rubbing shoulders on the red carpet and spectacular decor… it could only be the 47th Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, held at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, on Sunday March 18, 2012. This prestigious, annual event is an initiative of the Distell Foundation and honours excellence in theatre by productions staged during a particular year.
Local tour operator Coffeebeans Routes takes “dinner and a show” to new heights with their recently launched Theatre Tour. The setting for this unique experience is the Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town, renowned as a vibrant cultural centre with a good relationship with the local and university communities.
Winter in Cape Town is an excellent season for theatre. From the popular ballet, The Nutcracker, at the Artscape Theatre Centre and Athol Fugard’s latest production, The Bird Watchers, at The Fugard Theatre in the City Centre to the hilarious Vodacom Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Rondebosch and the talented bands at the Villa Pascal Theatre in Durbanville, you’ll find everything you need to fulfil your cultural needs. Theatre lovers won’t want to miss the following spectacular productions:
Are you a fan of spectacular theatre productions? Would you love to see the hilarious and fabulous Hats Off! The Hilarious Songbook of Flanders and Swann at Theatre on the Bay this September? Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay is giving six lucky theatre lovers the chance to win double tickets to this highly anticipated show on September 14, 15 or 16, 2011 at 20h00.
Cape Town’s theatre-makers, actors, media and dignitaries were out in full force and dressed to the nines for the 49th annual Fleur Du Cape Theatre Awards at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 16 March, 2014 and it was a night of big wins for the Mother City’s top performing shows!
Kalk Bay Theatre. Photo courtesy kittlavoie If you feel like having a good giggle on a Tuesday evening, head out to Kalk Bay to experience Theatresports at Kalk Bay Theatre.
Artscape. Photo courtesy mallix Sunday, March 20, was a night of sterling achievement for the Mother City as several of her inspirational stars received accolades at the 46th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, held at the Artscape Theatre. Sea Point playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and his play London Road won the award for the best new South African script. The production, a heartbreaking yet funny story about two women from diverse backgrounds, has played to packed theatre houses across the country.
Photo courtesy Joshua aka gravitywave The a href=“http://www.labia.co.za”>Labia Theatre in Cape Town city centre is giving anyone in Cape Town the opportunity to see the best that South African advertising has to offer. Running from September 18 to October 1, the theatre will be screening adverts that won at the Loeries – for free.
The Taming of the Shrew. Photo courtesy Linette de Kock, PR for Maynardville Open Air Theatre. This summer, engage your inner thespian with any number of productions, musicals and comedy shows running at major theatres in Cape Town. The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch aims to make you laugh until you cry with its sterling selection of comedians each night. Don’t miss the hilarious antics of Kurt Schoonraad in Home Groan and Shimmy Isaacs in Allie Pad Funny Worcester. Isaacs takes audience members on the journey of her humorous rise from a shy smalltown girl to comedic star, while Schoonraad explores recesses of his mind, making for both scary and hilarious results.
Doodsnikke, the Afrikaans adaptation of acclaimed actor and writer Sam Shepard’s 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, is currently showing at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. This production, starring local theatre legends Gys de Villiers, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Oscar Petersen and Ivan Abrahams, and rising talents Albert Pretorius, Travis Snyders and Thenjiwe Stemela, will run until 5 May 5,2012.
It’s official … Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City, is home to the most talented thespians! Homegrown stars walked away with top honours at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 17 March, 2013.
“The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music…” Yes, it’s true, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the impressive musical, is now running at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and its boards, if not our hills, are indeed alive with the Sound of Music!
Hermann Mahoua, an asylum seeker originally from Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, on a ‘Fleet of Art’ bakkie. The creator of the work is Michael Lister. Last week was a thought-provoking time in Cape Town. I was personally involved in the Infecting the City festival and it was an amazing journey filled with huge opportunities and emotional ties. I had the chance to meet some incredible people who have come to live here from all over the world, coming together to alter our streets, bringing us a city-sized theatre for a whole week, from February 21 to 27. On Thursday and Friday I took the time to embrace this festival, opening my mind to art and culture in various forms.
Michael Mittermeir performing at the 2009 Nando’s Comedy Festival in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Christoph Lenz Proposed media tribunals, public service strikes and tragic road accidents are a stark reminder of the realities of life. Everyone yearns to regain some of that wonderful World Cup euphoria. As that is not going to happen anytime soon, why not head to the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, where the foundations are shaking in time to the audience’s laughter?
Producer Florian Schattauer and lead actress Sannie Fox at the premiere of the film Long Street. Photo by Roy Barford Long Street, a film about a recovering drug addict discovering her musical path and reconnecting with her estranged mother, premiered at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town last night.
The acclaimed musical Gigi will be performed at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on various dates between December 3 and 18. The collaboration between Claremont Dramatic Society and Pinelands Players tells the story of a teenage girl growing up in Paris at the start of the 20th century. Tickets are R80 for evening shows and R75 for matinees. See further details on the poster below.
The Handspring Puppet Company’s latest production, Ouroboros, is a beautiful story of love won and lost over a lifetime. Running at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch until June 11, this moving tale demands constant attention and emotional investment, for which, I assure you, you will be richly reimbursed. Quite simply, this is the tale of two people in love – Nokobinisa, a dancer and Andre, a poet – and the happiness, turmoil and inevitable end that such romantic liaisons involve. That it is told through a cast of magnificently designed puppets is what sets this production apart.
There’s funny and then there’s mirth-inducing, laugh-a-minute, downright hilarious which exactly describes the Alan Committie directed production, Cracks and the City II. Running at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch until August 13, this fantastic show stars Marianne Thamm, Anthea Thompson, Anne Hirsch and Shimmy Isaacs, who dazzle on stage. The Cracks, as they are collectively called, return to poke fun at life, love and everything in between and, boy, do they tickle your funny bones.
Pieter-Dirk Uys’s brand of comedy, like a fine wine, matures with age. His new hit show, Desperate First Ladies, running at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, is a hilarious homage to the great yet eternally suffering women behind Southern Africa’s presidents for the past 30 years. No one is safe from his side-splitting scrutiny, and whether he is portraying Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, impersonating Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe, or giving the ever-increasing Mrs Zumas a much-needed wardrobe makeover, he has the audience laughing.
You know a production is good when it renders you speechless. When the production is the multi award-winning and long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera, there is only one word for it… spectacular! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary masterpiece returns to the Mother City and the Artscape Theatre Centre for the highly anticipated second run (it was first staged in 2004) from November 22, 2011 to January 14, 2012.
The enchanting Imperial Ice Stars production, The Nutcracker on Ice is currently running at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. It is an enticing mix of ice-skating, acrobatics and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. From the phenomenal set designs, which were computer-generated before construction, to the unbelievable transformation of the Artscape Opera House stage into a large ice rink and the world-renowned cast, this charming tale transports you to a magical world.
She’s the life and soul of the Cape Town Tourism office, the charismatic colleague who brings a touch of drama to the mundane workday and now industry services supervisor Coleen van Staden is taking her panache to the Masque Theatre stage in Muizenberg.
The Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay revealed its new look, made all the more alluring with the opening of its latest offering, Kickstart’s production of Cabaret, on Sunday August 19, 2012.
The marvellous Masque Theatre has been bringing drama and the arts to the magical shores of Muizenberg for more than 50 years but what exactly inspired the creation of this theatrical venue?
There is no sweeter or more poignant way to pay tribute to your mother than portraying her on stage in a musical about her life. This is what opera singer Aviva Pelham does with moving aplomb in the hauntingly beautiful production Santa’s Story, which opened at The Fugard Theatre in District Six on Thursday August 30, 2012.
If, like me, you find yourself taking a “jump to the left” then “a step to the right” at inappropriate places and times (like at your desk at work), then you know about and are probably excited for the much-anticipated South African production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town!
Nobody puts Baby in a corner – and there is no doubt that the beautiful Bryony Whitfield, who plays the iconic character in Dirty Dancing: the Classic Story on Stage at the Artscape Theatre, will ever find herself in that position in Cape Town.
It was a day of sunshine, music and crazy love for the Mother City as the My Cape Town Concert rocked the V&A Amphitheatre on Sunday 25 September. Attended by hundreds of proud Capetonians, including sexy Sama award nominee, singer Chad Saaiman, the concert kept the masses entertained and dancing with a line-up featuring incredible local acts and demonstrations, including Keeno Lee, Blaze, CODA and Dragon Power.
When the sun sets in inspirational Cape Town, her streets and people come alive in a bustling fashion. Join me at the following nightlife events and venues from October 15 to 18, and discover why the fun never stops in the Mother City: