THE FRONTIERSMEN Extends & THE EPICENE BUTCHER Set for Alexander Upstairs
Looking for things to do in Cape Town? Alexander Upstairs is a well-equipped intimate performance space completely separate from the bar area with a festival-style programming model featuring drama, comedy, cabaret, jazz, acoustic sessions, readings and more. Here are some of the highlights coming up at Alexander Upstairs over the next six weeks.
THE FRONTIERSMEN by popular demand extends for three more nights only from Thursday 17 October -Saturday 19 October. 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. This show has been getting rave reviews and praise from audiences - and also a bit of a hate mail. It is powerful hard-hitting theatre that's not for prudes.
This weekend we have special late shows of Oskar Brown's BRING-A-THING STAND-UP STORYTELLING.
On Wednesday 23 October, come and see Stuart Lightbody's Standard Bank Ovation Award winning show, ILLUSIVE, reviewed recently on BroadwayWorld as a show that 'delivers wonder and glee.' Just back from an international tour, the show is pure sleight of hand artistry and wonder.
On 28 - 29 October and 2 November, Jemma Kahn is sneaking back into town to give us a few cheeky performances of the global hit sensation that is THE EPICENE BUTCHER. A cult hit across the globe, THE EPICENE BUTCHER AND OTHER STORIES FOR CONSENTING ADULTS returns to Cape Town. 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. BroadwayWorld called this show 'moving and hysterical, and never less than completely absorbing.'
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. This show runs from 5 - 16 November.
Winner of a coveted Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival this year, DRIVE WITH ME will run from 20 - 22 November. Marion Taylor is trying to present her "The Road Trip" lecture at the Grahamstown festival's Thinkfest!, but her own journey to Grahamstown keeps getting in the way. DRIVE WITH ME takes 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 is theatre at its unsettling best.
Book tickets for any - or all - of these shows at the Alexander Upstairs Website. For telephone bookings and enquiries please call 021 300 1652. We might have to call you back if the bar is very busy. We regret no under-18s allowed under any circumstances due to the terms of our liquor license. Seating is unreserved. All the seats are good seats but please arrive in good time to make sure you can sit together. Also we unfortunately don't have any wheelchair access to our theatre. There is 1 flight of steps.