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The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…

5. Love at First Fight
The award-winning Follow Spot Productions brings you ‘Love at First Fight’ a rollercoaster ride through the trials, tribulations and titillations of relationships.
Showing Wednesdays – Saturdays, 23 March – 9 April at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R90. Shows are at 8.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430.

4. Perfect Wedding
Anything that can go wrong on the morning of one’s wedding, does go wrong in this hilarious farce. From the bridegroom-to-be waking up with an attractive, naked lady standing in front of him minutes before his wife-to-be arrives, to the best man wanting to quit, this show will have you laughing all the way.
Showing until 9 April at the Theatre On The Bay. Tickets: R100 – R150. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.

3. Blackbird
Laurence Olivier award-winning production, ‘Blackbird’, which has subsequently been nominated for two Fleur du Cap Awards this year hits the Golden Arrow Studio stage at the Baxter. The play dissects the social taboo of pedophilia, but also transcends that subject, finding universality in extreme circumstances.
Showing 22 March – 9 April at the Baxter Theatre Centre Tickets: R100. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.

2. Broken Glass
Sir Antony Sher stars with Susan Danford, Stephen Jennings, Claire Berlein, Anthea Thompson and Patrick Lyster in Arthur Miller’s internationally acclaimed and hauntingly moving ‘Broken Glass’, directed by Janice Honeyman.
Showing 22 March – 16 April at the The Fugard. Tickets: R120 – R180. Shows start at 7.30pm/3pm. Book: Computicket.

..and for the Number 1 must see this week…

1. Dekaf
Comedian, Siv Ngesi, stars in ‘Dekaf’, which was the winner of the Golden Ovation Award for Comedy at the National Arts Festival 2010. Dekaf is a black, white comedy … about blacks who think like whites … told by a black guy … who sounds white.
Showing 21 March – 2 April at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R75. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.

the Drama King give-away

Win one of five sets of double tickets to Siv Ngesi’s Dekaf at the Baxter Theatre Centre next Thursday, 24 March at 8pm. To enter, leave a comment below, stating what it is you love about South African comedy. The best five comments (or the funniest) will walk-away winners. Good luck!

the Drama King spills the beans

What the press didn’t tell you… Carmen, presented by Cape Town Opera, at the Artscape Theatre, flew down an international opera singer from Russia to play Carmen in the production. They did, however, forget to tell her she needed a visa. So, the poor bird arrived at Cape Town International Airport, was taken into custody for two hours of hard questioning, after which they called Cape Town Opera, who took yet another two hours to arrive. The Opera Company were very apologetic and offered to sort out her visa there-and-then, and also offered to fly her boyfriend over to comfort her. She turned down all offers. She was so traumatised that all she wanted to do was go back home. And she did.

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5 Comments

  1. I love that South African comedy is so incredibly unique! There is nothing like it in the world.

    You have no choice but to laugh because you KNOW it’s true. I absolutely love that we can poke fun at ourselves and each other in a way that completely embraces and celebrates our enormous cultural differences.

  2. We walk on egg shells every day, trying to be good to our neighbours, trying to be politically correct in public. You even have to watch out for character defamation lawsuits incase you insult a politician. Thankfully all hell breaks loose when a south african comedian gets on stage. No one is safe, nor can anyone stop laughing!

  3. I love that South African comedy is so unique to south africa. Nowhere else in the world have they got as rich a culture as we do, and it makes for brilliantly witty, inter-cultural satire. Since “Biltong & Potroast, the standard of SA comedy has been on the up and up and makes me proud to say I’m a south african as I walk through the streets of cape town and notice so many of the caricatures I’ve “met” and grown to love. •

  4. The best thing about South African comedy are the jokes.

  5. The best thing about South African comedy is that it’s still absolutely fearless, for the people and about the people. No topic is off limits. comedy in S.A speaks the truth and holds up a mirror to us and our society they way only comdey can!!