the Drama King speaks


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

5. Godspell
A fun, modern day musical, retelling the New Testament parables from the Gospel according to Matthew. The show is at times comedic and at times sentimental, and includes the songs, Day by Day, Learn Your Lessons Well, Turn Back O Man, By My Side, On the Willows, and many more.
Showing 15 – 24 April at the Artscape Theatre. Tickets: R110 – R130. Shows start at 8pm/6pm/2.30pm. Book: Computicket.

4. 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 until 16 April at the The Fugard. Tickets: R120 – R180. Shows start at 7.30pm/3pm. Book: Computicket.

3. Silence of the Music
In a world of diversity comes a classic tale of intercultural love told through a critically acclaimed and multilingual musical masterpiece. Leading world-music composer Lynne Holmes-Ganief combines with renowned theatre director Basil Appollis to create a magical and exotic musical journey. The star-studded cast includes the inimitable veteran Michele Maxwell (Isidingo,Scandal), Loukmaan Adams (District Six The Musical, Kat and The Kings), Keenan Arrison (Shooting Stars, Fishy Fêshuns), leading singing sensation from India Asmina Alekar, and many more.
Showing until 30 April at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R120. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.

2. What’s in a Name?
A new high-class musical comedy cabaret that takes a light-heartened look at names, characters with interesting names and some names that are just down right ridiculous, with a healthy dose of comedy, music and dance thrown in.
Showing until 30 April at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R110. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430

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

1. My Naam is Ellen Pakkies
Based on the true-life story of Ellen Pakkies (which has been in the media quite currently), this show tells the story of a mother and the struggles she undergoes with her son who is a tik-addict. The piece is rich in text, but very raw and real. Definitely a masterpiece, and I believe all the theatre awards and nominations the play has received all play testament to this. Starring Vinette Ebrahim and Christo Davids, ‘My Naam is Ellen Pakkies’ is directed by Lizz Meiring.
Showing until 7 May at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R120 – R130. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.

the Drama King give-away

Win one of two sets of double tickets to What’s In A Name at the Kalk Bay Theatre next Wednesday, 20 April at 8.30pm. To enter, just leave a comment below stating why you think you ought to win. The best two will walk away winners! Competition ends Monday, 18 April at midnight. Good luck!

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  1. What’s in a name – well for a start “What’s In A Name” is not at the Baxter Theatre Centre next Wednesday, 20 April ….it’s Showing until 30 April at the Kalk Bay Theatre…..(Win one of two sets of double tickets to What’s In A Name at the Baxter Theatre Centre next Wednesday, 20 April at 8.30pm)

  2. A wise ass like Gallos
    Deserves the Gallows
    The Drama King is so kind to give
    Only to be jived by this git
    My jibe is so zealous
    I’d did’nt see it first so I’m jealous

  3. Denise Montanari

    Kalk Bay theatre wants to know “What’s in a name?”

    While The Baxter states proudly “My Naam is Ellen Pakkies”

    And the Drama King announces “Denise is the winner”.

  4. James Tunbridge

    Not original, but definitely worth 2 tickets………

    A psychiatrist is conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their kids. “You all have obsessions,” he observes.

    To the first mother, he says: “You’re obsessed with eating – you’ve even named your daughter Candy.”

    He turns to the second mother and says: “Your obsession is money. It shows in your child’s name, Penny.”

    He goes to the third mother and says: “Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows in your child’s name, Brandy.”

    The fourth mother then quietly gets up and whispers to her boy: “Come on Dick, this guy has no idea what he’s talking about. Let’s pick Willy up from school and go home.”