the Drama King speaks…


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

5. Collison of Rock and Classic
This talented cast will perform a tribute to all the superstars of the 50s to the 90s, some of the greatest hits of the huge stars including Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Queen and more.
Showing until 14 May at On Broadway. Tickets: R79. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.

4. 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 until 24 April at the Artscape Theatre. Tickets: R110 – R130. Shows start at 8pm/6pm/2.30pm. 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. 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.

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

1. Lovborg’s Women
Directed by Christopher Weare, Lovborg’s Women is a wacky comedy spoofing the naturalistic and realistic dramas of Jorgen Lovborg (after Anton Chekhov and Ibsen). Presented by award-winning theatre company, The Mechanicals, the show is not to be missed.
Showing until 21 May at the Intimate Theatre. Tickets: R120 – R180. Shows start at 8pm. Book: 021 4807128.

The vrot show of the week…
..and now the show that you shouldn’t waste your money or your time on, this week…

What’s in a Name?
I saw ‘What’s in a Name’ last week Thursday, and The show is a comedy cabaret, starring Roland Perold and Delray Burns. It felt very much like a high school pupil one-act play production, and although it was entertaining and humorous, the quality was lacking – big time.
Showing until 30 April at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R110. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430

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