30 Jun the Drama King speaks…
The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…
William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is on at the Masque Theatre. The tragic story about how the need for power can often lead to destruction. The production is directed by Clifford Graham (who also plays the leading character, Macbeth -don’t know if that’s such a clever move!) and co-directed by stalwart, Brenda Gray.
Showing 1 – 9 July at the Masque Theatre. Tickets: R50 – R60. Shows start at 8pm/6.30pm/2.30pm. Book: 021 788 1898
4. Vodacom Funny Festival
This year’s Vodacom Funny Fest is highly disappointing compared to past festivals. The comedians on offer this year are Alan Committie (MC), Constable Carl (GHFM’s drivetime sports anchor), Kalki Henenberg (from Oz), Miss Ro (Korea), Eugene Khoza (Jo’burg boy), Kev Orkian (UK), Shimmy Isaacs (Worcester’s claim to fame), Full House (Switzerland), and The boy with tape on his face (New Zealand).
Showing until 10 July at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R130. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket
3. Love, Loss and What I Wore
This hilarious piece is something for the ladies (…and for the men, too). It is an intimate collection of stories by siblings Nora Ephron (‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, and more recently ‘Julie and Julia’) and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, which examines how a woman’s wardrobe serves as the way she remembers her life.
Showing until 2 July at the Theatre On The Bay. Tickets: R80 – R150. Shows start at 8pm/3pm. Book: Computicket
2. Klaas Struggle
Tracy Klass, a middle-aged woman like many others, wages her own Klass Struggle. Petrol is over R10 a litre, electricity is rising at the rate of 20% per annum, service delivery is down, whilst school fees, food prices and her dress size are up, but we still need to feed a family on last year’s income! As a parent Tracy deals with school – then and now – mondelinge (nothing has changed!), “trappe van vergelyking”, school lunches in a nut free environment, PTA meetings – to be avoided like the plague, school sports days, run-ins with sports coaches, OT, IT and OBE and the scourge of modern education – projects! Directed by Riaad Moosa, this comedy piece is not to be missed.
Showing until 2 July at On Broadway. Tickets: R85. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket
..and for the Number 1 must see this week…
1. The Shadow of Brel
Godfrey Johnson treats audiences to a splendid evening out, with his latest carnation of ‘The Shadow of Brel’. Back by popular demand, Johnson brings the music of universal musical icon, Jacques Brel alive, in a cabaret-style set-up. His voice is powerful and emotional, and one can feel every verse play out in front of one, as he resurrects some of Brel’s timeless classics. The show is divided into two, by an interval; and whilst the first half is strictly Brel, in the second, audiences are given the chance to hear Johnson’s Madonna impersonations, amongst many others. The second half is a “musical jukebox” session, where one can pay anything from R5 to about R20 to have Johnson play a song from a menu of selected songs. Every rand raised from the “jukebox” goes to Pieter Dirk-Uys’ Darling Fund -which feeds and pays school fees for underpriveleged children living in Darling. Do yourself a favour, and partake in the sheer delight of listening to Godfrey Johnson’s musical talents as they unfold before you on stage.
Showing until 9 July at Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R110. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430
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