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Simon & Garfunkel Meet The Beatles

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Duck Chowles and Andy Murray reunite to bring you an acoustic evening of music and harmony, featuring the greatest hits of Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. Their voices blend in perfect harmony to some of the greatest songs ever written in popular music. Andy Murray features on lead vocals and lead acoustic guitar and Duck Chowles on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion.

Duck Chowles and Andy Murray have been at the forefront of the South African entertainment industry for more than 3 decades. They started working together in 1993 at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, in a Tribute to The Rolling Stones, called “Sticky Fingers”. They continued performing together in countless hit shows such as “Sixty Something”, “Roll over Beethoven”, “Glory Days”, “Station 70” and many more.

Their perfect harmony blend for The Beatles’ sound is one of their trademarks, and they toured with the hit show, “The Fab 4”- A Tribute to The Beatles throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia and enjoyed sold-out performances at the Madinat Theatre, situated in the exclusive Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, in 2013.

They reunite in a special tribute to the music of Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles in an intimate acoustic show, celebrating two of the greatest and most influential musical groups of all time.

The Beatles catalogue is represented from their early days with hits such as She Loves You, A Hard Day’s Night , I Want to Hold Your Hand and Eight Days A Week to the early Paul Simon compositions such as Homeward Bound, America and Mrs Robinson. Highlights in the show include the beautiful, iconic The Sounds of Silence and Here Comes the Sun – while rocking the house with Come Together and Get Back. The party gets underway with sing-alongs such as Hey Jude, Cecelia, Ob La Di, Ob La Da and Bye, Bye Love.

Join Duck Chowles and Andy Murray in a special performance and nostalgic blast from the past, with music that is uplifting and everlasting.

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So You Want To Be A Trophy Wife?

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So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? is written and performed by Sue Diepeveen, and directed by Wynne Bredenkamp. Diepeveen is part of the team that won a 2019 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Your Perfect Life and Bredenkamp is a force to be reckoned with, winning numerous coveted awards for writing and directing. This fearless team is exploring the notion of what happens to a woman when she reaches her ‘sell-by date’. 

The play follows the highs and lows of reaching middle age and pokes fun at how society ignores women in this particular category. In a world awash with ‘influencers’ and ‘blessers’, poor old Marie is swamped! Feeling invisible and desperate, her only hope, it seems, is to find herself a rich husband. But that is easier said than done. She’ll also need to make few changes in order to attract said rich man. Can mutton really be dressed up as lamb? Does it want to be dressed up as lamb?

Audiences are invited to laugh along with the character Marie as she looks at the unbelievable expectations that society places on women, and how ridiculous the fairer sex can be in the pursuit of what we think is happiness.

This revamped version of 2016's So You Want To Be A Trophy Wife was set to debut at the National Arts Festival this year, but things got changed up a bit for us. After a successful digital debut on the NAF vFringe platform, we thought it was time to bring it fully to life at the most suitable venue for it - The Drama Factory. 

“she has created a character almost comical in her naivety, while also being deeply sympathetic at the same time.” – Lindsay Kruger (Broadway World)

“She pulls us into her gaze, into her space.” – Robyn Cohen (The Cape Robyn)

F Creations looks forward to welcoming audiences to experience So You Want to be a Trophy Wife? live for the very first time this October at The Drama Factory.

Broadway World review of filmed version:https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-africa/article/BWW-Review-Sue-Diepeveen-is-Realistic-and-Raw-in-SO-YOU-WANT-TO-BE-A-TROPHY-WIFE-20200708

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Dirt & Stone Live

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Acclaimed musicians, Tombstone Pete (guitar) and Jean Marais (percussion), look to put hair on the chests of audiences everywhere – starting with Somerset West – through their fresh and exciting take on the acoustic duo. Drawing on Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Classical, Dirt & Stone bring you two sets of original material and covers from the charts back when the charts made sense.

 

"When Tombstone Pete plays his guitar people can’t help but sit up and listen. The positive energy that flows through him is not an act….” – Jen Fur, YourLMG. Pete’s attention-grabbing guitar style was developed during his time as a street performer in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, and he brings experience from his other guises as an actor, improviser, and former radio host, to make each show an engaging experience.(Check More Info for bio)

 

Jean Marais has been a gigging drummer since the age of twelve and today is consequently one of the most respected and in-demand drummers on the local music scene, both live and in the studio. Both are renowned for the quality of their work and the uniqueness or their respective styles and cannot wait to share the fruits of their combined efforts.(Check More Info for bio)

Among the covers we will be treated to will be the likes of The Way You Look Tonight, Porter's Let's Do It, Nirvana's On A Plain and more!

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PETER FAURE Best known locally as Tombstone Pete, Peter Faure graduated with a BA in Drama and Psychology from Rhodes University before completing an Honours degree in Live Performance at AFDA in Cape Town. His musical education included training in singing, piano, guitar, viola, and percussion, and he has continued to train in, and pursue professionally, the voice, the guitar, and the piano. He cut his teeth as a street performer and nightclub guitarist in the UK, Australia, and in New Zealand – where he released his debut album, Codebreaker, as one half of the acoustic guitar duo “The Codebreakers”, and where he composed and performed on the score of NZ film “Good For Nothing” with legendary composer, John Psathas. Over the past decade back in South Africa, he has become a staple of the local live music scene, delivering solo guitar performances at Up the Creek, RAMfest, Synergy, Table Mountain Blues Summit, and the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival. He has also hosted the Blues Zone on Zone Radio, and acted in numerous international television series, commercials, and local theatre, most frequently as a member of the improvisational theatre troupe, Improguise Players of Theatresports. When not doing any of that he works as a voice artist for several TV and film post-production facilities.

 

JEAN MARAIS Having started as a gigging drummer at the age of 12, by the time Jean Marais graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BA, he had already played hundreds of live shows and recorded several singles, EPs and albums. With his base as owner and manager of Tunes Studio in Stellenbosch he has become one of South Africa’s most sought after live and session drummers, earning his place among the endorsed artists of two major drum and cymbal manufacturers, Mapex and Zildjan. The far-from-exhaustive list of the well-known names he has collaborated with include: Albert Frost, Basson Laubscher, Piet Botha, David Kramer, Skallabrak, Hezron Chetty, and Bacchus Nel, and he has long-standing and ongoing working relationships with Riaan Niewenhuis and Riku Lätti. He is furthermore no stranger to the local festival circuit, having featured at (among others), The Grahamstown National Arts Festival, RAMfest, Aardklop, Woordfees, Oppikoppi, Up the Creek and STRAB. In 2020 Tunes Studio released an album entitled, “Diversiteit”, produced by Jean along with Mark Ellis, consisting of collaborations between local musicians aiming to champion respect, tolerance and understanding across cultures and ethnic groups. 

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The Latin Affair

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Brace yourself for a Latin Affair that will be unforgettable, and far more exciting than DESPACITO ! 

Ernesto Latino, originally from Paraquay, South America, a multi-skilled musician and specialist of various Latin genres, will transport you to exotic destinations like Peru, Agentina, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Greece, to mention but a few, with his beautiful collection of Mediterranean and Latin-American music. He sings with ease in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English and will perform popular cover songs from renowned artists such as Julio Iglesias, Gipsy Kings, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Enrique Iglesias, Dean Martin, Helmut Lotti, Patrizio Buanne and Carlos Santana, amongst others. Sit back and be immersed in the mystery and magic of this fascinating musical journey, that will showcase the spectacular guitar skills and honey-toned voice of this virtuoso, as you are treated to some romantic hits like Amor Amor, That’s Amore and Il Mondo, and others, as well as to foot-tapping, pulsating, vibrant hits like Despacito, Volare, Bailando, Bamboleo, Lambada and La Bamba, which will have you dancing in the aisles.

 

Ernesto Latino was an integral member of some of the most celebrated Latin groups, such as Los Gomes and Los Indios and won numerous awards with them, apart from performing on TV shows across countries such as Venezuela, Columbia, Peru and Argentina.  Prior to moving to South Africa, he lived in Osaka, Japan for 5 years where he performed as a solo artist across Japan and China. Ernesto has won and earned the respect of many Latin aficionado.

 

He will be joined on stage by energetic percussionist, David Benzaquen, from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

THE LATIN AFFAIR IS A SHOW THAT WILL RESONATE WITH YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE AND THAT WILL TRULY BE MEMORABLE!

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