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Heathcote Williams Double Bill: Whale Nation and Sacred Elephant

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Let storyteller, David Muller, take you on a journey into the depths of the ocean and out into the wild in this mesmerising double bill. This April, F Creations in association with The Merry Scholar present Heathcote Williams’ epic poems Whale Nation and Sacred Elephant at The Drama Factory. David Muller’s dramatization of these epic poems has been described as “haunting” and “entrancing” by critics.

Muller has performed these two poems many times over the years, in a wide range of settings – from Kalk Bay to Bahrain, from under a baobab in the Kruger National Park to inside Elephant's Eye. However, this is the first time he is presenting them as a double bill. Whale Nation is directed by Claire Watling and Sacred Elephant by Stacey Sacks. The poems were written by Williams as part of a series created to expose the plight of the Earth and man’s impact on nature. The poems are written in free verse, and the performances flows in a way that echoes the variations of nature itself.

Through his storytelling talents, Muller “keeps the audience transfixed” (Keith Millar, Daily News). The words are “no bunny-hugging piece of green … propaganda. The language is graceful and elegant, the mood evocative but not emotionally manipulative, the content realistic.” (Karen Rutter, Cape Times).

This double bill marks the third production to come to The Drama Factory under the banner of F Creations. Last year, they brought you the hilarious Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and in February they warmed hearts with Jam Every Other Day. F Creations and The Merry Scholar have decided to make these performances mean a little more and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League here in Cape Town. Audience members can also donate at the collection point in the theatre foyer.

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Therapy

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This true life story deals with the story of a young man breaks the silence by revealing that his beautiful daughter lost her sight and speech at the age of two. The story touches the snares of one's heart as the story is told in all honesty and sincerity. A heart broken Father tells the tale with all its obstacles and challenges.  

Xola Sydney Honono is an actor, writer, director, motivational speaker and the founder of Mthunzi Community Production. He has been acting professionally since 2005 and has a wealth of experience both on stage and in-front of the camera, His TV credits include Disgrace (International Movie) playing along John Malcovich,  Mary Kingsley (German Documentary), Familie(Belgium Soapie) . Locally he has been seen on SABC1 Comedy-Drama Forced Love, JAB and On The Rope, Umngeno and many more.

Xola Honono has work in different edutainment Industrial Theatre (Road Shows) & Theatre having worked with companies such as New Africa Theatre Association, Metrorail known as Prasa, Okuhle Media (He wrote and develop different road show scripts and coach new actors) for Premier Foods in Blue Ribbon Roadshows. In Theatre he has played on Bopha, Umboniso, Blind Man's Judgement, Pieces Of The Past. He is the creator and co-director of Isikorkoro som'Zalwane that won best director award in Stop Crime Drama Festival back in 2005 while he was in Drama school at New Africa Theatre Association.

Directed by Alecia Daniels 

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A Tribute To ABBA By Mike And The Harmonix

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Mike McCully (McCully Workshop and Buccaneer fame) has again put together another tribute show this time featuring the fantastic music of ABBA.

With an All-Star cast, this show first came to prominence in 2014 at Grand West Casino and ran for two sell-out seasons!

This time Mike himself is on drums and vocals and leads the amazing cast comprised of bassist extraodinaire Neil Payton, the multi-talented Warren Lomberg on guitars and vocals and keyboard wizard, Gordon Mackay( like Mike from McCully Workshop) on violin, keys and vocals.

The two girls making up the Abba group (both Agnetha and Freda look-alikes) are the awesome Sjanel Vosloo and the amazing Luella Holland. Both girls were in the original show at Grand West.

Patrons will be encouraged to sing along to their favourite ABBA songs like WATERLOO, RING RING, CHIQUITITA, FERNANDO, MONEY MONEY MONEY, DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW, GIMME GIMME, VOULEZ VOUZ, NAME OF THE GAME, THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL, MAMA MIA, DANCING QUEEN  and many more.

Recently the show was performed again at Grand West to a sell-out crowd and the audiences went ballistic !!

If you are an ABBA fan, then this show is not to be missed !

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID.....................CAPE TIMES...................”PHENOMINAL ABBA SHOW ! UNMISSABLE!”

                                                        DIE BURGER.................. “THE GIRLS ARE AMAZING !! THEY HAVE ALL THE MOVES!”                                                      

                                                        CAPE ARGUS .................THIS IS AN AWESOME ABBA SHOW! ALL THE MUSICIANS ARE AMAZING!”

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In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses' Lament

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 The ‘Virgin’ and the ‘Whore’. Two waitresses prepare themselves for another nauseating night on the battlefields of Horrifying Hospitalica! Armed with toothpick, their razor-sharp wit, and ripe, suck-able tits, they don their aprons, hoist their fishnets and limber up to perform In Whorefish Bloomers! An adaptation of Pam-Grant and Stannard's underground 1980s feminist ‘cabaret’. Two young Cape Town actresses take on the patriarchy one tit-bit at a time in this collection of pro-femme episodes stuffed with humour, word play, cheesy dance moves, a sprinkle of song and a drizzle of darkness. Further Info: Nominated for Best Production and Best Creative (Directing) Awards at the Cape Town Fringe and back after a sold out run in Johannesburg, don’t miss you last chance to see this high-energy, feminist comedy.

Biographies: Jamie, Donna and Kei-Ella have been working together since their 1st year of theatre and performance studies at the UCT Drama Dept. Kei-Ella is a director, stage-manager, techie, visual artist and craft extraordinaire. She directed throughout university, including Don’t Shoot the Harbinger! which won Best New Script at the NAF Student Program in 2015 and Monster, a visual theatre collaboration with Jamie and Donna which was created at university and performed again at the Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016. She was awarded the Mavis Taylor Theatre-Making Award and the class medal in 2015 for her efforts. She presented her second collaboration with Jamie and Donna In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament in May this year. She was a waitress and now works for the UCT Drama Dept. as the Senior Stage Manager. Other than working with her two favourite people, Donna Cormack-Thomson has performed on film and on stage. Including The White Whore and The Bit Player directed by Chris Weare, in Anthology: After The End written by Nicholas Spagnioletti, Jon Keevy, Louis Viljoen, and directed by Louis Viljoen and in a sold-out run of Bad Jews written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Greg Karvellas at The Fugard Theatre. Jamie-Lee has gained experience acting on film and television series, some of which will be releasing late 2017 and early 2018 on BBC and Cinema. She been involved in more than just acting but also in admin, technical and casting sides for film. She works part time at the Alexander Bar. Photo Credits: Conor McCarthy and Nardus Englebrecht 

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Andre' Swiegers - All I Really Want

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André recalls songs of his favourite singer-songwriters who inspired him to become a musician. He relives his journey from the 60’s up to now. Come and experience his versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and Peter Sarstedt - including his own works.


André vertolk werke van sanger-liedjieskrywers wat hom inspireer het om self musiek te maak. Hy herleef die musiekreis van sy jongdae tot nou. Kom luister na sy vertolkings van oa Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon en Peter Sarstedt - ook sy eie werke - bekendes en splinternuwes.


His new album introduces a new beginning in his career. As songwriter, arranger and producer, he upped his game. “ALL I REALLY WANT” is a listener-friendly album with energetic Folk-Rock songs (Going Down & Ready to Go), witty Country (All I Really Want), Afrikaans Rock-Ballad (Al Moet Ek Soms), up-tempo finger-picking (Blommekind), Bluesy vibe (Ex-lover), powerful ballads like Who Will Restore and Jetset Babe. 


The song-arrangements are minimalistic, so is the cover design (portrait sketch by André). 
The focus of his performance at The Drama Factory will be on his new album All I Really Want.

Singer-songwriter André Swiegers has been an active musician for numerous years. Has collaborated and shared stages with some of the most celebrated names in the industry. He wrote and co-wrote songs that became popular locally and abroad – Blou (André Swiegers & Riana Nel, Laurika Rauch, Laurika Rauch & Loki), Eva, Jammer om te hoor, Doncella, Turn on the light (André Swiegers), Twee Feilbare Mense (André Swiegers & Helena Hettema), Hoe draai die wind dan nou? (Theuns Jordaan), Take me where the sun is shining (Coleske) to name a few. He has won several awards - from best contemporary album to best producer. 

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Planet Mirth

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PLANET MIRTH – a funny look at everything…inHD!

 

In this, his 20th one man comedy show, funny-man Committie presents a docu-comedy in the highest definition and promises everything we have come to love about his brand of comic madness…. Infectious energy, physical hi-jinx combined with witty wordplay and hysterical observations.  

 

PLANET MIRTH is a comic look at….well….everything. Our planet has never been in a more precarious state and that makes it ripe for Committie to unpack how we got here, where we are and how the heck we are ever going to move forward.

 

Our obsession with hiking, Despacito, the science of sign language, the craziness of family gatherings, gallons of garnish and confusing astrology are just some of the topics he may (or may not talk about). I have no control over this fella. I simply write the media release….

 

It’s the perfect tonic to another mad year on this planet.

Book now. PLANET MIRTH – comedy on a global scale!!

 

Directed by fleur Du Cap Lifetime achievement winner – Christopher Weare.  This is Committie and Weare’s 19th production in partnership with each other.

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