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Schalk Bezuidenhout's Krismis Bonanza

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Come join Schalk Bezuidenhout and two surprise acts for a night of stand-up comedy and Krismis cheer! This year has been tough, mense. We need to go into the festive season laughing, otherwise we might as well just yell "Happy New Year" now and get it over and done with. Bring your pillows and blankets because we make a lekker big krismisbed on the floor. Wear your pajamas... because you will look and feel like a poephol if you don't!

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Johnson Insanitized

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Following the resounding success of his beautiful show Vaslav, multi award winning performer Godfrey Johnson presents an all new post-lockdown one man extravaganza. Join Johnson as he accompanies himself on piano and performs new compositions inspired by the madness and unpredictability of the Twenty First Century. Johnson shares some personal stories as he explores the art of managing oneself as a middle aged man in this extraordinary day and age.

Hilarious, touching and brutally honest, Johnson chats about his plunge into sobriety and his overwhelming fear of the past. Johnson is known for his interpretations of the work of Jacques Brel and Noel Coward and in this show we get to hear more of his original work as well as songs by Waits, Porter, Sondheim and other masterful song writers. Johnson was most recently seen in the four time Fleur du Cap nominated one-man show, “VASLAV”, written by Karen Jeynes and directed by Lara Bye. (nominated for best actor in a musical, best performance in a one person show and best composer) He also enjoyed a 2019 run with Pieter-Dirk Uys in “Bambi Sings The F.A.K Songs

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Simon & Garfunkel Meet The Beatles

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Back by popular demand, and with rave reviews like “Awesome show; absolutely brilliant, so professional with talent out of the top drawer; accomplished musicians; exceptional entertainment by true professionals;great trip down memory lane and the best ever heard at The DramaFactory”, from audiences who saw the show in October, Duck Chowles and Andy Murray of Barnyard fame will once again take to the stage with The Acoustic Retro Rewind Band at The Drama Factory  to bring you an acoustic evening of music and harmony, featuring the greatest hits of two of the best-selling, most influential and most successful music groups of the 1960s: Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles.

The iconic British Beatles, revolutionized music forever, while the popular American folk-rock group, Simon & Garfunkel, were distinguished by their intuitive harmonies and Paul Simon’s songwriting talent. Duck Chowles and Andy Murray’s 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 and acoustic guitar backed by The Acoustic Retro Rewind band featuring drummer, Alan Lloyd, and bassist, Karl Hering … both accomplished and experienced musicians, who performed in various Barnyard productions.

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.

Duck and Andy’s 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 in 2013 at the Madinat Theatre, situated in the exclusive Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai.

The Beatles’ catalogue is represented from their early days with hits such as She Loves You, A Hard Day’s Night and Eight Days a Week to the early Paul Simon compositions such as Homeward Bound, The Boxer and Mrs Robinson. Highlights in the show include the beautiful, iconic The Sounds of Silence, Bridge over Troubled Waters, Yesterday and Here Comes the Sun. The first half ends on a rocking note with The Beatles’ hit, Come Together.

The party gets underway in the second half with sing-alongs such as Hey Jude, Cecelia, Yellow Submarine and Ob La Di, Ob La Da, to mention but a few.

Join Duck Chowles, Andy Murray &The Acoustic Retro Rewind band in a nostalgic blast from the past and a special tribute to the music of Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles … uplifting, everlasting music thatstrikes a chord and resonates with old and young alike!

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Old School Country Legends Tribute

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James Marais and Monique Cassells are renowned for their “Oldies But Goldies” and “Elvis: From Memphis To Las Vegas” shows, which have brought them well-supported performances at The Drama Factory. In 2017, they successfully launched their “Old School Country Legends Tribute” show, and now they are bringing it to The Drama Factory. Just as with all their shows, the “Old School Country Legends Tribute” show is a mini-theatrical experience, featuring the dynamic vocal and visual performances of James and Monique, alternating as a duo and individual performers, who also do multiple costume changes throughout.

James, renowned as the no. 1 Elvis Presley tribute artist in South Africa, and who has appeared on television several times, including appearances on SABC 2’s game shows, “Noot Vir Noot” and “Musiek Roulette”, as well as Kyknet’s “Jou Show”, presented by Emo Adams, shows his versatility as he excels in the Country genre with songs by legendary artists such as Johnny Cash (“Folsom Prison Blues”), Don Williams (“You’re My Best Friend”) and Glen Campbell (“Rhinestone Cowboy”).

Monique, who has gained widespread praise for her powerhouse voice and performances, as well as her versatility, shows her excellent capabilities as a Country singer, with tributes to top Country artists such as Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Tammy Wynette (“Stand By Your Man”) and Dolly Parton (“9 to 5”). Monique made her television debut on SABC 2’s “Musiek Roulette” in May 2018.

James and Monique are a powerful duo and perform some wonderful duets in the show by artists such as Johnny Cash and June Carter (“Jackson”), and Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton (“Islands In The Stream”), as well as songs not originally performed as a duet, such as Merle Haggard’s “Somewhere Between”. Other great Country artists represented include the Bellamy Brothers (“Let Your Love Flow”), Mac Davis (“It’s Hard To Be Humble”) and Pussycat (“Mississippi”). Music by the all-time great artists Elvis Presley and Creedence Clearwater Revival will also be included, as they made a considerable impact on Country music.

Hee haw! Bring along your Country hats, belt buckles and boots – you’re in for one heck of a trip down memory lane!

YouTube link to the “Old School Country Legends Tribute” promotional video:

Old School Country Legends Tribute Show Reel - https://youtu.be/kP9bJ66-jsM

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ImproGuise presents; The Very Merry Improv show returns again!

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The Very Merry Improv Show returns(again)! ImproGuise, Cape Town’s award winning and longest running improv troupe plans to end this year of lockdowns and lock in’s with a Live in person, off the Cuff, very jolly show, to celebrate the festive season. So there is no better way to do this, than to return to the gorgeous and spacious (socially distanced) Drama Factory, this Dec, with their wildly popular, festive and totally made up, seasonal improv show, The Very Merry Improv Show.With their unique brand of improv, ImproGuise will be asking the audience for more than just a few silly suggestions and these will be used to spark off some crazy scenes. Anything can happen, and probably will! Be prepared for an hour of the cleverest and funniest made up entertainment in C.T and beyond…

ImproGuise, Cape Town's longest-running, award-winning, Improv Company have been performing continuously in Cape Town and around the country for the past 28 years, bringing you the internationally recognised short form Improv, TheatreSports. They have also introduced audiences to other fabulous Long form improv formats ; some that they learned from fellow improvisers across the globe, and some that they invented themselves such as: On the couch, Period drama, Improvised Chekov, Tribute, Little Space between, Soapathon, Jam Sandwich, First Kiss, Last kiss, Musical, Naked Improv, The Chair , Film Noir , Fake Place , Documentary , The very merry Improv show and their annual Improv fest , to name a few. They perform and teach at various theatres, schools, corporates and festivals both in South Africa and abroad

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