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The Drama Factory is an independent, intimate theatre for Somerset West, Strand and surrounds!

Unzipped

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 Godfrey Johnson, joined by Nicholas McDiarmid, returns ‘Unzipped’* refreshed, renewed and a little reprised. First performed in 2016, Beverley Brommert (Cape Times Review) found  “Unzipping “ Godfrey Johnson proves a stimulating experience…” and discovered “the layered and complex personality of this artist: sentimental, profound, impish…bright with some dark places.” 

‘Cabaret Unzipped’ weaves the songs of Bowie, Brel, Amos, Weill and originals, with the satirical characters Juniper Jade (now joined by Sally Sky) and Nugent Stein joined by young Meubeltjie) into a witty, humane reflection of life today, powered by the personal, rather than the tribal; the meaningful rather than viral.

‘Cabaret Unzipped - Songs & Satire’ furthers the inventive weaving of song, caricature and satire into a narrative fabric of 2016s ‘Unzipped’ which the Cape Times observed: “Johnson switches seamlessly from tender pianissimo to full-throated fortissimo…Topical references are artfully included into familiar lyrics, taking sideswipes at Donald Trump and the Gupta family; these are subdued and subtle, making their impact all the greater for understatement.”

Two years later, and Trump has since won the US Presidency and…Zuma…the Guptas…Change has accelerated, and Johnson feels the need to Unzip again, only differently.

Come and find out how life feels through the lens of one of South Africa’s most established performers and musicians, when Godfrey Johnson (joined by Nicholas McDiarmid) presents ‘Cabaret Unzipped - Songs & Satire’  at the The Drama Factory.


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Bryan Miles Live

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Meet Bryan Miles - a master of the wicked manipulation of the mind and a performer who is trained in the art of thought deception. Bryan has performed across the globe, from London to Los Angeles, and has just returned from performing at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood.

His ground-breaking primetime SABC TV series, ‘One Day with Bryan Miles’ has had South Africans across the country questioning what is possible and what is not. “You just sent a shiver down my spine!” Graeme Richards (SABC 3 Presenter)

Bryan can seemingly influence and predict human behaviours. By using his skillset of magic, suggestion and psychology – he is able to theatrically manipulate your perception of the world. “Bryan Miles is amazing!” Jack Parow (Musician)

His one-man show sees Bryan sharing some of his unique obsessions from childhood with the audience. Bryan Miles is an ordinary person with extraordinary skills…whether it is extracting people’s inner most thoughts or controlling their behaviour – this show will keep you questioning the potential of the human mind! “I am obsessed with the human mind. Does Free Will exist?

Are the thoughts and decisions we make truly our own? Every thought we have results in some kind of action – I don’t read minds, I read people.” 

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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!”

Book Tickets for A Tribute To ABBA By Mike And The Harmonix:

That 60's and 70's Show

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Combining the music of Mike McCullagh’s highly-acclaimed shows, “60 Something” and “Station 70”, Mike McCully has come up with a new show paying tribute to the chart-topping artists of the 60's and 70's.

 
Patrons will be taken back in time to re-visit  these decades with the music of  THE BEATLES, JAMES BROWN, VAN MORRISON, THE ROLLING STONES, FLEETWOOD MAC,TINA TURNER, THE EAGLES, STEVIE WONDER, ARETHA FRANKLIN, ELTON JOHN, THE BEACH BOYS, NEIL DIAMOND, QUEEN and more.
 
Featuring the amazing HARMONIX  band (so successful with their recent TRIBUTE TO ABBA) and guest artist JOHN E, whose awesome renditions of JAMES BROWN, BOB MARLEY, STEVIE WONDER among others, will have audiences on their feet, for standing ovations!
 
Watch highlights of the show as the HARMONIX girls perform GO YOUR OWN WAY and AQUARIUS, whilst keyboardist  GORDON MACKAY gives a virtuoso violin performance in THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA and MIKE MCCULLY sings his own hit song BUCCANEER along with JETHRO TULL'S LOCOMOTIVE BREATH and PINK FLOYD'S ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL.
 
In addition John, as the compére of the show, will have patrons in stitches with his hilarious comedy routine inbetween his amazing dance routine.


All in all it’s a night of fun, laughter & singing  as we re-live  their favourite songs of the 60' and 70's!
A show not to be missed !

 

Book Tickets for That 60's and 70's Show :

Raak

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RAAK is die verhaal van ‘n oomblik tussen man en vrou. Hulle begin, en die begin van hul einde. Die stukkie garing wat stadig ontrafel, vinniger en vinniger, tot die punt waar jy nie meer daaraan kan vasklou nie. Waar begin die einde? Is dit ‘n oomblik van geweld, van weet? Of is dit iets wat ontaard uit jare se stilte, jare se sluk, se soek en staar? Is dit Raka, die ding wat binne elke mens woordeloos wag? Soos die bokkoppe wat teen die huis se muur hang? Staties. Sonder skroom. Iets oorgeërf.

Jare se verstaan en wanbestaan? Of is dit iets wat ons binne mekaar vind? ‘n Ontdekking?


"Die donker. dit wat saam met die lig gepaard gaan. Of, die ding wat dalk in onsself bly torring. Bly draai. Bly soek en krap en kou. 'n Kaak. Wat kraak elke keer as die keel vol sluk en slym is."

 

RAAK is ontwikkel in Kanya Viljoen se honneursjaar aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad. 

Die verhaal van ‘n enkele aand wat oopvlek op ‘n leeftyd tussen ‘n man en ‘n vrou. Hul begin en die begin van hul einde. Die stille geweld van ontstaan soos Raka wat aan ons bly kleef. ‘n Aanraking oorgeërf soos die bokkop teen die muur? ‘n Soeke na dit wat kon wees, ‘n jagtog na dit wat nooit was nie. ‘n Karkas wat om die kombuistafel swoeg om vleis en vel te bewaar of te laat vrot?  

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