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

Angie In Concert

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Angie is a rare breed of entertainer, often described as a “volcano waiting to erupt”!!  You will understand why when you see her perform, as she lights up the stage with the energy, passion, talent and stage personality one can expect from a true professional.


Originally from Liverpool in the UK, where she had huge success as a singer, Angie is no stranger to the Somerset West music and entertainment scene. 


She has performed in numerous shows at The Playhouse Theatre such as Showstoppers 2018 A Night at the Movies, her first acting role as Annie in Calender Girls or you might have caught her most recent performance as the talented and versatile Fairy Godmother in Cinderella The Panto. 


Her most recent claim to fame was being the first female compere' at the Helderberg Nature Reserve Sunset Concerts of which she is very proud.


Angie has the knack of keeping her audience enthralled and entertained with a collection of great classic hits as well as a few modern songs thrown into the mix which will definitely have your toes tapping and you singing along!


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Alan Committee - Class(y) Clown

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Alan Committie is your Class(y) Clown

Popular Cape Town funnyman, Alan Committie, is back!

After sold out seasons at the Baxter and Kalk bay theatre Committie brings you more of his hysterical observations on the foibles of living in South Africa.

In this hilarious comedy curriculum, Committie covers school assemblies, the stress of exams, buying bedding, flossing whilst flossing and trying to remember not to forget…..

Classy Clown promises textbook laughs. Miss this and go straight to detention!

The show is directed by Fleur du Cap Lifetime achievement winner - Christopher Weare.

“Verbal hi-jinx and madcap physicality a must see" (Business Day)

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Alan Committie is one of South Africa’s leading award-winning comic performers. He treads international waters regularly including hosting a South African comedy fest at the Leicester Square theatre from 2014 to 2017. He has performed in two London Pantomimes, headlined at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and plans to tour Australia later in 2018.

Over the last 20 years he is best know for starring in and writing his stand-up based one-man shows including

Planet Mirth.

Love Factually,

The Sound of Laughter and numerous others.

But Committie is also remembered for his starring role in the long running Broadway hit show Defending the Caveman (over 962 performances!).

Straight theatre performances include Richard III, Oleanna, Noises off, The Merry Widow, Little Shop of Horrors and Rosentcratz and Guildenstern are dead.

Committie has also directed numerous projects including Offbeat Broadway, The Play that goes Wrong, The Comics Choice Awards and Not the Midnight Mass: 21 years

He is considered one of South Africa’s best MC’s and has hosted numerous Fleur du Cap, Naledi and SAFTA awards as well as being the host of the Sunday Times Top 100 companies awards dinner 6 years in a row.

Committie received a Fleur de Cap Best actor award for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and a Naledi theatre Award for best comic performance for Stressed to Kill. Alan has appeared in numerous stand-up festivals including hosting the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival for 9 of the 13 years it’s been presented.

For more info: www.alancommittie.co.za or follow him on socialmedia @alancommittie

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Septembir In September - Workshops

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Sjaka S. Septembir has an MA in Theatre Making and has been working in the field of physical theatre for 16 years.

Improv Workshop


Improvisation is a great actors tool and at the root of clowning and all forms of physical theatre. The technique frees one to create your own work. We will learn the technique through games. Improv has helped thousands of people look at the world in a more positive and adventures way.

 5 September @3pm


 Mask Workshop  

 

By Sjaka S. Septembir

 

The root of all drama lies in the mask. We will play with the neutral mask, the full mask and the half mask. Learn how to fully embody a character. Mask work helps students everyday to become more aware of their bodies, opening new possibilities which lie dormant in everyone of us.  6 September @ 3pm


Mime Workshop

 

By Sjaka S. Septembir

 

In a fun way we will discover the basics of mime. In this playful workshop you will be taught enough to get you on your way to start creating your own play. Mime is the best way to help students to de-stress and increase their power to focus.  7 September @ 9am


Uncertainty

 This is an introductory workshop for business leaders who want to find ways to deal with uncertainty and change in the workplace. Working in a physical,hands on,playful way, we will look at techniques to make the uncertainties of the future look less daunting. We find waysreturn to the now and to relax so that you can make clear andinsightful decisionsThis free introduction workshop is the doorway through which you can participate in unique workshops which have shown many people how to become more relaxed and focused in these turbulent economic times. Bringing the element of play and fun back into your work which will lead to a better work environment and more productivity.

Sjaka S. Septembir has an MA in Theatre Making and has been working in the field of physical theatre for 16 years. He has a BAA diploma from the UCT’s Graduate School of Business in 2016. After entering the business world he has become acutely aware of how the creative world can help the business world and he has been involved with giving workshops for corporate and mentoring. 

7 September @ 11.00am - entrance free

 

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Stuck In Silence

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Three woman find themselves woven together in a shared love affair. Which one of the three murdered their lover? Or did they all play their part?Adding to the tension, they are locked up in a room together and forced to confront each other, themselves and life.


This play explores loss not only as tragedy, but with a touch of Beckett and a delicious slice of humour. This longing for being loved is a desire we all share and this can lead one to a space where you have lost everything, and still you are left stuck with an unfulfilled yearning.


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SKOP!

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“Skop! is one of my all time favourite theatre productions and I want more people to experience the intriguing joy that I experience when I watch this.”

- Mandy Watson, Brainwavez

Jy word ingenooi in ‘n donker, senseule wêreld waar alles eggo met liefde en lus.‘n Juweel van ‘n teaterstuk wat die gehoor verplaas na die atmosfeer van Parys in die 1930’sSjaka se storie-gedigte geweef met die musiek van Gertjie Besselsen (van Mr.Cat and The Jackle), gaan gepaard met Isabelle Grobler se hipnotiese opvoering waar sy tafeldek in ‘n meditiewe kuns verander. 

 

A gem of a theatre experience that places one back in Paris in the 1930's with it's Moulin Rouge feel. A dark, sensual cabaret that deals with love and desire. Sjaka S. Septembir’s storytelling style of spoken wordpoetry is woven together with the music of Gertjie Besselsen from Mr.Cat and The Jackle. Audienceare drawn into the world by the mesmerizing performance of the artist Isabelle Grobler. Sandra Temmingh has moulded three different worlds together with her strong directorial vision. Sjaka's poetry has left a mark on Afrikaans literature- being published widely and debated in all the National Afrikaans Newspapers.

 

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PORSELYNKAS

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The acclaimed underground documentary about the first Afrikaans performance art group that came about in the late 90's.The documentary was sold out at the encounters festival and toured the country going to Oppikoppie, the Winelands festival and Grahamstown Festival. You now have a rare chance to see for yourself why Stellenbosch was up in arms about this group of controversial artists. 

Followed by a discussion with the director MattheKalil who’s work has been screened and broadcast in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom.His book,Three Wells of Screen Writing, has recently been published in the USA and is describes as a “breakthrough in the writing craft.” 

 

60min/ 0-16 Age NLAfrikaans with Subtitles 

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The Dramas Of Life - book launch

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The Dramas of Life- Eight New Award Wining Plays by South African Playwrights

  


This book of New South African plays containing 8 plays by new voices. Already these plays have made an impact - Shoes and Coups by Palesa Mazamisa has won the 2019 Naledi prize for Best New South African Script.

“... on the strength of these plays, one can see that the inspiration and soul- searching that live theatre offers, will not easily be suppressed.”   

An extract of The Couch by Sjaka S. Septembir will be read, followed by a discussion.

 

60min/ Free

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Die Kernwapen Komplot

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n Man word vermoor en 'n hoogsgeheime dokument oor kernwapens in Suid-Afrika word gesteel. Daarmee saam word Staal se meisie, Kasandra,ontvoer. Hou die voorvalle verband met mekaar?Nog voor Staal kan sin maak van die gebeure word hy deur 'n bomenslike robot aangeval. 

Die Kernwapen Komplot is deels aksieverhaal, deels komedie. Dis ook ‘n pretige ode aan die ou Staal Burger skepping van Fanes Rautenbach.


Kom ontmoet die nuwe Staal - die speurder met ‘n romantiese streep en ‘n voorliefde vir rap - saam met sy warm mengelmoes van vriende.

 

R100-R120 /60min/ Afrikaans

 

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PianoMania

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Godfrey Johnson & Nicholas McDiarmid combine their dazzling pianistic skills with irresistible punches of humour and wit. The two virtuosos, each at their own piano bring you a show that excites, titillates and entertains. PianoMania debuted this May at Durban's Rhumbelow Theatre. Arts Critic, Billy Suter, wrote in his review "Together, with minimal fuss or fanfare, they launch straight into a merry mix of entertainment that has them tipping hats to classical music as well as everyone from Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Gloria Gaynor and Bronski Beat to Billy Joel, Mary Hopkins, Boomtown Rats and Soft Cell."

 https://sosuterbill.com/2019/06/08/fun-mixed-bag-of-a-show/

 Godfrey Johnson has performed in over 40 productions. He has performed throughout Europe, Canada and South Africa. In 2009 he performed with Claire Watling at The Jermyn Street Theatre on The West End, London with their award winning show, ‘Kissed by Brel’. He has starred in numerous films including David Moore’s, “ Once Upon A Roadtrip’. He recently composed the music for Pieter-Dirk Uys’, “ Die Van Aardes van Grootoor.” Johnson was recently nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards for his work in “ Vaslav.” ( best actor in a musical, best composer and best performance in a one- person show).

Nicholas McDiarmid is an award winning writer, journalist, editor and performer. Having made his concert debut with the Cape Town Symphony, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G at the age of 19, Nicholas continued his musical performances as a pianist and violinist whilst focussing on a career in publishing. He performed in The Sydney Chamber Orchestra between 2011 and 2013, and continuing his musical development through teaching, accompanying and writing, Nicholas returned to performing full time in 2015, and has enjoyed successful performances at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, the PopArt Theatre, the Foxwood Theatre. The Rhumbelow theatre, Alexander Bar Theatre, Krojnendal Music Academy and the Drama Factory. His musical partnership with Godfrey Johnson includes the popular ‘PianoMania’ series of shows, a highly entertaining mix of musical comedy, daring duets and carefully selected songs.

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Cringe City

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Cringe City is a celebratory event of our awkward adolescence! Rooted in storytelling, adults divulge the cringeworthy things they created as youngsters - teenage journals, love stories, skinner-filled letters, dated Facebook status’... Mxit anyone? Eish. This rough-draft-improv-comedy-stand-up-show is comedy gold! Every hero once started out as a cringy kid, right?


For the first time in Women's Month, we talk about our relationships, our bodies, our passions, our growth. Photo Credits: Poster by Olive Klara. Creative Team: Casey, creative producer, has recently returned to Cape Town after 2 years of developing theatre projects in New York City. She studied improvisation at The People’s Improv Theatre and works fiercely to engage young women using theatre as an accepting space where individuals consciously share their experiences in order to gain power within themselves. Her work on The Woman Who Was Me by Convergences Theatre Collective cultivated a community culture of supportive listening and comradery, to affirm personal empowerment, and to embolden voices that break the code of silence. Most recently, she took part in Irondale Theatre’s To Protect, Serce, and Understand™ project in which the New York Police Department work alongside civilians and use theatrical improvisation to build communication and empathy between officers and the communities they are charged to protect and serve. Casey is the head of communications at Bond Street Theatre, an arts-based NGO; she is BST’s first company member to be based in Africa and handles programme development and media outreach. She is currently continuing work on the Creative Arts in Women’s Prisons in Afghanistan as well as the Border Narratives project with Bangladeshi and Indian actors, musicians and dancers that illuminate the tragedy of borders. The team initiates creative programming that addresses international human rights issues, inspires and educates youth, amplifies the voices of marginalized populations, and promotes the value of the arts in peacebuilding. Casey completed post-grad work at New York Film Academy.

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The Epicene Butcher and other stories for consenting adults

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The international cult hit The Epicene Butcher comes to The Drama Factory - the first time this beloved show has been seen on SA soil in five years. Performed over 400 times around the world, the much awarded and much loved cult show introduced South Africa to Jemma Kahn and her unique theatre style. 

Come and see the deployment of a 12th Century Japanese Buddhist story-telling tradition known as kamishibai to tell 7 startling pop stories. The show is a mash-up of manga, sex, gothic horror and mainstream popular culture using hand-drawn illustrations and luscious narration.


 
Annie Lennox 'Jemma Kahn is brilliant. I came away with my mind slightly blown.'


Third World Television and Assembly'Completely absorbing. You will be reminded why you loved being told stories as a child and wish that there were more opportunities for you to be told stories like this as an adult. A must see.'


Winner ARGUS ANGEL Brighton Festival 


The Epicene Butcher was the first collaboration between three people who have gone on to great success. John Trengove (director) is best known for his film The Wound (2017) for which he won the coveted First Feature Award at the London Film Festival, among many others. Writer Gwydion Beynon is the creator of South Africa's most popular TV dramas and telenovellas including The Queen, The River and The Herd, with numerous SAFTAs to his name. Jemma Kahn won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2018. The trio continue to be great friends as they conquer the industries of film, television and theatre.

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Your Perfect Life

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It’s their 20-year reunion and Karlien and Caitlyn are dreading the “So, what have you been doing with your life?” questions. One has a family, the other a career. Neither is sure they have what they want.


Fresh from the National Arts Festival Fringe and winning a Standard Bank Ovation Award, Your Perfect Life is heading to Cape Town. Come and relive the highs and lows of a high school reunion with Caitlyn and Karlien. The story is set at a 20-year high school reunion and two women – a stay-at-home mother and the career-focused singleton – bump into each other. Seeing them now, it’s hard to imagine how they used to be best friends. However, as they reminisce about their high school years, ex-boyfriends and all the fun they had, it becomes almost hard to imagine why they haven’t kept in touch. Your Perfect Life is a poignant and honest look at how life can take unexpected turns and how society judges us for dealing with it the best way we can. Audiences at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) called the peice “thought provoking” and “wonderfully funny”.

The idea for this play first sparked when the two real-life friends, Erika Marais and Faeron Wheeler, were struck time and again by how close they were despite leading such vastly different lives. This has often led them to reflect on how society judges women for not managing to do it all. It’s a conversation the pair have had many times and turning it into a play seemed like the natural progression. As a testament to women for women, director Sue Diepeveen was brought in to help steer Your Perfect Life from conversations over catch-up coffees to a thoughtful, funny and truthful take on women’s lives. We all know that other people’s lives aren’t perfect, but we can’t help thinking that somehow, they are.

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