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

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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Man Band

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Kalk Bay Theatre's smashing Man Band!  Inspired by the rock and boy bands of the past.  Your favourite men will be banging out the best beats, ballads and barbershops breakouts along with their signature comedy snippets.  You can expect to see their rendition of Boys II Men, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jackson Five, Crosby Stills & Nash, Queen, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Back Street Boys, Aerosmith, The Turtles, Kings of Leon and more.

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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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Bambi Sings The F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems

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With Pieter-Dirk Uys as 'Bambi Kellermann' and Godfrey Johnson at the piano, this cabaret has been hailed as a milestone in South African theatre and 'not to be missed!' With music arranged by Johnson, the cabaret is performed in three languages. Bambi's story is told in English, while the songs also include some in German and some in Afrikaans. It unites the acrid stench of the old Weimar Republic of the 1930s and the sexy rot of Hamburg's Reperbahn with the familiar aromas associated with 'ons eie' Voortrekker-camps and braaivleis-orgies.

Bambi Kellermann (born Baby Poggenpoel) is the younger sister of Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, the 'most famous white woman in South Africa'. Chalk and cheese. Whereas Evita has become a household name and favourite across political-party lines, Bambi smoulders in the background - not yet as famous as her sister, but far more dangerous. She loves the music of Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. And being an Afrikaner meisie at heart, finds any excuse to sing her favourite Boere Liedjies out of the FAK Sangbundel. But with a sinister twist.

Uys won the Fleur du Cap Award for “Best performance in a Cabaret” for this show, and it is not for the faint-hearted… 


Book Tickets for Bambi Sings The F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems: