Busy week at Alexander Upstairs Theatre

By mapmyway
16 January 2017

With FOUR shows opening at Alexander Upstairs Theatre this week, you are spoiled for choice! 

This is Not America…Hallelujah

Godfrey Johnson and Nicholas McDiarmid, armed with one piano and four hands will seduce you with their unique brand of humor and extraordinary musicality. See mapmyway for full info.

WHEN: Tue 17th Jan 7pm Wed 18th Jan 7pm Bookings

Picture Incomplete
Through storytelling and song, PICTURE INCOMPLETE sketches out the portrait of a man’s life as he celebrates a rather unusual birthday on which an eviction notice arrives advising him to vacate his apartment. As he clears out his stuff, memories from his past, outrageously nosy neighbours and some poignant chance encounters on the street help him to discover who he truly is. By turns hilarious and moving, this solo theatre piece is award-winning contemporary musical theatre that delves into the human obsession with being perfect and unpacks the boxes we use to define ourselves. (See photo above)
Created by Trent Armand Kendall (book) and Michael Polese (music and lyrics), PICTURE INCOMPLETE debuted in the United States in 2008, going on to play the New York International Fringe Festival in 2010 to great acclaim and winning the Best Musical award at the United Solo Festival the following year.

WHEN: Mon 23rd Jan to Sat 28th Jan at 7pm  Bookings

Two Parrots and a Sandcastle

Two Parrots and a Sandcastle was named by accident as the title of three improv shows featuring Megan Furniss, Cape Town’s longest running improviser. On each night she will be joined by another fellow improviser and they will perform an hour of two-hander improv, with absolutely nothing planned and where anything can happen.

Megan Furniss brought TheatreSports to Cape Town in 1993, and she has been improvising anywhere for anyone, ever since.

In the last four years, influenced by exciting improv people and groups on her travels, she has been experimenting with different formats of improv. Last year she tried out a series of one-woman and two person shows and she loved them, and so did her audiences at the Alexander Bar and Theatre, the perfect intimate space for trying out anything risky or strange.

This time around she starts off the year with only three shows, and three different creative partners, Tandi Buchan, Leon Clingman and Brett Anderson.

Following the style of long form improv, the performers will (possibly) get a few suggestions from the audience, and then just make it up, for an hour. If you are looking for the perfect creative kick start to your January, this is probably it.

WHEN: Thu 19th Jan to Sat 21st at 7pm Bookings

The Great S.A. Burlesque Express RETURNS!

The GREAT S.A. Burlesque Express RETURNS in January 2017 for a little sexy soiree at Alexander Upstairs to get you swinging into the new year with a smile on your faces, hosted by the one-and-only notorious DD Boobs (Diva Disastar)!

Join this bawdy Dame of Burlesque as she introduces you to the newest performers in Cape Town, and showcases the top current talent at Black Orchid Burlesque in two nights of quality professional and amateur burlesque theatre.

WHEN: 20th January- Budding Burlesquers Night
Come one, come all, to see the newest burly babes and boys that have recently graduated from the Academy and joined our local burlesque scene!

WHEN: 21st January- Black Orchid’s AllStars
Meet the official Black Orchid Troupe, complete with seasoned professionals who will dazzle and delight you with their sassy but sophisticated style.

Please note that due to the risque nature of the show, and theatrical but partial nudity, no under 18s will be permitted. Mature Audiences and lovers of theatrical art only!

Tickets are R150 per person. Tickets limited to 40 seats per night, so get yours asap! Bookings
Both shows start at 9pm, and run for approximately 60minutes.


WHERE: Alexander Bar & Café, 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town CBD, 8001

Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Open 7 days a week: Mon-Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 3pm – 12am.
Sandwiches, light meals, cheese boards and snacks served til midnight. Menu available here
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You can also purchase tickets in person at the bar anytime during our regular opening hours (Mon – Sat 11am to 1am, Sun 3pm – midnight)  T 021.300.1652