Alexander Bar, Café & Theatre willl be open as normal on New Year’s Eve – in other words no crazy set-menu, no cover charge, no enforced ‘fun’. Book a table inside or just rock up and enjoy the show that Cape Town’s street-life puts on until the wee hours.
Suggest you uber in early and stay late to avoid those crazy surge prices.
• Sun 31st: open from 3pm til late
• From Wed 3rd back to regular programming!
50 Shades of Fairytales
50 Shades of Fairytales: the non-political(ly correct) Song Revue (No Zuma, no Trump, no kids….unless you want ’em to grow up to be gun-wielding, lace-wearing feminists. The girls too!”)
We start learning about fairytales and happily-ever-after before we can even walk. Then we grow up. Some of us wonder what ever happened to the fairytales and some of us, well… never believed in them in the first place. This whimsical and quirky song revue depicts the journey of two women (both played by Titilayo Adedokun) who evolve through their personal experiences of love, its challenges and its consequences. A collection of witty and thought-provoking songs that will leave you laughing, crying and oh-so identifying with the characters.
WHAT: Revue 65mins. Developed and performed by Titilayo Adedokun | Accompanied by pianist Kurt Haupt | Direction by Heike Brunner WHEN: Wed 3rd Jan 7pm • Thu 4th Jan 7pm • Fri 5th Jan 7pm • Sat 6th Jan 7pm
OMG Quiz Night
OMG Quiz Night has crash landed their trivia machine right into the belly of Alexander Bar. Every Wednesday the cosy chairs and tables of the bar get turned into your throne from which you will enter into a battle of the minds. But don’t start googling general knowledge trivia answers just yet…. Among the ‘what is the capital of…’ this quiz has a plethora of hands-on, get-your-tastebuds-guessing, blind-fold-necessary questions. This is not just any games night, this is OMG QUIZ NIGHT AT ALEXANDER BAR. Minimum of 1 person per team (note: your name will automatically be entered as Han Solo) up to 6 players in a team. The game starts at 7:30pm sharp and finishes at 9:30pm. Please be aware that portions of the quiz will be filmed for use on Channel24.
PS We take kindly to tweets and competitive slurs between teams.
WHAT: Quiz 120mins WHEN: Wed 3rd Jan 7:30pm
THE SISTERS UGLY
From the creator of the critically acclaimed, ‘Rose Red’, comes the sequel – The Sisters Ugly – The other Side of the Cinderella Story from the perspective of the Ugly Sisters. It debuted at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2017, it also featured at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in September 2017. Dramatic, witty and thought provoking, we finally find out WHY these girls did what they did and why they became who they became. This cabaret explores the sabotage, intrigues and events that shaped their motives and features music covers by the likes of Elton John, Sara Bareilles, Queen and others.
WHAT: A Dramedy with Music 60mins. Written and Performed by Dianne Simpson | Directed by Onida Cowan WHEN: Thu 4th Jan 9pm • Fri 5th Jan 9pm • Sat 6th Jan 9pm
Cohen – A Tribute
“Cohen – A Tribute” is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings. You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So long Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, lighter works such as Tower of Song as well as pieces from his final album You Want It Darker? – released just before his death. The text for the show was researched and compiled by Perran Hahndiek and is performed by Dave Starke.
WHAT: Acoustic/Folk 80mins. Researched and compiled by Perran Hahndiek | Performed by Dave Starke WHEN: Mon 8th Jan 7pm • Tue 9th Jan 7pm • Wed 10th Jan 7pm • Thu 11th Jan 7pm • Fri 12th Jan 7pm • Sat 13th Jan 7pm
The Great S.A. Burlesque Express
The Great S.A. Burlesque Express returns to Alexander Upstairs with more burlesque than you can shake a tail at!
After 6 years, the train trip of tittilating trouble stops in Cape Town to celebrate Black Orchid Burlesque’s 10th Birthday! Expect previous troupe all stars, and some of the hottest new talent on offer in our burly world of glitter and feathers galore!
Further Info: The GREAT S.A. Burlesque Express RETURNS in January 2018 for a little sexy soiree at Alexander Upstairs to get you swinging into the new year with a smile on your faces!
Once again hosted by the notorious DD Boobs, this adventure promises to be at its bawdiest!
WHAT: Burlesque show 60mins. Written by Diva Disastar, for her alter-ego D.D. Boobs | Produced by Black Orchid Burlesque SA WHEN: Fri 12th Jan 9pm • Sat 13th Jan 9pm
Christine Weir student open mic night
The culmination of an 8 week singing course, Christine Weir’s students make their debut performance. Student Performance 50mins
WHEN: Sun 14th Jan 7pm
(W)asem is ‘n eenmanstuk werkswinkel produksie wat handel oor die speler en regisseur se eie ervarings met diskriminasie. Deur die allegorie van asem en sy vele vlakke in die mens word gedigte en stories verweef om twee kulture, twee velklere en een seksualiteit van twee jong mans weer te gee. Die gehoor word op ‘n treinrit geneem deur ons kleurvolle tog donker land, ‘n treinrit wat jou sal laat voel, skaterlag en nadink oor die voorregte, boksies, woorde en persepsies wat ons skei as mense.
Albertze and Makapan were motivated to create this piece after both of them were involved in a racist incident in Stellenbosch earlier this year. In the viral video we see Makapan with a bloodied nose, declare that he had just been punched in the face by a young white male. Said male had used a racial slur against Makapan and his friends and when confronted about it, became enraged. Despite not provoking this individual, Makapan still received some backlash on social media, prompting him and Albertze to question the validity of one’s voice in these instances Thus began their allegory of feeling breathless. Voiceless. “Waar is my asem?” The production explores various occasions in which the writers felt they didn’t have a voice and tell their individual stories with the help of a few balloons. The play is full of dark humour, addressing social injustices and highlighting the importance of expressing yourself no matter how impossible it may feel. This mainly Afrikaans production by Du Toit Albertze and Terence Makapan mixes white Afrikaner culture with coloured Afrikaner culture.
WHAT: Drama 45mins. Written by Du Toit Albertze & Terence Makapan | Directed by Du Toit Albertze | Performed by Terence Makapan | Lighting designed by Lize van Rooyen WHEN: Mon 15th Jan 7pm • Tue 16th Jan 7pm • Wed 17th Jan 7pm • Thu 18th Jan 7pm • Sat 20th Jan 7pm
If you really love Greek mythology, the old Divas of WWE or trashing other womxn then this is probably not the play for you. But if you love the Kardashians, candid CNN interviews, gold (everywhere), spelling womxn with an “x” and smashing the patriarchy one rape-culture-drenched mythological origin story at a time then this might just be your cup of tea. Drawing from the Greek mythologies of Persephone, Medusa and other not so well-known characters, Nasty Womxn is a collection of sketches about contemporary womxn just trying to get from day to day.
WHAT: Drama 60mins. Written and Directed by Dara Beth | Performed by Kathleen Stephens, Masali Baduza and Maria Vos | Illustrations by Annie Bekker | Presented by The Furies WHEN: Mon 15th Jan 9pm • Tue 16th Jan 9pm • Wed 17th Jan 9pm • Thu 18th Jan 9pm • Fri 19th Jan 9pm • Sat 20th Jan 9pm
The Deficit A young woman finds herself trapped between financial and academic struggles. She strives to find a balance between the two but the debt that she faces as a result of the unjust system and the manipulators of society becomes too much for her. A pawn in a political game, her dreams and academic success are threatened and shattered.
WHAT: Drama 60mins WHEN: Wed 24th Jan 7pm • Thu 25th Jan 7pm • Fri 26th Jan 7pm • Sat 27th Jan 7pm