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What's Showing?

 

Spring Season

Come join us – three weekends of fun, with something for everyone. So many of you have shown us support during lockdown, now we invite you to come down to the theatre and (safely) enjoy theatre under our roof once again.

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Masque Theatre (CT)

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2nd - 3rd October

Woodstock - The Reals

This 51-year celebration of "Woodstock" features "The Reals", with the talents of Barry Thomson (Guitar / vocals), Musical Director Dawn Selby (Keyboards / vocals), Mali Sewell (Drums / vocals) and Jason Andrew (Bass guitar / vocals). The vivacious and super talented Marion Loudon (Vocals / percussion) will perform with "The Reals" for this production.

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Rhumbelow Theatre (KZN)

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25th September - 4th October

Marriage for Dummies

Durban’s favourite comedy duo, husband and wife team, Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert, star in Marriage for Dummies – an hilarious survival guide for anyone brave enough to take on life’s ultimate challenge.

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Rhumbelow Theatre (KZN)

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24th September - 4th October

Mark Banks On Ice

In this entirely new show, he will discuss all the things you’ve been thinking about.  Extreme KwaZulu Natal security measures; Elon Musk’s plans for world domination, running into people from your high school who haven’t died yet and coping with life in general!

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Rhumbelow Theatre (KZN)

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9th - 11th October

Man Band.II

For the opening of the brand new Kalk Bay Theatre venue, the most popular comedy, music show is back with version II.  A brand new set list of classic rock, pop and party songs to get you up on your feet and singing along. The 5 sensational Man-Boys perform, sing and dance up a storm, inspired by all-men groups from the -60s till now.

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Kalk Bay Theatre (CT)

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6th November - 11th January

Big Sister

In their brand show, “Big Sister – A Musical Tweet”, the girls dish the dirt (as they see it) on the alarming events of the past few months; whoever said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned never met a drag queen inconvenienced. The opinions expressed by The Trolley Dollies may not be popular, but we know you’re thinking the same thing, bitches!

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Gate 69 (CT)

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11th September - 31st October

70's VS 80's Show

The ‘70s Vs ‘80s Tribute” is a mini-theatrical experience, featuring the dynamic vocal and visual performances of James and Monique, alternating as a duo and individual performers, who also do multiple costume changes throughout.  The show celebrates some great artists and songs from these two dynamic and musically diverse decades.

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The Drama Factory (CT)

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16: 00 on 27th September

Amahubo in concert

Using the language of the music, Khoza presents not only a gripping picture of the pressures that drove both sides to a terrifying and bloody confrontation, but a definitive history of the battle that has shaped the political fortunes of not only the Zulu people but of the entire African population in this part of the world to this day.

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Online

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24th September

Amawethu

Telling a human a story that seeks to rectify, more so, to reclaim who we are as people from our cultures and customs – and the distortions that predate the African slave trade that led us to believe that our own spirituality had a demonic, pagan, uncivilized, barbaric and godless origin.

WHERE?

South African State Theatre Online

WHEN?

Anytime

AndScene

&Scene An Online Streaming Network for Entertainment in South Africa.

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Facebook and YouTube

WHEN?

Daily Schedule

Brooklyn Theatre TV

Experience the theatre in your home!

Unlimited musical performances.

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Online

WHEN?

Anytime

Chilling with the Bard Shakespeare Season

Women’s Month is a commemoration and a tribute to the thousands of women who marched in 1956 which was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Chilling with the Bard Shakespeare season is based on speeches from some of his prolific plays that were written for male characters. The plays have been carefully selected and matched with perfect actress by the Market Theatre Artistic Director James Ngcobo. Reversing the roles in this Shakespeare season will provide the actors with exciting roles of telling stories that where written more than 400 years ago but are still relevant today.

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Facebook and Youtube

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20th August - 5th November

Come Fly With Us - Waiting In The Wings

A spectacular show that is a first in South Africa starring Graeme Watkins, Harry Sideropoulos, Lelo Ramasimong, Itu Sings, Megan Carelse, Adam Pelkowitz, Leote Taylor, Donovan Yaards, Winray Fortuin, Funeka Peppeta, Kiruna Lind-Devar and Lyla Faye. There also seven incredible dancers who blow you away and the show is hosted by the insanely funny Sylvaine Strike and Toni Morkel. our ticket purchase doesn't only buy you top class entertainment but helps feed people - please buy more than one ticket if you can afford to.

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Online

WHEN?

4th - 11th October

Couch Concerts

An online music venue hosting live-streamed performances of various styles of music, showcasing local musicians and connecting you with them!

WHERE?

Online

WHEN?

Anytime

Dead End by Zakes Mda

Explores the struggles of a young South African Couple in the 1970s trying to navigate city life under Apartheid.

WHERE?

Online

WHEN?

1st October - 18th October

DisKonneKt

Ma: Delve into a cyber-crime series, set in the lockdown period... David and Jessica ‘match’ on an online dating site. As their relationship develops a 'dark web' cyber manipulation ensues, leading to an unforeseen murder.

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Online

WHEN?

Anytime

Downstage Productions Going Digital

Different segments from Interviews, Discussions, Meet The Team and digital performances.

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Facebook Live

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Every Friday @ 19:30 SAST

Fela and Kalakuta Queens

Explore the life of the legend Fela Kuti and his activism! Experience the women that were an integral part of his band in their uniquely African identity through fashion and dance!

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Online

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7th - 30th September 2020

Freedom - The Musical

Freedom the Musical, a ground breaking musical by the State Theatre’s Artistic director and multi-award winning playwright and Director Aubrey Sekhabi. A strong cast of 47 members and a thirteen piece band tell the story of Phindile (Simphiwe Ndlovu), a Tshwane University of Technology student and leader of #Fees Must Fall movement.

WHERE?

South African State Theatre Online

WHEN?

Anytime

Hamlet

Abrahamse & Meyer Production in association with Artscape present The Tragedy of HAMLET

WHERE?

YouTube

WHEN?

Anytime

Kingdom of Ubuntu

The Kingdom of Ubuntu is a musical theatre production that tells a story about uniting all nations to create the greatest world of mankind. Kingdom of Ubuntu transports the audience to an Afrofuturistic South Africa, free from the obstacles and boundaries of the current. It is a spectacular musical, celebrating the heritage and diversity of South Africa through music, dance, poetry, drama, storytelling, and African fashion.

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Online

WHEN?

24th September

Lockdown Shakespeare

Actors are invited you to record themselves performing a monologue from a Shakespeare play of their choice. 

WHERE?

#lockdownshakespeare

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Anytime

Lutavula Cultural Fiesta

Renowned for its celebration of culture and lifestyle, the Soweto Theatre will be “springing” with the rest of South Africa in celebrating heritage month, in honour of the diversity and various cultures in our country. There is so much to show and experience with our 11 official languages, a myriad of cuisine, music and creative expressions of our historical inheritance. The 5 Groups which have been identified from in and outside Soweto for this creative expression are Ubuhle Bendalo Arts Group, Ubuyambo Performing Arts, Ponga Projects, Sun Xa Experiment and Alexandra born Lebo the Khoisan.

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Youtube

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15th - 26th September

Metsi

Metsi, written and directed by Hannah van Tonder is a story about the connection between Juliet Zulu payed by Balindile ka Ngcobo and Motswahole Mukubung played by Abongile Maurice Matyutyu, who reside in the community of Emthonjeni.

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South African State Theatre Online

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28th September - 18th October

National Arts Festival vFringe Programme

The National Arts Festival was held entirely online from 25 June to 5 July 2020. Although the Festival is now over, the platform remains for artists to present their work and the vFringe programme is being added to every day. Enjoy the showcase of national and international work.

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Online

WHEN?

Anytime

Plug In Theatre Festival

An online festival that was created for performers to gain online and social media exposure, a reason to create, and an opportunity to earn. The festival ran for the month of April, and over R25 000.00 was raised.

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Website

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Anytime

Sneeuwitjie

The Afrikaans Higher School Pretoria (AHMP)'s skaterlag pantomime SNEWITJIE packed the State Theatre Opera crowded in 2018! In conjunction with the South African State Theatre (SAST) this excellent theater production was just another example of AHMP's well-known status as precursors in Art and Culture.

And as part of AHMP's Century celebration 2020 becomes the classic story of SNEWITJIE - who boasted under the direction of music director Eddie Clayton with more than 80 pupils on stage, as well as 80 pupils in the orchestra.

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Online

WHEN?

6th - 27th September

Snow White Panto - Joburg Theatre

Watch Janice Honeyman's 2018 pantomime right in the comfort of your own home. Snow White is a delight!

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YouTube

WHEN?

Anytime

South African Theatre On Demand

SATOD is an internet-based, pay-per-view video-on-demand service, supplying a unique catalogue of filmed theatrical experiences. To the individual with a passion for theatre: SATOD is the platform for you.

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SATOD Online

WHEN?

Anytime

Tankiso - The Audacity To Be

This show is the second instalment of a long term musical project by Cape Town-based musician Tankiso Mamabolo. Tankiso has made it her business to take protest and turn it into educational and engaging material in the form of original music, spoken word and the use of projected imagery and comedy.

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South African Theatre On Demand

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Anytime

The Fall

The Fall is a vital and frank collaborative piece of workshop theatre devised by the original cast that took South Africa by storm when it premiered. Seven University of Cape Town Drama graduates share their experiences during the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMust Fall and subsequent student movements’ demonstrations in 2015 and 2016.

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South African State Theatre Online

WHEN?

Anytime

The Fluidity of Resistance : An online festival

The Market Theatre in collaboration with POPArt Theatre presents "The Fluidity of Resistance" an online festival devised by Kwasha Theatre Company with the first years from the Market Lab.

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Online

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18th - 27th September

Tin Bucket Dream

Tin Bucket Drum is a South African Theatre classic which speaks powerfully to a wave of protest, resistance and change sweeping across the globe. Described by one reviewer as the sort of tale Ben Okri and George Orwell might have contrived had they put their imaginations together, Tin Bucket Drum seamlessly weaves together elements of magical realism, African storytelling, shadow puppetry and live percussion

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South African Theatre On Demand

WHEN?

Anytime

Youth Month Special Music, Poetry and Comedy

Joburg Theatre Youth Development in collaboration with Art24 and Indie Music Youth Month Special Music, Poetry, and Comedy.

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Youtube

WHEN?

Anytime

Zoe Modiga

Zoë Modiga is an artist who represents the present and future of South African music drawing from the roots of African storytelling, Jazz composition and Motown soul but creating a sound entirely her own in order to communicate an evolving African sound without loosing its essence.

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Online

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27th September

Zoom-Prov: Live Improv in a time of Covid

Is it possible to do improv in the time of Lockdown you say? Well... when the answer is always to SAY YES, we had to find a way to play. It's adapted games and the same old players and it's a great laugh. 

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POPArt Facebook Event

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Weekly

‘N Seun Na My Hart

‘N Seun Na my hart written by multi award winning literary giant Ingrid Jonger, directed by accomplished Artistic director Makhoala Ndebele comes to Roodepoort Theatre’s stage. N Seun na my Hart (a son after my heart) is a one-act play about a mother's illusions about her son living with a disability, this heart wrenching at times illusive production is beautifully performed at the magnificent Roodepoort Theatre in Afrikaans, with a superstar cast namely , Esmerelda Bihl playing Anna, Donavan Pietersen playing Simon and Tereska Muishond playing Maria.

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Roodepoort Theatre

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17th - 20th September

What's Streaming?

 

Where to Upskill?

 

Independent Arts Producers

What are the challenges independent arts across different artistic fields have faced in creating, marketing and selling work? What have the challenges been over the years leading up to the pandemic? How have they managed to stay alive in these challenging times? Artists explore lessons that have come handy in this time because their everyday existence has represented a pandemic like environment. The talk will explore opportunities that have developed in this time and speak to how one has to stretch themselves beyond their immediate artistic speciality.

JATA

The Johannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts offers quality tuition for children, teens and young people in all aspects of the performing arts.

Plug In Live College Conversations

PlugInLIVE, with Weslee Lauder present a new series College Conversations, where he will be chatting to the top performing arts schools in South Africa. We are starting with places to study musical theatre

Q&A Setwork Series – My Children My Africa

a Q&A series exploring the themes of Athol Fugard’s My Children My Africa, presented by director Roy Sargeant and artists, made possible by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

Setwork Series - Q&A - Hamlet

An online Q&A series exploring the themes of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, presented by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions made possible by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC). A recorded version of the production is available for viewing below.

Studio Sessions

Studio Session are back - but now online!
Get your free ticket via Quicket to get the Zoom link. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm.
Tuesdays: repertoire work & choreography. Thursdays: improv to keep your skills sharp.