Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre

The Dead Tinder Society


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How do you ignite your lovelife after a messy divorce? With Tinder! But the problem with Tinder is that it is like a magnet. A freak-magnet! 

The Dead Tinder Society explores the funny, scary, vulnerable world of dating. Not just any dating ? online dating. Specifically, Tinder. Especially in 2019 when technology is at its peak, human connection is tenuous, at best, and the prospect of sex with new people is as alarming as it is tantalising.

This hilarious romp through lust, one-night stands, rage, heartbreak, desire, friendship, loyalty and re-discovering oneself after the dust has settled, tries to answer many questions: How do you resurrect your love life while mothering a baby and a toddler? How do you forgive? And how do you tell a famous Springbok that you won`t have sex with him on the N1?

Age Restriction

PG16 - Colorful language and adult themes.

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Show Dates

Starting Date

25th July

End Date

25th August 

Official Opening Night



Running Time



One Act - No Interval 

Starting Times

Wednesday - Saturday


Saturday Matinee


Sunday Matinee



Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre 

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Review: 'The Dead Tinder Society' Puts an Amusing Spin on the Awkwardness of Dating

We live in a more evolved dating era. Finding love online no longer carries the stench of desperation or shamefulness it once did. 

Today, when it comes to dating, choices are abundant and time, sadly, less so... read more

Review: 'The Dead Tinder Society' Puts an Amusing Spin on the Awkwardness of Dating

The end of something precious is always devastating. It has to be, otherwise whatever it is wasn’t precious. Devastated people do strange things. Things that are out of character and yet revealing of character. And what is revealed may, curiously, be precious... read more

Interview: The Dead Tinder Society Preview

Playwright Ashleigh Harvey told us about what inspired her new play, Dead Tinder Society. We're so excited to see it - read what she had to say about it here!

... read more

Interview: Ashleigh Harvey – Best Play To Date, Or Swiping Write

Ashleigh Harvey is the writer behind new stage comedy The Dead Tinder Society (Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, 25 July to 25 August) which explores the “funny, scary, vulnerable world of dating.”.. read more

Interview: Director Lesedi Job Has Many Voices And She Wants Them All To Be Heard Equally

Young black female directors are a rarity in the South African theatre landscape (and probably around the world) but Lesedi Job, who has been on a roll since her first production a couple of years back, tells DIANE DE BEER she is determined to change all that:... read more


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Jody Green

Theatre Credits

Shakespeare’s Macbeth (witch), Iron Love (Annie), Sun City’s extravaganza Let there be Rock (principle), Fiddler on the Roof (ensemble, The Joburg Theatre), Hairspray (Brenda and cover Penny Pingleton, The Lyric Theatre), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and UK version of Aspects of Love (Jenny, The Joburg Theatre), Grease (Frenchy, The Teatro Montecasino and world tour - David Ian productions), Love, Loss and What I wore (principle, Montecasino Studio Theatre and the Theatre on the Bay), From the Mouths of Babes (principle, co-written original piece produced by The Market Theatre, performed at The Market Theatre and The Baxter theatre, Cape Town) The Fugard Theatre’s version of The Rocky Horror Show (principle role of Janet, Pieter Toerien’s Theatre, Montecasino), I’m playing your song – The Marvin Hamlisch Story (principle role playing several characters, Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino and The Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town). 

Film Credits 

Inescapable and The Journey is the Destination.

Television Credits 

SABC 1’s Tempy Pushas (principle role of Justine Duval), SABC 3’s Bedford Wives, BBC’s Origins. She is currently filming another BBC project.

Mpho Osei-Tutu

Various Characters

Theatre Credits

When Swallows Cry, African Gothic (Mr. Grove, Best Actor in a Featured Role), Scorched (multiles roles), The Miser. (ensemble), self-penned Convincing Carlos (2010 Standard Bank Ovation Award), The Mother Of All Eating, For Your Ears Only, Athol Fugard’s The Island and Pieter-Dirk Uys’ MacBeki (Ramabanquo).

Film and Television Credits 

Shivambu (currently plays the role of fallen Mayor of Joburg), Mzansi Magic’s Isithembiso (twins Tebza and Gary), Mzansi Magic series The Imposter, Peter Bishai’s internationally acclaimed A Million Colours (SAFTA 2013 Best Actor Nomination),Mzansi Magic sitcom Samsokolo (SAFTA 2014 Best Actor Nomination) and in 2007 he was part of the cast for the International Emmy nominated Home Affairs.


Mpho is a voice over artist who has voiced radio and tv commercials, corporate events, telephone IVRs, audio books and radio plays.

He is also an award winning screenwriter, a director and a producer with sitcom, drama and talk show credits to his name.


Lesedi Job 


2017 marked Lesedi's directorial debut with the premier of Mike Van Graan’s ​When Swallows Cry staged at the Market Theatre which won Naledi theatre awards for Best Production and Best new South African Script.

When Swallows Cry has gone on to be performed in Cape Town, Sweden, Switzerland, Kampala and China.

Later in 2017 Lesedi directed Itsoseng at the Market Theatre and another play by Mike Van Graan; ​Helen of Troyeville at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. In 2018 she directed Meet me at Dawn​ by Zinnie Harris starring Pamela Nomvete and Natasha Sutherland and later in the year directed Congo The Trial of King Leopold ii, starring Dr John Kani and Robert Whitehead.

In 2019 she co-produced and directed an adaptation of Tracy Going’s book Brutal Legacy.

Lesedi is the 4th recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award for Directing. In 2018 she won the Naledi theatre Award for Best Director for her direction of When Swallows Cry and received a Mbokodo Award for Theatre. She recently received a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best New Director.

Ashleigh’s first love is theatre – and yet, she’s never written a play. Until now.

Ashleigh has spent her writing career in the limitless world of radio. Her dramas and series have been airing on SAfm for ten years. She also spent ten years writing on their soap opera, Radio Vuka. During this time, Paul Slaboslepszy was her head writer and mentor-person. She spent a lot of time with his dog, Maya, in Paul’s study, story lining Vuka. In 2016, she acted as head writer on the series while Slabolepszy performed in his play, A Perfect Storm, at the Market Theatre.

The Killing of Sistahs was nominated for the MTN Radio Award in the category of Drama in 2011. Based on a true story, Ashleigh explored the world of black South African lesbians living in Soweto who are being assaulted, raped and murdered because of their sexuality.

In 2014, she wrote her first short screen play. It was chosen as part of the Top 15 out of 155 entrants to be produced into a short film for Kyknet’s Silwerskermfees.

VR Theatrical


VR Theatrical (Pty) Ltd is a South African based entertainment company specializing in producing live entertainment for the stage.  They also offer General Management services for international productions. They have an extensive infrastructure to take any production from page to the stage. 


VRT is dedicated to present already existing international brands such as AVENUE Q, ROCK OF AGES and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, as well as to develop fresh and exciting local commissions, such as THE LITTLE PRINCE, PETER AND THE WOLF and now THE DEAD TINDER SOCIETY.


They aim to creating first-class productions that entertain, inspire and educate.  They strive to create a work environment with an agreeable atmosphere that is a testament to their respect for their clients and the greater community.

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