An Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Concert: Water from an Ancient Well

An Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Concert: Water from an Ancient Well
24 SEP 2018
3 PM & 8 PM | R160 – R250
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    24 Sep 2018 - 24 Sep 2018
  • Time

    3 PM & 8 PM
  • Price

    R160 – R250
Following previous sold out performances, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present two solo piano concerts by global music icon and South African legend Abdullah Ibrahim. The concerts, Water from an Ancient Well, will take place on Heritage Day, Monday 24 September, at 3pm and 8pm.
 
The 8pm performance is presented by the Fugard Theatre, with the 3pm matinee performance being presented in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy as part of the Japanese Consulate Centenary.
 
Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected musician.  His career spans nearly seventy years, which all began in Kensington and District Six at the age of seven.
 
Mr Ibrahim was recently announced as one of the 2019 Jazz Masters being honored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the USA. Since 1982, the NEA has recognised artists who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Mr Ibrahim’s work will be celebrated in a ceremony at the Kennedy Centre in April next year.
 
Following Mr Ibrahim’s performance at the Oslo Jazz Festival, John Ephland, writing on allaboutjazz.com, described his performance as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’ and commented that his performance has:
 
‘…a certain signature soulfulness that can only come from living life rich and full. Full of feeling, rich in experience (patience). And yes, a solo piano recital may seem simple but to this listener it once again revealed how exposed a true artist makes himself when heart, gut and soul combine with a voice unlike any other in the jazz piano tradition’. 
 
“We are honoured to be hosting these return concerts in Cape Town by Abdullah Ibrahim in the heart of his original home in District Six,” says Eric Abraham, Founding Producer and Owner of the Fugard Theatre.
 
Mr Ibrahim will perform Water from an Ancient Well, two solo piano concerts at the Fugard Theatre on 24 September 2018. The 8pm performance is presented by the Fugard Theatre, with the 3pm matinee performance being presented in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy as part of the Japanese Consulate Centenary.
 
Tickets from R160 to R250 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com
 
There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members and a 10% discount for pensioners. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office.
 
Harrington Street car park is located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons for a small fee. Visit the cosy ground-floor bar, where delicious snacks are also available, and which opens two hours before all scheduled show times and stays open until last rounds are called… often as late as 1am. And if the weather is fine the bar on the fantastic rooftop terrace is opened, with its panoramic views of the city. Both bars offer a range of wines from some of the Cape’s top estates.
 
For more information on Abdullah Ibrahim’s upcoming events, visit his website: www.abdullahibrahim.co.za

When in doubt say darling

When in doubt say darling
27 NOV – 15 DEC 2018
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R150 – R170
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    27 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM
  • Price

    R150 – R170
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes, with no interval
  • Cast

    • Pieter-Dirk Uys

Pieter-Dirk Uys’ newest show, When in doubt say darling, sold out before it opened at the Fugard Theatre in August, creating an unprecedented demand for tickets.

With a growing waiting list for the current season that ends on 25 August, the Fugard Theatre has now opened bookings for a return season in November 2018.

At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt say ‘darling'. If you can't remember their names, just say 'darling’. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling. He did it, and now Pieter-Dirk Uys also lives in Darling.

In this production, Pieter-Dirk Uys sorts out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla. Wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas. From Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers. Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment.

Join Pieter-Dirk Uys and many darlings on an exciting walk to the edge of the next cliff, when the end of the world seems nigh. It used to be called a sunset. Here's a secret: the sun will also rise tomorrow, darling.

When in doubt say darling runs from 27 November 2018 – 15 December 2018 at the Fugard Studio Theatre with performances Tuesday to Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 4pm and 8pm. Booking is through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 4614554 or directly through the Fugard Theatre website on www.thefugard.com.

Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.

 

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots
FROM 11 JUN 2019
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 3 & 8PM | SUN 3PM | R160 – R460
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    11 Jun 2019 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 3 & 8PM | SUN 3PM
  • Price

    R160 – R460
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Tim MitchellLighting Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand new, original production of this huge-hearted, smash-hit musical which will run at the Fugard Theatre from 11 June 2019. Snap up the early bird ticket specials before 31 October 2018!

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots was first brought to life on the big screen in 2005 before being transformed into a hit musical, winning six Tony and three Olivier Awards.

Kinky Boots features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Choreography and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots has played to sold out houses on Broadway and in the West End since 2013. This mega-hit is a must see for all musical theatre fans.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

The Fugard Theatre’s Kinky Boots is brought to you by the same creative team behind the Fugard Theatre productions of The Rocky Horror ShowCabaretFunny Girl and West Side Story. Direction is by Matthew Wild, Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot. Costume design is by Birrie Le Roux, Set Design by Paul Wills and Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell. Sound Design is by Mark Malherbe.

“We are honored to be presenting the South African premiere, created by an all-star team, of this hit musical that has captured the hearts of international audiences,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “Kinky Boots has it all - a beautiful story of hope, inspiration and friendship, combined with fabulous music, glittering costumes, breathtaking choreography and plenty of heart. We cannot wait to welcome our audiences to this Fugard Theatre original production of an International smash hit!”

Kinky Boots will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 11 June 2019 on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 3pm. Sunday Matinees at 3pm will become available from Sunday 30 June 2019. Tickets go on sale from 20 August starting from R160, and can be booked directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com

As a once off early bird offer - valid only until 31 October 2018 - snap up the early bird special of four (4) premium tickets (usually priced at R470 per ticket) at R300 per ticket for performances after 27 June 2019.

There is a 20% discount available for all Friends of The Fugard members; a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students and block bookings. These discounts do not apply on top of the early bird discounts mentioned above OR for performances between 11 to 25 June 2019. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office only and are available for performances from 27 June 2019 onwards.

Patrons booking tickets online are able to beat the rush and pre-order their desired refreshments, snacks, meals and merchandise when purchasing tickets directly from www.thefugard.com

Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from the Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar. There is secure parking available for a small fee directly opposite the Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.

This smash-hit struts its stuff with sparkle, stilettos and heart! - Time Out New York
Dazzling and joyous! Kinky Boots is a reminder that both musicals and shoes can lift you up - Daily News
The ideal, big-Broadway experience - The New York Observer
The freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade - The Hollywood News
A sizzling theatricality that's bound to put a little more spring in your step and cheer in your heart - USA Today
You’ll get a kick out of Kinky Boots - New York Post
Those boots are made for walking, talking, singing, flouncing and wearing well above the kneecap - Whatsonstage.com

David Kramer's Langarm

David Kramer's Langarm
FROM 20 NOV 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 3PM | R160 - R260
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    20 Nov 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 3PM
  • Price

    R160 - R260
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • David KramerWriter, Director
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder Musical Arrangements
    • Saul Radomsky Set Design
    • David ClassenSound Design
    • Widaad Albertus Costume Design
    • Grant van SterChoreography

He was white. She was not. They broke the law to dance. Langarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer, will be presented at the Fugard Theatre for the festive season from 20 November.

Produced and presented by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.


In 1965 when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew Jeff whose fiancé has just dumped him to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets the lovely, young ballroom dancer Angelina, and when she asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships, he sees it as an opportunity to humiliate his ex. Aware that he’ll risk arrest by flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees.


Jeff decides to rejuvenate the hotel by offering langarm dances. When Eddie Jephta  the leader of the Moonlight Serenaders langarm band comes to play at The Canterbury Hotel, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.



“I have been wanting for many years to do a musical inspired by the langarm-ballroom bands from this time,” says David Kramer.  “I grew up watching my parents dancing to the music of these bands, and Langarm pays homage to the likes of the Johnny Lyners Blue Moon Jazz Band and Willie’s Starlite Orchestra.”

“We are proud to be collaborating on our fifth production with David Kramer following the success of District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers and Kat and the Kings,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.

Langarm is written and directed by David Kramer.
The stellar creative team includes Musical Arrangements by Resident Musical Director of the Fugard Theatre Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, King Kong, Funny Girl). Set Design is by Saul Radomsky (The Road to Mecca, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala), Costume Design is by Widaad Albertus (Significant Other, The Demon Bride, The Eulogists) and Choreography is by Grant van Ster (Aunty Merle the Musical, Calling Us Home, Figure of Eight Dance Collective).

 

Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 3pm.  From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 3pm. There will be a Monday night performance at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018 also at 8pm. 

Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com. There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.

Die reuk van appels

Die reuk van appels
23 OCT – 17 NOV 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | R130 – R165
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    23 Oct 2018 - 17 Nov 2018
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R165
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Gideon LombardMarnus Erasmus
  • Creative

    • Lara Bye Director
    • Mark Behr Author
    • Johann Smith Adaptation
    • Kosie SmitLighting Design
    • Gideon LombardSound Design
    • Johan van der MerweProducer – Theatrerocket Productions
    • Rudi SadlerProducer – Theatrerocket Productions

Na ‘n suksesvolle nasionale toer en uitverkoopde vertonings, keer die bekroonde Die reuk van appels terug na die Fugardteater. Die produksie, wat onder meer Naledi, kykNET Fiësta en Fleur du Cap-teatertoekennings gewen het, is gegrond op die veelbekroonde 1993-debuutroman van die Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer, Mark Behr. Dit vertel die verhaal van Marnus Erasmus, die elfjarige seun van ‘n generaal in die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag. Dit beeld op meesterlike wyse die Afrikanermentaliteit in die laat sewentigerjare en vroeë tagtigerjare uit, asook die brutale gevolge van apartheid en die militansie in Suid-Afrika gedurende hierdie tydperk. Afrikaans met Engelse boskrifte.

Na ‘n suksesvolle nasionale toer en uitverkoopde vertonings, keer die bekroonde Die reuk van appels terug na die Fugardteater. Die produksie is gegrond op die veelbekroonde 1993-debuutroman van die Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer, Mark Behr. Die reuk van appels is ‘n bildungsroman wat die verhaal vertel van Marnus Erasmus, die elfjarige seun van ‘n generaal in die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag. Dit beeld op meesterlike wyse die Afrikanermentaliteit in die laat sewentigerjare en vroeë tagtigerjare uit, asook die brutale gevolge van apartheid en die militansie in Suid-Afrika gedurende hierdie tydperk. 
 
Die roman en Engelse vertaling (The Smell of Apples), ook in 1993, is ‘n grensverskuiwende werk wat Behr in die geledere van jong en talentvolle skrywers soos Etienne van Heerden en Koos Prinsloo opgeneem het (Tony Eprile, New York Times). Met sy voortydige dood op 27 November 2015 was Behr ‘n professor in kreatiewe skryfwerk by die Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. 


Sedert Die reuk van appels se debuut by die 2017 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, het die produksie se gedugte span ‘n rits teaterpryse ingepalm. Vir sy vertolking van die grootoog Marnus, is Gideon Lombard (...miskien, The View, Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, Orpheus in Africa) bekroon as Beste Akteur (KKNK 2017). In 2018 is hy ook aangewys as Beste Akteur in ‘n solo-produksie by al drie van die land se grootste teatertoekennings – die kykNET Fiësta’s, die Fleur du Cap-teatertoekennings en die Naledi-teatertoekennings.

Die 2018 kykNET Fiësta’s het ook hul toppryse toegeken aan Lara Bye (YellowmanLondon RoadOscar en die Pienk TannieVaslav) as Beste Regisseur en Johann Smith vir Beste Vertaling of Verwerking van ‘n Bestaande Werk, terwyl die produksie die gesogte Beste Aanbieding vir die jaar verower het. Verskeie ander toekennings en benoemings by onder meer die Naledi-teatertoekennings, Woordfees WoordTROfees en Aardklop-toekennings onderstreep Die reuk van appels se gewildheid en status as een van die jaar se top-produksies.

Die reuk van appels word vervaardig deur Theatrerocket (Johan van der Merwe en Rudi Sadler).

Die reuk van appels word in Afrikaans aangebied met Engelse boskrifte. Let wel: die vertoning het 'n ouderdombeperking van 16 en bevat tonele met seks, naaktheid, krutaal, geweld en vooroordeel.


 


 

Following a sensational national tour and sold out performances, the Naledi, kykNET Fiësta and Fleur du Cap theatre award winning Die reuk van appels returns to the Fugard Theatre. Adapted from the acclaimed 1993 novel of Mark Behr, it tells the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general. It eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the 70's and 80's and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life. Afrikaans with English surtitles.

Following a sensational national tour and sold out performances, the multi-award winning Die reuk van appels returns to the Fugard Theatre. Adapted from the acclaimed 1993 debut novel of South African author Mark Behr, it tells the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general. It eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life.


Upon publication and subsequent translation into English (as The Smell of Apples) that same year, this landmark Afrikaans novel catapulted Behr into the ranks of young and talented dissident voices such as Etienne van Heerden and Koos Prinsloo (Tony Eprile, New York Times). Before his untimely death on 27 November 2015, Behr was a professor of creative writing at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Since its debut at the KKNK (2017), the production’s stellar team received a host of awards and nomination. Gideon Lombard (...miskien, The View, Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, Orpheus in Africa) was awarded Best Actor (KKNK 2017), as well as Best Actor in a Solo Performance at all three of the major South African awards – the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, Naledi Theatre Awards and kykNET Fiësta Awards (2018) – for his role as the hapless Marnus.

Also at the kykNET Fiësta Awards, Lara Bye (YellowmanLondon RoadOscar en die Pienk TannieVaslav) received the award for Best Director; playwright Johann Smith won the award for Best Adaption of an Existing Work while the production was awarded the coveted Best Overall Production of the Year. Several other nominations from the Naledi Theatre Awards, Woordfees WoordTROfees, Aardklop Awards and others underline the production’s wide acclaim.

Die reuk van appels is produced by Theatrerocket (Johan van der Merwe and Rudi Sadler).

Die reuk van appels is presented in Afrikaans with English surtitles. Please note: the show carries an age restriction of 16 and contains scenes with sex, nudity, strong language, violence and prejudice.

 

★★★★★ - Rapport
Die stuk het my aangegryp en ek dink nie ek het al ooit so gehuil in ‘n toneelstuk nie. Ek kan dit net met een word beskryf: Mokerslag. - Joke Debaere, Die Burger
Gideon Lombard is net die beste akteur wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gesien het. Die inhoud van die stuk is hartverskeurend. Ek het lanklaas iets so aangrypend gesien. - Jon Daamen, Die Burger
Die reuk van appels in ontroerende teater wat verpletter, en wat die staande applous – ná ‘n oomblik van verbysterende ongeloof en gehoorstomheid – verdien! - Christiaan J de Swardt, Litnet
★★★★★ - Rapport
Die stuk het my aangegryp en ek dink nie ek het al ooit so gehuil in ‘n toneelstuk nie. Ek kan dit net met een word beskryf: Mokerslag. - Joke Debaere, Die Burger
Gideon Lombard is net die beste akteur wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gesien het. Die inhoud van die stuk is hartverskeurend. Ek het lanklaas iets so aangrypend gesien. - Jon Daamen, Die Burger
Die reuk van appels in ontroerende teater wat verpletter, en wat die staande applous – ná ‘n oomblik van verbysterende ongeloof en gehoorstomheid – verdien! - Christiaan J de Swardt, Litnet

Voorkamerfest

Voorkamerfest
31 AUG – 2 SEP 2018
FRI 5 PM | SAT 12 & 5 PM | SUN 12 PM | R200 - R250
  • Dates

    31 Aug 2018 - 02 Sep 2018
  • Time

    FRI 5 PM | SAT 12 & 5 PM | SUN 12 PM
  • Price

    R200 - R250

Voorkamerfest Festival in Darling is back and set for the first weekend in spring

One of  South Africa's most unique events, the Voorkamerfest, returns to the West Coast town of Darling after a two-year break, from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018,  presented for the first time in association with the Fugard Theatre.

The Voorkamerfest takes place during the first weekend of spring in one of the Western Cape's most beautiful regions in the quaint town of Darling that is also home to South Africa's Most Famous White Woman, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout. The event, produced by Tasha Reid and co-produced by Antoinette van Heerden, was founded in 2004 by Inge Bos and Wim Visser, supported by founding sponsor Stichting Doen (NL) with the help of Pieter-Dirk Uys, the residents of Darling and various local businesses.

2018 marks the 13th festival, a vibrant multiple genre showcase of cross cultural theatre, music, dance and comedy, performed by South African and international artists. In previous years, the Voorkamerfest has hosted performers from the UK, Holland, Belgium, France, Surinam, India, Zimbabwe, Angola, Algeria, Canada, and Switzerland.  This year, audiences can look forward to performances by several talented companies, ensembles and individuals, such as Jazzart, Nylon Dance Company, Jitsvinger and The Buckfever Underground.

What sets this festival apart is that audiences don't know exactly which shows they'll be seeing until they are seated in the front rooms (voorkamers) of homes spread throughout the community.  There are seven colour-coded routes from which to choose, each offering three shows in three houses. Minibus taxis ferry patrons from Evita se Perron to venues that range from grand old Cape Dutch manors to RDP houses, where local hosts receive visitors a warm Darling welcome.

Evita se Perron forms the festival hub with a daily outdoor market co-ordinated by I love Yzer, offering local crafts and fare.  An open air concert in Darling East brings the festival to a fitting close on the final day and is free for all.

1 weekend, 21 shows, 60 performers - this is an event not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale and advance booking is essential. Routes are scheduled for 5pm on Friday 31st August , 12pm and 5pm on Saturday 1 September  and 12pm on Sunday 2 September 2018. Tickets can be pre-booked and collected at the box office in the Evita se Perron piazza area and guests are advised to arrive an hour before taxis depart for the shows. Tickets cost R200pp on Friday and R250pp on Saturday and Sunday and are available through Quicket via www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . and 079 1903218. R5 from each ticket sold will be donated to The Darling Trust NGO (www.thedarlingtrust.org).

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