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 as it opened at the Fugard Studio Theatre in August this year, creating an unprecedented demand for tickets. The show now returns to the same venue on 27 November by popular demand.

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.

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.

 

While we're not apart

Zolani Mahola, the lead vocalist for the band Freshlyground, will be appearing in her first theatre reading for a play written for her by a French writer, Eudes Panel.

The play is set in a southern country and expresses a feminine, brave and humane perspective on the challenges faced by the health system. It focuses on HIV/Aids and the “civil” diseases attached to it, i.e. political cowardice, social stigmatization, fear, beliefs and ignorance. The play also explores the male dominance of the world and invites us to think different about the only other alternative, which is feminine. Mr. Panel continuously reminds us of the constant possibility of forgiveness, love and the gift of life. The style of writing in its candor is reminiscent of the great American writer Phillip Roth.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
7 JAN 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    07 Jan 2018 - 07 Jan 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 55 minutes, excluding a 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Imelda StauntonMartha
    • Conleth HillGeorge
    • Imogen PootsHoney
    • Luke TreadwayNick
  • Creative

    • Edward AlbeePlaywright
    • James McDonaldDirector
    • Tom PyeDesigner
    • Charles BalfourLighting

Screened as part of the Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season.

Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?

Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?
28 JUL – 08 AUG 2015
MON – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 4 PM | R90 – R180
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    28 Jul 2015 - 08 Aug 2015
  • Time

    MON – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 4 PM
  • Price

    R90 – R180
  • Duration

    150 minutes including interval
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Marius WeyersGeorge
    • Sandra PrinslooMartha
    • Wessel PretoriusNick
    • Greta PietersenHoney
  • Creative

    • Saartjie BothaVertaling
    • Christiaan OlwagenRegie
    • Birrie le RouxKostuums
    • Jaco BouwerStelontwerp
    • Wolf BritzBeligtingsontwerp
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderKlankbaan
    • Jeanne SteenkampVerhoogbestuur

Saartjie Botha en die Fugard Teater bied met trots die Afrikaanse vertaling van Edward Albee se veelbekroonde drama van Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? aan. Die skreeusnaakse, maar gitswart donker woorde-oorlog is op die planke vanaf 28 Julie in die hoofteater vir ‘n kort speelvak tot 8 Augustus.

’n Ou-getroude professor en sy vrou, George en Martha, nooi ’n pas-getroude, pas aangestelde jong professor en sy vrou vir ’n loopdop na ’n fakulteitsfunksie. ’n Nag van waansin volg: die niks- vermoedende nuwelinge word in die bestek van ’n paar uur deur vernedering, frustrasie en manipulasie heeltemal ontredderd gelaat. Dit word ’n nag waarin pretensie en voorgee brutaal ontmasker word, en ’n huwelikbootjie op die rotse afstuur. George en Martha ontsien geen moeite om mekaar verbaal te vermorsel en kreatiewe maniere te vind om mekaar te uitoorlê nie.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is vir die eerste maal op Broadway opgevoer in 1962 en word bekroon met ’n Tony Toekenning sowel as die New York Drama Critics’ Circle prys vir beste nuwe stuk. Dit is destyds beskou as “a brilliant original work of art”, en die tallose sukselvolle produksies die afgelope halwe eeu bevestig dat die stuk niks van sy impak verloor het nie. Dramaturg Edward Albee het reeds die Pulitzer Pryse vir drama drie keer gewen. Hy kry ook die prys vir Virginia Woolf, maar dit word destyds teruggetrek na klagtes oor die godslastering en losse sedes in die stuk. Van Albee se bekendste werke sluit in The Zoo Story, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia maar Virginia Woolf? bly sy bekendste werk, ondermeer danksy Mike Nichols se klassieke 1966 filmweergawe met Elizabeth Taylor en Richard Burton.

In Saartjie Botha se Afrikaanse vertaling Wie is bang vir Virginia Woolf? is Marius Weyers te sien in die rol van George en Sandra Prinsloo as Martha. Wessel Pretorius en Greta Pietersen speel die jong, niks-vermoedende paartjie, Nick en Honey. Christiaan Olwagen, vanjaar se Jong Kunstenaar vir teater by die Nasionale Kunstefees op Grahamstad, is die regisseur. Olwagen is reeds veelbekroon, onder andere vir sy eietydse, grensverskuiwende aanslag in die Die Seemeeu, en die semi-biografiese Dogma. Hy word bygestaan deur ’n sterk produksiespan: Birrie le Roux (kostuums), Jaco Bouwer (stel), Wolf Britz (beligtingsontwerp) and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (klankbaan).

 


 

Saartjie Botha, in partnership with the Fugard Theatre, are proud to present Edward Albee’s award-winning masterpiece, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The hilariously dark martial war of words will run at the Fugard Main Theatre from 28 July for a limited season which must close on 8 August.

On the campus of a small university the once loving but now embittered and battle-scarred aging couple, George and Martha entertain a new young professor and his wife following a late night faculty party. Over the course of the evening the unwitting guests are drawn into a three act tour de force of humiliation, frustration and manipulation that will leave everyone’s cards face-up on the table and a marriage in serious trouble. Marital strife has never been so wickedly fun as the sharp-tongued dysfunctional couple discover inventive ways to get under the other’s skin, building to a climax that still leaves audience aghast.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premiered on Broadway in late 1962 and went on to win both the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Play. Hailed at the time as “a brilliant original work of art”, the numerous award winning revivals over the past half century have proven that the play still packs the same punch it delivered in its debut. The play’s author, Edward Albee, has received three Pulitzer Prizes for drama and was selected by the award’s drama jury for Virginia Woolf? but was overruled by the advisory committee which elected not to give a drama award at all that year because of the play’s then controversial use of profanity and sexual themes. Albee is also well known for his other works including The Zoo Story, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia but Virginia Woolf? would likely be his most well known work in some part due to Mike Nichols 1966 film adaptation featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Saartjie Botha’s Afrikaans translation Wie is bang vir Virginia Woolf? stars Marius Weyers in the role of George and Sandra Prinsloo as Martha. Wessel Pretorius and Greta Pietersen will portray the young unsuspecting married couple, Nick and Honey.

Christiaan Olwagen, the Young Artist for Theatre at this year’s NAF has won numerous awards, among others for his version of The Seagull, as well as his thought provoking Dogma, is the director. Olwagen is assisted by a design team including, Birrie le Roux (costumes), Jaco Bouwer (set), Wolf Britz (lights) and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (sound).

"Theatre at its best" - Bizcommunity
"Theatre at its best" - Bizcommunity

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers
MUST CLOSE 25 MAY!
WED - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | SUN 4PM | R100-R160
The Fugard Theatre
  • Time

    WED - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | SUN 4PM
  • Price

    R100-R160
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Bianca le GrangeMrs Johnstone
    • Lynelle KennedMrs Lyons
    • Alistair IzobellNarrator, Teacher, Magistrate
    • Ephraim GordonMickey
    • Dean BalieEddie
    • Andréa FranksonLinda
    • Marlo MinaarMr Lyons
    • Carlo DanielsSammy
    • Sue PylerDonna Marie, Estate Agent, Ensemble
    • Junaid BooysenPoliceman, HP Man, Conductor, Councillor
    • Shadley SchroederHawker, Kid, Painter, Warder, Ensemble
    • Monique RockmanMs Jones, Linda Understudy, Ensemble
  • Creative

    • Willy RussellBook, Music & Lyrics
    • David KramerAdaptation & Direction
    • Pieter ToerienProducer
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Renaye KramerAssociate Producer
    • Alistair IzobellMusical Supervisor
    • Denis HutchinsonLighting Design
    • Paul & Matthew KalilProjection Design
    • Penny SimpsonCostume Design
    • Costume AssistantAlicia McCormick
    • James WebbSound Effects
    • Benjamin du PlessisAssociate Lighting Design
    • Graham Muir & Juan PotterSound Design
    • Jesse KramerPhotography
    • Johann KupferburgerProduction Manager
    • Abdul Burton for OTBSTechnical services
    • Juanita van WykStage Manager
    • Chané RinquestASM
    • Clynt HlubiCrew
    • Achmat KhroodienCrew
    • Roberto GrovéCrew
    • Juanita FerreiraPre-Production Assistant
    • Widaad AlbertusDresser
    • Juan PotterSound Engineer
    • Sage BookerSound Engineer
    • Jarryd-Jay WeissMicrophone Technician
    • Allison Foat for DIVA PRPublicity

DAVID KRAMER ADAPTS WEST END HIT MUSICAL BLOOD BROTHERS FOR  PIETER TOERIEN & ERIC ABRAHAM / THE FUGARD

Willy Russell’s acclaimed West End musical Blood Brothers, which ran for 24 years in London’s West End, is produced by Eric Abraham and Pieter Toerien for The Fugard Theatre and Theatre on the Bay in their first co-production together.

Blood Brothers opened to great acclaim and sold out houses at Theatre on the Bay in September 2013, for a limited season, in celebration of the theatre’s 25th anniversary. The production then transferred to Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg playing to capacity houses before recently closing on the 5th January 2014.

Blood Brothers tells the story of a financially desperate mother who gives away one of her twin boys at birth. Playwright Willy Russell gave his blessing to David Kramer’s adaptation which locates the musical within the Cape Town community giving it a distinctly local flavour.

Blood Brothers enjoyed phenomenal success in London and around the world. Opening in London in 1983, Blood Brothers ended its sensational 24 year West End run in 2012. Produced and performed in many parts of the world this is the first time that Willy Russell (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita) has granted permission for his musical to be adapted.

Singing sensation Alistair Izobell, joins the stellar company and will be singing the role of the Narrator. The producers are proud to have this award-winning performer join the Blood Brothers production.

Alistair started his professional theatre career as a 12 year old in the Kramer/Petersen musical District Six. He followed that with the role of Ritchie Valens in the South African production of The Buddy Holly Story. Alistair performed the role of Magoo on the West End and Broadway productions of the Kramer/Petersen musical Kat and the Kings, for which he received a much coveted Olivier Award. Alistair Izobell has produced several shows, the most recent being Radio Classics together with Heart 104.9’s Clarence Ford, over the summer of 2012.

Lynelle Kenned will now be playing the role of Mrs Lyons. Lynelle is a star graduate of the UCT Opera School and a member of the award-winning South African Sopranos. Lynelle became a popular TV personality as the runner-up in the Top Billing New Presenter Search. She subsequently joined Pasella as a presenter. Lynelle’s career highlights include performing with Katherine Jenkins, and participating in master classes with the Julliard’s Brian Zeger. Lynelle has been performing the role of Mrs Johnstone once a week in the Johannesburg run of Blood Brothers.

Bianca Le Grange, who has been playing the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone to great acclaim and standing ovations, has impressed significantly in her Musical Theatre debut;

“Bianca Le Grange has come a long, long way since her Idols days and as Mrs Johnstone, a key character in the unfolding drama, is magnificent. Using her power-house vocals, she performed songs that touched the soul and her finale brought tears to the eyes.” -Artslink

Following its two successful seasons at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town and Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg, Willy Russell’s acclaimed West End musical Blood Brothers returns to the Mother City from 12 February until 29 March 2014.  Blood Brothers tells the story of a mother who agrees, through absolute financial desperation, to give away one of her twin boys at birth. The moving story is set in Cape Town with a distinctly local flavour. David Kramer's adaptation, which has been highly praised by the media, marked the first time that author Willy Russell (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita) had ever granted permission for his musical to be adapted.  

The show stars a talented all-local cast including 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winner Dean Balie (Kat and the Kings) as Eddie, Ephraim Gordon as Mickey, Carlo Daniels as Sammy, Marlo Minnaar as Mr Lyons and Andrea Frankson as Linda. Shadley Schroeder, Junaid Booysen, Sue Pyler and Monique Rockman complete the excellent line up. Video design is by Matthew and Paul Kalil. Denis Hutchinson is the lighting designer and costumes are by Penny Simpson – both are multiple award-winning designers. The sound design is by the Red Hot Waves.

The production opens on 12 February 2014 at the Fugard Theatre with tickets, ranging from R90 to R160, available via Computicket or the theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Performances run Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, and at 4pm and 8pm on Saturdays. Advance booking is recommended.

... a theatre experience so powerful, so moving, so enthralling, so poignant, and just so darn brilliant ... - Weekend Argus
**** ... impressive and chilling - Cape Argus
**** ... masterfully adapted and staged by Kramer - The Star
**** - Die Burger
**** ... sheer stage dynamite - Business Day
**** ... aangrypende stuk wat boei - Beeld
If there is one production you want to see before years-end, make it this one. - What's on in Cape Town
A human drama that will touch the soul. - Artslink
Extremely slick production - Daily Maverick
... a theatre experience so powerful, so moving, so enthralling, so poignant, and just so darn brilliant ... - Weekend Argus
**** ... impressive and chilling - Cape Argus
**** ... masterfully adapted and staged by Kramer - The Star
**** - Die Burger
**** ... sheer stage dynamite - Business Day
**** ... aangrypende stuk wat boei - Beeld
If there is one production you want to see before years-end, make it this one. - What's on in Cape Town
A human drama that will touch the soul. - Artslink
Extremely slick production - Daily Maverick

Women in Voice in Business

Women in Voice in Business
07 May 2011 - 07 May 2011
R350.00
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 May 2011 - 07 May 2011
  • Price

    R350.00

The human voice is the most overlooked personal asset even though we all regularly make assumptions about a person's education, age, status, competency and reliability based on how that person sounds. If you are intrigued by the idea of 'vocal image' this workshop offers the opportunity to explore both the power and the range of your voice.

Liz Mills has worked with voices for 30 years. Her background is in theatre where she works as a director and a voice practitioner. An extended academic career in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town added a scholarship in voice, international publication and the development of her own techniques for working creatively with the voice. Her work has been shared with colleagues in the USA and UK. But it is her work with private clients from all walks of life that convinced her of the need for women to have their own space in which to explore both the impact and the potential of their voices.

Woolf Works

Woolf Works
4 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

    • The Royal Ballet
  • Creative

    • Wayne McGregorDirector, Choreography
    • Max RichterMusic
    • Koen KesselsConductor

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Royal Ballet.

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf.

The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award- winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet. McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Acclaimed British composer Max Richter creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.

Yerma

Yerma
15 APR 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    15 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Billie PiperHer
    • Brendan CowellJohn
    • Charlotte RandleMary
    • John MacmillanVictor
    • Maureen BeattieHelen
  • Creative

    • Simon StoneDirector
    • Lizzie ClachanDesign
    • Alice BabidgeCostumes
    • James FarncombeLighting

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season. From the National Theatre.

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

Zakes Mda

Zakes Mda
21 OCT 2013
7PM | R40
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    21 Oct 2013 - 21 Oct 2013
  • Time

    7PM
  • Price

    R40

Internationally acclaimed author Zakes Mda launches his new novel, The Sculptors of Mapungubwe, at the Fugard Theatre on 21 October 2013. He is joined on stage by author Rachel Zadok, playwright Athol Fugard and jazz singer Black Porcelain. In the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe, the royal sculptor has two sons, Chata and Rendani. As they grow, so grows their rivalry - Rendani mastering the forms of the animals that run in the wild hills and lush valleys of the land, Chata learning to carve fantastic beings from his dreams, creatures never before seen on the Earth. From this rivalry between brothers, Zakes Mda crafts an irresistibly rich fable of love and family. What makes the better art - a perfect likeness or a creation fuelled by inspiration? Who makes a better wife - a princess or a mysterious dancer? Ageless and contemporary, deceptive in its simplicity and mythical in its scope, The Sculptors of Mapungubwe encompasses all we know of love, envy and the artist`s primal urge to forge art from nature and nature into art.