NOW SHOWING


LAND ACT

9th - 28th July

From the team who brought us the sold out PAY BACK THE CURRY and STATE FRACTURE


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DAPHNE KUHN
by arrangement with MVG & DMR PRODUCTIONS presents

LAND ACTS
by MIKE VAN GRAAN
directed by ROB VAN VUUREN
with DANIEL MPILO RICHARDS

10th – 28th July 

LAND ACTS, the third collaboration between the creative team responsible for the award-winning satirical revues Pay Back the Curry (2016) and State Fracture (2017), will commence its run at Sandton’s Auto and General Theatre on the Square immediately after the National Arts Festival, from 10 July 2018. In June the production enjoyed a sell-out season and rave revues in Cape Town at the Kalk Bay theatre where it premiered.

Written by Mike van Graan (Green Man Flashing), directed by Rob van Vuuren and again featuring the incredibly talented Daniel Mpilo Richards, Land Acts takes on the theme of land, the catalyst for much controversy and anxiety within the contemporary South African landscape.

LAND ACTS has evoked enthusiastic audience responses for its varied perspectives on the land theme, for the theatricality of the show and its diverse forms of song, drama, storytelling and poetry, and for the sheer talent of its solo performer.

Pay Back the Curry and State Fracture both premiered on the Fringe of the National Arts Festival, while LAND ACTS has been developed over the course of its short run at the Kalk Bay Theatre before its season at the National Arts Festival, and its run at the Theatre on the Square.

Pay Back the Curry was performed more than 120 times around the country, earning critical acclaim and consistently high praise for Richard’s performance for which he won the 2016 Naledi Theatre Award for the Best Newcomer/Breakthrough Artist. State Fracture picked up a Standard Bank Ovation Award and Richards earned the Standard Bank Ovation Award for Stand-Out Performance at the National Arts Festival in 2017. Richards has performed a combination of sketches from both shows at the Jive Cape Town Comedy Festival as well as abroad in Kigali, Rwanda; the Comedy Festival in London and most recently in Stockholm, Sweden.

LAND ACTS promises to be at least as provocatively entertaining as its predecessors. Bookings can be made through Computicket - www.computicket.com or tele-book on 0861 915800. Bookings can also be made by calling the theatre’s box office on 011 883 8606. Enquire about group booking discounts and dinner/show packages at one of the restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square to complete a fine evening of provocative satirical theatre and entertainment!

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FAWLTY FLOWERS

31st July - 11th August

FAWLTY FLOWERS is pure, delicious Fawlty fun from start to finish


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FAWLTY FLOWERS
with ANNIE ROBINSON and MARK MULDER.
Devised & directed by PAUL SPENCE.

There’s only one Fawlty Towers (the famous BBC sitcom of the 70’s) and there’s no other married couple quite like Basil and Sybil!

Now comedienne Annie  Robinson and accomplished Mark Mulder – currently back on SABC TV in The Game – get the chance to share the uniquely Fawlty experience with Sandton audiences in their new two-hander comedy show, TARTY FLOWERS! Devised and directed by Paul Spence, TARTY FLOWERS is pure, delicious Fawlty fun from start to finish. Audiences will get the distinct feeling that they are guests in the dining room of the infamous Torquay hotel! Book now!

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A COUCH AND A PIANO

13th – 25th August

An hilarious musical about divorce


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A COUCH AND A PIANO

An hilarious musical about divorce

starring CAT SIMONI and ALAN GLASS

How can you mend a Broken Heart? With A COUCH AND A PIANO!

Jo, a recent divorcée, arrives for her first session with Cape Town’s top psychologist, Carl Zimmerman. Apart from the expected couch in the consulting room, there is a Steinway baby-grand piano and a couple of guitars. Here Carl uses music therapy to work through divorce issues. In this 60minute musical rollercoaster-ride, they laugh, cry, share and lay bare their broken hearts through song and chat. By the end of the session we could almost believe that these two total strangers are ready to fall in love again.

Every song in A COUCH AND A PIANO is a popular classic, with each song relating to different aspects of the emotional divorce spectrum.

Come for a session! It’s fun for all in any relationship!

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FREUD’S LAST SESSION

28th August – 15th September

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - FREUD’S LAST SESSION


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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

FREUD’S LAST SESSION
by Marc St Germain

Starring GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN

Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW

Filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue, FREUD’S LAST SESSION imagines the meeting of two of the 20th century’s greatest academics. On the brink of war in Europe, author and former atheist C.S. Lewis visits the London home of Dr. Sigmund Freud. Lewis’s recent embrace of Christianity stands in stark contrast to Dr. Freud, whose beliefs are influenced by his life’s work in science. Amidst evacuations and air raid sirens these two legendary scholars debate religion, sex, love, the existence of God, and the meaning of life itself.

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CHRISTINE & THE KILTS

18th - 29th September

featuring songs from Christine Weir’s album Invision, and also showcases some of the most beautiful Scottish and Irish standards


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CHRISTINE & THE KILTS

If you love that Celtic sound and feel like some guid Scottish humour, then button up your fly, grip onto your trouser belt and get yourself down to the Auto & General Theatre on the Square for CHRISTINE WEIR AND THE KILTS. The production features songs from Christine Weir’s album Invision, and also showcases some of the most beautiful Scottish and Irish standards such as Mull of Kintyre, Danny Boy and poplular songs like 500 Miles by The Proclaimers. 

The cast comprises of brilliant siblings Christine Weir and Graham Weir of Not the Midnight Mass fame with Christine on lead vocals, Graham Weir on vocals and percussion, Matthew Weir on vocals, guitar and bass, Rayelle Goodman on violin, with piano and keyboard by Trevor du Buisson.

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ODD MAN OUT

2nd – 21st October

ODD MAN OUT is a new comedy by AUSTRALIA'S most prolific playwright David Williamson.


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ODD MAN OUT

Written by DAVID WILLIAMSON.

Directed by MEGAN WILLSON 

starring well-known actors

Daniel Janks, Ashleigh Harvey, Russ Savadier and Michelle Levine.

ODD MAN OUT is a new comedy by AUSTRALIA'S most prolific playwright David Williamson.

Alice and Ryan meet on a bus, and are quickly drawn to each other. They have little in common, except for a shared desperation to become coupled up. Alice is sensitive about her biological clock running out of time, and Ryan is fearful of loneliness. They work hard to create a union, and in Odd Man Out, it seems tough grind is the key to success. Alice marries the straight-talking Ryan, but soon discovers that he has Asperger's.

Described as an unconventional romantic comedy... The main theme is a couple dealing with the fact that one is naturally socially adept and one isn’t quite so good at that — and that’s where a lot of the comedy comes from. It’s a touchy subject for a light comedy but Williamson makes the most of things - packing the evening with plenty of laughs. If you want to see this brilliantly written and presented production, book soon!

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STUART TAYLOR’S FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT

23rd October  - 3rd November

Stuart Taylor returning to the stage with his hilarious new offering, Funny You Should Say That.


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STUART TAYLOR’S 

FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT

Directed by Rob van Vuuren

Fresh from making his first feature film début in the South African comedy drama, Finders Keepers, earlier in August last year, 2018 sees comedian Stuart Taylor returning to the stage with his hilarious new offering, Funny You Should Say That.


Comedy fans are in for a massive treat as the Cape Town-born Taylor prepares to showcase his latest solo stage offering – his first comedy show in three years. “Developing the material in the comedy clubs over the past few months has been a blast for me. I turned 40 recently, so I guess this show is my version of a ‘mid-life crisis! FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT is directed by the multi-talented award-winning theatre director and comic, Rob van Vuuren – and promises to deliver all the laughs and punchlines to get you into a great mood.

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THE REVLON GIRL

6th November – 1st December

"A brilliant piece of theatre... And the performances are superb" ★★★★ The Wee Review


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THE REVLON GIRL

6th November – 1st December

Four mothers grieve the loss of their children in the Aberfan disaster in a remarkably warm, sorrowful and at times even funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering and make-up.

In 1966, in the Welsh mining village of Aberfan, the “tips” – essentially man-made hills of discarded coal and the insides of the mines – were piled on top of a stream which after months collapsed, sliding down onto the village below and killing 144 people in just a few minutes. Of these, 116 were children, whose school lay in the path of the slide.

Set eight months after the tragedy, THE REVLON GIRL tells the story of five bereaved mothers gathering for an almost ceremonial visit from one of the Revlon make-up girls. The play and their evening touch upon grief, guilt, greed, religion and the horrific etiquette of mourning.

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square presents a remarkably warm, sorrowful, and times funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering and make-up.

The Revlon Girl, despite its subject matter is full of laughter, mainly because of the interplay between four women who have known one another since childhood, yet initial jokes are hard to stomach because of the dark subject matter that will inevitably follow, and the awkwardness of the outsider from Revlon – a proper outsider, from over the border in Bristol.

"Shocking, heartbreaking The Revlon Girl offers no cosmetic solution to unbearable pain but does suggest the power of powder and eye-liner in helping heal wounds." ★★★★★ Stage Review

"A brilliant piece of theatre... And the performances are superb" ★★★★ The Wee Review

"A funny, feisty, heart-wrenching story of how lipstick can look like hope" ★★★★ The Wee Review

TWEETS


CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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