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EL BLANCO: Tales of the Mariachi

21st March – 8th April

“A dazzling performance from a very skilled entertainer.” — artsmart.co.za


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EL BLANCO: Tales of the Mariachi

starring JAMES CAIRNS
written by GWYDION BEYNON
design by JENINE COLLOCOTT

21st March – 8th April

El Blanco, played by acclaimed actor and performer James Cairns weaves together spellbinding stories and songs based on everything from Mexican creation myths and Ancient Egyptians to George Clooney. A smart, sassy and very funny one-man show.

It’s hard to beat the story well told. Stories in themselves are an act of creation, connecting the past with the present. Creation itself is a story. Without stories, we would have nothing but darkness and silence.

This is what James Cairns’s character El Blanco believes. While he may unashamedly spin a pack of lies, in this instance, he comes close to the truth.

El Blanco’s struggle, mostly with himself, to earn the title of Mariachi is masterfully presented through music and storytelling.  “Stories are songs for people who cannot sing,” is one of El Blanco’s gems “and songs are stories for those who can.”

El Blanco must overcome his belief that he can do neither. The tale leads us through a chain of false epiphanies which only lead him back into self-doubt.  At the outset, El Blanco promises that “there will be song, there will be stories and there will be many lies”.  As we discover, lies often reveal truths that would otherwise remain unspoken.

From the pen of Gwydion Beynon and starring James Cairns, EL BLANCO: TALES OF MARIACHI exhibits the prodigious talents of these two artists. Get a ticket if you can.

As a result of a drunken promise, Cairns and Beynon joined forces to make El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi. Cairns has long wowed South African audiences with his solo performances and others (Dirt, The Sitting Man, The Snow Goose) and Beynon has penned a litany of recent hits (The Epicene Butcher, Amateur Hour). They suspected that they might be a good combination and they were absolutely right. After winning a Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, EL BLANCO was invited on full bursary to the Brighton Fringe Festival. 

 

“A dazzling performance from a very skilled entertainer.” — artsmart.co.za

 

Show times: Tuesdays – Saturday at 8.15 and also at 6pm on Saturdays

COMING SOON


THE GRUFFALO

11th April – 7th May

An adaptation of JULIA DONALDSON’s popular modern classic book series for young people


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THE GRUFFALO

11th April – 7th May

An adaptation of JULIA DONALDSON’s popular modern classic book series for young people

with Nombasa Ngoqo, Ayanda Nondlwana, Sisonke Yafele, Mandisi Heshu

Directed by Tara Notcutt

This West End smash hit combines songs, laughter and storytelling theatre with a wonderfully catchy score and original music and lyrics. The South African production will feature all the characters, songs and storyline from the original, with a uniquely local charm, energy and charisma. The picture book The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler in 1999, is a worldwide phenomenon, having sold over 13 million copies in 75 editions worldwide. The stage production brings the Gruffalo characters to life while remaining true to the story.

Show times: Monday to Saturday at 11 am and 3pm

COMING SOON


VISAGE - Revealing the Secrets of the Mind

9th -14th May

Performed by mentalist and memory expert MICHAEL ABRAHAMSON


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VISAGE - Revealing the Secrets of the Mind

9th -14th May

Performed by mentalist and memory expert MICHAEL ABRAHAMSON, this is a theatrical experience, based on some never-before-seen effects that develop and unravel throughout the show, building up to a memorable and astonishing climax.

VISAGE is also fully interactive, so the audience are totally involved in the process, both actively and passively. The show is directed by veteran director and producer Richard H. Nosworthy.

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ASK WALTER

15th May – 4th June

A new South African comedy of errors


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ASK WALTER

15th May – 4th June

Starring JEREMIAH MNTONGA and ARTHUR BONGANI ZITHA
Directed by AIMEÈ GOLDSMITH 
Written by AIMEE GOLDSMITH and cast
Multi-media facets directed by acclaimed film- maker, ZEE NTULI

A naive psychology major drop-out, lands his own talk-show in an attempt to date the show’s producer. However his first guest, a mentally unstable lingerie designer, hijacks the show! Heartbreak ensues with great hilarity. A new South African comedy of errors is not to be missed!

Show times Tues-Fri at 8.15 and 2 shows on Sat at 6pm and 8.15.

COMING SOON


BETRAYAL

6th June – 1st July

A sharp look into the nature of romantic relationships


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6th June – 1st July

BETRAYAL
by Harold Pinter

Starring Antony Coleman, Carly Graeme and Tom Fairfoot
Directed by Greg Homann

A sharp look into the nature of romantic relationships, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starts in 1977 when long time lovers Jerry and Emma meet after her marriage to her husband Robert dissolves, and then backtracks all the way to 1968 when their affair first began. As the years spin backwards, a complex web of secrets about the trio emerges and calls into question the nature of their intimacy -- as friends, as partners, as spouses. A play about love, lust, and time, Betrayal poetically explores the rift between memory and reality.


COMING SOON


The return of PAY BACK THE CURRY

18th July – 29th July

The return of PAY BACK THE CURRY


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18th July – 29th July

The return of PAY BACK THE CURRY

by Mike van Graan

Starring Daniel Mpilo Richards

Mike van Graan’s PAY BACK THE CURRY! comprises a series of sketches to make audiences think even as they laugh. Produced by Siv Ngesi and directed by Rob van Vuuren, PAY BACK THE CURRY! features the multi-talented Daniel Richards depicting a variety of characters (and caricatures) commenting on all things contemporary, from sparrows and statues to Zuptas and zombies!

COMING SOON


MAMBA REPUBLIC

1st – 20th August

Mamba Republic is a rapidly-paced satirical sketch comedy soon to hit theatres countrywide.


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1st – 20th August

MAMBA REPUBLIC

Written by and starring Ben Voss & John van de Ruit

Mamba Republic is a rapidly-paced satirical sketch comedy soon to hit theatres countrywide. Reuniting the talents of Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele) and John van de Ruit (Spud) Mamba Republic takes a savagely funny look at all that is wrong and very wrong in the Rainbow Nation.  With their unique blend of sharp wit, hopeless optimism and clever characterisation, the duo sink their fangs into the fiascos, farces and foibles of South African life. Whether it is their unique take on fees must fall, state capture, online dating, the economy, sport, technology, casual racism, an alternative national anthem, or even the most unusual football match in living memory, Mamba Republic will have you hooting in your chair and clutching at your face at the utter absurdity of life at the foot of Africa.

Mamba Republic follows in the footsteps of Green Mamba (2002) and Black Mamba (2005) which together racked up over 800 performances in five years, winning numerous awards and developing a cult following all over Southern Africa.

 

COMING SOON


FREUD’S LAST SESSION

22nd August – 16th Sept.

“Exciting and thought-provoking… riveting theater.” - The Huffington Post


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22nd August – 16th Sept.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION

by Marc St Germain

Starring Graham Hopkins and Theo Landey

Directed by Alan Swerdlow

Filled with humanity, humor, 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.

“Exciting and thought-provoking… riveting theater.” - The Huffington Post

COMING SOON


THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

19th September – 7th October

Created and Directed by Jenine Collocott


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19th September – 7th October

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Created and Directed by Jenine Collocott

Starring James Cairns  and Tarryn Bennet

The Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Bimini, Bahamas, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida.

In 1953, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954.

 

COMING SOON


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

9th October – 28th October

Directed by Steven Feinstein


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9th October – 28th October

SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE ON THE UNIVERSE

Starring Michelle Douglas

Directed by Steven Feinstein

Michelle Joffe plays multiple roles in Jane Wagner's one-woman play, a comedic look at and critique of contemporary American society.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe takes up themes of the interconnectedness of people and of people’s methods for finding meaning in lives that sometimes seem absurd. Since the panoply of characters whose thoughts Trudy transmits exemplifies a range of race, class, and even gender, the play suggests that a common search for meaning links humanity at its core.

The play’s allusions to the performance of the play itself allow Jane Wagner to suggest that the ritual of attending and performing theatre creates a site for such linkages to occur. The play’s theatricality, and the fact that all of its characters are performed by the same actor, stresses universal human connections.

COMING SOON


THE HOUSE OF TRUTH

31st October – 18th November

A play about Can Themba


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31st October – 18th November

THE HOUSE OF TRUTH

by Siphiwo Mahala
Starring Sello Maake Ncube
Directed by Vanessa Cook

The House of Truth is a play by Siphiwo Mahala.  It premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2016 where it received rave reviews and opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on the 31st October.

The play is about Daniel Canodoce “Can” Themba (21 June 1924 – 1968), a writer most famous for being the assistant editor of the Drum Magazine in the fifties and for writing The Suit, originally as a short story.   The play gives a considerable amount of detail about him, which is not surprising, because the playwright is currently pursuing doctoral studies on the life and works of Can Themba.  Virtually the only thing we don’t see is his early death in Swaziland, presumably from alcohol related health breakdown.

Directed by Vanessa Cook, The House of Truth stars Sello Maake kaNcube as Can Themba. 

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

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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 for The Gruffalo are Monday to Saturday at 11am and 3pm

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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