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A COUCH AND A PIANO

13th – 26th August

An hilarious musical about divorce


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DAPHNE KUHN presents 

COUCH AND A PIANO

A musical about divorce!
starring CAT SIMONI and ALAN GLASS
Directed by PAUL SPENCE

14th – 26th August

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square is proud to present an original new musical, COUCH AND A PIANO with popular, well-known musical talents, CAT SIMONI (Christmas and all that Jazz, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald tribute shows) and ALAN GLASS (Not the Midnight Mass, Beautiful Creatures)

A gloriously funny session of musical therapy with an edge, opens on the 14th August and will run for a limited season until 25th August. It will be directed by PAUL SPENCE.

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 60 minute musical rollercoaster-ride, they lay bare their broken hearts through song and chat. By the end of the session, these two total strangers are ready to fall in love again. It’s musical fun for all…

Bookings for COUCH AND A PIANO 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 upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square, to complete a fine evening of pure musical entertainment!

COMING SOON


FREUD’S LAST SESSION

28th August – 15th September

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - FREUD’S LAST SESSION


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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release 

Daphne Kuhn by arrangement with DALRO (Pty) Ltd presents the return of

Marc St Germain’s international hit
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
a collision of minds in an imagined meeting of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
28th August – 15th September 2018

starring GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN
Directed by ALAN SWERDLOW
Set and lighting design by DENIS HUTCHINSON

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton is proud to present its next production FREUD’S LAST SESSION from the 28th August till the 15th September 2018. This award-winning international play by MARC ST. GERMAIN presents a compelling debate on the existence of God. It is filled with humanity, humour, and razor-sharp dialogue.  The new production will star two leading stalwarts of South African theatre, GRAHAM HOPKINS and ANTONY COLEMAN and will be directed by the acclaimed award-winning ALAN SWERDLOW, with set and lighting design by DENIS HUTCHINSON.

As Freud and Lewis argue about whether belief in God is merely a childish fantasy (in Freud’s view), or a crucial element of a meaningful life, (in Lewis’s), the BBC keeps interrupting with the latest news bulletins. The news could be better. Marc St. Germain has cleverly set his play on Sept. 3rd, 1939 - with war with Germany imminent and terrifying to both the dying, 83-year-old Jewish refugee from Vienna and the 40-year-old World War I veteran, visiting from Oxford.

They may be meeting to try to resolve the conflict between science and religion, but their conversation veers to their parents, the power of music, the meaning of Hitler and the entertainment value of flatulence! They both make jokes about the couch in the room. Lewis teases Freud for being obsessed with sex; Freud mocks Lewis’s deference to authority.

This is a cerebral play filled with wit and warmth which runs for 3 weeks opening on the 28th August. Bookings are now open at Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com) or can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. There are group discounts for schools, corporates and special interest groups - and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square.

“unforgettable… easily amongst the strongest piece of straight theatre in English that this city has seen in a while” - Robyn Sassen
“..intriguing play.. mesmerizing…two great actors” - Diane de Beer
“It will entertain you as this play is rich with words, ideas and philosophies and acted by the ever-excellent Graham Hopkins and Antony Coleman.
Extremely well written perfectly executed” - Lesley Stones
“A portrait of two remarkable men, as displayed by two remarkable actors… a triumphant and gripping piece of theatre” - Jenny de Klerk

COMING SOON


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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Jigs, reels, Irish ballads and the songs of Robbie Burns - this is as Celtic as you'll get in Southern Africa.  'Christine and The Kilts' showcase all-time Celtic favourites like ‘Danny Boy’, Wi a 100 pipers, 'Mull of Kintyre' and 'Skye Boat Song'.  Rousing harmonies, florid fiddle, soulful accordion, this is a night not to be missed.

If you have a Kilt – wear it! If you have a tartan – flaunt it!  Sing along with us and enjoy a real a guid evening of Irish and Scots song!  One lucky person wins a bottle of Scotch! No kidding!

The cast comprises of the brilliant Christine Weir, Matthew Weir, Rayelle  Goodman, Skhumbuzo Qamata, Leon Oosthuizen and Duncan Robinson

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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!

COMING SOON


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.

COMING SOON


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

COMING SOON


ZOEMBA is back for World Rhino Day

22 September

ZOEMBA is back for World Rhino Day


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ZOEMBA, written and conceived by CONNIE FRIEDMANN, returns to the Auto & General Theatre on the Square for World Rhino Day on the 22nd September for one special show at 11am. 

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Its storyline addresses real environmental issues experienced by Zoemba the rhino and his friends. Suspense-filled interactive stories, stunning music, sing-a-long songs, audience participation and energetic dancing is just part of the fun-filled holiday package.  ZOEMBA too has wonderful messages for our young people, making them aware of our precious rhinos, recycling, conservation and friendships.

Enter the magical journey of Zoemba the Rhino. He lives in a game reserve with his two friends, Jippie and Doolie. Zoemba is a very unique rhino, he has two rainbow horns and loves music and dancing. Those very unique horns appeal to a sneaky poacher that is lurking in the park, and waits for the right opportunity to try steal Zoemba's horns. Come and join us to find out if the poacher is able to capture Zoemba, and if Jippie and Doolie can help Zoemba out of trouble, every time. The show deals with issues that affect Zoemba's life from poaching to pollution.

COMING SOON


GIFTED FOLKS IN CONCERT

16 September

African Classical Crossover Music - where Classic meets Pop with an African flair


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Let this world class ensemble of talented musicians introduce you to their unique music genre - African Classical Crossover Music - where Classic meets Pop with an African flair
This concert will take you on musical roller coaster of awesomeness with a crossover repertoire including:

  • You Raise Me Up: A song made popular by J. Groban, re-arranged in African classical crossover with Swahili lyrics by Gifted Folks
  • Toreador Aria (Carmen Opera, G.Bizet)
  • Loliwe: A song by South African pop artist Zahara, with a special Gifted Folks flavour
  • Thula Baba: A South African lullaby re-arranged in African classical crossover with an original oriental twist.

In addition to the above-mentioned songs, you will discover Gifted Folks multi-layered talent in their unique and amazing rendition of other beautiful melodies such as Ave Maria (Gomez), Amigos Para Siempre, Funiculi/Funicula, Malaika… with most of them uniquely and beautifully arranged in African Classical Crossover.

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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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