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CALL US CRAZY

18th June – 6th July

Fast-paced, multi conventional, full of puns and intended meaning, CALL US CRAZY


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DOS Productions
by arrangement with Daphne Kuhn presents 

CALL US CRAZY
A Blue collar comedy 

with SELLO SEBOTSANE, MARIETJIE BOTHMA and JOSIAS DOS MOLEELE
Written & directed by JOSIAS DOS MOLEELE

18th June – 6th July

A fast-paced, multi-conventional play, CALL US CRAZY, previews on the 18th June at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square is essentially an hilarious comedy that sees South Africa laughing at itself! The play gives humorous, flash-glimpses into South African life in the townships, rural and urban areas, unconvincing parliamentary debates, challenges in government and more uniquely South African scenarios.

CALL US CRAZY is social commentary at its best starring three of SA’s most loved TV personalities - SELLO SEBOTSANE (Stokvel, Jock of the Bushveld and more recently Mzanzi Magic’s Broken Vows), MARIETJIE BOTHMA (TV presenter, MC for Government events, the Kasi Mlungu in the King Pie TV adverts) and JOSIAS DOS MOLEELE (Rhythm City, Binnelanders and director of our current production Jobe).

It tells the story of a disillusioned road construction worker, Oompie, whose mission is to tar all the roads in the world. Having worked for the same construction company over 27 years, Oompie breaks ranks, after concluding that he works for an ungrateful and chauvinistic employer. While Oompie's dream to tar the world sounds like an impossible and idiotic idea, an ambitious character emerges. He succeeds in opening his own construction company, which he aptly calls Vuka! Africa Road and Paving Construction Company!

Bookings for this delightful local satirical comedy can be made 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 and special interest groups - and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square.

COMING SOON


Nik Rabinowitz in WORK IN PROGRESS

12th - 20th July

After a sold out season earlier this year, Nik Rabinowitz returns in DRY WHITE for a one week run.


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After a sold out season earlier this year, Nik Rabinowitz returns with a new show to keep you warm this winter. 

NIK RABINOWITZ in WORK IN PROGRESS
Join Nik Rabinowitz for his new show, WORK IN PROGRESS, which is a very confusing title, because the show is completely written, completely memorised, and completely hilarious.
When it comes to side-splitting stories about hair transplants, ill-conceived mountain rescues, and the pitfalls of genetic testing, Nik has it all figured out, written down, and ready for delivery. The show itself is finished. A work complete. It’s Nik who’s still trying to figure out who he is, where he came from, where he’s going (Romania, probably), and how he ended up here with a wife, three kids, two animals, and the vague feeling that this life might actually belong to someone else. 

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Navi Redd fundraiser for A New Hope Dog Rescue

14th July @ 15:00 - tickets are R200 - More info call Shanene on 0833345250

This is a fundraiser for A New Hope Dog Rescue Centre


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A New Hope Dog Rescue’s story starts with the dream of one passionate woman, to help those who cannot help themselves or speak for themselves ……. mom, dog lover, and passionate rescuer, Liv StirlingA New Hope Dog Rescue started in 2015 with only 10 dogs and has evolved into a substantial family-run dog shelter and registered NPO located in Kliprivier, Midvaal, Gauteng. We endeavour to break the mould of the “typical” shelter by providing large, social runs for the dogs in our care, and the opportunity for them to be as much a part of a family as possible. Due to our unique set-up most of the dogs are able to experience sleeping inside, many for the first time in their lives. Township Rescue and education is also a key priority for us. A New Hope Dog Rescue is a pro-life shelter – all possible steps are taken to rehabilitate the dogs in our care, and to find them homes suitable for their temperament.

Due the aforementioned approach, as well as the excellent conditions at the shelter, A New Hope is the preferred shelter for many vets and rescuers. The success of the shelter has, unfortunately, come at a price. Whilst the number of adoptions have doubled over the past year, so the number of dogs being taken in has quadrupled (and more) over the years. Many of these with serious medical conditions and terrible histories of neglect and abuse. Sterilisation is also considered critical and is absolutely non-negotiable for any dog that enters the shelter; we work with some exceptional vets to further this purpose.  However, it all adds up to a tremendous amount of money.

The shelter is 100% funded through private donations and Liv’s salary as a travel agent, meaning that there are times when this exceptional family has to go without food on their own table to ensure that the dogs’ bellies are full. We need funding from the public, and in order to be operational we rely solely on the support of our community and our amazing volunteer pool.

Times are tough at the moment with the PurPaws fire disaster where we took in roughly 70 dogs overnight to care for these voiceless fur children, we currently have approximately 170 dogs in our care – that excludes the 15 dogs currently in foster care for which we remain financially responsible. We use approximately a ton of dry food a month; in addition to soft or raw food for the dogs with specific dietary needs due to medical conditions, or old age.

 

Let’s face it, men singing acappella has never been an unsightly occurrence…and these acappella “rebels” bend all the rules and regulations of this genre.

“Acappella” of course meaning:  No musical instruments, no back-tracks…Using nothing other than their brilliant vocal chords and astounding microphone techniques.

Navi Redd is an a cappella group with a sting in its tail and its repertoire includes anything from Johnny Clegg to Kurt Darren, Rolling Stones to the Bee Gees…

Since the group’s inception early in 2004, Navi Redd has been amusing crowds all over South Africa, and has grown to be loved by the public and widely respected by all involved in the corporate entertainment industry … A cappella for the people!

Theatre supremo Richard Loring has the following to say about Navi Redd:
“Navi Redd is one of those rare breed of artists who combine a spellbinding mastery of vocal sounds with captivating originality. This is seen in their innovative ideas in marketing and reaching younger and newer audiences in the music market in South-Africa.Their vocal expertise and passion for their work, make them especially marketable in the South African Industry, where audiences have not been exposed to their work. I believe that Navi Redd is one of the most exciting, accomplished and promising vocal groups to emerge from South Africa…”

 

 

 

 

COMING SOON


JELLIE THE ELLIE

7th - 11th July

CHILDREN'S THEATRE


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JELLIE THE ELLIE

Jellie the Ellie comes to visit Zoemba's world, where he lives with his 2 friends Jippie and Doolie. At the same time, an unexpected 'traveler' also arrives. Travis Tooth-mouse has been traveling far and wide collecting milk teeth for his 'boss' the Tooth Fairy Queen.

Zoemba and Travis T get off to a good start but once Jellie meets this mischievous mouse, her jelly legs get the better of her, as she won't admit that she is petrified of small rodents.. The park has been free from poachers for a while but Jellie seems to feel very uneasy in Travis T's presence. This bold, cheeky tooth mouse may have another agenda since Jellie has 2 very beautiful large tusks. These tusks are a tempting substitute for hundreds of little milk teeth that the lazy Travis T still has to collect. He comes up with a plan to do whatever it takes to make his Tooth Fairy Queen happy, even if it is at the expense of his new friends. 

Come and join us and find out how Jellie is able to see the positive side to every situation, and how all the characters learn some very important life lessons. This show explores the themes of oral hygiene, conquering your fears, forgiveness and friendships. 

Times: Sunday @ 15:00, Monday @ 14:00, Tuesday @ 11am & 14:00, Wednesday @ 11am,
Thursday @ 11am and 14:00 

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BOYS DON'T CRY IN JULY

23rd July – 27th July

the gentleman of the South African comedy


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BOYS DON'T CRY IN JULY is Ndumiso Lindi`s latest uniquely engaging and hilarious expression of the laughable moments in everyday life. A comedy show dedicated to his father, his life and times, the show is a personal, relatable story that takes the audience on a laugh-a-minute journey through his life, words and wisdom.

NDUMISO LINDI – or ‘Roosta’ to his friends – has become known as the gentleman of the South African comedy circuit.  He is a brilliant comedian whose accessible and well-constructed narrative has endeared him to audiences of all races across the country.

I learnt early on that I had to understand my audience in order to appeal to them,” says Lindi.  His intuition and intellect has given him a firm grasp of his nation’s collective funny bone, allowing him to appeal to a huge spectrum of the population.

Ndumiso’s novel blend of nu-school style and solid tradition makes for a brilliant and outstanding South African comedy act. His deep voice, soul-warming smile, booming laughter, original content and seamless delivery leaves you proud to be African and laughing from the belly.

Times: Tuesday –  Saturday @ 20:15

COMING SOON


HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR

13th – 24th August

Direct from America


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HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR
Written & Performed by HEATHER MASSIE

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that makes the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!
Fresh from tours in the US, Ireland, Zimbabwe and around South Africa, actor and writer HEATHER MASSIE brings THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR to Sandton for a limited two week run!

The show features the unexpected scientific genius of Hollywood screen star and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Known as 'the most beautiful woman in the world', Lamarr also invented technology for torpedoes during WWII that is now used in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Written and performed by HEATHER MASSIE, its mission is to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place, to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence and ingenuity. 

Massie has toured the show throughout the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden, and Italy to theatres, festivals, science centres, technology conferences, universities, schools, and museums, garnering 12 awards and critical acclaim.  It has featured aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC; at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland for the Inspirefest 2018 technology conference; and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, both sponsored by the US Embassy Zimbabwe. Earlier this year Ms. Massie presented the show in Rome, Italy with the OnStage! Festival, followed by a tour of four theatres in the Counties of Kerry, Limerick and Cork in Ireland. 

“Captivating” – The Huffington Post
“Effervescent” - Silicon Republic 
“Fascinating” - Belfast Times
“Highly inventive” - The Irish News
“Richly realized” - Blogcritics Magazine 
“Highly entertaining” - Splash Magazine
“Magnetic performance” - Theater Scene
“Exceptionally talented” - MD Theatre Guide
“Lively & enlightening” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Remarkable” - Theatre in the Now
“Gorgeous” - Total Theater

12 International Awards Including:
Best Actress - Galway Fringe, Ireland
Outstanding Performance - Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC
Audience Choice - IndyFringe, Indiana
Best Actress - SaraSolo Festival, Florida
Audience Choice - Shenandoah Fringe, Virginia
Festival Bestseller - United Solo Festival, NYC
US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant - Intwasa Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant - Harare International Festival of the Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe


About HEATHER MASSIE

Blacksburg, VA native, and NYC-based writer & performer Heather Massie studied Astrophysics with dreams of becoming an astronaut before studying Theatre Arts in the Virginia Tech School of the Arts and becoming a professional actress. She now marries her loves of art and science in the person of actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr, in her solo show HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR. As Hedy she interacts with the audience and plays the 33 other characters in Hedy’s story including Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis and Louis B. Mayer. Through the show she seeks to encourage young women in science and technology, to empower women, and to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place. She has toured the world with the show garnering 12 awards and critical acclaim. She brings the show to theatres, festivals, science centers, technology conferences, museums, universities, schools, libraries, Jewish centers, & cultural and scientific organizations throughout the United States and around the world. This is the first in her planned trilogy of solo plays celebrating women in science.

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

 

COMING SOON


MO MAGIC LIVE

27th – 31st August

South Africa’s Top Magician


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MO MAGIC LIVE
27th – 31st August

Having captivated audiences on TV and stages internationally, Mo Magic will intrigue, astonish and entertain you, leaving you spellbound by his combination of world class magic, mystifying mentalism and family friendly comedy. Regarded by many as South Africa’s top magician, his passion is “Spreading Joy & Delight” through his craft. Audience members are invited on stage to be part of the show and gasps, laughs and OMGs are just some of the reactions that one can expect from his fast paced theatre performance.

“South Africa’s Top Magician” - International Review (Gulf News)
“The James Bond of Magic” - The Times

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

COMING SOON


CUPCAKES AND COMMISERATIONS

3rd – 21st September

Psychological Thriller


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CUPCAKES AND COMMISERATIONS

3rd – 21st September
Written by TAMMANY BARTON
Directed by PENNY BRAMWELL-JONES
with TAMMANY BARTON, DANNY DE BRUYNE, MASASA MBAGENI, ILANIT SHAPIRO, MUZI MTHEMBU, TANJA FRANZEN and ANGELA SPARKS

There is no recipe to love - CUPCAKES AND COMMISERATIONS is a psychological thriller set in a kitchen in Johannesburg. It combines the stories of 5 woman who attempt to uncover the disappearance of Frank Thompson. 

Frank is married to Nola and is having an affair with two other women. The play’s narrative explores the themes of monogamy, sex, marriage, betrayal, seduction, addiction and abuse all of which give rise to the complexity of the human condition. 

The five woman who are being interrogated about Frank’s disappearance commiserate over the recipe of love.

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JASON GOLIATH – COUPLES ONLY!

1st – 12th October

Larger than life funny man Jason Goliath, brings you his second one man show, COUPLES ONLY!


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JASON GOLIATH – COUPLES ONLY!  

Larger than life funny man Jason Goliath, brings you his second one man show, COUPLES ONLY!   If you are in a relationship, engaged, married, divorced or single, the show is a must see.  COUPLES ONLY! is a perfect night out as it is appeals to both men and women and was specifically created that way!

Jason promises that the show is not a story about the battle of the sexes but the very construct of the show is non-biased view on relationships as it makes light of either side. Hilarious and thought provoking, his authenticity and energetic personality will leave you gaping at a thought, then immediately breaking into raucous laughter.

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SIMMI AREFF

24th – 28th September

COMEDY


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SIMMI AREFF

24th – 28th September


Simmi Areff is a new face on the comedy scene but making huge impressions on crowds. Simmi has shared the stage with Marc Lottering and has opened for Riaad Moosa, John Vlismas and Cokey Falkow for their solo shows. He's an effervescent new age Muslim act with great charisma and can be heard on his successful podcast, Lesser Known Somebodies.

COMING SOON


ONE NIGHT STANDS COMEDY FESTIVAL

30th July - 10th August

A comedy festival featuring some of South Africa’s best comic acts.


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ONE NIGHT STANDS COMEDY FESTIVAL

A comedy festival featuring some of South Africa’s best comic acts.
10 big names, 10 different shows, 10 days of laughter. 

  

30th July
Goliath and Goliath Live

 
31st July
Tats Nkonzo’s New Nights 


1st August
Robby Collins - Iyeza Comedy Tour

 
2nd August
Tsitsi Chiumya 


3rd August - Carvin Goldstone
The Other South African Comedian

 

6th August - Mo Mothebe
Chocolate Chronicles


7th August - Mark Banks 
Mark Banks on Ice! 


8th August - Dalin Oliver 
Adulting 


9th August - Noko Moswete
One Night with the Queen 


10th August
Lihle Msimang - Ma-temtem

COMING SOON


FAWLTY FLOWERS

15 – 26 October

After a successful run in 2018, FAWLTY FLOWERS returns for a short two week run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.


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FAWLTY FLOWERS

with ANNIE ROBINSON and MARK MULDER.

Devised & directed by PAUL SPENCE

15th – 26th October

After a successful run in 2018, FAWLTY FLOWERS returns for a short two week run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. 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 actor Mark Mulder get the chance to share the uniquely Fawlty experience with Sandton audiences in their new comedy show.
FAWLTY FLOWERS is pure, delicious Fawlty fun from start to finish. Be a guest in the dining room of the infamous Torquay Hotel!

COMING SOON


GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

30th October – 16th November

Winner of an award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival


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GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

Directed by CHRIS WEARE
Written by WIN WELLS
with SHIRLEY JOHNSTON as Gertrude Stein
and LYNITA CROFFORD as Alice B Toklas

30th October – 16th November

Winner of an award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 

This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between American modernist author and poet Gertrude Stein and lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middleclass America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other. Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets.

They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.

'Beautifully calibrated performances that captivated and drew you into a story well told. Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston drew you into the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas with total conviction - the intimacy of the theatre enhancing the unfolding of their relationship. Full marks to Chris Weare for directing a complex script with a sensitive understatement that moved between pathos and humour so effortlessly' 'Brilliant. Effortlessly portrayed. An immersive love story.'

It’s a rare treat to see two actors at the top of their respective games in a powerful and poignant two-hander tour de force! Both Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston are superb in this wryly witty, tender piece detailing the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas.

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

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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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