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GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

30th October – 16th November

Award-winner 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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JHB Film Festival

19th - 23rd November

The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africa’s preeminent film festival.


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The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africa’s preeminent film festival. The festival, which is set to showcase the finest films from more than 16 countries, aims to curate, elevate and celebrate the best stars and films from across Africa and the world and runs from 19 to 24 November 2019.

Inspired by the establishment of DISCOP AFRICA, the festival is now in its third year and was born out of the desire to create an independent platform that not only tells Africa’s stories, but showcases and rewards the continent’s and international excellence in film. This film festival is the only one on the African continent that features specially curated content and aims to elevate and celebrate the best stars and curated films from across the African continent and the globe.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the MultiChoice Group, an organisation that is passionate about African storytelling, as we believe our stories are our gold,” says Joburg Film Festival Executive Director Timothy Mangwedi . "We see the film festival as a critical catalyst for social cohesion, showcasing a special collection of films that celebrate Africa’s beauty, people, creativity and reflect the continent’s bold spirit and talent,” says Mangwedi.

“As Africa’s leading storyteller, our partnership with the Joburg Film Festival makes perfect sense,” says Joe Heshu, MultiChoice Executive Group Corporate Affairs. “Our collaborative effort to bring African stories to the world and to provide a platform for local talent to shine will be an extremely positive boost for the film industry on the continent,” continues Heshu.

The Joburg Film Festival will also firmly position Joburg as the country’s cultural capital, attracting the best in the industry to the City of Gold and growing cultural tourism in Johannesburg and South Africa.

“We are confident that in collaboration with the MultiChoice Group, we can build a world- class annual film festival that becomes entrenched on the international film circuit and positions Joburg as a prime destination for local and international filmmakers,” says Mangwedi .

We are proud to see the Joburg Film Festival grow into an important part of our growing creative economy. The City of Joburg is the home of film and television in our country. It is therefore fitting that we build a film festival that brings the world to the city to celebrate our stories;

“We are investing in the film festival in part through our agency, the Gauteng Film Commision; which was established to stimulate and encourage the growth and development of a sustainable film and television industry that can contribute to our country’s economy and create much needed jobs. The Joburg Film Festival is a timely and relevant catalytic investment to this end,” Mbali Hlophe, MEC, Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. 

The extended Joburg Film Festival programme centres around three important elements: the Film Programme, Industry Programme and Youth and Audience Development Programme. Highlights of the 2019 Joburg Film Festival include the following:

  • The six-day Film programme includes all the excitement and Hollywood pizzazz associated with red carpet premieres, screenings and awards as celebrities rub shoulders with serious filmgoers in a rich display of filmmaking at its very
  • A unique and enthralling line-up of local and international films will be curated by an expert team of curators, led by Pedro Pimenta, a respected filmmaker and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
  • A panel of five industry leading experts has been constituted to judge the films presented at the festival. The films will be judged on elements such as storyline, direction, creativity, cinematography, relevance, execution and technical The jury includes the likes of world-renowned storyteller and South African novelist, Zakes Mda, and award-winning actress famous for her role in NCIS New Orleans, CC Pounder and Femi Odugbemi, West Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Director.
  • As part of the Industry Programme, DISCOP, the continent's leading market for content, production, acquisition and distribution, provides an opportunity for more than 1 000 like-minded entertainment and media players to connect and share experiences about current best practice
  • Seasoned and well-known industry professionals from the continent and abroad will participate in the Industry Programme this year through a series of master classes and panel discussions that will cover important aspects of the filmmaking
  • To create strong links between young people and the growing film, TV and new digital media industries on the African continent, the Youth and Audience Development Programme will offer young self-taught filmmakers and those new to the world of filmmaking an opportunity to interact with leading industry
  • The 2019 Joburg Film Festival also marks the establishment and launch of the Joburg Film Festival film club - a lifestyle centred club of people gathered for the enjoyment and appreciation of the cinematic arts. The film club will bring film lovers together online and in specially designed experiences and screenings of classic and contemporary films.

Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City will be the hub of the festival with screenings at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square and Ster-kinekor Sandton. Other venues across Joburg include Bioscope in Maboneng, Constitution Hill, Cinema Nouveau Rosebank and Kings Cinema in Alexandra.

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ALL YOU ASK OF ME

26th - 30th November

Carly Graeme sings all of your favourite hits, accompanied by Rowan Bakker


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ALL YOU ASK OF ME
CARLY GRAEME SINGS ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE HITS! ACCOMPANIED BY ROWAN BAKKER!

“Don’t Rain On My Parade”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Memory”, “Never Enough” … the musical theatre songs that everyone wants to hear at their bar mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, 50th birthdays and more all in one evening!

From the award-winning team behind “What You Don’t Know About Women”, &CO with Daphne Kuhn proudly presents ALL YOU ASK OF ME starring Carly Graeme, an evening of audience favourites - not hers!  (Insert eye roll here) She is joined by Rowan Bakker on the piano.

Perfect for your year-end functions and family outings, it’s just plain good old fashioned entertainment! We promise NOT to make you think.

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

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MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY!

3rd – 21st December

one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two-parts Prozac!


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MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY!

Steve Solomon’s international smash hit, starring leading actor, MICHAEL RICHARD, returns to the Auto & General Theatre on the Square for a limited run. Inspired by Steve’s hilarious family, this delicious play is one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two-parts Prozac! You don’t have to be Italian or Jewish to enjoy it. All you need to know is what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache! Oy vey! or should that be mamma mia? MICHAEL RICHARD will navigate through a tricky minefield of voices, dialects and sound effects, conjuring an array of wacky family relationships in this joyous production. End the year on a side-slitting note with this festive season celebration of comedy.

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

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JAZZ AT THE SQUARE

10th November

with special guest International jazz guitarist MAGESHEN NAIDOO


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Jazz standards, bossa nova rhythms, touch of blues, out-of-the-box improvisations and much more

THE JAZZ TRIO - 
ROLAND MOSES (Piano), MARC DUBY (Double Bass) and ANTHONY YOKO (Drums)

with special guest International jazz guitarist MAGESHEN NAIDOO and jazz singer DANIELLA HART

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Destino España

8th December

a combination of flamenco and neo-classical Spanish dance


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Destino España! is a combination of flamenco and neo-classical Spanish dance, featuring Julia Bonegio and flamenco guitarists, Raúl and Fernando Bonegio. As part of the professional group, Raúl and Julia's twin daughters (Raquel and Natalia) will also be performing, as well as Raquel's husband, Mateo. We are delighted to have Charo Romano as an integral member of the company and are elated to have Cristina Linda back with us (all the way from Australia), for this performance.
Some of our studio dancers will also be joining us, and Sohyun Park will be mesmerising the audience with her skillful piano playing. It promises to be a festive evening!

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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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