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OR NOT TO BE… HOW SHAKESPEARE COULD CHANGE YOUR DEATH!

18th -29th February

What if Shakespeare knew something about death that we don't?


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Daphne Kuhn presents 

…OR NOT TO BE
HOW SHAKESPEARE COULD CHANGE YOUR DEATH

A Performance by SIMON FORTIN

18th – 29th February

In his 35 year-long acting career Simon Fortin has died on stage hundreds of times. What feelings, stories, memories from his own life can an actor draw on to “die convincingly”? We learn to write and read, we learn to ride bicycles and play the piano, yet there is so to speak, no school to learn how to die. Or is there?

Fortin believes the theatre offers us a unique chance at death education. With his stage performance ...OR NOT TO BE, HOW SHAKESPEARE COULD CHANGE YOUR DEATH, New-York-based actor, playwright, and scholar, Fortin, animates Shakespeare’s death speeches and distills from them an art of dying befitting our times.  

During Shakespeare’s time, the Renaissance saw the emergence of devotional, religious manuals on how to die - known as the Ars Moriendi or Craft of Dying tradition, all of them, arid and dogmatic attempts at uniformizing a “good death.” Shakespeare ignored their prescriptions; instead, he chose to dramatize the adventure of dying by creating individuals who disobey, who settle accounts, who blame and mock, who laugh, and who die uniquely, in character, as no one else could.

Fortin attempts to emulate Shakespeare’s approach: never preaching nor prescribing, he brings to life some of the extraordinary death scenes Shakespeare wrote for his characters and by doing so allows us to witness the various shades of the dying experience: the pain, the pathos, the terror and the humour that attend the task of dying.

Shakespeare tells us that dying is always an action, an event, a task to accomplish. Fortin anatomizes this task by weaving stories from his own life with the dying voices of Lear, King John, Othello, Mercutio, Cleopatra, Richard II and others.

This evening of levity and profundity is an entertaining exploration of mortality. In his compelling, thought-provoking and often funny performance, Fortin blends scholarship, personal stories, films, songs, and death speeches, with the intuition that, regarding our ambivalent feelings about our finite existence, poetry may very well be the way to go; literally.

Bookings can be made through Computicket (tel. 0861 915 8000) or by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606 for school group enquiries and block bookings. Q&A‘s after the show to be arranged.

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LOVING YOU - Back By Popular Demand

4 - 14th March        

HIT SHOW BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND


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Daphne Kuhn presents
LOVING YOU
LOVE SONGS FROM MUSICALS

conceived by SHARON SPIEGEL-WAGNER
directed by DREW BAKKER

starring SHARON SPIEGEL-WAGNER, LORRI STRAUSS,
MUSANETE SAKUPWANYA, LANCE MARON
and DREW BAKKER on piano

4 - 14th March        

Join a star-studded cast for a hot, romantic and uplifting musical evening. LOVING YOU proudly opens at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square for a three-week run from the 28th January till the 15th February. Celebrated and award-winning musical theatre artists join together to serenade audience members, by recreating the big musical duets and love stories from Broadway.

LOVING YOU is a night where audiences will be taken on a musical journey through the stages and different kinds of love, as the cast sings about this most powerful of all human forces.

Where did you meet your beloved? When did you fall in love? What did your first heartbreak feel like? Most of the musicals written by famous composers have some kind of love story at its core - and it is that love that drives the narrative and transcends our favourite characters into a life of higher meaning.

From nostalgic musical hits like “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Embraceable You”, a taste of Andrew Lloyd Webber, pop musical favourites from Grease and Footloose, modern day hits like “Someone Like You” (Jekyll and Hyde), “As Long as You’re Mine”, “Being Alive” as well as “Burn” (Hamilton), this performance of love songs from the musicals in concert will bewitch and bewilder you. It will, of course, be only about loving you!

SHARON SPIEGEL-WAGNER (Grease; Aspects of Love, Hairspray, The Marvin Hamlisch Story where she was nominated for best leading actress in a musical. Other credits include features in international and local films and TV as well as straight theatre). DREW BAKKER (Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Into the Woods, the award-Winning Polka Dots and several international US and European credits that include Cabaret; Gypsy and the Drowsy Chaperone) LANCE MARON (Olive, Mame, A Slice of Saturday Night and other credits that include film and television features) MUSANETE SAKUPWANYA (Mandela Trilogy; Calling Us Home, where he was nominated for a Fleur de Cap for best actor in a musical, Forever Plaid and other credits that include a recording of a Gershwin song album and performances in operas. LORRI STRAUSS (We Will Rock You; Rent;The Rocky Horror Show and other credits that include major television features)

If music be the food of love, play on, wrote Shakespeare...
It gives me purpose, gives me voice to say to the world, this is why I live.You are why I live” wrote Stephen Sondheim

Times: Tuesday – Friday at 20:15 and Saturdays at 18:00 and 20:15

Bookings can be made through Computicket (0861 915 8000) or by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. Enquire about group discounts and block bookings details.

COMING SOON


SOBER SEX

1st – 4th April

NTOSH MADLINGOZI is a comedian and actor with a thirteen-year career across comedy, television, cinema and corporate MC work.


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SOBER SEX

NTOSH MADLINGOZI is a comedian and actor with a thirteen-year career across comedy, television, cinema and corporate MC work. From his debut in 2005, he has featured in shows such as Blacks Only, Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Tshwane Comedy Festival and appeared in various TV shows. SOBER SEX shows Ntosh’s obsessive interest in the human condition that delves into different background observations, self-discovery, male and female dynamics and the unlearning of bad habits. 

COMING SOON


BORDERLINE

28th April – 23rd May

starring ANTONY COLEMAN and MASASA MBONGENI with PAUL SLABOLEPSZY


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Daphne Kuhn presents

PAUL SLABOLEPSZY’S
BORDERLINE 

28th April – 23rd May

Directed by BOBBY HEANEY
Starring ANTONY COLEMAN and MASASA MBONGENI
with PAUL SLABOLEPSZY

To what extent does childhood trauma affect our adult emotional well-being?

More than 17 million people in our country are dealing with depression, substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to the Mental Health Federation of South Africa. Domestic abuse, physical and emotional, as well post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can be a consequence of war and/or living in conditions where violence is ever present, are issues that mental health practitioners deal with on an ongoing basis.

Paul Slabolepszy’s latest play, BORDERLINE, is a gripping, powerful play that deals with complex family relationships and the consequences of unresolved trauma; shot through with dark humour and surprising twists and turns, this is a play not to be missed.   

Businessman Raymond Kruger and his wife of less than two years, Wellness & Beauty Shop Owner Faith Dlamini, are in the process of emigrating to Canada. As the only child of a single parent, Faith has foreseen the emotional impact this move will inevitably have on both her and her doting mother, and prepares for it by tackling the issue of loss and separation head on. Raymond’s situation is entirely different. His mother is deceased, his sister lives in the UK and he and his abusive father, a 1970s Border War veteran living in a retirement village in the Western Cape, have not spoken to each other in over twenty years. On the eve of their departure, Faith convinces her husband to reach out and make peace with an old man who, unable to deal with his own demons back in the day, made the lives of all those in his orbit a perpetual torment.

Raymond is played by ANTONY COLEMAN and MASASA MBONGENI is Faith. The part of the father, Vaughn, is played by the playwright, PAUL SLABOLEPSZY. BOBBY HEANEY is the director.

Bookings can be made through Computicket (tel. 0861 915 8000) or by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606 for school group enquiries and block bookings. Q&A‘s after the show to be arranged.

COMING SOON


LOYISO MADINGA in PROBLEM CHILD

26th May – 6th June

Back after a sold out run in 2019


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LOYISO MADINGA returns after a sold out run in 2019 in PROBLEM CHILD
LOYISO MADINGA
, an award-winning comedian, became an internet sensation when he was selected by Trevor Noah to be the first ever African correspondent to The Daily Show. Having started his career in 2012, he rose to fame in a short amount of time and earned the Savanna’s Comic Choice Award in 2014. His brilliant commentary and incredible brand of humour has endeared himself to the public.

COMING SOON


NIK RABINOWITZ LIVE

10th – 20th June

South Africa’s funniest Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian returns to Sandton in 2020


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NIK RABINOWITZ LIVE
South Africa’s funniest Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian returns in his new show for a limited two week run. After numerous sell out seasons at the theatre, NIK RABINOWITZ returns to Sandton with his new stand up comedy show.

COMING SOON


HE HAD IT COMING

14th - 25th April

multi-sketch revue that employs satire, singing, poetry, humour and drama to comment on a range of contemporary themes


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HE HAD IT COMING, a collection of old and new sketches by Mike van Graan, and featuring an exciting new talent in Nancy Sekhokoane, will be staged at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square from 14-26 April 2020.  Directed by veteran actress, Faniswa Yisa, the multi-sketch revue employs satire, singing, poetry, humour and drama to comment on a range of contemporary themes, provoking both reflection and catharsis.

HE HAD IT COMING was produced in October 2019 by the University of Pretoria where Van Graan served as an artist-in-residence.  His previous one-person, multi-sketch revues include three editions of Bafana Republic, as well as Pay Back the Curry, State Fracture and Land Acts, the latter three with Daniel Richards, directed by Rob van Vuuren.  Many of those revues achieved critical and audience acclaim, and earned their performers awards as well as providing them with platforms to showcase their talents.

From the responses thus far, HE HAD IT COMING is likely to do the same for Nancy Sekhokoane, who has already earned a Fleur du Cap Award as Best Student, having graduated from AFDA in 2018.

“….the play hit all the right notes” – Zukiswa Pikoli, Daily Maverick.

“What a fabulous show.  What a great performance…what talent!” was a message from the organisers of a literary Festival in Prince Albert where the show was performed on 2 November.

During a subsequent, short run at the Masambe Theatre (Baxter Theatre Complex), the responses - gleaned from Facebook posts - have been similarly enthusiastic.

“What beautiful writing, directing and what an incredible performance by this ridiculously talented Nancy Sekhokoane.” - Thandi Sebe

“Brilliant and whip-smart script and the cherry on the top is phenomenal actress Nancy Sekhokoane.” – Tina Schouw

“Blown away by the writing…Faniswa’s directing was phenomenal and Nancy Sekhokoane’s acting left us all in love with her.” – Thulani Nxumalo

“Oh wow…an outstanding production…a must-see…amazing performance by a very talented Nancy Sekhokoane…addressing relevant contemporary social, political and personal issues.  This is an award-winning production by an award-winning team!” – Patric Solomon

“Magnificent text…extraordinary performance…brilliant direction…” – Marianne Thamm

“Potent social commentary and sizzling humour” – Malika Ndlovu

Wits University Press will be launching a compilation of sketches from Van Graan’s six one-person revues in March 2020, and these books will be available for sale during the run at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square.

COMING SOON


OLÈ

7th - 11th April

A show for the WHOLE family!


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Spanish Fire presents - "OLÈ"

FIRST TIME IN JHB DUE TO DEMAND!

The magical, world-class combination of the legendary guitar duo CH2 and the phenomenal talents of the The Montoya Spanish Dancers are set to BURN the stage with their virtuoso artistry. Spanish hits of the Gypsy Kings, own compositions of CH2 as well as international and South African artists will be heard.

A show for the WHOLE family!

CH2 has been on top of the musical ladder for the past 19 years in South Africa. Winner of multiple SAMA and Ghoema awards, they have produced 12 Albums including the best-selling and Grammy entry "PING"and their most recent offering STARSTRUCK.

With their flawless, effortless technique and pulsating rhythms they showcase what can be done on only two guitars, classical guitars, and create a very exciting instrumental-pop sound whilst mimicking drum sounds and bass guitar all at the same time. CH2 has truly developed their own style unique to the band and continues to blow people away with their extreme virtuosity and speed. The members of CH2 keep challenging themselves with new techniques every day and see themselves as pioneers of the classical guitar, pushing the instrument into genres it is not known for.

Spaanse treffers van die Gypsy Kings soos Volarè, komposisies van die pen van CH2 asook stukke van top internasionale en Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaars sal gehoor word insluitende Vyfster. `n Vertoning vir die HELE familie met vlam voete, verbeisterende kitaar passasies en vele humor vanaf die verhoog - dit beloof `n vertoning wat NIE vergeet sal word nie.

COMING SOON


Skrop’laap

29th March

from the Kids Haven’s Drama Group


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Skrop’laap

Skrop’laap is a play that deals with homelessness and displacement as seen through the eyes of Magents and Pops. The two friends find themselves relegated to the hard concrete and are forced to fend for themselves in ways unimaginable. They keep their hope for a better future alive by telling stories of how they see the future. The play further interrogates the idea of being an outcast in a society one lives in and the notion of being looked at. Skrop’laap further explores themes such as sexuality, friendship, loss and also tries to break down stereotypes and societies perception on homeless children. This comedy/drama uses elements of poor theatre to drive its narrative.

Skrop’laap is relevant to what is happening in our society today. With the break up in the family structure, many kids find themselves homeless and relegated to the streets. There is an alarming number of children who are homeless in South Africa and little seems to be done about this problem except for a few organizations who are doing a good job. There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding streetkids and Skrop’laap through the story of Magents and Pops tries to break these stereotypes. Their stories let us in on some causes which leads most streetkids to end up homeless contrary to popular belief. This play has elements of comedy and it is a fun play to watch. It poses questions to the viewer in a comedic manner but it is also educational.

I have been working on this story with kids from Kids Haven’s Drama Group and it has been a journey and a half. This is a step for them into the professional world of acting and they are excited to share this journey and narrative with the public. They are ready to share their talents with the world and to show how when supported, children can achieve anything they put their minds on. This play has so many voices of hopeless kids and needs to be told in an attempt to
bring back hope to our youth, especially those living on the street. It gives them a voice and reaffirms that they too are human.
Your support is valued and appreciated!


Writer/director: Tsietsi Morobi
Cast members: Thato Maredi and Siyabonga Mabena
Stage manager: Akhona Buthelezi

Duration: 45 minutes

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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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