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Melissa Massyn Launches New Stage Production With Exclusive Opening Concert!

The screenplay has been written, auditions have been done, repetitions have begun and costumes are being made … because the long-awaited brand new stage production by well-known entertainer, Melissa Massyn, is heading to the stage soon.

UNWRITE ME, which she co-wrote with Eunice Stoltz, was created to give young talent a platform where they can not only learn more about the acting industry, but also get the chance to perform in front of large audiences.

This concert, which combines acting, singing and dancing, tells the tale of Abi (Annette Havenga) who is in a constant battle with the voices in her head. She is a forty-year-old writer who tries to find herself through her stories. It helps her to come to the conclusion that she will never truly experience contentment if she does not stop making enemies of her friends, family, career and her subconscious.

“Audiences can look forward to a highly entertaining show and will definitely be able to relate to the main character and learn a lot from her,” the actress reveals. “The actors are truly talented and I am very grateful for each of them.”

Melissa, who is best-known for her roles in Hoofmeisie, Agent 2000 and Erfsondes, feels that it is a nice challenge for her to be behind the scenes as a director and writer, as it gives her exposure to new aspects of the entertainment industry that she has never dealt with before. It is also the first time that she does not star in a production that she is part of and she looks forward to sharing the talent and skills of her entire team (Annette Havenga, Eunice Stoltz, Almarie Coetzee, Rynhardt Strydom, Havard Koegelenberg, Ree Brink, Chanelle Matthee , Suné Brink and André Myburgh) with the rest of the country.

“As an artist, it is very important to stay busy and to keep creating. That is the main reason why I decided to launch this new project. I am looking forward to being part of a group of people who share my goals, and also to teach upcoming entertainers what it takes to create a theatre production from scratch,” she explains.

The opening concert will take place on Saturday, 30 November 2019, at the Corpus Christi Congregation in the Cape. Doors will open at 6pm and the show will start promptly at 7pm. There is only a limited number of seats available, which can be booked in advance (until 28 November) at R85 per person. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on night at R100 per person. A selected group of celebrities and members of the media will also be attending this special event.

Although there will only be one performance this year, festivalgoers can look forward to seeing the play at festivals around the country in 2020. According to Massyn, a videographer is also capturing the process on camera and she plans to broadcast it as a web series on her own YouTube channel.

Melissa Massyn is a well-known local actress, television personality, videographer, social media specialist, graphic designer, master of ceremonies and motivational speaker. She has been working in the entertainment industry since 2011 and become famous for her role as Susan in The Film Factory’s film, Hoofmeisie. Since then she has starred in numerous films, television shows, short films, stage productions and television adverts. This versatile star also does regular voice overs for radio advertisements, creates video content for businesses, hosts drama workshops on a regular basis and also gives drama classes on request.

With UNWRITE ME, she not only introduces a brand-new side of herself to the public, but also gives others the opportunity to be noticed.

To book tickets for this show, email melissamassyn.public@gmail.com

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The Darker Side Of Happily Ever After: Blueberry Toast

The Sugar-daddy Theatre Company is back with their new play, ‘Blueberry Toast’ coming soon to Artscape Arena from the 15th to the 25th October 2019.

Ever wonder what evil lurks in the heart of suburbia?

Get ready for this revenge comedy by Yale graduate Mary Laws. ‘Blueberry Toast’ puts the “dys” in family dysfunction!

On the surface, Barb (Marlisa Doubell) and Walt (Gavin Werner) may seem like your typical all-American suburban couple with two precocious children Jack (Daniel Wolsen/Jagger Cooper-Doubell) and Jill (Nikita Latimer/Chloé Gardner) but perhaps the demands to uphold their dream family are taking their toll. This dynamic cast is led by award-winning director Sue Diepeveen.

Experience the darker side of ‘happily ever after’ with this modern-day revenge comedy.

Duration: 1 hour
Dates: 15 October (preview) – 26 October 2019
Time: Evenings 19:30 / Sunday 16:00 / Saturday 16:00
Venue: Artscape Arena, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tickets: R90 via Computicket
Cast: Marlisa Doubell, Gavin Werner, Nikita Latimer, Daniel Wolson, Jagger Cooper-Doubell, Chloé Gardner
Director: Sue Diepeveen 
Fight choreographer: Richard Lothian

No under 16s

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Kinky Boots – End Of Year Bookings Now Open – The Fugard

End of year bookings now open. Extended to 2 February 2020.

After months of sold out performances, and an overwhelming response by critics and patrons alike, we are delighted to let our Friends of The Fugard know that you can now plan to see this stunning production as part of your end of year plans!

This brand new, original Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre production of the huge-hearted, smash-hit musical has played to sold out houses since opening in June and we are open for business for your end of year pleasure! Kinky Boots is the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Choreography and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

This mega-hit is a must see for all musical theatre fans.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Kinky Boots is the perfect tonic for your end of year function! For corporate hospitality packages please contact Lamees on Lamees.Albertus@thefugard.com

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As a Friend of The Fugard, you qualify for a 20% discount on certain performances and seats – call our box office today on 021 461 4554 or email boxoffice@thefugard.com to secure your tickets.

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Athol Fugard’s “Statements” – The Fugard

Athol Fugard’s
Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
From 17 September 2019

Following an acclaimed premiere at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, a new production of Athol Fugard’s powerful classic comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre from 17 September for a limited season.

Written in 1972, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the colour bar were a criminal offence. Two lovers – a coloured man and white woman meet secretly in the library where the woman works to make love and share their hopes and fears. A neighbour reports them to the police who secretly photograph them from the informant’s backyard and eventually break in and arrest the couple under the inhuman and universally pilloried Immorality Act. The play is a compelling and deeply moving love story in which the physically and emotionally naked lovers expose not only their bodies but also their deepest longings for personal and emotional freedom.

Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre in partnership with the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, this compelling new co-production opened to rapturous responses at the recent KKNK.

Directed by Greg Karvellas, the production stars Marlo Minnaar (7de Laan, Santa Gamka, Sara Se Geheim, Boland Moorde) and Liezl de Kock (Piet se Optelgoed, Crazy in Love, Pictures of You, African Gothic).

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Please note:
1) There is an age advisory of 16 years (there is full nudity throughout).
2) Latecomers will not be admitted after the start of the performance.
3) There are loud sound effects within the performance.
4) Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.
5) This production is presented in English.

The Fugard pizzas are now here!

The Fugard is now offering freshly made, delicious pizzas before and after performances. Please place your order at the bar. Please note: all pizzas take a minimum of 15 minutes to make.

Take advantage of your Friends of The Fugard discounts

As a Friend of The Fugard you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing boxoffice@thefugard.com. One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.

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VDAY To Celebrate Woman’s Day 2019

We back with VDAY to celebrate Women’s day, for Charity!

So come join us for a 1 night only performance of Eve Ensler’s brilliant work:
‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer’
Friday 9th August, 8pm.
The Foundry,
Cardiff Street, De Waterkant/Greenpoint

Inner City Ideas Cartel & The Sugar-daddy Theatre Co present an updated version of ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer’ by special arrangement with the VDAY foundation & Eve Ensler.

Tickets: R80 via Computicket or R100 at the door! All proceeds go to Rape Crisis.
Presented by: The Sugar-daddy Theatre co.
Directed by: Tamryn Speirs
Cast: Sue Diepeveen, Marlisa Doubell, Shannyn Fourie, Allistine Bo Grady, Sive Gubangxa.

A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.

With kindest thanks to our sponsors:
Inner City Ideas Cartel – www.ideascartel.com
Act Cape Town – www.actcapetown.co.za

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Kinky Boots (Save 20%) | The Fugard

Great discounts on premium priced tickets from 23 July 2019

Friends of the Fugard receive a 20% discount on all premium priced tickets for certain performances from 23 July onwards. This special offer is exclusively available through our box office by calling 021 461 4554.

The Fugard pizzas are here!

The Fugard is now offering freshly made, delicious pizzas before and after performances. Please place your order at the bar. Please note: all pizzas take a minimum of 15 minutes to make.

Take advantage of your Friends of The Fugard discounts

As a Friend of The Fugard you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing boxoffice@thefugard.com. One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.

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#ActorsLife – A Witty And Touching Exploration Of Identity – The Baxter

#ActorsLife

Estelle Terblanche, in association with Vulture Productions, presents #ActorsLife directed by Tamryn Speirs at The Baxter Masambe between 28 May and 1 June 2019. This mockumentary-inspired comedy, written and performed by Estelle Terblanche, wittily explores female actors’ identities in the film and theatre industry, personal relationships and society at large.

“I was feeling frustrated waiting for someone to give me a break and work I connected deeply with, so I decided to create my own instead. When I started writing, this script just flowed onto the page. It is a combination of my own journey and my friends’ stories,” says Estelle. In the process @Christinetheactor came to life. As we follow her journey, we see a woman trying to be everyone in all the stereotypical female roles she plays – illustrating the complexity of being female within an industry where women are largely idolized or commodified – or simply ignored.

This production is an exposé of the neurotic, emotional and paranoid world inhabited by someone whose self-worth is completely dependent on the opinion of others. It reveals the psyche of a woman who is repeatedly suppressed and devalued because of the boxes she finds herself placed in.

#ActorsLife is a female actor’s journey towards self-discovery and empowerment. Estelle elaborates: “It deals with the professional actor’s deep desire to be taken seriously and gain respect, which stands in direct conflict with the personal need for affirmation – of wanting everyone to like you. It is a thin line to walk: dealing with the constant stresses and challenges of this demanding industry, while simultaneously striving to be truthful and vulnerable.”

Venue: The Baxter Masambe
Dates: 28 May until 1 June 2019
Time: 1900 for all shows in May, and 1930 for Just 1st
Tickets: R100 per person, R80 for students and group bookings
Book: www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets cost R100 per person, or R80 for students and group bookings, and are available through Webtickets.

The Team

Estelle Terblanche – Writer, Actor, Producer

Estelle Terblanche is passionate about telling stories. Her first love is acting and she has pursued this career with great determination. After studying Drama at the University of Stellenbosch, she expanded her skill set with multiple film acting courses, while simultaneously working in casting to gain a wider insight into the industry. She has travelled internationally and completed workshops in Los Angeles. She believes that observation and imagination are the building blocks of writing. Apart from collaborating with other creatives, Estelle strives to create her own work in order to tell the stories she truly believes in. Her writing work includes academic writing, a children’s book, short films and a feature film script – and she is currently writing her first novel. #actorslife is a passion project inspired by her own experiences and those of her friends in the industry.

Estelle Terblanche

Q&A With Estelle Terblanche

Tamryn Spiers – Director

Tamryn is inspired by untapped human creative potential. She believes it is as boundless as what we could achieve by unleashing it. She thrives off of multi-tasking to provide a constant outlet for her talents, having found solace in both acting and directing (for screen and theatre), presenting, dance, writing and working as an international acting coach.

Tamryn Spiers

As a professional theatre director her credits include (Five women wearing the same dress by Alan Ball- NAF, On Broadway in CT 2010) ; (Fat Pig by Neil Labute, starring Chanelle De Jager and Colin Moss- Theatre on the Square 2012 – Johannesburg, On Broadway 2011); (Autobahn by Neil Labute- NAF 2011); (Three Sisters and The Bear by Anton Chekhov- The Galloway Theatre 2018); (The Dolls House by Hendrik Ibsen – Galloway Theatre 2018); (Frankie and Johnny by Terrance MacNally – Alexander Bar 2018); (21 Light Years by Nicola Hanekom (writer) – Galloway theatre 2017; (A memory, a monologue, a rant and a prayer by Eve Ensler and various writers – Alexander Bar 2018).

She has also assisted other productions as a performance coach namely, Cold Case for Denise Newman.
For School Productions she has directed Musicals for Herschel and Bishops Diocesan Colleges with cast of 200 actors for numerous years , productions include (Grease, Annie, Bugsy Malone, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Jungle Book, Seussical the Musical).

She studied at South Africa’s Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts and the London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. An English Major from UCT, she also studied the Royal Academy Ballet technique. At AFDA she won a Stone Award for her work in acting, directing and production design. In New York she continued her professional development under A-lister Black Nexxus coach Susan Batson, Valerie Kingston at Utha Hagen School and closer to home, Matthew Harrison from The Actors foundry in Vancouver. Tipped as talented newcomer to the theatre scene in 2011, Tamryn supported actress Denise Newman as her younger sister in her 2011 theatre debut of Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’. Director Ruth Levine and co-star Susan Danford joined her list of powerhouse mentors. Tamryn understands that the roadmap to developing character requires exceptional vulnerability of self is the process that helps one understand who they are as an artist or creative. While nurturing these qualities on screen or stage, she incorporates the screenwriting perspective. Having spent 2 years with NVYF editor Gavin Sher and Matthew Kalil studying the architecture and structure of story, brought a new dimension to being able to understand the impact of the narrative trajectory as an actor. Over the past decade, working with ACT Cape Town, Tamryn has coached local and international actors helping them to “understand journey of the narrative” deep within the context of their creative expression. A part-time lecturer at SAE and CPUT, guiding second and third year students to understand how to direct, work with actors and understand screenplays has her sights set on Creative Direction. Expanding on opportunities to work with her colleges and teen students on 48-hour film productions Tamryn has assisted fellow actors in developing showreels, producing cooking shows and assisting high profile individuals in their creative career transitions. A keen activist and advocate of social justice, she has had involvement in various theatrical fundraisers, film productions and is an advocate for the prevention of human trafficking. Tamryn’s aim is to bring these elements more strongly into her work in the coming years to raise much-needed awareness.

Jeremeo Le Cordeur – Producer

Jeremeo Le Cordeur is a creative soul, born and bred in Wellington. He is a young actor, director, writer, and photographer who graduated from City Varsity with an unstoppable drive and unfaltering commitment to his craft.

Jeremeo Le Cordeur, Estelle Terblanche, and AV editor Philip F Theron

In 2009, he joined Fresh Theatre Company, a presenting company specialising in musical theatre, where he performed in Life is Rock N Roll, Love in Cyberspace, and Pinocchio. In 2010, he created Vulture Productions, which he uses as a vehicle to support and create South African theatre works. He has been at the helm of many successful productions such as PIZZA’S HERE (2011), I KNOW HOW YOU SCREAMED LAST SCARY MOVIE (2011), and RISK for the 2012 & 2013 National Arts Festival.
In 2013 he returned to the Artscape with FEBRUARY 14TH. The production received rave reviews, admiring Le Cordeur as “an energetic and entrepreneurial theatre maker” (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times). In 2014, he directed TANNIE DORA GOES BOS, a play written by Warren Meyer which opened to rave reviews and was later included as part of Artscape’s 8th annual Woman/humanity festival. In 2016 He also created THE VULTURE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT, an arts-photography project aimed at showcasing the work of South African theatre practitioners.

Through Vulture Productions, Le Cordeur also guides the work of other artists, ensuring that whatever contributions they receive, is well spent on fostering the talents of their contemporaries in the field of performing arts in South Africa.

Other Contributors

Sive Gubangxa will be joining the team as stage manager starting at the Baxter Masambe and continuing with us to Vryfees 2019. Philip F Theron is the tech genius who edited the sound and video footage. Wardrobe is kindly sponsored by Annie’s Wardrobe, and dressed Christine. Set and costume design is a collaboration by the team. Jean Human and Etienne Terblanche assisted in building the set. Vulture Productions and Jeremeo Le Cordeur for the designed the poster.

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Kunene And The King – Must Close 25 May – The Fugard

Now playing. Must close 25 May.
Great seats still available for the last two Sundays at 3pm.

Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, now playing at The Fugard Theatre, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The production is written by John Kani and is directed by Janice Honeyman.

John Kani stars as Lunga, a headstrong male nurse contracted to care for cantankerous actor Jack (Antony Sher) as he copes with terminal liver cancer. This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid.

Friends of the Fugard benefit from great discounts on certain performances and seats when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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Kunene And The King – Save 20% – The Fugard

Additional Friends of The Fugard discount dates added.

Due to an increased demand we are now offering additional discounted performances to our loyal Friends of The Fugard members. A discount of 20% is now available for performances on all the below dates as well as every Thursday in the run. This special offer is exclusively available through our box office by calling 021 461 4554.

Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, Kunene and the King at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The production is written by John Kani and is directed by Janice Honeyman.

John Kani stars as Lunga, a headstrong male nurse contracted to care for cantankerous actor Jack (Antony Sher) as he copes with terminal liver cancer. This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid.

The production is currently running at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and will open at The Fugard Theatre on 30 April 2019. Friends of the Fugard benefit from great discounts on certain performances and seats when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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The Snow Goose – The Fugard

Now playing for a limited season. Must close 4 May

Presented by Contagious Theatre, The Snow Goose is a timeless classic based on the Paul Gallico short story. A chance encounter between a recluse and a young girl blossoms as they nurse an injured wild goose back to health in marshes of Essex in the 1930’s. Their idyllic world is turned upside down as the chaos of war intrudes.

With the use of masks, staging and the performance skills of Taryn Bennett and James Cairns, Jenine Collocott has created a theatre gem that has enthralled audiences who have watched the show.

Excellent discounts are available for students, pensioners, scholars and Friends of the Fugard. Book discounted tickets exclusively via The Fugard Box Office by calling 021 461 4554.

Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office

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