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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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Kunene And The King – The Fugard

The South African premiere. From 30 April 2019.

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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Mama At Artscape Theatre

Chenal Kock in association with Vulture Productions and the Artscape Theatre Centre invites you to experience Mama at the Artscape Arena from 10 to 13 April 2019. Mama is a character-piece directed by Jeremeo Le Cordeur, showcased through poetry and physical theatre, choreographed by Alfonzo Freemantle and Yaseen Manuel, that focuses on the Afrikaaps dialect.

The character communicates through body language accompanied by musical performance poetry and spoken word by the “mixed but not fixed” creative artist, who portrays the character as a vessel to confront reality. The work fuses Mama’s physical confidence with Chenal’s vocal confidence in order to freely express herself. Her stories confront issues such as rebirth, language, cultural and self-exploration, freedom of expression and the state of being.

The production was adapted for the stage when Chenal and Jeremeo were selected to represent the Artscape Theatre Centre at a program called EVS (European Volunteer service), based in Liverpool in the UK. One of their tasks was to create a short piece that represented their country. “Chenal is passionate about physical theatre and poetry and I am a visual person who is passionate about directing and producing” says Jeremeo. “We tapped into our different art forms – and with our powers combined – Mama was born.”

Chenal explains: “This story is Important because it is based on my life experiences as an artist and woman of colour. I believe that the stories and poems explored within Mama are relatable. It comes from my experiences, from a place of authenticity and my sense of truth and that is something no one can take away from you, your story. “

The production showcased a 30 minute extract at the very first Fringe festival within the Woordfees program, in Stellenbosch. ”The Woordfees Fringe experience allowed us to experiment with our concept and ideas, it was the first opportunity to bring our script to life.” Says Chenal. “The experimental platform allowed our project to grow and be improved upon, and the location was also significant, because Stellenbosch is one of the 3 primary locations in the story.”

Tickets cost R45 per person and are available at Computicket. Click here for more information about the production and the artists involved.

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Defending The Caveman Performs At “Live At The Balalaika”

Come and have a last laugh with Legendary actor Tim Plewman in his first ‘farewell season’- ” Live at the Balalaika”, at the new Pop-Up Theatre at the Balalaika Hotel. This unique venue seats only 180 people which is the perfect size for a Pop-Up Theatre.

The ‘only original’ master of ‘Defending the Caveman’ is back from standing ovations in Perth and Las Vegas and throughout Southern Africa.

Considered one of South Africa’s best ever solo comedies, Defending the Caveman explores the complexities of romance and relationships with truthful hilarity. Through his Caveman, Plewman ensures his audiences spend the show in stitches but walk away with something to think about.

Caveman has been updated and rebooted to reflect today’s world of tweeting, selfies and Facebook likes, but, at its heart, still consists of the core comedy about why men and women see the world so differently. The show is the longest running solo play in Broadway history and has been seen in over 40 countries.

Plewman has an uncanny knack for capturing his audience, and whether you choose to take your partner, friend, family member or colleague along to see this show, you will not regret spending the evening with one of the most revered comedians to grace the South African stage.

As the country’s longest-running and most successful solo comedy, this tongue-and-cheek gem will offer a night out of deep belly laughs.

Testament to this is the fact that his audiences keep coming back, “Saw this play must be more than 20 times and willing to see it 20 more.” – Elaine Meyer Upper Crust.

“Laugh? I nearly died! This play is not an exercise in soul-searching, it’s a belly laugh and I must bring my wife ” – said Geoffrey Matengi SAfm with tears rolling down his cheeks

“Here is the artistry of the human heart conveyed in a language that can only make you laugh till you cry.” – Arts Journalist.

‘Defending the Caveman’ opens on 8 – 29 March 2019 and has shows Friday, Saturday and a Sunday matinee throughout March excluding 30 and 31 March.

Connect with Plewman on Facebook and Twitter.

Tickets:

Tickets can be bought through Computicket (011) 4840204 or from the reception at the Balalaika Protea Hotel and at the door. Call The Balalaika Protea Hotel on (011) 322 5000. Tickets are priced at R195 for the month of March.

Parking:

There is safe underground parking at the MARC which is in Maude Street

About Tim Plewman

Plewman has become one of the most sought after actors in South Africa, equally at home in drama or comedy. He is a dancer, humourist, director, writer and producer.

From his first leading role in 1978, in the comedy, Happy Birthday, Plewman has remained at the very top of the acting world for over 30 years with numerous awards and unique achievements that set him apart from the rest.

He has starred in such diverse comedies as Two Into One (Fleur du Cap Award Best Actor), Doubles (Vita Comedy Award for Best Actor), Heel Against the Head (Vita Award Best Director) and of course, the play he is most remembered for, Defending the Caveman (Vita Award for Best Comedy Actor), which re-wrote theatre history by breaking all SA show records. Plewman decided to hang up his caveman skins after 9 ½ years and 1544 sold out performances… until now.

Plewman has also starred in numerous musicals, three of his favourites being, Snoopy!!!, Tom Foolery and Singin’ in the Rain.

As a writer, he has penned some memorable plays like Grin & Bare It, Breakfast with Dad, and The Insatiables, which won the Best Play of the Year, SA Comedy Awards. In addition, Plewman has written such TV series as The Carruthers Brothers with Bill Flynn and Pure Plewman for MNET.

He is a prolific voice-over artist and, together with his wife, Cathy, has a highly successful production company which has produced 18 theatre pieces and over 160 corporate productions and videos.

In June 2013, Plewman was acclaimed for his tour de force performance in the one-man play, The Last Moustache, written by Greg Viljoen, performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. It is the story of an actor forced to play a Hitler double during the last weeks of WWII.

His book, classically titled Fitness for Old Farts was published by Random Struik, and rocketed to number 10 on the best sellers list in SA within the first month of hitting the bookshelves. This hysterical book centres on a serious subject close to Plewman’s heart; fitness and health. This book gave rise to Plewman’s latest play Gym & Tonic: The Memory of an Old Muscle, which premiered in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival and made the list of the 30 best attended performances at the Festival.

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The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2

3 – 24 March 2019. Sundays at 10 am

The Fugard Bioscope Encore Season once again has some major treats in store for ballet and theatre lovers on Sundays in March 2019. The Encore Season presents popular titles from The Fugard Bioscope’s 2018 line-up, screened on the Fugard’s full size high definition cinema screen and a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system. Productions are recorded live from the world’s best theatre, opera and ballet companies.

Screenings will start at 10am to accommodate Sunday matinee performances in the Fugard Theatre.

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