What To Do During The Cape Town Fringe Festival?
The Cape Town Fringe Festival is South Africa’s freshest arts festival. The Festival will take place between the 24th of September and the 4th of October. It is the best festival to attend for our Ashanti’s Guests to discover all the wanders of Cape Town. The Fringe programme features the new, innovative and exciting work of South Africa’s emerging and established theatre-makers.
The two-week festival will start on Heritage Day (24 September) and is set to showcase over 70 representations (60% of which are local) across a number of genres – think drama, dance, comedy, performance art, illusion, music and more.
Shows To Attend During the 2-Week Festival:
Favorite shows from the 2015 National Art Festival: – Sleight of Mouth 2: Veteran South African magician, Marcel Oudejans brings new surprises and illusions for an unpredictable and funny representation. The show will take Place at Alexander Bar, 72 Strand St, Cape Town and the cost is around R70.
– B*tch Stole My Doek: An incredible one woman show performed by Shona Jonhson and the Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning satirical comedy. The play pokes fun at a war of words over a missing item of laundry. A great show to enjoy with your friend and have a laugh! The show will take place at the City Hall 3, Darling St, Cape Town from the 30 Sep to the 3 Oct 9.30pm and the cost is Around R 75.
We didn’t Come To Hell For the Croissants: This show will see the return of Jemma Kahn and her irreverent side-kick, played by Roberto Pombo, presenting seven new stories based on the Seven Deadly Sins- using the ancient at form which combines performance and illustration to create the world of the story – the result of which is a visual feast that will leave audiences begging for more. The show will take place at the Cape Town City Hall, Darling St, Cape Town at 3pm & 7.30pm and the cost is R 100 for the Saturday and R 50 for the Sunday.
A MUSICAL FEAST
Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum: The Australian duo, Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum, combine guitar and beat-boxing. These two outstanding musicians combine their tastes and talents into a show that is truly unique. Armed with just a guitar, a distinctive singing voice, and a versatile “voice-box”, that adds instruments from winds to drums, the duo leaves their audience initially speechless, then makes them totally freak out! To listen some of their songs: https://jamiemacdowellandtomthum.bandcamp.com/. The show will take place at the Fugard Studio, cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant St, District Six, Cape Town between the 28th of September to the 4th of October at 7pm and the cost is around R80.
PANSA Unplugged Collaboration: A variety show that showcases multi genres and new collaborations. A place to discover different types of music with enthusiasm, and where everyone could find something to enjoy. This concert will take place at the PANSA Studios, 3b Beach Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town at 2pm for the price of R80.
Barbed Wire Wallpaper: The Dance show won the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for artistic excellence. The work explores the daily routines of a woman’s work that keep her enslaved. It will take place at the Cape Town City Hall, 56 Darling Street, Zonnebloem.
Detritus For One by Alan Parker.: The one-man show but highly recommended Detritus For One by teacher, choreographer and performer, Alan Parker. A physical performance piece about the ephemerality and memory of physical performance, Detritus For One, is tender, intelligently conceived, masterfully executed, emotionally moving and imaginatively engaging. Alan Parker references physical theatre pieces that ignited his imagination in the past, the remnants of which he recalls through physical sketches, use of props, and music.
FRINGE CLUB: If you are looking for a place to eat, drink or just to chill between shows, the Fringe Club is here for all of that! Situated at the City Hall, this spot will be open from 11am till late to serve patrons for the duration of the festival. If you’re on the hunt for drinks specials then be sure to catch the club’s happy hour from 4pm to 6pm!
One of the primary aims of the Fringe Festival is to keep theatre and the arts relevant to a younger up-and-coming audience. “If we want children and young people to play a pro-active and positive role in our society, we need to engage their curiosity, their imaginations and their hearts from as early an age as possible,” says Yvette Hardie, director of ASSITEJ SA, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. “Theatre can speak to them in ways other media cannot – through a live exchange of energy that challenges their attention and demands them to be present.” The organisation will be presenting several chilkdren’s theatre production at this year’s event. ( Cape Town Magazine – September 2015)
GET TO KNOW THE CITY: The organisers of the Fringe Festival also have set up City Walks and outdoor productions for the Saturday, 19 September 2015. Become immersed in the bustling culture of the Bo-Kaap and experience the hauntingly beautiful performance of Exhibit S, Ode to Saartjie Baartman by Thola Antamu or witness Thando Baliso’s Ngumzimba Wam.
Tickets for the 2015 Cape Town Fringe Festival cost between R40p/p and R100p/p per performance. To book, visit Capetownfringe.co.za or else contact the Cape Town Fringe Festival hotline on 060 882 8316 or via [email protected] Bookings and enquiries can also be made by dialing their call centre on +27 (0) 86 000 2004. Provided that shows are not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.
Children, students and block-bookers are eligible for discounts, and don’t forget about the awesome lunch specials at the Fringe Club. It is one of the most famous Festival of Cape Town so guests at Ashanti Lodge Garden can ask reception to go and have fun together!