Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
You know I love the performing arts. Each venue holds its own magic. Here is the line up for the next six months at the intimate, classy, vibrant @TheatreOnSquare!
I wish you enough,
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While we completely agree with these sentiments about theatre, we know that we cannot possibly operate without technology!
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The productions for 2015 are richly varied with serious and comedic local and international theatre, dance, jazz and classical music. Our first production will present the vibrant BONEGIO SPANISH DANCE COMPANY. If you thought Candy Crush Saga was colourful, you have obviously never seen the Bonegio Spanish Dance Company perform. This well-known Spanish dance company returns to the theatre in January with their latest show SENTIMIENTOS for five performances only from the 16th January.
Returning for a third season at the theatre, is the ANNUAL JAZZ AND BLUES WEEKEND in late January, co-ordinated by jazz musician, TONY YOKO. There will be no need to Shazaam these live performances featuring two of Belgium’s leading exponents of jazz and blues in a programme packed with groovy sounds of the Hammond Organ and Electric Guitar from virtuoso DIRK VAN DER LINDEN and the bluesy voice of JEAN VAN LINT.
If you consider yourself a bit ‘old school’ and have only learnt how to use your i-tunes recently, then you won’t feel out-of-place when Cat Simoni relives the songs made famous by Judy Garland in CAT SINGS JUDY.
Our first serious theatre production of 2015,THE DOUBLE BASS sees well-known director, ALAN SWERDLOW, returning to the theatre. This poignant play with warmth and humour, stars actor PIETER BOSCH BOTHA will have you hitting the LIKE button several times!
Back by popular demand, we are Re-Tweeting SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS. Returning for a three-week run, this touching, human comedy, tells the story of a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, (played by JUDY DITCHFIELD) who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, (JOSÉ DOMINGOS) to give her private dance lessons. Directed by everyone’s Facebook friend, GREG HOMANN, recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2014.
We are delighted to be staging a new South African in 2015. DUNCAN BUWALDA’s historical South African gem HINTERLAND will be directed by CAROLINE SMART. It’s a #ThrowBackThursday to 1899; imagine listening to a conversation between Cecil John Rhodes and ANC founding father Sol Plaatje.
The delightful SNOW GOOSE makes its Gauteng debut in April 2015. This charming play starring JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT and directed by JENINE COLLOCOT, celebrates writer PAUL GALLICO and 1940’s values. Carefully crafted, you will wish you could Instagram moments of this special piece.
Adding some humour to our 2015 timeline is the popular comic CHRIS FORREST in his new show, WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Just in time for Father’s Day in May, this stand-up comedy show, with a pram on stage, is directed by BEVAN CULLINAN.
Before there were Twitter celebrities, we had real stars. Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous film stars and singers and her legendary story gets a new twist by award-winning actresses, FIONA RAMSAY and JANNA RAMOS VIOLENTE in MISS DIETRICH REGRETS, a new play by GAIL LOUW. The production, directed by JAMES CUNNINGHAM will be presented in June 2015.
Other productions, during the second half of the year, to look forward to include a new CRAIG HIGGINSON play directed by MALCOLM PURKEY as well as a production of acclaimed international Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama,DOUBT, by JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY. The hilarious comedy SEVEN DEADLY SINS with ARON McILLROY and LISA BOBBERT from Durban will have you poking for more, whilst the sweet sounds of the new girl group,HONEY, will have you searching for the familiar lyrics with which to sing along.
LINE-UP JANUARY 2015 – JUNE 2015
Bonegio Spanish Dance Company presents, SENTIMIENTOS
17th – 22nd January
This vibrant Spanish dance theatre production is largely inspired by Julia Bonegio’s favourite teachers in Spain – La Tati, Carmela Greco, La Truco and Paco Romero. Their love, nurturing spirit and the imparting of their knowledge with heart and soul, shines through Julia’s choreography and the spirit of the dancers in this well-known Spanish dance company’s latest show.
THE THIRD ANNUAL JAZZ & BLUES WEEKEND
23rd January – 25th January
Fans of ‘Jazz and Blues’ can once again look forward to the annual ‘Jazz & Blues Weekend’ coming to Auto & General Theatre on the Square from 23rd – 25th January, 2015.
Produced by TONY YOKO, the 3rd annual event is set to showcase not only outstanding local musicians but also two of Belgium’s leading exponents of jazz and blues in a programme packed with groovy sounds of the Hammond Organ and Electric Guitar from virtuoso DIRK VAN DER LINDEN and the bluesy voice of JEAN VAN LINT and several other swinging musicians.
CAT SINGS JUDY!
27th January – 14th February
starring CAT SIMONI, written and directed by PAUL SPENCE
Over The Rainbow with Cat.
Let’s fall in love with the divine Judy all over again! After a run of many delicious shows at Auto & General Theatre on the Square, CAT SIMONI returns with Cat Sings Judy! Over The Rainbow with Cat & JudyGarland. Written and directed by PAUL SPENCE, Cat Sings Judy! embraces the songs and life of the precociously talented girl from Grand Rapids, Minnesota they called ‘Judy Garland’ – the girl with the unique voice who was described by Fred Astaire as “the greatest entertainer who ever lived”. So come on, ‘Strike Up The Band!’, ‘Get Happy’ – and let’s soar over that old rainbow one more time with glorious Judy and lovely Cat. Join us for Cat Sings Judy! on a magical trip down the yellow brick road of wonderful memories, ‘Till The Clouds Roll By’.
THE DOUBLE BASS
17th February – 14th March
starring PIETER BOSCH BOTHA, directed by ALAN SWERDLOW
The first exciting play of 2015 – by international playwright Patrick Suskind, translated by Michael Hofmann.
ALAN SWERDLOW returns to the Auto and General Theatre on the Square to direct acclaimed actor, PIETER BOSCH BOTHA in THE DOUBLE BASS.
This poignant play is the monologue of a double bass player, speaking to the audience in his small sound-proofed apartment and drinking beer. He is in his mid-thirties, employed at a State Orchestra. First praising his instrument and its importance in the orchestra, he reveals, with a considerable sense of humour, more and more of his past and present. A beautiful play with music, not to be missed!
The return by popular demand after a sell–out season at this theatre and the Hilton Festival,
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS
by Richard Alfieri
17th March – 4thApril
starring JUDY DITCHFIELD and JOSE DOMINGOS, directed by GREG HOMANN
A treat for theatre lovers, this touching and human comedy, tells the story of a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, (played by consummate actress JUDY DITCHFIELD) who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, (JOSÉ DOMINGOS) to give her private dance lessons. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance.
7th April – 25th April
with DAVID DUKAS as Rhodes and SIPHO MAHLATSHANA as Plaatje.
Directed by CAROLINE SMART
Set in Kimberley in 1899, the play tells the story of a relationship that develops between legendary colonialist and empire builder, Cecil John Rhodes, and ANC founding father Sol Plaatje.
Buwalda’s play traces the course of what a fictional meeting between these men may have entailed. Despite being a period piece, Hinterland is very relevant to the South Africa of today. Our history has become a battleground: a contested territory where fact, fiction and myth blur. The play brings to life two South African icons on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Hinterland was first presented at the 2012 Performing Arts Network of South Africa / NLDTF Festival of Reading of New Writing at the Catalina Theatre in Durban, where it won several awards.
28th April – 16th May
starring JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT, Directed by JENINE COLLOCOTT, SNOW GOOSE is developed from the charming PAUL GALLICO story by
JENINE COLLOCOTT, JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT. It’s directed by JENINE COLLOCOTT and performed by JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT. A multi-tissue play, THE SNOW GOOSE celebrates writer PAUL GALLICO and 1940’s values. The production, by arrangement by SIMON COOPER, received rave reviews in Cape Town and at the most recent Hilton and National Arts Festivals.
WHO’S YOUR DADDY?
18th May – 31st May
starring CHRIS FORREST, directed by BEVAN CULLINAN
A comedian’s experience of the joys of becoming a father – from pregnancy to the birth, to looking after an infant. The production is an hilarious look at what really happens and how to deal with it. A must for anyone hoping to become a parent; who is a parent; or who knows a parent!
MISS DIETRICH REGRETS
2nd – 27th June
starring FIONA RAMSAY and JANNA RAMOS VIOLENTE
The legendary Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous film stars and personalities. She was a symbol of glamour and never seemed to grow old. One of her many iconic quotes was; ‘I am not a myth – I am a legend!’ MISS DIETRICH REGRETS is a revealing and poignant look at the aging Marlene, and her complex relationship with her daughter Maria, battling to retain her independence. Set in Paris.
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