Tickets go on sale today on www.capetownfringe.co.za for next month’s Cape Town Fringe.
A feast of fresh new theatre, comedy, dance and more will captivate the Mother City when the Cape Town Fringe opens on September 22 .
Running until October 8, the third annual Cape Town Fringe Festival has a programme jammed with engaging performances by international and local acts, including the highly acclaimed Police Cops, a comedy piece from the UK, and the national debut of a South African adaptation of the hit children’s theatre show, The Gruffalo.
Cape Town Fringe CEO Tony Lankester said the festival brought productions to the city that could only be seen at the Cape Town Fringe, for example collaborations between artists like Maya Spector and Port Elizabeth jazz singer Asanda Mqiki – who met at last year’s Fringe – a host of Standard Bank Ovation award winners from the National Arts Festival and some exciting, new and edgy theatre from Cape Town and beyond.
The Cape Town Fringe is also an important space for artist development.
“The low cost of staging means that there is also a low barrier to entry for artists and less risk. The Fringe provides the space, does the marketing and manages the bookings and door so the artists can just concentrate on making theatre,” Lankester said.
Numerous family shows will be on offer throughout the Western Cape school holidays and, as was the case last year, patrons are advised to book early before the “sold out” signs go up.
Tickets range from R40-R100 encouraging those new to theatre to experiment and see more than one production. The low cost of tickets and extended programme run also means that theatre and music lovers can dine out on their choice of nearly 80 shows.
There are further concessions for students and pensioners as well as a series of box office specials like half-price Mondays.
The hub of the Cape Town Fringe is the Cape Town City Hall where the fresh Fringe Club will have a line-up of free events and performances.
Other venues include the Alexander Bar, the Makukhanye Arts Room in Khayelitsha, Langa’s Theatre in the Backyard and Guga S’Thebe as well as Observatory’s new AFDA Theatre.
The inaugural Cape Town Buskers’ Festival, in partnership with the V&A Waterfront, forms part of the Cape Town Fringe and sees free, outdoor sessions at the V&A Waterfront from October 5-9, from an array of international and local public street performers, including Canada’s Dynamike, who has travelled to dozens of festivals around the world and is regarded as one of the top performers globally.
Comedy also features with Rob van Vuuren’s Very Big Comedy Show and Macbob Production’s Comedy Masterclass. Perpetual crowd-pleaser Butlers and Broadway returns and Glitter Girls bring their own shiny brand of musical theatre to the stage. Magic and illusion on the line-up includes Brendan Peel from Port Elizabeth, Marcel Oudejans, Greg Gelb and Stuart Lightbody.
On the music programme, two must-see collabs between powerful female vocalists are another Bay talent Asanda Mqiki with Maya Spector in Vocal Explosion. Mqiki also teams up with astonishing Eastern Cape artists Nombasa and Msaki in Diva Night. The artists also perform in solo shows.