Spring into summer with lineup of dance, music and comedy

Kalk Bay Theatre is springing into summer with an October line-up featuring dance, music and comedy.

“Our October programme is guaranteed to put a spring in your step, with high-energy dance, unique storytelling, music and hilarious comedy,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre.  “Guests will also now have the option of choosing a delicious selection of food from our a la carte menu created by our talented resident chef Hannah McMahon. Her famous chocolate brownies, which guests can enjoy after the show when they can also meet the performers, are now a permanent feature on the menu.”

 Enerchi Dance Company lights up the stage from 10 to 13 October with their electrifying blend of Latin, ballroom, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary dance. Produced and directed by Anthony Rau and Danielle Fish, Apartment 107 is a breathtaking and emotional journey about the life of a home and the people that live there, expressed through the mesmerising power of dance.  At the National Arts Festival this year, Cue newspaper described the show as “dynamic and vibrant….easy to relate to. Exceptionally well-choreographed, flowing between scenes without a moment’s delay, the dancers (of varied levels of expertise) portrayed a sense of love for dancing which resonated with the audience”.  It will be a night to remember!

Unique musician and storyteller Gavin Bonner presents Rapid Fire Fairytales for three nights only on 18, 19 and 20 October.  He combines his skills as a percussionist, comedian and astounding improvisational poet into one performance, creating a live experience where no two shows are ever the same.   The evening will include material from his new album Of Beasts and Kings, Skins and Strings, which will be available on the night.  Top SA comedian Mark Sampson hailed Bonner as ‘the most mystifying talent I have seen in six years of the Grahamstown Festival’ while Radio 702’s Jenny Cryws Williams has commented ‘Can you afford to miss Gavin’s show? I think not!’ .   The Argus praised the production, saying,  ‘Stories have many feet. Gavin Bonner….gives them wings’.

“Taking us through to the beginning of November, we have Pierre Malherbe’s hilarious, non-musical tribute to music, Another Friggin’ Tribute Show,” says Cooper. The production runs from 24 October to 3 November.

Directed by Vincent Meyburgh, Another Friggin’ Tribute Show is a stand-up comedy about the bands, artists and musically-related experiences that have shaped and influenced Malherbe’s  life from his earliest recollections. Journey with him from his love of Engelbert Humperdink  and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust period at the age of four;  through his angsty teenage addiction to  The Smiths and Pink Floyd’s The Wall; to his total indifference to Prime Circle and beyond; including some of the pretentious musicians, useless radio dj’s, snobbish music fans, psychotic record store employees and archaic taping methods he’s come across along the way.

Press comments following its première last year included ‘…very funny.  Very’ (Megan’s Head); ‘great for music lovers’ (Yoursoapbox) and ‘witty observations……….his ( Leonard Cohen) impersonation left me in stitches’ (Cape Argus).

 

Malherbe is an actor, writer and comedian and who has worked in theatre, film and television. He has performed at many stand-up comedy clubs around Cape Town, supporting headline acts such as Mel Miller, Nik Rabinowitz, Mark Palmer, David Newton and Martin Davis. His first two one-man  shows: Duncan Farenheit’s Acoustic Jam Sandwich and Duncan Farenheit and the Lank Tired Okes, were well received, and the characters make cameo appearances in this show.

The show carries a 16 age restriction for language.

“Of course we also have Brent Palmer’s comedy-drama, Bench, on stage until 7 October, which has received universal praise from the press and audiences since it opened a few weeks’ ago.  Performed by Brent and Adrian Collins, it tells the story of two small time crooks, about to embark on a big job, until one of them gets a crisis of conscience.

“Also until 7 October, we have something for the younger audiences,” says Cooper. “Swoop runs daily at 11am. Using exciting theatre elements such as puppetry and live music,  it tells the story of a young boy who embarks on an amazing adventure, discovering how the world around us is part of an expertly designed eco-system,  and how we as human beings are connected to it, and to each other.”

 

Presented by some of Cape Town’s leading creative talent, and told using a highly crafted blend of, Swoop aims to remind us where we belong, and how we fit in. It is a story of hope, courage and the sensible side of human nature.

Over this period, guests can enjoy a delicious a la carte meal before the show, with coffee and dessert afterwards, when they can meet the performers.   The a la carte menu can be found at http://www.kbt.co.za/menus/.     When making a dinner booking on the website, guests will be asked to pay a R75 deposit which is non-refundable but will be credited against the final bill.

Tickets for Apartment 107 cost R100 for show only.

Tickets for Rapid Fire Fairytales cost R70 for show only.

Tickets for Another Friggin’ Tribute Show cost R85 for show only.

Tickets for Swoop cost R60.

Tickets for Bench cost R95.

For all bookings and further information visit www.kbt.co.za

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Christine Skinner

Tel: (082) 855 7277

Fax: 088 021 434 9658

Email: christinems@telkomsa.net