THERE is a staggering choice of theatre options in the city this month, including The Cape Town Fringe (on until next Saturday at several venues), Cape Town Buskers Festival (part of the Fringe, from Thursday to Sunday at the Waterfront), and the powerful drama A Steady Rain at the Fugard Studio (Wednesday to October 29).
There is also plenty at the Baxter: the Baxter Dance Festival (Thursday to October 15) and The Fall (Thursday to October 29 – see On the Boards). The Big 5 – a new comedy showcase is on at Artscape (Wednesday and Thursday).
Special mention must go to a stylish new theatre – the recently opened Afda theatre in Observatory (228 Lower Main Road, near the Magnet Theatre) which is one of the Fringe venues.
Next week on the Fringe, catch the acclaimed Monster – with Donna Cormack- Thomson and Jamie-Lee Money. The play deals with anxieties of women in their twenties.
Keith Huff ’s award- winning Broadway hit, A Steady Rain, an outstanding production directed by Adrian Collins and starring Brent Palmer and Nicholas Pauling, sold out when it was staged at Alexander Upstairs in November.
It’s about two policemen in Chicago, who are friends with complications. Collins nailed the ethos of the play when he commented prior to its first run: “The play focuses on two different accounts of the same story. Among many other things it’s about friendship and violence and how we become desensitised to it. It can be incredibly funny as it is disturbing and brutal.”
For the new season at the Fugard, he said: “The performances are bound to be stronger as we continue to make new discoveries in rehearsal. And it will look amazing in the theatre, using the natural aesthetic of the Fugard Studio to enhance the design aspect of the show.”
The Baxter Dance Festival is from Thursday (October 6) until October 15. That’s 10 days of an eclectic mix of dance – courtesy of Nicolette Moses – the go-getting innovative artistic director of the dance fest and the Baxter’s associate producer and planning manager.
The festival features established artists and companies, emerging dancers and experimental work.
at The Fugard, features Nicholas Pauling and Brent Palmer.