The Courtyard Playhouse new season celebrates a brand new look and feel for the previously named Alexander Bar. This includes a new theatre, creative team, and programme which introduces workshops, corporate training, professional improv shows and a children’s section.

The new theatre will continue to be a supportive home for upcoming local talent, and a platform for new work. The new season as the Courtyard Playhouse is curated by award-winning playwright and actor Jemma Kahn.

 Says Kahn: “As one does at the beginning of any new project, I tried to impose big ideas on Season 1 and then (as is always the case) what I imposed was incorrect – the content of course must shape the big idea and not the other way around. The theme of the flagship season, I have come to discover, is ‘White Guilt and High Brow Sketch Comedy’. I do hope you will enjoy the spread, finding it stimulating and irreverent.”

The Courtyard Playhouse new season:

The Courtyard Playhouse new season

How to End Racism by Chester Missing

Directed by Chris Weare. Written by Conrad Koch. With Conrad Koch and Chester Missing. Dates: 11 Jan (Public Opening Event) 7pm – 10pm |15 Jan – 18 Jan 8pm.

In his most confrontational work to date, Koch allows his puppet Chester to turn on him, asking him some pretty uncomfortable questions about his own white privilege and his racism. Conrad is South Africa’s top comedy ventriloquist, and possibly the only one, and is a double International Emmy nominated comedian. His most famous puppet, Chester Missing, has won numerous awards in his own right, including being the first recipient of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Anti-Racism Award.

Woolworths: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Woolworths

Written and directed by Juliet Jenkin. With Clyde Berning, Alice De Beer, Alicia McCormick, Kaylee McIlroy, Francesco Nassimbeni, Tazmé Pillay and Johann Vermaak. Dates: 12 – 15 Feb at 7pm |19 – 22 Feb at 7pm and 9pm | 26 – 29 Feb at 9pm and 10pm.

Lee-Anne wants to go shopping, Jason wants to be American, and Emily just wants to get married! But why can’t Karen sleep at night? And what is that noise outside? There’s something out there. There’s a shadow in the garden, a shape at the bottom of the swimming pool, a breathing at the top of the stairs, and a face, a face, a face in the mirror …

Award-winning playwright, Juliet Jenkin (The Boy Who Fell from the Roof) presents Woolworths, a dark, mesmerising, and hilarious satire on middle-class South Africa. Charging through trellidoors, security estates, rhino charities, gold mines, shopping malls, rugby stadiums, game farms and bank queues, this epic choral work is a force of culture.

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The Courtyard Playhouse new season

The Waterworks Anthology

Written and directed by Wessel Pretorius. With Wessel Pretorius and David Viviers. Dates: 22 – 25 Jan at 8pm | 29 – 1 Feb at 8pm | 5 – 8 Feb at 8pm.

Two hapless traveling players unpack their suitcases full of budget store props to tell three short stories based on the adventures of three drops of liquid. A tear falls in love with its crier, a love triangle between a bull, a matador and his cape and finally the seed of love witnesses the doomed affair between Romeo and Juliet. Previously staged in Afrikaans as Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek : die Flooistof Trilogie – this is the English premiere of this critically acclaimed and much loved gem from one of South Africa’s most gifted playwrights.

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The Courtyard Playhouse new season

Amateur Hour!

Directed by John Trengove. Written by Gwydion Beynon. With Glen Biderman-Pam and Jemma Kahn. Dates: 4 -7 Mar at 8pm |11 – 14 Mar at 8pm | 18 – 21 Mar at 8pm | 25 – 28 Mar at 8pm.

Though it never saw the critical success of anything else anyone involved with the play has ever done, Amateur Hour! must be someone’s favourite show, it must be…

Amateur Hour! – a loving celebration of rank amateurism – is coming out of retirement. The production premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2013 where it won nothing and played to befuddled houses from Cape Town to Perth (twice).

What: The Courtyard Playhouse new season

Where: 76 Strand Street, Cape Town

Tickets: https://alexanderbar.co.za/buy/show-tickets/

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