Theatre on the Square



Sandton's First Theatre

The life and soul of the Nelson Mandela Square!
- formerly Sandton Square

The Auto & General Theatre was thrilled to be acknowledged and honoured with 12 nominations for the 11th Annual Naledi Awards.

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Theatre on the Square, Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City

Celebrating its 18th year in Sandton!


Daphne Kuhn is proud to present
AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE'S
LINE-UP for 2014


Warm your soul with a feast of local entertainment, loads of music, magic, laughter and drama - all on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City





   
SHARED HISTORY – ARTS ALIVE
2 – 6 September


The Auto & General Theatre on the Square is delighted to welcome from the 2nd September; Shared History – The Indian Experience in South Africa. The Festival, now in its 8th year, is not only a celebration of Indian culture but also a wonderful catalyst to find commonality and connections in the shared history of both countries.

It is significant that the Shared History Festival line-up is in many ways a continuation of the celebration of Women’s Month featuring as it does, strong female performers and content.



SHARED HISTORY: 2 – 6 September

“Women on Record” - featuring Vidya Shah

Tues and Wed 2nd and 3rd September at 8.15pm


The season opens with Vidya Shah inWomen on Record. This acclaimed work recreates the era of the gramophone and pays musical tribute to the pioneering and gifted South Asian women singers who were the voices captured on gramophone records in early 20th Century India. Fearing that history had not archived their contribution sufficiently, Vidya Shah researched and unearthed a wealth of these early recordings and in the process has created a rich and fascinating tribute to these stars of yesteryear.

“Those were the times when the Indian Sub-continent was one musically,” says Vidya Shah passionately, “there were many women in the era who sang beautifully, but their talents were restricted to their homes. But the invention of the gramophone was a boon for them. Women didn’t have to be seen; they could follow their passion by recording their music and not have to come out into the limelight.”

Although Vidya Shah she is a researcher, writer and social activists she maintains that “singing is closest to my heart. It’s the way to express myself best.”

Vidya Shah has found a profound and expressive voice and is passionate about sharing her findings with a wide and diverse audience. Lovers of Indian culture and world music will find in Vidya Shah Women on Record a captivating evening of heart-warming and harmonious entertainment.

TICKETS R100

    




“9 Parts of Desire” - by Heather Ruffo
A passionate portrayal of love and survival
On the 5th and 6th September at 8.15
A solo performance by Ira Dubey
Directed by Lillete Dubey


Heather Raffo’s award-winning play 9 Parts of Desire will play for two performances only on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September at 20:15. This tour de force sees one of India’s most exciting young actresses, Ira Dubey, in the spotlight. The play has been described as a passionate portrayal of love and survival. The Times of London listed it as the “First Choice for the Best Shows in London!” and the New York Times & Timeout had it as the “Critics pick for 24 weeks!” John Lahr of the New Yorker enthused that “9 Parts of Desire is an example of how art can remake the world.”

The play is a portrait of the extraordinary and ordinary lives of a cross-section of Iraqi women in the decades between the two gulf wars and examines what it is to be a woman overshadowed by war. This work is an incredibly timeous meditation on the ancient, the modern and the feminine in a war-torn world. Heather Raffo as the daughter of an Iraqi father and an American mother - has the DNA to tell a very compelling story.

“I intended to write a piece about the Iraqi psyche, something that would inform and enlighten the images we see on TV. However, the play is equally about the American or the Western psyche. It is a dialogue between east and west. The characters are deeply engaged in circumstances unique to them as Iraqis and yet through their passions seem to answer the concerns of the west. The audience plays a vital role in the show with each Iraqi character speaking directly to them in English as if they were a trusted western friend. I wanted the audience to see these women not as the ‘other’ but much more like themselves than they would have initially thought. I felt it was important to create a safe environment to experience both horror and humor, but ultimately to see the play as a celebration of life.” says Raffo.

TICKETS R100

    



This embracing Shared History Festival extends our cultural horizons and enriches our world-view through its rich and diverse cultural expressions.

A unique Indian cultural week finds its home at The Auto & General Theatre on the Square from the 2nd – 6th September - The Shared History Festival is the Festival to share this September.

Tickets are R100 and are available at the theatre on tel. 011 883 8606,



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‘CONVERSATIONS IN JAZZ’ : Sunday Afternoon 15h30 for 16h00: 7 September

A jazz concert with a difference

Featuring



BERT VAN DEN BRINK


Internationally renowned jazz pianist from the Netherlands
with
Andrew Massey
Jazz Singer
Justin Holcroft
Saxophones
Anthony Yoko
Drum Set
Graeme Currie
Double Bass

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ALL SEATS R185.

Tickets on sale from 11 August 2014


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BASH: 8 – 27 September

BASH
8 – 27 September
by Neil Labute
Directed by MEGAN WILLSON


"Atrocity is the new black." - Neil Labute on BASH

Neil Labute's critically lauded BASH presents a disturbing set of portrayals of middle class life in three short one-act plays. They're presented by the kind of people you meet every day - ordinary - except for the creeping horror of what they have to say - a business man; a pair of lovers back from a night on the town;a young mother.

Daphne Kuhn proudly will be present The Wider Ground Drama Collective’s dark and discomforting production with JAMES ALEXANDER, ASHLEIGH HARVEY, DANIEL JANKS & JESSICA FRIEDAN.

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Jenny Crwys-Williams’ book talks – In Conversation : 15, 16 & 17 September

STARRING


Three nights of great conversation, personalities, laughter and (perhaps) tears. And, their books...


Monday 15 September 2014

HERE I AM
PJ Powers In Conversation with Jenny Crwys-Williams

PJ Powers has one of the most famous names in the country. But what lies behind that famous face and that voice? Join PJ and Jenny Crwys-Williams and find out what lies behind the legend! If we're lucky, she might just sing...
20h00 Cost: R140.00pp

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Tuesday 16 September 2014

RAGGED GLORY
The Rainbow Nation in Black and White
Ray Hartley In Conversation with Stephen Grootes

Journalist, editor, writer, political commentator Ray Hartley has been in the centre of our modern times under three presidents: Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Stephen Grootes is one of the most familiar voices on radio and he will quiz Hartley on what is already being described as a great book.
20h00 Cost: R140.00pp

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Wednesday 17 September 2014

I'M NOT YOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL
Bongani Madondo, the Music Guru & Jenny Crwys-Williams are In Conversation together.

Writer Bongani Madondo, the Music Guru & Jenny Crwys-Williams take you on a musical journey (yes, you CAN boogie in the aisles) and reminiscence about one of our greatest musical stars, the late Brenda Fassie. A unique evening of musical magic and storytelling.
20h00 Cost: R140.00pp

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THE GIFTED FOLKS MUSIC GROUP: 21 September


Introducing the Gifted Folks music group! A musical ensemble of talented classical crossover singers, song writers and instrumentalists, finely selected for their amazing natural gifts. With Christian sacred music background, the group beautifully blends different music genres such as Opera, Church-music, Pop and African-folk, performed in a sophisticated classical style. This uniqueness amazes the audience with a never before lived experience.

Comprising of vocally talented singers accompanied with fine instruments like violin, viola, cello, guitars, flutes, piano, drums and rattles, the arrangement of the Gifted Folks, through its selected crossover repertoire will bring to you a renewed version of memorable songs such as Brindisi (“La Traviata”, Guiseppe Verdi) and Habanera (“Carmen”, Georges Bizet) to name a few operatic airs; popular songs like The Prayer by David Foster and most commonly known as a duet between the famous Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion; and great African tunes such as Malaika, a Swahili song popularized by international artists such as South-African Miriam Makeba; and Pauni Na Ngai Ya Talo, a Rumba Church-music song by Congolese Christian-song writer/singer Paul Balenza.

Come and be seduced by the multicultural lyrics through polyphonic performances in English, French, German, Latin, Italian, Swahili and Zulu. Come and be mesmerized with the new poetic style; whether you are a fan of classic music, or you prefer the modernized music style similar to the Rhythms & Blues, this group of young experienced musicians, gathered as the Gifted Folks, will drive you during its 90 minutes performance, to a very new experience you will be insisting to be widen in South Africa.

Gifted Musicians

Gifted Vocalists:

Soprano: Isabelle Makola, Larissa Ngoy, Sheila Kilambwe
Mezzo-Soprano: Isabelle Makola, Larissa Ngoy, Michael Mbunzama, Nica Kabuya, Sheila Kilambwe
Contralto: Isabelle Makola, Larissa Ngoy, Michael Mbunzama
Tenor: Daniel Kankenga, Serge Sabwa, Thommy Kumbu
Baritone: Michel Kalombo, Serge Sabwa
Bass: Forian Balagizi

Gifted Instrumentalists:
Piano/Synthesizer: Daniel Kankenga (DK), Paul Diobo
Flute: Bertrand DeLaleu, Camille Hall
Cello: Aurelia Diore, Michael Viljoen
Violin: Dorota Swart
Violist: Andrea
Percussion: Yves Laterre
Guitar Solo: Alain Ifomi
Guitar Accompaniment: Alain Ifomi, Thommy Kumbu
Guitar Bass: Nestor Nkongo
Synthesizer special effects: Reddy Buazo, Daniel Kankenga
Sound engineers: Fofo Kaje, Herve Nzambe
Conductors: Paul Diobo, Isabelle Makola

Gifted Song Writers:
Daniel Kankenga
Paul Diobo
Thommy Kumbu


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MIX TAPE: 30 September – 19 October

MIX TAPE
30 September – 19 October
by Vanessa Frost

Directed by: Terri Ella
with Mortimer Williams, Kristy Suttner, Vanessa Frost


Three unlikely friends and the mix tapes that defined them – young love, jealousy, angst and embarrassing hairstyles set to a familiar 90's soundtrack. MIX TAPE is a hilarious musical journey featuring three of South Africa’s hottest comedy and musical talents. Where were you when that song was playing?

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FUNNIER THEN THEM: 20 – 25 October

FUNNIER THEN THEM
20 – 25 October
Comedy at its best for one week only
with the Deep Fried Man, Chris Forrest and Warren Robertson




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DOOBIE BOOBIES: 28 October - 15 November

DOOBIE BOOBIES

28th October – 15th November


BILLING ITSELF as “The Return of the Infamous”, Doo Bee Boobies might not be what you expect, particularly if you didn’t see the earlier and rather looser version a few years ago. It’s a musical drag show and features old queens that you might know from TV soapies. And like traditional drag, it features mime, rude innuendoes and crass reflections on femaleness. But Doo Bee Boobies is considerably more than the sum of its parts.

It’s a very particularly honed level of slapstick humour that sidesteps cliché with brilliance while it will leave you rolling in the aisles. Indeed, you may see more of Robert Whitehead (Isidingo’s Barker Haines) than you ever imagined you might want to, but you will also see in all six characters in this mixed bag of spoofs, a generosity of collaborative energy, an understanding of performance culture from the inside out and a playfulness and irreverence that never slips into untidy thinking.

 


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FOREVER PLAID : 18 November – 20 December

FOREVER PLAID
18 November – 20 December


FOREVER PLAID is an off-Broadway musical revue written by Stuart Ross in New York in 1990 and now performed internationally. The show is a revue of the close-harmony "guy groups" that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids. This quartet of high-school chums' dreams of recording an album ended in death in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory.

The songs they sing during the course of the musical include: "Crazy 'Bout Ya, Baby"; "Scotland the Brave"; "Shangri-La"; and "Love is many a-splendored Thing" with Rowan Bakker as Musical Director, talented cast and protégées from Oakfields College

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FRIDAY LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

EXCITING NEW FRIDAY LINE-UP FOR AUTUMN

The theatre is delighted to present its unique and uplifting musical programme for Autumn. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts.

In 2014, leading South African classical musicians, established and up-and coming, will again be presented – as well as special international guest performers from England, the Netherlands, Israel, Austria, Bulgaria and Italy!

Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm & tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30.

Tickets are R40. - The price includes coffee and biscuits.

The theatre would like to thank Immuno-Vet Services for its support and BASA for its supporting grant.


PROGRAMME

5 September
PASSION - CD Launch
with PROFESSOR GERRIT KOORSEN (cello) and MARLI LABUSCHAGNE (flute) and TONY BENTEL on piano

12 September
SONATAS RECITAL
with CAMELIA ONEA (violin) and ANNELIEN BALL (piano)
Beethoven Sonata no.5, Spring and Cesar Franck Sonata

19 September
DAVID TOMBAK (violin) and COLEEN MARE (piano) recital
works by Vivaldi, Bach, Faure and Brahms

26 September
THE DOUBLE ENSEMBLE which includes DALINE WILSON, MERRYL MONNARD, WESS BEUKES, CHRISTI-LOUISE SWANEPOEL, KATE MOORE, LESLEY STANSELL, and CHRISTOPHER BISHOP

3 October
VIOLIN RECITAL with ZANTA HOFMEYR

10 October
AFRICAN CHESS
instruments to include trombone, guitar and accordion

17 October
Italian Pianist MARCO GRIEIO
Works by Beethoven

24 October
French Trio with MERRYL MONNARD (flute), ANNEKE LAMONT (piano) and JESICA BAILEY (cello)
Works by Ravel, Gauburt, Dubussy and Poulenc

31 October
Quartet with MALANE HOFMEYR-BURGER (flute), MAGDA DE VRIES (marimba), ANNEKE LAMONT (piano) and SUSAN MOUTON (cello)

We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.
For further media info. call Daphne Kuhn or Mika Stefano on tel. 011-883-8606

          


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THEATRE TIMES AND SPECIAL OFFERS
20:15 Tues - Fri and 18:00 & 20:30 on Saturdays

DINNER/SHOW PACKAGES - R320 +/- plus at leading restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square - Lekgotla Restaurant, Montego Bay, The Butcher Shop and Grill and Wangthai. This includes a three course meal as well as the theatre tickets.

THE HIRE OF THEATRE (200 seats)
for corporate functions, presentations etc including all technical facilities, use of auditorium, foyer for function etc: R6,000 exclusive per day.

HIRE OF THEATRE FOR A CORPORATE FUNCTION - R6,000.00 per day excluding VAT
HIRE OF THEATRE FOR A FUNCTION AND TO INCLUDE SHOW (catering can be arranged)
for 200 people: R110 x 200 according to the show
HIRE OF THEATRE FOR A FUNCTION AND TO INCLUDE SHOW (catering can be arranged) for 200 people: R110 x 200 according to the show
FUNDRAISERS - we offer you a special discount - R90 x 200 seats - you mark up the price

The usual Ticket price range is listed below BUT PLEASE check above under each production listing for more detail:
NORMAL TICKET PRICE - R120.00 - R200.00
STUDENTS / SENIORS - R80.00 - R100.00
SCHOOL GROUPS - R50.00
GROUP BOOKINGS - Less 10% for 10 or more

FRIENDS OF THE THEATRE: R250 / R350 per year
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP: R8,000.00 p.a. plus VAT
FUNDRAISERS - For Sold Out houses (200 tickets)
R100 x 200 You mark up the ticket price!


ENQUIRIES: CALL DAPHNE KUHN (Owner/Producer) on tel 011-883-8606

BOOKINGS:
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  • Call the Box Office on tel 011 883 8606
  • Call the StrictlyTickets Call Centre on 082 553 5901 or
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