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EL BLANCO: Tales of the Mariachi

1/6/2017 9:58:06 AM

“A dazzling performance from a very skilled entertainer.” — artsmart.co.za


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EL BLANCO: Tales of the Mariachi

starring JAMES CAIRNS
written by GWYDION BEYNON
design by JENINE COLLOCOTT

21st March – 8th April

El Blanco, played by acclaimed actor and performer James Cairns weaves together spellbinding stories and songs based on everything from Mexican creation myths and Ancient Egyptians to George Clooney. A smart, sassy and very funny one-man show.

It’s hard to beat the story well told. Stories in themselves are an act of creation, connecting the past with the present. Creation itself is a story. Without stories, we would have nothing but darkness and silence.

This is what James Cairns’s character El Blanco believes. While he may unashamedly spin a pack of lies, in this instance, he comes close to the truth.

El Blanco’s struggle, mostly with himself, to earn the title of Mariachi is masterfully presented through music and storytelling.  “Stories are songs for people who cannot sing,” is one of El Blanco’s gems “and songs are stories for those who can.”

El Blanco must overcome his belief that he can do neither. The tale leads us through a chain of false epiphanies which only lead him back into self-doubt.  At the outset, El Blanco promises that “there will be song, there will be stories and there will be many lies”.  As we discover, lies often reveal truths that would otherwise remain unspoken.

From the pen of Gwydion Beynon and starring James Cairns, EL BLANCO: TALES OF MARIACHI exhibits the prodigious talents of these two artists. Get a ticket if you can.

As a result of a drunken promise, Cairns and Beynon joined forces to make El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi. Cairns has long wowed South African audiences with his solo performances and others (Dirt, The Sitting Man, The Snow Goose) and Beynon has penned a litany of recent hits (The Epicene Butcher, Amateur Hour). They suspected that they might be a good combination and they were absolutely right. After winning a Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, EL BLANCO was invited on full bursary to the Brighton Fringe Festival. 

 

“A dazzling performance from a very skilled entertainer.” — artsmart.co.za

 

Show times: Tuesdays – Saturday at 8.15 and also at 6pm on Saturdays

COMING SOON

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9th -14th May

Performed by mentalist and memory expert MICHAEL ABRAHAMSON

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15th May – 4th June

A new South African comedy of errors

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BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter

6th June – 1st July

A sharp look into the nature of romantic relationships

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The return of PAY BACK THE CURRY

18th July – 29th July

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MAMBA REPUBLIC

1st – 20th August

Mamba Republic is a rapidly-paced satirical sketch comedy soon to hit theatres countrywide.

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FREUD’S LAST SESSION

22nd August – 16th Sept.

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

19th September – 7th October

Created and Directed by Jenine Collocott

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THE HOUSE OF TRUTH

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ABOUT US


CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF FINE THEATRE

at the AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE!

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The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.

Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.

The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 20 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.

Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 20 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

 

LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

The theatre is delighted to present and  to produce , for the 10th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.

Hartham Properties has come on board together with a Supporting Grant  from BASA for assisting with marketing.

Ticket Price: R50.  The price includes concert, programme, coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.

24th March
PIANO & VIOLIN DUO
with SONJA VAN ZYL (piano) and GEORGE NTULI (violin) from the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra

31st March
HARP AND PIANO RECITAL
SUSAN COCK (piano) and VENTURA ROSENTHAL (Harp)
works by Rossini, Debussy and Granados

7th April
BRAHMS: HIS MOST BEAUTIFUL WALTZES AND HUNGARIAN DANCES
Piano Duet with CARIN VAN GRAAN and CHANIEL PREIS

Thursday 13th April
GOLDBERG CHAMBER PLAYERS
JAQUES FOURIE (violin) MORKEL COMBRINK (viola) WESS BEUKES (cello) CHRISTOPHER EVANS (violin) and SONG CHOI (violin)
(There will be no concert on the 14th February as it is Good Friday
and the theatre will be closed)

21st April
Emerging Piano star SULAYMAN HUMAN (piano) from the Cape and JACQUELINE MARTENS from London (violin) are back!

28th April
ETIENNE MALAN (clarinet) is back from Wiesbaden, German for a special performance with pianist JACOB SWART (piano)

5th May
FOREVER YOUNG! CD launch with the fabulous and well love singing sisters,
ANDRE HATTINGH and JENNY HATTINGH
A musical journey through the sixties and seventies with works by the Seekers, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Carly Simon, Joni  Mitchell and Peter Seeger.

12th May
A captivating programme for Flute and Piano
with ISABEL BRADLEY and SUAN VAN DER WAT
with works by Rachmaninoff, Poulenc and Kuhlar

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Corporate sponsorship of R12000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.

20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.

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CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show Times for The Gruffalo are Monday to Saturday at 11am and 3pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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