Cape Town gig guide: October – spring has sprung

We’ve given in to the fact that summer is now here. What about spring, you ask? This is Cape Town mos, spring is gone already. So if you want to escape the south-easter, the inside of a theatre works.

Danger in the Dark, a reworking of Poison by the late Talipe Petersen and David Kramer, plays at The Baxter.

The new, brand new, can be seen by you, too, at Alexander Upstairs theatre. Four pieces of new writing by at least two of our best theatremakers is being performed by Nicholas Pauling and Maggie Gericke. Writers include Jemma Kahn and Jon Keevy. Those are names you should know. The showcase of fresh stories is called Anthologies: Clean Break and runs from 8 to 19 October every day except Monday at 8pm. Characters include a pair of shipwrecked pirate perverts (or pervert pirates), a shrink and a suspicious client, and an estranged son circling his widowed step-mother. Each play is 10 to 20 minutes long. Tickets cost R120 online from, or R140 online.

For a theatre experience bound to challenge your boundaries, there’s Tia Maji at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective on the corner of Milton Road and Wesley Street in Observatory. Qondiswa James is involved, and she knows how to make compelling theatre. She’s working with Bronwen Clacherty, presenting work crossing present and past lives of women in Zanzibar. There is string, fabric, voices, field recordings, and of course the bodies on stage. There may be song. It’s on from 2 to 4 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost R80, or R50 for concessions. Book via

If your teenager is being a blerrie shit, it might be theatre they need. If they’re not, give them theatre as a treat. Either way works and you can get them away from their screens and watching actual people perform in Tusk. It’s a play directed by the inimitable Rosa-Karoo Loewe, specifically for those younger than 18-years-old. They young cast have taken the African myth of how the elephant got its tusks and adapted it to a different kind of watering hole – the school playground. It’s at TAAC (Methodist hall on corner Milton Road and Wesley Street, Observatory) on 5 and 7 October at 7pm, and 6 October at 2pm. Tickets cost R60, we presume you can buy them at the door.

If you can gooi die taal there’s a treat at The Baxter for you this month. One of South Africa’s most celebrated actors, Sandra Prinsloo, stars in Kamphoer – die verhaal van Susan Nell, directed by Lara Foot. The story is adapted from The Boer Whore, a non-fiction book by Nico Moolman, and the best-selling romance Kamphoer by Francois Smit and is about a woman raped in a Boer war concentration camp. She ends up working as a psychiatrist in The Netherlands and serves a hospital in England during WWI. There her former rapist, now suffering shell shock, ends up being one of her patients. Lots of drama and emotion.Kamphoer plays in The Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 9 – 26 October at 7.30pm. Two matinee performances, starting at 2pm, play on 19 and 26 October. Tickets cost between R100 and R160. Book via webtickets or on

Lovers of the body unite. That’s probably almost all of us. Let’s clarify: lovers of dance. The Baxter Dance Festival runs until 5 October. There’s a wide range on the programme, from ballet to forms of movement we probably don’t really have names for. There’s a Main programme, Off Main, and even, on the last day, a Fringe, although that’s at your own risk. The Main programme is at 8pm every night, check the programme available via to check other times and dates. Tickets cost R40 for Fringe, R70 for Off Main, and R100 for work on the Main programme.

The oke with the red vellies, oversize khaki chinos, and the VW bus is back. Okay, you may have been born after David Kramer made some ronds from being the face of the VW kombi. In which case, you should discover him. He’s a legend and has updated the hit musical Poison he wrote with the late Taliep Petersen in the ‘90s. It’s now called Danger in the Dark. Thankfully, it does not involve District Six but the Cape Flats where Pamela, a social worker, gets entangled as she tries to rescue her friend from a drug lord. Or something like that. Runs from 11 October at The Baxter at 7.30pm every night except Sundays. Saturday Matinees at 2pm. Tickets from R100 to R195. Book on webtickets or via


The Unofficial Pink Party. Yes, that’s what it’s called and no, we have no idea what the official pink party is. If it’s the MCQP, this one’s probably more fun. It also happens every month. Don’t worry, it’s hetero-friendly so long as you’re homo-friendly, which you should be. If you’re not, seek professional help, and avoid church. It’s time to embrace yourself, and your partner if you have one (if not, the Unofficial Pink Party might be a good place to find a playmate) and shake some ass this Saturday 5 October. Doors open at Botanik House (54 Queen Victoria St) from 9pm. Tickets R50 at the door.


Forget about Rocking the Daisies, get real and go to the Empoloweni Festival in Khayelitsha from 24 to 27 October. It’s cheaper, for a start. VIP access will only cost R300, normal tickets R150. You’ll also be where shit is really happening on the hip-hop and house scene. There’s also Emplweni Gqom-X. Don’t ask us what that is all about, go find out first hand. It all happens at the Khayelitsha rugby stadium. Experience your city, book on Computicket, or at Shoprite, raait.

Undoubtedly there will be smileys on sale at Empolweni, for something completely different, there’s Vegan Lifestyle Festival on October 8. If you’re vegan, or wondering about going vegan, or know someone who is vegan and trying to figure them out, you may have your questions answered. Also, we should all be moving toward eating less meat and fewer animal products. Because: climate chaos. There’s the usual – stalls of food (of course) and drinks and crafts but also educational workshops, talks and demonstrations, live art installations. Careful, there are also artistic expression spaces. It takes place at Herzlia Primary School Sports Field from 10am to 6pm. Early bird tickets cost R50, with an Early Bird second phase at R80, and snapscan tickets can be bought on the day for R100. For the Early Birds, go to webtickets.

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