Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Fifth St, Sandton, 011 883 8606, bookings: 083 377 4969 or Strictly Tickets:
Cat Sings Ella with Cat Simoni. Ends May 24.
Classical music lunch-hour concerts on Fridays, 12.45 for 1pm. R40, with coffee and biscuits. Go to box office from 12.30pm. Call 011 883 8606.
Friday: Ventura Rosenthal (harp) and George Fazakas (flute) with a programme including Casilda Fantaisie by Dopler/Zamara.
Popart Performing Arts Centre, next to Arts on Main, 286 Fox St, Joburg, book at www.popartcentre.co.za:
When We Were Nearly Young, a storytelling show. Thursday to Monday at 7.30pm. R80.
Whistle Stop. May 22 to 25. R80.
The First and Only’s Long Form Improv. May 29 and 30.
Wretched. June 4 to 8. R80.
Norman’s Wall. June 12 to 15.
Bioscope @ Arts on Main.
African Metropolis brings together six short fiction films, set in six major African cities. Screenings: Today, tomorrow at 7.30pm,Friday at 6pm and Sunday at 5pm. Call Miriam Daepp, Goethe-Institute South Africa: 011 442 3232.
The Mandela Theatre:
History of India - VIRitten. A mix of comedy, pride and laughter by Ashwin Gidwani, with stand-up comedian and film actor Vir Das. May 30 to June 1, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. R200 to R300 as above.
People’s Theatre: 011 403 1563/2340:
For reduced prices on tickets join the People’s Theatre Kids’ Club. Call Andrew or Lorraine as above or see www.peoplestheatre.co.za.
My Son Pinocchio Jr, Disney’s award-winning musical. Monday to August 10.
Fringe (Tesson) Theatre, Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, 011 877 6854:
Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts. Thursday to May 24. The best drama departments of high schools in Joburg enter. Sylvaine Strike and Daniel Buckland will adjudicate on Thursday and Friday, James Ncgobo and Dorothy Ann Gould for the final night. Schools include St Stithians Boys’ and Girls’ colleges, St Johns, St Marys, Kings-mead, Randfontein, Crawford College and others. Tickets available as above.
Montecasino, cnr William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Rd, Fourways: 011 511 1818.
Pieter Toerien’s Theatre:
Vettie Vettie. A translation of comedy My Fat Friend, directed by Andre Odendaal. Ends June 1. Stars Hanna Grobler, Andre Lotter, Tobie Cronjé. R100 to R170 at Computicket.
The Sound of Music, by Rogers and Hammerstein. Ends June 8. Stars Andre Schwartz and Bethany Dickson. Tuesdays to Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3 and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm and 6pm, R150 to R420 at Computicket.
Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Joburg, 011 832 1641:
The Jittery Citizens – The Armando Diaz Experience. Jozi’s hottest improv troupe performs the last Thursday of the month. Each month there is a celebrity guest. R100 at Computicket. May 29 features Tumi Morake.
Barney Simon Theatre:
The Mother of All Eating, written by Zakes Mda and directed by Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele. Ends June 1. Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8.15pm, Sundays 3.15pm. R79 to R166 at Computicket.
National Children’s Theatre, Wynnstay House, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, book at 011 484 1584/5. Cindy@ nctt.org.za. See www.nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za.
Blue Room: Drama class for age group 5-7: a creative, nurturing and exhilarating environment for young children. Every Saturday during government school term.10am to 11am, R600 a term. Speak to Claudy or Cindy.
Gingko, cnr Roscommon and Dundalk aves, Parkview, 011 486 3361 or e-mail [email protected]:
Concert on the Deck with Wendy Oldfield. Sunday, June 1 at 3pm for 3.30pm. R125. Booking essential.
Gold Reef City, cnr Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde, 011 248 6800:
The Lyric: 011 248 5000
Walter Sisulu Jazz Concert, celebrating 102 years of the Walter Sisulu Legacy and 20 Years of democracy. Line up: Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Jonas Gwangwa and SimphiweDana. Also a fund-raising initiative for the Walter Sisulu University Foundation. Sunday. R300 to R500 at Computicket or the box office.
Revelations. A comedy with John Vlismas. May 23 and 24 at 8pm. R165 to R360 at Computicket or the box office.
Dunamis’ Destiny Calls album launch. May 28. Dunamis band is known for powerful worship music. May 28 at 8pm. From R90 at Computicket or the box office.
Emperor’s Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, 011 928 1297/1213:
Theatre of Marcellus:
My Boetie Se Sussie Se Ou. Ray Cooney’s laugh-a-minute show. Ends June 1. R130 at Computicket.
The Kings and Queens of Comedy, featuring Prince Abdi, Ava Vidal, Paul Chowdry, Chester Missing, Stuart Taylor, Mark Banks, Riaad Moosa, Celeste Ntuli, Tracey Lee Oliver and the Goliaths. May 30 and 31 at 8pm. R180 to R380 at Computicket.
Foxwood Theatre, 13 Fifth St, Houghton, (on Rosebank side of the M1), 011 486 0935:
There’s No Tune Like a Show Tune, with Kevin Feather and Lyn Locketz doing songs from Showboat, West Side Story, South Pacific and others. Ends May 25, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at noon. R130 for the show and R150 for the buffet lunch on Sunday.
Northwards House, 21 Rockridge Rd, Parktown, Joburg, 011 726 1870:
Juan, Mariel and Friends in Concert, featuring Mariel Ilusorio, Juan Munoz with Craig Dewar, Annemarie du Plessis and Gerrit Koorsen, performing piano quintets by Saint-Saens and Dvorak. Sunday at 4pm. R100 at the door or by e-mail: [email protected] Call Craig Dewar at 082 945 7087.
Shikisha, Miriam Mekeba St, next to SAB World of Beer, Newtown, 011 492 1626: Home Brew Comedy Nights every Thursday. For up-and-coming comedians. R40 at the door. 8pm till 11pm.
Silverstar Casino, 011 662 7300: book at www.silverstar. reservations @tsogosun.com.
Stand Up, with comedian Nik Rabinowitz, the show that takes the “Pistorius” out of everything South African. May 30 at 8pm. R100 to R150 at Computicket.
University of Johannesburg Theatre, Kingsway Campus, Joburg:
Othello by Think Theatre. Ends Friday. School performances: 9am and noon, Mondays to Fridays, and one public performance,tomorrow at 7pm. Book: Doreen Stanley at 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668 or e-mail Doreen@ thinktheatre.co.za. R60 scholars, R100 adults.
The Venue, 17 High St, Melrose Arch, 011 214 4300:
94.7Unplugged runs every second Sunday. Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm. See www.realsa.co.za for more info.
Wits Theatre, cnr Jorrissen and Station sts, Braamfontein, 011 717 1376:
Miss Gay Jozi. A pageant for female impersonators (drag queens) who have performed at Carnival City and other charitable functions. Zsa-Zsa Whitney Gabor-Houston will Mc with performances by Labelz D’Glamour, Divaliscious and others. Saturday at 8pm. R150 (includes access to after-party at Club Simply Blue), available from Zsa-Zsa at 060 751 2840 or Dino at 082 544 7600. Free parking at Senate House, the entrance is on Jorissen St, Braamfontein.
Wits Downstairs Theatre, Jorissen and Station Street, Braamfontein:
Detours. An experimental avenues in movement composition hosted by Wits School of Arts/Division of Dramatic Arts until Saturday. Contact Jane Crewe at 011 717 4646, e-mail [email protected] or Joni Barnard at 011 717 5855 or [email protected] Programme 2: tomorrow and Thursday at 7pm: There (tomorrow only); Wits Physical Theatre IV; Kubad eSouth Africa; Marking; Der Prahlans – The Swanker.
Programme 3: Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 6pm: Synapses; Open to Doubt; I Am Not My Colour, Gina Kraft’s site-specific work takes place Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 3pm and 6.30pm. Programme 5: workshops, all are free, limited space so please e-mail to book.
Wits Amphitheatre, 011 717 1376:
Oedipus. Ends Friday at 7.30pm. R50 at the door. (Not suitable for children).
The Atrium, SW Engineering Building, Wits East Campus, 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein: 011 717 1376:
New Musos Make Music, WitsMusic first-year students in concert. Today at 7.30pm. Free. Enquiries: 073 1212 112 or as above.
Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Joburg, 011 717 3223:
Concert series by Johannesburg Musial Society. Italian Antonio Pompa-Baldi will entertain audiences on Saturday at 8pm with a programme of works by Lyapunov, Chopin, Liszt, Sposalizio and Verdi. R145 to R170 at Computicket, or at the box office from 7pm on the day. Enquiries at www.jms.org.za or call 011 728 5492 or 083 228 2917.
Call for Entries:
Joburg Ballet is holding auditions for dancers. Saturday, May 24 – boys and girls aged 6 to 12 are invited to audition for the Nutcracker and boys for La Bayadere. Both productions will stage in September. Studios and dance schools are encouraged to audition as a group. 9am to 10am for children aged 6 to 9 years. 10.15am to 11.15am for children aged 10 to 12 years. Joburg Ballet Studios, Joburg Theatre, Hoofd St, Braamfontein. To register, contact Edgar Moagi at 011 877 6898. If you are unable to audition, contact Chase Bosch to make alternative arrangements at 011 877 6897. If you are unable to attend an audition, send a DVD of yourself dancing to Joburg Ballet, PO Box 291990 Melville, 2109.
Applications for Bursary:
The Arts and Culture Trust in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation and Nedbank Arts Affinity offers three Performing Arts Scholarships for local aspirant performers. The programme is aimed at Grade 12 pupils and individuals younger than 25 years of age who are neither registered for an undergraduate degree nor considered to be a professional performing artist. The programme takes the form of a competition in which participants are assessed on their acting, dancing and singing potential and culminates in a final showcase before an independent panel. The Scholarships Programme is open for registrations until May 31. For more information or to register for participation, visit www.act.org.za.
The iStart2 Challenge is open to all South Africans aged 16 to 35. Artists are invited to explore one of the seven sustainability concepts, to express their ideas about them and to explore original ways of promoting awareness about them. The key sustainability concepts are: water, waste, energy, health and safety, people with disabilities, the elderly and indigenous people. Entries in seven categories of art: music, creative writing, dance, fine arts, applied arts and design, acting and multimedia will be accepted. Entries close on July 31. Entry forms available at www.istart2.com.
South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius St: 012 392 4000:
The Crown of Russian Ballet with Masterpieces of French Music in Ballet. Act 1: George Bizet: Carmen one-act ballet. Interval. Act 2: S Pugni: Pas de Quatre, Adolphe Adam: Pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Camille Saint-Saens: Dying Swan, Jacques Brel: Don’t Leave Me, Maurice Ravel: Bolero. May 23 at 7.30pm, May 24 at 3pm and 7.30pm, May 25 at 3pm. R150 to R280 at Computicket.
Aubrey Sekhabi’s Hungry starring Brendon Auret ends June 1.
Hennessy Winter Get Down for the best of old-school music. 6pm to 4am. Saturday, May 31. Free.
Atterbury Theatre, cnr Daventry and Lynnwood rds, Lynnwood Bridge Centre, 012 471 1700 or 082 841 0783: Tickets at Computicket or the door.
Luna Paige album release of Borders & Beyond. 8pm. Thursday. R150.
National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards Final. 7pm. Saturday. R130 to R150.
Naatya Pravaaham, presented by K Sarveshan and Seema Lala. 4.30pm.Sunday. R130 (unreserved seating). Bookings: Kiyasha Padayachee at 072 094 6436 or Seena Lala at 082 496 4453.
Wit Manne se Wapens, with Gys de Villiers. May 21 at 8pm (age restriction 16). R105, R110.
Kaleidoskoop – acoustic covers DVD release. May 22. 8pm. R120, R140.
Pianist Charl du Plessis. 4pm. 6pm. May 25. R120 to R170.
Anthology 1988-2012, the best of Mel Botes. 8pm. May 28. R100 to R150.
Turn 2 God – Deeper conference. 8am to 1pm. book with Adri at 082 320 6434. May 31. R120.
Barnyard Theatre, Parkview Shopping Centre, cnr Garsfontein Rd and Netcare St, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, 012 368 1555:
Time Warp. Ends June 1. Rock stars, Hollywood and Broadway collide. Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. R160. Kids under 12 years free, pensioners pay half price Wednesday to Sunday.
Born to be Wild. A tribute to the wildest rock stars of our time. June 3 to July 20. From R100. Book for both shows at www.barnyardtheatre.co.za.
Brooklyn Theatre, cnr 13th and Thomas Edison sts, Menlo Park, 012 460 6033 or 012 346 3474 or iSalon in Brooklyn.
Trout Quintet Schubert. Brooklyn Theatre’s fourth birthday celebration with Johanna Roos, Valery Andreev, Jessica Bailley, Viwe Mkziwana and Paul Ferreira. Tomorrow at 8pm.
Othello, by Think Theatre. Public performance on Sunday at 3pm, school performances at 9am and noon from May 20 to 22. R70 a pupil for school bookings, R100 for adults at the public performance. Book through Doreen Stanley at 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668.
Tshwane University of Technology: 012 318 5157:
Rostrum Theatre, Arts Campus, 24 Du Toit Street, 012 318 6175:
(Dis)illusion, directed by Janine Lewis, created by the cast of the Department of Drama and Film (Drama) of TUT, has a theme of suicide. Runs until Saturday at 7pm each day and ends at 3pm on Saturday. Bookings: e-mail [email protected] or call 012 382 6010.
University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria, 012 420 3644:
Musaion, 012 420 2947/4183:
Opera Soirée. Arias, duets and trios from favourite operas by Delibes, Mozart, Verdi and more. Featuring Melissa Gerber (soprano), Claudia Pike (mezzo soprano) Annemarie Steenkamp (mezzo soprano), Themba Maseko (tenor), Christopher Vale (baritone), Misha Meyer (piano). Sunday at 3pm. Wine will be served. This is a fund-raising concert for Gerber who has been accepted to further her studies at the Royal College of Music in London. R120 at www.melissagerber.co.za or at door on the day for R150. Enquiries: [email protected] or 084 555 2101.
Centurion Theatre, 123 Amcor Rd, Lyttelton Manor: 012 664 7859/8710; shows start at 8pm, booking as above.
Die Hart is Maar Net ‘n Pomp, with Johan Engelbrecht from the KKNK Festival. Thursday. 8pm. R100.
Broer en Suster Saam op Een Verhoog. Helene and Cobus Bester with a full band. Saturday. 8pm. R120.
Dowwe Dolla Betaal Belasting. May 22. 8pm. R130, R140.
Mathys Roets, Anna Davel and Jaconell Mouton perform. May 23 and 24 at 8pm. R140, R150.
Laudium Community Hall, Laudium, Pretoria:
Shri Muthumari Angalaeshwari Temple Smat presents live in concert, South Africa’s Amma of Indian Cultural song and dance, Kumari Ambigay, supported by Tansen Nepaul. Saturday at 6.30pm. To buy tickets, e-mail [email protected], singhnamarsha @gmail.com or call guru Reggie Naidoo at 082 356 5146.
Unisa’s Dr Miriam Makeba Theatre, Muckleneuk Campus, Preller Street, Joburg:
Lunch-hour Concert: Friday at 1pm. Features American French horn player, now living in Pretoria, Jeffrey Harrison, playing his own compositions, mostly in the swing style, reminiscent of New Orleans and the American deep South. He will be accompanied by Karendra Devroop (saxophone), Siobhan Lloyd-Jones (violin), Rynier Prins (guitar), Viwe Mkizwana (bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums). Free entry.
Pierneef Theatre, cnr Pierneef and Mogg aves, Villieria: 012 329 0709, tickets at the door:
Wat Rym met Liefde?Andriette with songs from her new cd. tomorrow at 7pm.
Charl Schabort and Ingrid van Zweel with popular songs. Thursday at 7pm.
Luna Atra and Inceptio with blues, rock and progressive rock. Friday at 7pm.
Groet die Grotman with Hannes Muller in the comedy about differences between men and women. Saturday at 7pm.
Radio Kalahari Orkes. May 21 at 7pm.
Tauromenium Concert Chamber, 330 Derrick Ave, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria:
Juan, Mariel and Friends Concert, featuring Mariel Ilusorio, Juan Munoz with Craig Dewar, Annemarie du Plessis and Gerrit Koorsen, performing piano quintets by Saint-Saens and Dvorak. Monday at 7.30pm. R100 at the door or by e-mail at [email protected] Enquiries: Craig Dewar 082 945 7087.
Gauteng Opera will hold auditions on Saturday from 10am to 2pm for seven dancers, for the production One Voice. Candidates must prepare a two-minute solo and be available from 10am to 2pm. All interested candidates must be at the South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius St, at 9.30am. Candidates must be available for the production period from Monday until June 8. For more information, contact Ms Madeleen Engelbrecht at 012 322 7944. Candidates must confirm their participation in the auditions to Madeleen Englebrecht by Friday.