Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Fifth St, Sandton, 011 883 8606, book at 083 377 4969 or

Cooking with Elisa, with Patricia Boyer and Lurdes Laice. Ends Saturday.

I Have Life – Alison’s Journey, by Maralin Vanrenen based on the book by Marianne Thamm. August 6 to 30, Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm. For young adults from age 16. R60 a pupil in a school group, normal price R140, R100.

Jittery Citizens. Improvised comedy with female comics and Tony Bentel on piano. August 10 at 3pm.

Baroque to Broadway explores womanhood and love through music. With Anneke Lamont, Merryl Monard, Marina Botha and Tinus Spies. August 10 at 7pm.

Classical music on Fridays. 12.45pm for 1pm. R40, which includes coffee and biscuits. Go to the box office from 12.30pm. Enquiries: 011 883 8606.

Friday: Last Tango in Africa with Jacobus Swart and special guest.

August 8: The Lewandowski Choir.

Joburg Theatre Complex, cnr Loveday and Hoofd sts, Braamfontein: 011 877 6854: book at 0861 670 670:

The Write Journey. A workshop for screenwriters and storytellers at the Joburg Theatre. Saturday. 9am to 6pm. Presented by Daniel Dercksen. Takes place in the Brickhill Room. To register, info: www.writing or e-mail [email protected]

The Mandela Theatre:

Monty Python’s Spamalot, starring Norman Anstey, Michelle Botha, Bongi Mthombeni and Adrian Poulson. Ends August 10.

People’s Theatre: 011 403 1563/2340:

My Son Pinocchio Jr. Ends August 10.

Fringe Theatre, Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, 011 877 6854:

The Beauty of Incomplete Things, inspired by actual events. Ends Friday at 8pm.

Barnyard Theatre, Cresta Shopping Centre, Beyers Naudé Drive, Randburg: 011 478 5300:

99 Hits. Ninety-nine hit songs in one show. Ends August 31. From R100.

Bieber vs One Direction. Bieber and buddies. August 23 at 2pm. R90

Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia Crossing 2, cnr Witkoppen and Rivonia rds, Sunninghill: 011 234 2033:

Forever Young celebrates the late great musical icons. Ends August 21. From R100.

Bieber vs One Direction. Bieber and buddies. August 16 at 2pm. R90.

Bassline Jazz Club, 10 Henry Nxumalo St, Newtown Music Centre, 011 838 9145:

Friday and Saturday: Kenny Lattimore.

Carnival City Casino, cnr Century and Elsburg rds, Brakpan, Brakpan, 011 898 7575/7000:

Big Top Arena:

Spirit of Praise Volume 5 live recording. A collaboration of gospel singers including Benjamin Dube, Zaza Mokheti, Tshepiso Mpotle, Omega Khunou and Papane as well as Sello Melete and The Dube Brothers. Saturday at 7.30pm. R150 to R300 at Computicket.

Jozi Jazz: The Sound of Freedom. August 9. 5pm. A four-hour spectacular: Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, The Soil. R200 to R375 at Computicket.

Circa Gallery, cnr Jellicoe and Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, entrance cnr Keys and Jellicoe aves, SMS 083 555 7952, booking will be confirmed:

The Lost I and II. The string quartet of The Paz Consort perform two concerts of new compositions by five South Africans, inspired by photographs of Joburgers who survived the Holocaust or members of their family who did not. The Lost I: Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm; The Lost II: Tuesday, August 12 at 7pm. R125 a concert. Book as above.

Emperor’s Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, 011 928 1297/1213:

Theatre of Marcellus:

Evita & Co! Evita Bezuidenhout and Pieter-Dirk Uys. August 9 and 10, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. From R100 at Computicket.

Centre Court:

Blacks Only Comedy. Friday. Featuring David Kau, Chris Mapane, Sifiso Nene, Mojak, Mdu, and others. From R186 at Computicket.

Barnyard Theatre at Emperors Palace, book at 011 928 1108, www.barnyard or the box office at the entrance.

Time Warp, where rock stars, Hollywood and Broadway collide. Ends August 31. R100 to R160.

Bieber vs One Direction. Bieber and buddies. August 9 at 2pm. R90.

Montecasino, cnr William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Rd, Fourways, 011 511 1818:

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Directed by Bobby Heaney, starring Michael Richard, Bo Petersen, Louise Saint-Claire and Richard Gau. Ends August 10. R100 to R170 at Computicket.

Studio Theatre: 011 511 1818:

Wild. A comedy with Robert Fridjhon, directed by Alan Committie. Ends Sunday. R150 at Computicket.

Madame Zingara’s: 0861 623 263:

After Forever Tour. R440 to R495 as above.

Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Joburg, 011 832 1641:

The John Kani Theatre:

The Jittery Citizens – The Armando Diaz Experience. Last Thursday of the month. R100.

Joe Barber VI – Life. Celebrates 15 years with David Isaacs and Oscar Peterson. Ends August 24. R83 to R160, Tuesday to Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm. PG13.

Barney Simon Theatre,

The Shadow of the Hummingbird, written, starring and directed by Athol Fugard,with Mariviantoz Baker. Tomorrow to August 16, Tuesday to Saturday: 8.15pm, Sunday: 3.15pm, R83 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

National Children’s Theatre, Wynnstay House, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, bookings at 011 484 1584/5. Info: [email protected] See www.national za.

The Revealers is an anti-bullying play. July 28 to August 9.

Blue Room: Drama class for age group five to seven. A creative, nurturing environment. Every Saturday during the government school term.10am to 11am. R600 a term. Call Claudy or Cindy as above.

Foxwood Theatre, 13 Fifth St, Houghton, 011 486 0935:

Going Gooding. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at noon. Friday to August 11. R140.

Hound Dog! Matt Stern’s tribute to Elvis. August 22, 23, 29 and 30: 8pm, August 24 and 31: noon. R140.

Gold Reef City, cnr Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde, 011 248 6800:

The Lyric, 011 248 5000:

The Bosso Showdown. A showcase of South African talent. Friday. R100 at Computicket or the box office.

My Favourite Swings. ChianoSky, Timothy Moloi starring the Johannesburg Big Band. Saturday. 8pm. R130 to R180 at Computicket

99% Sotho Comedy. With Kagiso Lediga, Mashabela, Chris Mapane, Roni Modimola, Jay Boogie, Franco, Rihlamfu, Sister H. August 8 and 9. R150 to R335 at Computicket or the box office.

POPArt Performing Arts Centre: next to Arts on Main, 286 Fox St, Joburg. Book at

Othello. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s play for schools. Ends Saturday at 10am, noon and an evening public performance.

Amateur Hour. Theatre for the YouTube generation. R80 online, R95 at the door. August 7 to 10.

Gross Indecency, hosted by Rita Haywire and Lana Turna-Me-Over. A look at South African LGBTI history. August 14 to 17.

Shikisha, Miriam Makeba St, next to SAB World of Beer, Newtown, 011 492 1626:

Home Brew Comedy Nights every Thursday. R40 at the door. 8pm to 11pm.

Silverstar Casino, 011 662 7300: bookings at silverstar.reservations

Watershed. August 1 at 7.30pm for 8pm. R150 at Computicket.

Soweto Theatre, cnr Bolani and Bolani Link rds, Jabulani, Soweto, 011 930 7461/2/3, book at Computicket:

Are You Dik? Adult comedy about monogamy, sex love, lust and everything in between. New talks on the 19th-century classic La Ronde. With actors Coco Merckel and Esmeralda Bibi and director Robert Colman. Ends August 3. R80.

University of Johannesburg Theatre, Kingsway Campus, Joburg,

Emotional Creature, written by Eve Ensler. Ends tomorrow. R75, R25 for students.

Wits Great Hall: East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Yale Rd, Parktown, 011 717 1376 or Catherine.pisanti

Wednesday concerts. 1.15pm to 1.50pm. Tomorrow: Duo Montagnard. August 6: The Wits Choir.

August 13: Nicholas Rumpelt (jazz guitar).

Call for Entries:

The Imbewu Trust is calling for applications for their third SCriBE Scriptwriting Competition with a number of prizes available this year. Closing date is Thursday and the top five scripts will be selected for a week-long staged reading in October with the opportunity for discussion and feedback from the public and members of the theatre industry. The winning script will be produced by a professional team for a run at a Cape Town theatre next year. A second winner will further workshop the play with a third award a financial prize to enable a writer to work alongside a mentor to develop the script. The Imbewu Trust was founded by Same de Romijn and Paul Griffiths to create an accessible community of varied voices that can flourish through collaboration, resourcefulness and innovation. Imbewu is looking for new works of outstanding quality, original content and which represent the range of the South African theatre landscape. The scripts should be in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes, with no more than five cast members. For details visit

Call for Proposals:

The Goethe-Institut is calling for project ideas for exhibitions, workshops, events and performances. The way selection takes place is central in understanding the philosophy of GoetheonMain. The programme is decided by an independent committee of arts professionals, who meet after the yearly public call for proposals. The focus is on artistic quality, while maintaining a sensitivity for the context and local relevance, and favouring an experimental approach. It also implies a certain conceptual frame – that of the city, or a sense of “urbanity”: a focus on the human relation as much as built environment. This year’s application deadline is Thursday, August 15 for the realisation period January to December next year. For more info and to download the application form, visit


iStart2 Challenge. 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 Thursday. Entry forms available at


South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius St, Pretoria, 012 392 4000:

Reik Na Die Sterre – Die Musical. Starring Willem Botha, Kristen Raath, Sarah Theron and Neels Clasen. Ends Sunday. R250 at Computicket.


Protest. A drama about service delivery by Paul Mpumelelo. August 10, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. R40 Tuesday, R80 Wednesday to Sunday.


Mating Birds by Lewis Nkosi, featuring Sputla Sebogodi and Martin Le Maitre. Ends August 17, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tuesdays R40, Wednesdays to Sundays R80.

Atterbury Theatre, cnr Daventry and Lynnwood rds, Lynnwood Bridge Centre, 012 471 1700 or 082 841 0783, book at Computicket or the door:

Woord-Engel Hettema sing Wiesner. 8pm. August 8. R140, R250 (show and book).

Master of Song. Mathys Roets with songs of Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond and Roger Whittaker. 4pm. August 10. R140, R160.

Barnyard Theatre, Parkview Shopping Centre, cnr Garsfontein Rd and Netcare St, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, 012 368 1555: Battle of the Sexes. Ends August 31. From R100.

Bieber vs One Direction. Bieber and buddies. Saturday at 2pm. R90.

Brooklyn Theatre, cnr 13th and Thomas Edison sts, Menlo Park, 012 460 6033, 012 346 3474 or iSalon in Brooklyn.

Lucia Di Lammermoor, by Donizetti. Directed by Greg Melville Smith, featuring Ilze Coetzee, Arthur Swan and Douwe Bijkersma. Ends Sunday.

Romance of the Violin, featuring Emmanual Bach and Jenny Stern (piano), with works by Kreisler, Wienawski, Sarasate and more. August 10 at 3pm.

Laughing Chefs, 217 Soutpansberg Rd, Rietondale, Pretoria Moot, Esrida at 072 511 4946 or Maggie at 082 823 7846:

Thursday – jazz evening with Joshua Na Die Reen and Lizandra von Hagen (free entrance).

Friday – jazz evening.

Pierneef Theatre, cnr Pierneef and Mogg aves, Villieria: 012 329 0709, tickets at the door:

Pretoria Eistedfodd opening concert – Jonathan Crosley (guitar) and Marc Duby (bass) with opener Ryan Kirsten. Tomorrow. 7pm. R80, R60.

Unisa Dr Miriam Makeba Theatre, Unisa Main Campus:

Smooth Concert with Karen Devroop, featuring the music of Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Anita Baker. Friday. 7.30pm.

Koningsberger presents Composers’ Different Takes on Poems. An art song recital by Maarten Koningsberger and pianist Albie van Schalkwyk. August 14 at 7.30pm. R95at the door, R75 students and pensioners.

ZK Matthews Hall, Unisa, Muckleneuk:

Pinchas Zukerman, a violinist, with his wife, South African-Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Angela Cheng. Sunday, August 31. 4pm. R350 pensioners to R450 at Computicket.

University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria, 012 420 3644:

Musaion, 012 420 2947/4183:

South African Music Concert, featuring Melissa Gerber, Misha Meyer, Laetitia van Wyk, Zanta Hofmeyr, Malcolm Nay and Maciej Lacny. August 10 at 7.30pm. R50 at the door.

Villa San Giovanni, Linvelt Rd, Wonderboom Airport, 012 543 0501:

An Italian Evening with Gauteng Opera. An evening filled with classical music, wine and unsurpassed cuisine with Gauteng Opera’s soloists. R350pp inclusive of a four-course meal. August 7 at 6.30pm for 7pm. Bookings and inquiries: 012 322 7944 or at the restaurant as above.

University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria, 012 420 3644:

Musaion, 012 420 2947/4183:

Lunch-hour Concerts: Every Thursday. 12.40pm to 13.20pm. Free. Thursday – Pretoria Boys’ High School Dixie Band and Symphony Orchestra with conductor Niel van der Watt. August 7 – UP Ovuwa Cultural Ensemble directed by Mxolisi Duda.

• Computicket: 083 915 8000.

• Strictlytickets: 082 553 5901/3.

• To be featured in Boardwalk, e-mail all info to [email protected], by Thursday. Please put “boardwalk” in the subject line.