Cape Town Fringe – 11 days of amazing shows!

The inaugural Cape Town Fringe will be running from the 25th of September until the 5th of October 2014. The Cape Town Fringe is being produced by the Grahamstown National Arts Festival team, and has been brought to life through a partnership between the National Arts Festival, the City of Cape Town, Standard Bank, 567 Cape Talk and MNet.

Jacques de Silva and Ameera Patel in Whistle Stop at the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Picture by Marius Janse van Rensburg (56)

A total of 89 productions have been confirmed as the core of the Fringe’s programme. The selected shows represent a blend of work that is “old and new, tried, tested, opportunistic, comfortable, familiar, edgy and daring” according to Ismail Mahomed, the artistic director of this project. Mahomed added that, “Roughly half the productions selected are theatre, while the rest are fairly evenly spread across music, physical theatre, performance art, and comedy.”

Guy Buttery and Gareth Gale_NAF2014.CUEPIX_Kate Janse van Rensburg (7)

The team in charge of organising the event wanted to devise a programme that audiences would feel comfortable with. They’ve tried to combine names and faces that they have come to know and associate with a good quality work over the years, along with some newcomers who will break the mould and get people talking. “But most importantly we wanted to create a cohesive programme that would capture the mood and ethos of the Fringe we’re trying to create.” said Mahomed.

The Fringe festival will present a number of magicians (Marcel Oudejaans, Brendan Peel and Stuart Lightbody), stand-up comedy from the iconic Corne and Twakkie and others, and a special treat for jazz lovers – the launch of Marcus Wyatt’s newest album – to add to the mix and ensure that the Fringe is an eclectic, exciting platform for lovers of all forms of performing arts.

Richard Antrobus in Being Norm at the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Picture Marius Janse van Rensburg-10

The Cape Town Fringe is making a concerted effort to draw youth into the theatre with a carefully designed day programme for schools.
You’ll find online tickets and more details about the full programme on the website: www.capetownfringe.co.za . Also, don’t forget to look at the school programme and the closing weekend programme!

See you during these 11 days of amazing shows!

by Capucine Motte

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