Rehearsal: “Master Harold” …and the boys.

The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town does not only present theatre  written by Athol Fugard. There are a number of fun productions lined up in the upcoming months, including Louis Viljoen’s CHAMP, directed by Greg Karvellas, as well as Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show, directed by Matthew Wild.

But of course there is Fugard. Right now, as Fugard’s first Afrikaans play, Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (written with Riana Steyn) ends it’s first run in The Fugard Studio Theatre, one of his most well known plays is introducing itself to the rehearsal room. You may have seen a previous production or a film version of Master Harold and the Boys. The story revolves around the relationship between Hally, a 17 year old boy, and the two men who work for his mother in her tea room in an apartheid South Africa (1950).

Here are a few photos from one week into rehearsals. The actors were still learning their lines and beginning to work out their blocking with the director (where they will be at each point during the play, similar to dance choreography). The fabulous tango teacher, Mark Hoeben, came into rehearsals on a rainy Saturday morning (with flu) and flitted across the floor like Gene Kelly while giving the guys some pointers on posture and ballroom moves. MHRehJKramer-463 MHRehJKramer-472 MHFugardJKK-485 MHFugardJKK-506

The Fugard Theatre are very excited to introduce Alex Middlebrook to play Master Harold (Hally), who is currently in Grade 11 at Reddam House.  While he has been on stage several times before (Gilbert and Sullivan’s King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and Yeomen of the Guard) Master Harold and the Boys marks Alex’s professional debut to the Theatre. MHRehJKramer-516

Willie is played by UCT graduate Themba Mchunu (Door, Land of the Cranes). Themba was so enthusiastic to play this part, he travelled all the way from Grahamstown for the audition.MHRehJKramer-523

Sam is played by the celebrated, veteran South African Actor Tshamano Sebe (Green Man Flashing, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Stokvel, Generations). Sebe has also previously played the character of Sam for which he won the Fleur du Cap Award for Best Actor in 1999.MHRehJKramer-520
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Master Harold and the Boys is directed by Kim Kerfoot (Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act) and designed by Julia Anastasopoulos (Champ) Master Harold and the Boys will be performed in the Fugard Studio Theatre from 4 to 30 March. The Fugard Theatre is in Caledon Street in central Cape Town and booking for this production can be made through Computicket or phoning The Fugard Theatre Box Office 021 461 4552



Most of us agree that the choice of music on radio stations in Cape Town is pretty sad. After much frustration and searching the airwaves in my car without cd player, I dial in 104.9fm whenever I can get a signal! Heart fm is known for playing classics and old favourites, perfect for singing along to in the car.

Some of you will already know about Clarence Ford’s show on a Sunday evening at 6pm. He calls it ‘Me Time’ and plays classics such as:

‘With a little help from my friends’ – Joe Cocker

‘Moon River‘ – Andy Williams

‘There’s a kind of hush’ – Engelbert Humperdinck

‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ – Johnny Mathis

‘I write the songs’ – Barry Manilow

…and those are just a few from last night’s show.

Clarence Ford, Alistair Izobell and superbly talented performers & musicians are bringing you a LIVE version of ‘Clarrie’s Favourites’. RADIO CLASSICS will be at the Baxter Theatre from 22 November 2012 until 5 January.  This is Radio in 3D! You won’t want to miss the costumes, sets, glitter and beautiful lighting in the Baxter’s Main Theatre.

I was lucky enough to sneak in during their first week of rehearsals and Nur Abrahams’ vocal stylings already had everyone falling off their chairs in excitement.

Performers on stage include: Clarence Ford, Alistair Izobell, Nur Abrahams, Edith Plaatjies and Aleshia Solomons

Supported by the magnificient band:

Don-veno Prins – Musical Director & saxophone
Trevino Isaacs – keyboards
Keagan Links– drummer
Jason De Laney – guitar
Brandon Ruiters – trumpet
Trombone – Murray Buitendag
Charlton Daniels – bass guitar

Ticket prices range from: R125 to R150

If you book early, there are low price previews: 22nd, 23rd and 24th Nov with all seats at R110.

This would be a great way to spend  New Years Eve!

Rehearsal: Fugard at The Fugard Theatre

Athol Fugard is in town! Actor, writer, director and South African legend, known for his plays such as Boesman and Lena (1969); Master Harold…and the Boys (1982) and the author of Tsotsi (1980).  We are privileged to have him on home soil while he directs his newest play,  The Bird Watchers, where else but at The Fugard Theatre.

I spent some time in rehearsal with the cast & crew last week. It is certainly one of the most beautiful rehearsal rooms in the world, and houses the original Congregational Church windows which cast such gorgeous light.

The Bird Watchers will run at The Fugard Theatre  from 10 May – 4 June 2011.