Two of South Africa’s best-loved entertainers join forces for the very first time to create a truly memorable musical show. The ever-popular André Schwartz and Coenie de Villiers have collaborated to bring us the heartfelt GRENSLOOS. Says Coenie: “For years we’ve been threatening to create a show together. This is it!”

“There are actually four of us on stage, the “other two” being twin grand pianos because we both play piano during the performance. Everybody knows that André is a singer of international renown but not everyone realizes that he is also a whizz behind the keyboard,” declares Coenie. “It’s also a quieter and more introspective musical show.”

GRENSLOOS means “without borders”, as well as not weeping about something. But why this title? “We wanted to create an experience that would cross boundaries and borders,” says André. “There are wonderful but less well-known songs from France and Holland in the show, and of course also from South Africa. We sing some of our own compositions as well, a few of which have never been heard before by our fans. We aim to present a show without compromises – without borders, as it were – one never knows when the chance will come around again.”

During the concert André and Coenie also reminisce over their first recordings – some of which go back all the way to the seventies. “It’s a bit like reviewing the faded photos of one’s matric farewell,” they joke. “Hopefully both of us have matured over the years. Now we have the confidence to do the things we have always wanted to do. And, of course, it’s great working together. We should have done it years ago!”
Coenie and André grow serious for a moment: “We think ours is a positive gig. We don’t bemoan our lot in life, or cry about anything. It’s incredible to discover the spectrum of songs that conveys precisely this affirmative message of live and let live. Not only across the borders of countries, but also spanning the divides between people, cultures and genders. When all is said and done, people remain just that: people.”

Come and celebrate life in word and song with two of our South Africa’s foremost entertainers.

The debut presentation of GRENSLOOS took place at a sold-out performance at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on the 28th of April, during which the audience was carried away. “It was great receiving a standing ovation in the middle of the show,” both musicians laugh.

Both André and Coenie are looking forward to present GRENSLOOS at the magnificent Theatre on The Bay in Cape Town. Both believe it to be one of the most beautiful venues in the country. “And, of course, it’s next to one of the most stunning beaches in the world!

Friday 19 July at 20h00
Saturday 20 July at 20h00
Sunday 21 July at 15h00

At Theatre On The Bay – Camps Bay
Bookings at Computicket or (021) 438-3301

Booking link -> https://tickets.computicket.com/…/andre_schwartz_co…/7097657

 

HERE’S TO YOU – The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook

3 July – 28 July

Presented By VR Theatrical by arrangement with SAMRO

Fall in love with Simon and Garfunkel all over again in this dynamic and uplifting musical journey through more than 20 classic hits including – BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER, CECILIA, THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE, SCARBOROUGH FAIR and MRS ROBINSON

FAMILY SECRETS

A Comedy by Enrico Luttmann

Starring Dorothy Ann Gould & Sven Ruygrok

Directed By Alan Swerdlow

It has been quite some time since there has been a production of a contemporary Italian play in South Africa. University drama courses still occasionally stage the odd Luigi Pirandello drama but apart from the Neapolitan family sagas by Eduardo di Fillipo, we’re out of touch with the vibrant theatre scene of Italy, particularly Rome.

Enrico Luttmann has become a mainstay of the Teatro Vittoria and Teatro de’Servi in Rome with his bittersweet comedies of present day Italian life. In addition, his work has been presented all over Europe and enthusiastically received, and the first productions of his plays in English are scheduled for both the U.K and the United States.

Pieter Toerien has scooped the English language premier of “Family Secrets” for South Africa, starring Dorothy-Ann Gould and Sven Ruygrok, directed by Alan Swerdlow and designed by Kosie Smit for presentation at Montecasino in Johannesburg and the Theatre in the Bay in Cape Town.

Feisty, combative  Grazia lives in an Italian sea-side town, passing her days with her obsessive dedication to never-ending soap operas. Her son, Adamo, has moved to Rome where he writes soap operas for television and plays for the stage. His recollections of their spikey mother-son relationship plays out in his mind until he achieves an understanding of what “family” truly means as he dodges the skeletons in the cupboard. Sometimes hilariously witty, sometimes deeply moving, “Family Secrets” is as tasty and comforting as a big bowl of pasta, as the protagonists learn to speak the universal language of Family.

Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre  14-30 June 2019

Theatre on the Bay Cape Town 3-13 July 2019