The Last 5 Years

‘…an engaging chamber musical infused with intimate, emotionally perceptive, nonstop songs…’ – Linda Winer from Newsday

Winner of a Drama Desk Award and named one of TIME Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years has captivated audiences with a score of mesmerising brilliance and an ingenious libretto. Numerous international productions established the musical’s place as a masterpiece of modern musical theatre.

The Last Five Years is a one-act drama-comedy telling the story of the short-lived marriage between Catherine Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, an up-and-coming novelist on the brink of getting his big break. This story of two people meeting at the wrong time in their lives is told in a fresh and new manner. Cathy tells their story backwards from the end of their relationship to first meeting, whilst Jamie proceeds chronologically. They meet only once, in the middle of the show.

This local production of The Last Five Years is presented by Tally Ho! Productions, an up-and-coming production company founded in 2018 by Cape Town-based theatre maker and musician Jaco Griessel.

Featured in the coveted role of Jamie is seasoned musical theatre performer, Anthony Downing, last seen as Brad Majors in the 2019 production of Rocky Horror by Pieter Toerien Productions. Playing opposite him as Cathy, is Fleur-Du-Cap nominee Zoë McLaughlin. At the helm of the creative team is award-winning director Paul Griffiths with musical direction by Jaco Griessel. To fully realise Jason Robert Brown’s vision, the cast will be accompanied on stage by an ensemble of six musicians.

Directed by Paul Griffiths

Musical direction by Jaco Griessel

Starring Anthony Downing and Zoë McLaughlin

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval

Age restriction: PG-13

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Tue, 29 Mar 2022 – Sat, 9 Apr 2022
Performance time: 20:00
Ticket Price: R220
At Theatre On The Bay

THE DEAD TINDER SOCIETY

|ˈtindər|

dry, flammable material, such as wood or paper, used for lighting a fire

How do you ignite your lovelife after a messy divorce? With Tinder! But the problem with Tinder is that it is like a magnet. A freak-magnet!

The Dead Tinder Society explores the funny, scary, vulnerable world of dating. Not just any dating – online dating. Specifically, Tinder. Especially in the 21st Century when technology is at its peak, human connection is tenuous, at best, and the prospect of sex with new people is as alarming as it is tantalising.

This hilarious romp through lust, one-night stands, rage, heartbreak, desire, friendship, loyalty and re-discovering oneself after the dust has settled, tries to answer many questions: How do you resurrect your love life while mothering a baby and a toddler? How do you forgive? And how do you tell a famous Springbok rugby player that you won’t have sex with him on the N1?

Written by: Ashleigh Harvey.

Starring: Sharon Spiegel-Wagner.

Direction by: Lesedi Job.

Running time: 80 minutes, no interval.

Show times: 20:00

Age restriction: PG (Contains smatterings of colourful language and adult themes).

Tickets: R220

At Theatre On The Bay

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SHIRLEY VALENTINE

Shirley Valentine is an award-winning British one-woman play by Willy Russell.
A bored, middle-aged housewife, Shirley is trapped in a stale, loveless marriage. Her children are all grown up and she frequently talks to the wall in her kitchen while preparing her husband’s regular evening meal of egg and chips. Shirley feels stuck in a rut and finds solace in her daily glass of wine as she muses over the lack of excitement in her life. When her best friend asks her to go to Greece with her for 2 weeks, Shirley jumps at the chance with a mix of exhilaration and jittery nerves. Leaving a note for her husband that simply reads “Gone to Greece – Back in two weeks”, Shirley leaves for her holiday.

While relaxing on holiday, she rediscovers the woman she used to be and the happiness that she has been missing. Shirley embarks on a passionate affair with Costas, a local Greek man, and realizes that there is more to life than the dull, mundane existence she leads back home in Liverpool.

Making a radical decision, she leaves her friend at the airport and goes back to the hotel she has been staying at to ask for a job. Finally, she is living the life she has dreamed of and rediscovered the self-confidence she has lost.

Starring Natasha Sutherland

Direction by Gina Schmukler.

Running time: 100 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

 

Age restriction: PG (Contains adult themes).

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Mon, 14 Feb 2022 – Sat, 5 Mar 2022
Performance times: 20:00
R180 – R220
At Theatre On the Bay

 

Conrad Koch’s Ramapuppet

Conrad Koch is South Africa’s hilarious double Emmy nominated ventriloquist and his comedy accomplice, Chester Missing, is South Africa’s most famous puppet… outside of parliament. Their shows have been seen on Comedy Central, etv, eNCA, SABC, Canada’s Comedy Network, and more. They have over 37 million views on TikTok this year alone.

With multiple 5 star reviews globally, the CBC in Canada saying “my face hurt from laughing so hard”, describing Conrad’s work as “absolutely delightful and technically brilliant”, “Koch throws away more laugh lines than many shows have in the first place”.

In Australia, OUTinPerth described his show as an “utter delight”, “there was not a dry eye left in the house, young or old alike.” In the Eastern Cape, The Herald said: “I almost cried with laughter”.

Conrad is hugely excited to be touring his latest roll-in-the-aisle hour of hilarity, RAMAPUPPET! Because, in the almost 2 years of lockdown we have had, we all feel a bit like President Ramaphosa, flailing around with his mask over his eyes on national television. And if there is one thing that unites South Africans, it’s our ability to laugh! And load shedding.

This is Conrad’s most local-is-lekker show to date. Starring Hilton, the ostrich who gives relationship advice, Mr Dixon, school teacher of 43 years, Ronnie the rock n roll internet troll, and of course his celebrity mate Chester Missing, roasting everything from awkward Covid protocols to laser hair removal.

RAMAPUPPET is just over an hour of delightful, gut-wrenchingly funny, world-class ventriloquism poking fun at the bonkers hurdles South Africans face. From lockdown to looting, from Zoom meetings to alcohol bans, and that manager at Checkers who wields more power than Presidents, there is so much in Mzansi to laugh at.

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval.

Age restriction: PG13

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Tue, 8 Feb 2022 – Sat, 12 Feb 2022
Performance times: 20:00
R180 – R230
At Theatre On The Bay

 

GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION by Win Wells.

With Shirley Johnston as Gertrude Stein and Lynita Crofford as Alice B. Toklas. Directed by Chris Weare.

Gertrude Stein and a Companion” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

This award-winning production was first performed at the Alexander Bar in Cape Town in 2018 and was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Theatre award for Best Ensemble Performance. In 2019 the production was invited to the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival where Lynita Crofford won the award for best female performance. In November 2019 the play was performed at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton in JHB where Lynita and Shirely both won the prestigious Naledi award for best lead performances in a play.

 

This evocative and witty play by Win Wells explores the extraordinary relationship between lifelong partners Gertrude Stein and Alice B.Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middleclass America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other.

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Tue, 1 Feb 2022 – Sat, 5 Feb 2022
Performance times: 20:00
R220
At Theatre On The Bay