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ALAN COMMITTIE’S APOCALAUGHS NOW!

 

From 29 January – 27 February 2021

 

Theatre On The Bay is THRILLED to announce that Alan Committie is back in his brand-new stand-up show: Apocalaughs Now! from 29 January – 27 February 2021.

 

It’s been the wildest year yet with the most unexpected and crazy pandemic turning our existence inside out, and upside down. However, renowned funnyman Alan Committie is determined that we keep laughing in the face of it all. So, join him in his latest solo stand-up show which re-opens Theatre on the Bay this festive season.

 

Global lockdown, earthquakes in Plumstead, cigarette and alcohol bans, Cricket South Africa out for a duck, Trumpeting leaders blowing hot air and the only response we have had so far is to dance the Jerusalema (which is how drunk people pronounce Julius Malema after 2am in the morning). But now Committie explores how we can stay sane and healthy in body, mind and soul with his usual madcap verbal wit and physical comedy shenanigans.

 

Our intrepid jester tries to understand wellness coaches, explores the world of Tik-Tok videos, unpacks how we thought the world would end versus how it’s actually happening and may or may not have found the missing R500 billion promised to the nation!

 

So, book now for the limited 6 week run at the most scenic theatre in South Africa. Playing to only 50% capacity every night under the new regulations and following all COVID-19 health protocols this promises to be a superb evening of laughter and the best live entertainment you could have as the world comes crashing down around you.

 

He who laughs MASKED, laughs best!

 

Written and performed by Alan Committie

 

Directed by Christopher Weare

 

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes (no interval)

 

Age restriction: All ages

Individual ticket price: R200 throughout

NB: Tickets sold only in pairs

 

Bookings open today through Computicket.

 

BIO: Alan Committie

 

Alan Committie is one of South Africa’s leading comic performers but also know as a writer, director and producer. Over the last 23 years he is best know for starring in and writing his stand-up based one-man shows including The Lying King, Classy Clown, Planet Mirth, Love Factually, The Sound of Laughter and numerous others.

 

Committie is also remembered for his starring role in the long running Broadway hit show Defending The Caveman (963 performances!).

 

Straight theatre performances include the lead roles in The Producers, Richard III, Oleanna, Noises off, The Merry Widow, Little Shop of Horrors and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

 

Committie has also directed numerous projects including The Outlaw Muckridge, Offbeat Broadway 5, The Play That Goes Wrong, Cracks In The City, Offbeat Broadway 4, The Comics Choice Awards, Wild, Rob van Vuuren Again and Not The Midnight Mass: 21 years

 

Committie is a two times Fleur de Cap Best actor award winner (for Richard III and for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) and received a Naledi theatre Award for best comic performance for Stressed to Kill.

He also has a SAFTA award for best supporting actor for his work on Laugh Out Loud. Alan has appeared in numerous stand-up festivals including hosting the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival for 10 of the 15 years it’s been presented.

 

For more info www.alancommittie.co.za or follow him on social media @alancommittie.

Contact dean@theatreonthebay.co.za for any press queries.

Pieter Toerien presents, by unprecedented public demand, 

the final victory lap tour of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!

This hilarious comedy returns to

Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 7 December – 6 January, 2019

Directed by Alan Committie

 The crazy cast of eight features Daniel Janks, Nicole Franco, Sive Gubangxa, Louis Viljoen, Craig Jackson, Roberto Pombo and Russel Savadier and welcoming Antony Coleman to the mad-house!

 …plus the industry’s bravest stage crew, all aiming to keep the curtain up no matter what happens on the custom-made R500 000.00 set designed by Nigel Hook.

The plot revolves around an accident prone and completely inept Drama Society who receives an unexpected financial legacy.

The amateur group decides to put the windfall to good use. But when they attempt to put on a complicated 1920s murder mystery play, all hell breaks loose.

Everything that can possibly go wrong does, to hilarious effect, and audiences find the resulting chaos so funny that the entire theatre ends up in complete, total, happy disarray, night after night.

 Excellent comedy timing, expert verbal and physical funnies, it’s one of the best comedies to hit the stage for some time.  

 What the press have said: 

“The Play That Goes Wrong is hilariously bonkers, but be warned, rather than just tickling your funny bone, you might actually be at risk of fracturing it. Thank goodness for the armrests, probably the only thing that prevented certain audience members from actually rolling in the aisles. “ – What’s On In Jo’burg

“It’s all about good actors acting badly to make a good show. More than good – bloody brilliant. Do yourself a favour and catch this one. Like me, you may be bowled over …” – Weekend Special

 “I’d watch this lovely lunacy in again in an instant” –  Daily Maverick

The Play That Goes Wrong is an excellent example of how top-notch directing, acting, lighting, costuming, music and sets can keep an audience laughing for two hours” – The Cape Times

Tickets available from https://online.computicket.com/web/event/the_play_that_goes_wrong/1250343226/0/89265352

 R100 – R240 in Johannesburg

Group bookings:

geraldine@montetheatre.co.za / (011) 511-1988

Pieter Toerien Presents

The South African Original Premiere of

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Adapted by Simon Stephens

Directed by Paul Warwick-Griffin (Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Hair, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Chess, High School Musical)

Scenic & Costumes by Tina Driedijk (Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show)

Lighting Design by Gareth Hewitt Williams (Evita, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

Original Music Compositions & Soundscapes by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Rocky Horror Show, King Kong, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, High School Musical)

Starring Kai Brummer, Ashley Dowds, Jenny Stead, Lesoko Seabe, Kate Normington, Liz Szymczak, Dylan Edy, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Genna Galloway and Clayton Evertson.

 Cast (In order of appearance)

Christopher Boone – Kai Brummer

Kate Normington – Mrs Shears/ Mrs Gascoyne/Voice One/ Woman On Train/Woman On Heath/ Shopkeeper

Lesoko Seabe – Siobhan/ Ensemble

Dylan Edy – Policeman One/ Voice Two/ Mr Thompson/ Rhodri/ Man Behind /Roger Man/ Drunk Two/Shopkeeper

Nicholas Ellenbogen – Duty Sergeant/ Voice Three/ Mr Wise/ Uncle Terry/ Drunk One/ London Trans Policeman/ Man On Phone

Ashley Dowds – Ed/ Ensemble

Clayton Evertson – Reverend Peters/ Voice Four/ Station Policeman/ Station Guard/ Ensemble

Genna Galloway – No.40/ Voice Five/ Lady In Street/ Information/ Punk Girl/ Ensemble

Liz Szymczak – Mrs Alexander/ Posh Woman/ Voice Six

Jenny Stead – Judy Boone

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time will be performed with one intermission.

South African Tour Dates:

September 22 – November 3, 2018 at Theatre On The Bay, Cape Town, South Africa (Ticket prices: R140 – R240)

November 7 – December 2, 2018 at Pieter Toerien’s Montescasino Theatre (Ticket prices: R100 – R240)

Bookings through Computicket.com

 

BOOK HERE:

https://online.computicket.com/web/event/the_curious_incident_of_the_dog_in_the_night_time/1236600329

 

Or Theatre On The Bay Box-office (021) 438-3301

Or Pieter Toerien’s Montescasino Theatre Box-office (011) 511-1988

 www.pietertoerien.co.za

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PRODUCTION NOTES: 

The story takes place around April 1998. The biggest part of the story takes place in Swindon, other parts take place in London and between London and Swindon.

The social background that is presented in the story is pretty average. They live in a normal house and his father is a heating engineer.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is an Olivier Award and Tony Award winning best play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon.

The story revolves around a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbour’s dog (Wellington) that is investigated by young Christopher Boone and his relationships with his parents and school mentor.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, is based on a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon.

Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Award for best novel and book of the year, the Commonwealth Writers’ prize for best first book, and the Guardian Children’s fiction prize.

Unusually, it was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children.

The novel is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties” living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher’s condition is not stated, the book’s blurb refers to Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, or savant syndrome. The play reworked the source material by changing its voice and presenting the story as a play-within-a-play.

In July 2009, Haddon wrote on his blog that “Curious Incident” is not a book about Asperger’s. It is a story about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The story is not specifically about any specific disorder”.

Mark Haddon (Book)

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time was published in 2003. It was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland, and Italy, and was translated into 44 languages. A Spot Of Bother, published in 2006, was also an international bestseller.

The Donmar Warehouse produced Mark Haddon’s first work for the theatre, Polar Bears, in 2010. He has written 15 books for children, published a first collection of poetry in 2005, and is an illustrator and award-winning screenwriter.

Simon Stephens (Playwright)

Simon Stephens’ plays have been produced in many languages throughout the world. His plays Harper Regan and Bluebird were staged in New York at the Atlantic Theater Company.

His play Punk Rock was staged by MCC. His version of A Doll’s House for The Young Vic transferred to New York in 2014.

His adaptation of Mark Maddon’s novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time ran for two years on Broadway and won the Tony Award for best new play in 2015. The West End production of his play ran until June 2017 and garnered seven Olivier Awards, including best new play.

His play Heisenberg was produced by MTC. Simon is an associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court, London.

Paul Warwick Griffin (Director)

With an international career spanning some twenty years, Paul has an extensive list of credits in just about every aspect of the theatrical arena from actor to director and producer.

Paul has directed the hugely successful South African and New Zealand tours of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJesus Christ Superstar, as well as Stepping Out – The Musical and Hair – The Love Rock Musical. His production of Jesus Christ Superstar has toured to Greece and South Korea (Seoul and Busan). For over 4 years, Paul was the associate director for the world tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats traveling with the production to Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Doha, Taipei, Beijing, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Athens.

Paul’s directing credits include Sunset Boulevard, Chess (which he also adapted with Sir Tim Rice), Evita and Disney’s High School Musical – Live On Stage in South Africa, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. He was also a panelist for the reality TV show High School Musical – Spotlight South Africa. Paul lives in London where his West End credits include resident director at the prestigious Old Vic theatre for Sean Mathias’ production of Aladdin, associate director for the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s production of Waiting for Godot starring Sir Ian Mckellen and Sir Patrick Stewart and associate director to Matthew Warchus for Ghost – The Musical for the West End, U.K tour, U.S tour and South Korea, and the award-winning London and Broadway productions of Groundhog Day – The Musical.

Paul is a partner in GWB Entertainment and will be collaborating this year with Pieter Toerien Productions on the smash hit production of Matilda –The Musical which opens at Johannesburg’s Teatro at Montecasino in October before transferring to Artscape’s Opera theater in December.

Charl Johan Lingenfelder (Composer)

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder is an award-winning South African performer, composer and well-known musical director who is also known as the creator of highly innovative and controversial theatrical shows. He has worked in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Athens, New Zealand, China, Taiwan and Indonesia as composer, musical director, arranger, conductor, writer and performer.

Charl has been musical director on more than 25 musicals, such as The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Funny Girl, King Kong, Evita, Hair, Sunset Boulevard, Orpheus In Africa, West Side Story And Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat for which he has received a Naledi award nomination (the production subsequently toured to Athens and Korea in 2007).

As an actor he has twice played the Emcee in Cabaret 1995 and 2015.

He is the co-writer and composer of the feature film Kanarie, which premiered at Outfest in Los Angeles in July and will premiere in South Africa in October this year. The film won the award for best feature film at Kyknet Silwerskerm Fees in August 2018.