Cape Town Fringe returns to Mother City

18 August 2015

With a bold programme of more than 70 productions, this year’s Cape Town Fringe – which runs in the city from 24 September to 4 October – promises to be a showcase of the best of South African theatre.

Audiences can look forward to an invigorating mix of new and original work spanning every genre. It is the second time this annual event will be held in Cape Town.

Ismail Mahomed, the festival’s artistic director, said the Cape Town Fringe was evolving its own artistic fingerprint – that of an engaged, original, and socially aware programme.

“It demonstrates how independent artists and arts companies are passionately engaging with the world around them and bringing that experience to their work,” Mahomed said. More productions were likely be added in the coming weeks as contractual and other discussions were concluded.

Magic is on the bill

While the programme comprises mostly theatre, dance, performance art, physical theatre, music, family theatre and magic will round off the 11-day festival.

This year’s line-up aims to offer a wide choice, ensuring that the Fringe matches the vibrancy and creativity of other Fringe festivals worldwide. “Audiences will be able to craft an amazing experience, drawing from productions that won the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award at the recent National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, through to original work that is devised and created specifically to premiere at this year’s Fringe,” he said.

More venues join the Fringe

Produced by the experienced team at the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe will make use of venues in the city centre, Langa, and at the V&A Waterfront for the first time in 2015.

“The programme has a strong Cape flavour, with locally based artists making up about 60% of the programme,” said Fringe chief executive Tony Lankester. More than 18 000 tickets were sold last year, and the event was estimated to have an economic impact of more than R4-million, over and above its R2.7-million direct spend.

Local partnerships were crucial to staging the event, Mahomed added, highlighting relationships with initiatives such as the Zabalaza Festival, Pansa and Assitej, all of which had made the programme “richer and more relevant”.

“The Fringe has helped Cape Town earn the enviable reputation of an events destination of choice,” said Garreth Bloor, the Cape Town mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development. The economic spin-offs of events held enormous benefits for the city and its residents.

Innovations this year

Lankester said last year’s event had given the organisers a solid base from which to innovate: “We want to grow the event even more and we will be introducing some innovations developed as a result of open engagement with Cape artists and institutions earlier this year.”

Some of this year’s innovations include:

  • Patrons who book via the Cape Town Fringe website will be able to make use of the print-at-home-ticket function, reducing queuing time for patrons.
  • An enhanced and more user-friendly Cape Town Fringe mobile booking and planning app.
  • A stronger programme of events for schools and learner groups during the daytime.
  • Greater cognisance given to religious and other holidays in the planning process.
  • Expanding to venues beyond the City Hall precinct.
  • Partnering with Cape Town Tourism and a specialist travel agent to put packages together for visitors from other cities wanting to attend the Fringe.
  • More specials for workers in the City to attend shows during their lunch breaks. “Give us your lunch hour; we’ll give you a show and a sandwich,” say organisers.
  • A busier and more vibrant Fringe Club in the City Hall, where patrons will be able to meet for coffee, a glass of wine and a light meal.

Joining the city as a full sponsor of the event this year is Standard Bank, which will host the Standard Bank music stage in the City Hall.

“The venue will feature some amazing entertainment,” said Jenny Pheiffer, head of brand and group sponsorships at Standard Bank.

Booking opens at the end of August through the Cape Town Fringe website.

Productions at #CTF2015

NameCompanyGenreProvince
Last Cow StandingNu-Breed Theatre CompanyTheatreKwa-Zulu Natal
7 Deadly SinsMacbob ProductionsTheatreKwa-Zulu Natal
Acatears MusicVaal University of Technology – BOTCMusicGauteng
Adam Small BeJazzedApplauz Arts InitiativeMusicWestern Cape
ADAM:Vichistravrya or I wish I were Caitlyn JennerTazme PillayTheatreWestern Cape
Al Julle VolkeWessel PretoriusTheatreWestern Cape
An Extraordinarily Ordinary LifeKB Theatre ProductionsTheatreWestern Cape
AshesRust Co-OperativeTheatreWestern Cape
AstonishWonga MagicIllusionWestern Cape
B*tch Stole My DoekCopy DogTheatreWestern Cape
Barbed Wire WallpaperClockwork HeARTDance & Physical TheatreGauteng
BarredYellow Glove CollectiveDance & Physical TheatreWestern Cape
Big GirlsFollow Spot ProductionsWestern Cape
BlaqseedVaal University of Technology – BOTCMusicGauteng
Blood OrangeUntouchable Productions / Craig MorrisDance & Physical TheatreGauteng
Butlers and BabysittersSlick ‘n SleeveTheatreWestern Cape
Detritus for OneAlan ParkerDance & Physical TheatreWestern Cape
DoucheJawBreaker ProductionsDance & Physical TheatreWestern Cape
Ella’s HorsesCharles Fourie ProductionsTheatreWestern Cape
Exhibit S, Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a Black South African WomanThola AntamuTheatreWestern Cape
Exit the KingFlat Monkey CompanyTheatreWestern Cape
Fat Man’s CoopApplauz Arts Initiative in association with PANSATheatreWestern Cape
Gug’Othandayo The MusicalVukani Emalahleni Service CentreTheatreMpumalanga
HatchetmanHatchetmanMusicWestern Cape
How Stories BeganJungle Theatre CompanyTheatreWestern Cape
ĦREJJEF – folktalesSoundscapesMusicMalta
Inja ka VuyoIsibane Puppet and Drama Group in association with UNIMATheatreWestern Cape
Is this for Keeps?/ Between Love and PainBaxter Theatre centreTheatreWestern Cape
Jazz with Asanda MqikiAsanda MqikiMusicEastern Cape
Johnny Boskak is Feeling FunnyUntouchable Productions / Craig MorrisTheatreGauteng
Magic through the AgesBrendon PeelIllusionEastern Cape
Mime La FranceMime Theater promotionsGauteng
Monna ga se NkuBaikitsi Arts CollectiveDance & Physical TheatreWestern Cape
Mooi Street MovesNompumelelo MtshaliTheatreKwa-Zulu Natal
Morayks LiveRamamudi Trading Enterprise (Pty) LtdMusicGauteng
Naked Knitting and Other Contradictory ActsLiquid FusionTheatreGauteng
NatRust Co-OperativeTheatreWestern Cape
NdendileBaxter Theatre CentreTheatreWestern Cape
NguMzimba WamArt of Hearts in association UNIMATheatreWestern Cape
Nomadic OrchestraMusicWestern Cape
OntwrigDrama Department, Stellenbosch University & WoordfeesDance & Physical TheatreWestern Cape
On and OnCape Junior Ballet CompanyDance & Physical TheatreWestern Cape
PANSA Unplugged: CollaborationsPANSA Western CapeDance, Music, Comedy & PoetryWestern Cape
RooivalkNico ScheepersTheatreWestern Cape
Sleepless DreamsStuart LightbodyIllusionWestern Cape
Sleight of Mouth II: Now Talk Your Way Out Of This!Marcel OudejansIllusionWestern Cape
SmaartiesAbstr(ACT) ProductionsTheatreNorth West
Stil(l)Abstr(ACT) ProductionsTheatreNorth West
Suggestion Box #justsayingOddBody TheatrePublic Art / Public ArtWestern Cape
Sweet Sounds of Maya SpectorMaya SpectorMusicWestern Cape
The Brothers LiveThe BrothersMusicEastern Cape
The Incredible JourneyKB Theatre ProductionsTheatreWestern Cape
The Politics of Love & Femininity…Black hair & all that JazzWild Young BohemiansTheatreMpumalanga
Tom Thum & Jamie McDowellMusicAustralia
TrophyGavin KrastinPerformance ArtWestern Cape
Tumi ThusiTTM ProductionsMusicGauteng
Uhambo LomhambiBaxter Theatre CentreTheatreWestern Cape
WaltzThe Gatherings/Intlangano supported by First Physical Theatre and endorsed by Creative City GrahamstownDance & Physical TheatreEastern Cape
Warrior On WheelsThe Chaeli CampaignTheatreWestern Cape
WaterlineUyabona KeDance & Physical TheatreEastern Cape
We didn’t come to hell for the croissants: 7 deadly new stories for consenting adultsPOPArt productions in association with Jemma KahnTheatreGauteng
What goes UP…FTH:KTheatreWestern Cape

Source: SAinfo reporter