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
|Last Cow Standing||Nu-Breed Theatre Company||Theatre||Kwa-Zulu Natal|
|7 Deadly Sins||Macbob Productions||Theatre||Kwa-Zulu Natal|
|Acatears Music||Vaal University of Technology – BOTC||Music||Gauteng|
|Adam Small BeJazzed||Applauz Arts Initiative||Music||Western Cape|
|ADAM:Vichistravrya or I wish I were Caitlyn Jenner||Tazme Pillay||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Al Julle Volke||Wessel Pretorius||Theatre||Western Cape|
|An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life||KB Theatre Productions||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Ashes||Rust Co-Operative||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Astonish||Wonga Magic||Illusion||Western Cape|
|B*tch Stole My Doek||Copy Dog||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Barbed Wire Wallpaper||Clockwork HeART||Dance & Physical Theatre||Gauteng|
|Barred||Yellow Glove Collective||Dance & Physical Theatre||Western Cape|
|Big Girls||Follow Spot Productions||Western Cape|
|Blaqseed||Vaal University of Technology – BOTC||Music||Gauteng|
|Blood Orange||Untouchable Productions / Craig Morris||Dance & Physical Theatre||Gauteng|
|Butlers and Babysitters||Slick ‘n Sleeve||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Detritus for One||Alan Parker||Dance & Physical Theatre||Western Cape|
|Douche||JawBreaker Productions||Dance & Physical Theatre||Western Cape|
|Ella’s Horses||Charles Fourie Productions||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Exhibit S, Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a Black South African Woman||Thola Antamu||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Exit the King||Flat Monkey Company||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Fat Man’s Coop||Applauz Arts Initiative in association with PANSA||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Gug’Othandayo The Musical||Vukani Emalahleni Service Centre||Theatre||Mpumalanga|
|How Stories Began||Jungle Theatre Company||Theatre||Western Cape|
|ĦREJJEF – folktales||Soundscapes||Music||Malta|
|Inja ka Vuyo||Isibane Puppet and Drama Group in association with UNIMA||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Is this for Keeps?/ Between Love and Pain||Baxter Theatre centre||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Jazz with Asanda Mqiki||Asanda Mqiki||Music||Eastern Cape|
|Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny||Untouchable Productions / Craig Morris||Theatre||Gauteng|
|Magic through the Ages||Brendon Peel||Illusion||Eastern Cape|
|Mime La France||Mime Theater promotions||Gauteng|
|Monna ga se Nku||Baikitsi Arts Collective||Dance & Physical Theatre||Western Cape|
|Mooi Street Moves||Nompumelelo Mtshali||Theatre||Kwa-Zulu Natal|
|Morayks Live||Ramamudi Trading Enterprise (Pty) Ltd||Music||Gauteng|
|Naked Knitting and Other Contradictory Acts||Liquid Fusion||Theatre||Gauteng|
|Nat||Rust Co-Operative||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Ndendile||Baxter Theatre Centre||Theatre||Western Cape|
|NguMzimba Wam||Art of Hearts in association UNIMA||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Nomadic Orchestra||Music||Western Cape|
|Ontwrig||Drama Department, Stellenbosch University & Woordfees||Dance & Physical Theatre||Western Cape|
|On and On||Cape Junior Ballet Company||Dance & Physical Theatre||Western Cape|
|PANSA Unplugged: Collaborations||PANSA Western Cape||Dance, Music, Comedy & Poetry||Western Cape|
|Rooivalk||Nico Scheepers||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Sleepless Dreams||Stuart Lightbody||Illusion||Western Cape|
|Sleight of Mouth II: Now Talk Your Way Out Of This!||Marcel Oudejans||Illusion||Western Cape|
|Smaarties||Abstr(ACT) Productions||Theatre||North West|
|Stil(l)||Abstr(ACT) Productions||Theatre||North West|
|Suggestion Box #justsaying||OddBody Theatre||Public Art / Public Art||Western Cape|
|Sweet Sounds of Maya Spector||Maya Spector||Music||Western Cape|
|The Brothers Live||The Brothers||Music||Eastern Cape|
|The Incredible Journey||KB Theatre Productions||Theatre||Western Cape|
|The Politics of Love & Femininity…Black hair & all that Jazz||Wild Young Bohemians||Theatre||Mpumalanga|
|Tom Thum & Jamie McDowell||Music||Australia|
|Trophy||Gavin Krastin||Performance Art||Western Cape|
|Tumi Thusi||TTM Productions||Music||Gauteng|
|Uhambo Lomhambi||Baxter Theatre Centre||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Waltz||The Gatherings/Intlangano supported by First Physical Theatre and endorsed by Creative City Grahamstown||Dance & Physical Theatre||Eastern Cape|
|Warrior On Wheels||The Chaeli Campaign||Theatre||Western Cape|
|Waterline||Uyabona Ke||Dance & Physical Theatre||Eastern Cape|
|We didn’t come to hell for the croissants: 7 deadly new stories for consenting adults||POPArt productions in association with Jemma Kahn||Theatre||Gauteng|
|What goes UP…||FTH:K||Theatre||Western Cape|
Source: SAinfo reporter