The 10 best of the National Arts Festival Fringe

2013-06-16 14:00

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Tara Notcutt, an award-winning director and co-founder of theatre company The Pink Couch, is running the seventh Cape Town Edge at Princess Alice Hall during the arts festival in Grahamstown. Here are her top picks:

1Karen Zoid – Under the Covers

I am such a fan of this amazing woman.

This show promises an unplugged version of Don’t Stop Believing? Yes, please! Awesome.

Karen Zoid

Date: July 4 at 6pm

Venue: Smirnoff Music Room

Ages: All

Prices: R90 and R100

2The Unexpected Man

It got amazing reviews in Cape Town and I didn’t get an opportunity to see it there. It’s not often you get a chance to see a Yasmina Reza play performed and I am definitely not going to miss my chance again.

It features the awesome talent of Shaun Acker and Zanne Solomon.

The Unexpected Man

Dates: June 27 at 5pm; June 28 at 4pm; June 29 at 3pm; June 30 at 8.30pm; July 3 at 4.30pm; July 4 at 8.30pm; July 6 at 10am; July 7 at 10am

Venue: Library Hall

Ages: Parental Guidance

Prices: R45, R48 and R50. The first performance is free

3Thom Pain (based on nothing)

Biased? Maybe. But the play is not on this list for the reasons you think (I directed it).

Will Eno is one of the most surprisingly bizarre playwrights I’ve come across and Thom Pain sure is a strange play.

I’m most fascinated to see how the Grahamstown audience will take to it.

The New York Times describes Eno as “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation”.

Thom Pain

Dates: June 27 to July 6 at 6.30pm

Venue: Princess Alice Hall

Ages: 13+

Prices: R40, R45 and R55

4The Snow Goose

James Cairns + Taryn Bennett + Jenine Collocott + one of my all-time favourite books = something that I simply cannot miss.

The Snow Goose

Dates: June 27 to July 6 at 8pm

Venue: Drill Hall

Ages: All

Prices: R70 and R60. The first performance is free. Donations are welcome


This is a show by a cool, young Cape Town-based company called Rust Co-Operative, featuring one of my favourite young actresses, Rebecca Makin-Taylor.

The company is also bringing The View to the festival and I have a feeling they are going to make quite a splash.


Dates: June 27 to July 1 at 12.30pm

Venue: Princess Alice Hall

Ages: 16+

Prices: R50 and R60


Stand-up comedy by the stylish KG.

I love his conversational style of delivery and the twinkle in his eye.

He’s also one of the first comedians to get me to really care about politics – and that’s saying something.


Dates: June 28 at 12pm; June 29 at 10pm; June 30 at 10pm; July 1 at 6pm; July 3 at 4pm; July 4 at 10am; July 5 at 12pm

Venue: Scout Hall

Ages: 13+

Prices: R45 and R55

7The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults

I have no words to describe how incredible this show is. Everyone. Must. See. It.

And if you’ve already seen it, you should see it again – if only to see Chalk Girl again.

The Epicene Butcher

Dates: June 28 at 10am; June 29 at 8pm; June 30 at 8pm; July 1 at 6pm; July 2 6pm; July 3 at 10pm; July 5 at 6pm; July 6 at 6pm; July 7 at 4pm

Venue: Masonic Hall

Ages: 16+

Prices: R55 and R65

8The Things You Left Behind

A beautiful show I was lucky to see in a short run in Cape Town a while ago. Gorgeously written and heartbreakingly funny, I can’t wait to see it again.

Jason Potgieter and Alicia McCormick are perfect in it, and the fabulous (and handsome) Kim Kerfoot brings it all together seamlessly.

The Things You Left Behind

Dates: June 27 to July 6 at 4.30pm

Venue: Princess Alice Hall

Ages: 13+

Prices: R40 and R60

9Gary Thomas

The man is a genius with a guitar, as well as a number of other instruments.

He takes sound and bends it in ways that I would never have thought possible.

Gary Thomas

Dates: June 27 at 9pm; June 28 at 7pm; June 30 at 9pm; July 1 at 9pm; July 2 at 3pm; July 3 at 1pm

Venue: Albany Cabaret Club

Dates: June 30 at 11am; July 2 at 1pm; July 4 at 5pm; July 7 at 11am

Venue: The Lowlander

Ages: All

Prices: R60 and R70

10The Brothers Streep: Stand-Up Musicians

Their songs are clever as well as funny, and they are rather handsome too.

These guys are smart, witty and extremely charming.

As you may have noticed, charming is a word I have used often.

It is possibly one of the highest compliments I have at my disposal.

The Brothers Streep

Dates: June 27 at 7pm; June 28 at 9pm; June 29 at 1pm; June 30 at 7pm; July 1 at 1pm; July 2 at 1pm; July 4 at 9pm; July 5 at 1pm; July 6 at 3pm.

Venue: Albany Club

Ages: All

Prices: R40, R45 and R60

The 10 best

of the National Arts Festival Fringe

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