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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
June 2016 – Number 157

Hi everyone!

Apologies that the Chat is a bit late this month – I have only just got back from America and am still trying to remind myself about my life!

Top Girls at the Masque

CDS’s first production for the year, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, directed by Jenny Brandt, is currently showing at the Masque. The feedback from audiences and reviewers has been astounding. You do not want to miss this one!

Here are some extracts from the reviews:

Theatre should make one think long after the curtain falls. This production achieves this. Hats off to Jenny Brandt for her courage in directing a play which needs the audience’s full concentration and is understandably confusing (for some) at interval. But do not let that deter you, it tests one’s brain (and we all need that). After interval it becomes clearer and by the end one is left with a feeling of having attended a very well-written play with excellent performances.

Congratulations to all involved for an intelligent and thought provoking production. Do see this interesting production for a really different experience.

– Celia Musikanth, The False Bay Echo

This is a challenging piece of theatre for an audience who want their theatre fare dished up on a plate (linear with a distinct story line), but it held my attention throughout.

There were some great performances from new young talent and the director Jenny Brandt (a new and promising director) tackled the piece with obvious passion and commitment.

The director Jenny Brandt is to be applauded for great casting and fostering an obvious love for the piece by her cast. It comes across and one cannot help but be engaged by this unconventional and clever theatre offering.

– Coleen van Staden, FMR

You have three more opportunities to catch this wonderful play:

  • Friday 17 June 20h00
  • Saturday 18 June 14h30
  • Saturday 18 June 18h30 (closing night)

Book now through Masque Theatre bookings (contact details, as if you didn’t know them already, are 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za).

Director’s tickets and 2017 productions

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Speaking of directing, do you have a show that you would like to put on at the Masque in 2017? The committee is currently putting together a list of proposed production for submission to the Masque at the end of this month. If you have a show you would like considered, please get hold of a committee member (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Cast list: Silly Cow

Silly Cow by Ben Elton is to be directed by Faeron Wheeler for Claremont Dramatic Society in October. The audition took place earlier this month and the play has been cast:

  • Doris – Kim R2
  • Sidney – Trad Nogueira-Godsey
  • Peggy – Santie du Toit
  • Douglas – Matt Roy
  • Eduardo – Justin Wyatt-Smith

Keep an eye out for updates as this hilarious play moves into rehearsals.

AUDITION NOTICE: Pa, Maak Vir My’n Vlieer Pa

Date:         Saturday 18 June

Time:         13h30 for 14h00

Venue:      Milnerton Playhouse

Veteran director Mari Mocke will direct Milnerton Theatre Players’ first Afrikaans production, a play by prize-winning dramatist Chris Barnard (not the heart surgeon). Written in the 1960s in the genre of Theatre of the Absurd, it draws on emotions that move the heart and embrace universal problems.

The literal meaning of this title is Dad, Make me a Kite, Dad. The play has been translated into English by Antony Dowes and his translated title, Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, captures the emotional state of the three characters who are actually not coping with their uncertain existence, because they are searching and hoping to find a true and happy, loving identity. We will be performing the Afrikaans version of the work.

The action concerns three characters: a middle-aged man, Org, his elderly, ill mother, who is also mentally unstable at times and a young man in his early twenties, who is hoping to be accepted by his totally estranged father during this first visit. Org and his mother are expecting a visit from a man, but they do not know who he is. His identity becomes apparent as the story unfolds.

It takes place in the cramped, untidy space where Org and his mother live, and is packed with emotional dialogue revealing their efforts to find answers to their problematic existence, which eventually reveals the answer to a basically happy life – to belong lovingly to someone dear to you, in this case a son wanting his father to know and to love him. – If only they could fly a kite together …

The parts are large and challenging, requiring sensitive understanding of the deep emotional background of each character to be revealed in the portrayals.

See you at the theatre!


7–18 Jun One Night Stand
by Candice Michelle
Kalk Bay Theatre
10–18 Jun Top Girls
presented by Claremont Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
15–30 Jun The Wizard of Oz
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
16­–19 Jun Identirrhaging
presented by Age of the Artist
Rosebank Theatre
16–25 Jun The Bear and The Proposal
presented by Gingerbreadman Collective
Galloway Theatre
17–18 Jun Tswalo/Source
directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana
Alexander Bar
20–21 Jun The Bats Theatre on the Bay
20–21 Jun Pay Back the Curry!
directed by Rob van Vuuren
Alexander Bar
20–22 Jun The Plothole
directed by Rob van Vuuren
Alexander Bar
21–22 Jun Mpinga Mornings Rosebank Theatre
21 Jun–2 Jul The Yellow Wallpaper
by Henri Landon
Kalk Bay Theatre
22 Jun Winter Wonderland
with Beverley Chiat and Violina Anguelov
Baxter Theatre
22–25 Jun God of Carnage
presented by Circle Productions
Masque Theatre
22–25 Jun COCK
directed by Paul Griffiths
Alexander Bar
23–24 Jun Ebola
by Hilda Cronje
Rosebank Theatre
23–25 Jun Pulp
presented by Underground Dance Theatre
Alexander Bar
23–25 Jun André the Hilarious Hypnotist Milnerton Playhouse
24–26 Jun The Firebird
presented by Janni Younge Productions
25–26 Jun Raiders, Spaced Out Rosebank Theatre
25–26 Jun Private Parts
directed by Keenan Tyler Oliphant
Alexander Bar
26 Jun Dragging 30
presented by Page to Stage Productions
Galloway Theatre
27 Jun–9 Jul More Adventures of Noddy
presented by Stagecraft Drama Studio
27 Jun–16 Jul The Emissary
directed by Louis Viljoen
Alexander Bar
28–29 Jun Actresses
directed by Rachel Shull and Raven Scott
Alexander Bar
29 Jun–2 Jul Jerry
presented by Vulture Productions
29 Jun–1 Jul Die Stripshow
presented by Lefra Produksies
30 Jun–2 Jul Dani and the Lion
directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti
Alexander Bar
4–9 Jul Pop-up Tales
presented by Tangible Productions
Galloway Theatre
4–16 Jul Court.
directed by Richard Wright-Firth
Alexander Bar
5–9 Jul André the Hilarious Hypnotist Masque Theatre
5–9 Jul Pieter-Dirk Uys on Stage
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
11 Jul–7 Aug Jive Cape Town Funny Festival Baxter Theatre
12–15 Jul Heart of the Jungle
presented by AfriCan Children’s Theatre
Masque Theatre
12–15 Jul Pieter Dirk Uys Kalk Bay Theatre
12–16 Jul Oom Schalk: From the Heart
directed by Celia Musikanth
Somerset West Playhouse
12 Jul–13 Aug The Inconvenience of Wings
by Lara Foot
Baxter Theatre
13–17 Jul Little Red Riding Hood
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
16 Jul–7 Aug My Fair Lady
presented by Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
20–23 Jul Pulp
presented by Underground Dance Theatre
Galloway Theatre
22–30 Jul The Barretts of Wimpole Street
presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
24 Jul Foyer session
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre foyer
2–6 Aug The Real Inspector Hound
presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Masque Theatre foyer

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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