On stage: Exciting theatre and music at The Drama Factory, Aug-Sep 2021

What: The Drama Factory, August-September 2021 season Where: 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape   Booking: Book securely online with credit card www.thedramafactory.co.za or call 073 215 2290   Limited seating: due to distancing for Covid-19 protocols, which also includes the wearing of masks.   Parking: Yes – secure on-site  

The Drama Factory in The Strand (about 40 minutes from Cape Town CBD) has announced its back on stage lineup from August to September, 2021. The Drama Factory is an intimate venue. There is an outside area to chill out in, before and after shows and there is secure parking in a business park. The season includes The King Of Broken Things which was staged online at the 2020 National Arts Festival and received a coveted Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award. It will be presented on stage at The Drama Factory, with an-audience-in-attendance. Another exciting mention is The Unlikely Secret Agent. This superb new play made its debut in June at the theatre – to overwhelmingly positive reviews – but the season was halted – because of Covid interruptions. Here is the Drama Factory August to September 2021 programme, as supplied, in box.

The King Of Broken Things – on stage at The Drama Factory, August 12-15, 2021.
 Theatre, music, workshops at The Drama Factory August to September 2021

The King Of Broken Things August 12-15, 2021  

This is the Cape Town debut of this production which received a Gold Ovation Award at the 2020 National Arts Festival and was also on at The Sharjah International Fringe Festival in Dubai. The King Of Broken Things  is written and directed by Michael Taylor-Broderick and performed by Cara Roberts. The King of Broken Thingsis described as a “bittersweet journey into the broken heart of a young boy who teaches us that the rehabilitation of things broken and discarded gets to include people and hearts and how all things, seen and unseen, can be mended.”  

Reviews:   ‘profound, poignant and beautifully acted’(Natal Witness), ‘a truly mesmerising piece of theatre’ (Artsmart), ‘one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a while’ (SoSuterbill).  

The Unlikely Secret Agent– August 17-22, 2021    

Featuring an award-winning team of writer, director and actor Paul du Toit and actress Erika Marais, the play is based on the Alan Paton Award winning book by Ronnie Kasrils, The Unlikely Secret Agent. “It tells Eleanor Kasrils’ true story of bravery and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Also featuring Gideon Lombard (Kyknet’s Suidooster), Sanda Shandu, (Skemerdans) and Ntlanhla Morgan Kutu, making his professional theatre debut.  


‘Powerful performances…. an engrossing piece of theatre’ (The Cape Robyn). Link: https://thecaperobyn.co.za/review-the-unlikely-secret-agent-the-play-drama-factory-june-2021/

‘In equal measures chilling and heart-warming… a must-see. It is a part of South African history that needs to be told and this play tells it so beautifully through a cast of talented and dedicated actors.’ (Broadway World)  

acted out on stage with belief, courage and passion…. should be seen by everyone… a wonderful example in these time of artists prepared to put themselves on the line, in belief of their work making for a better world. Richard Loring  

“Paul du Toit’s brilliant adaptation of Ronnie Kasril’s book about his beloved late wife, Eleanor, will remind you of theatre’s power to stoke the imagination like nothing else on earth.” Keith Bain  

Stage Lighting WorkshopAugust 9 and 10, 2021

Explore the technical and creative aspects of creating a theatre experience with Lighting designer and theatre maker, Michael Taylor-Broderick as he presents his acclaimed, Stage Lighting Workshop– with practical advice and skills. Topics include discussing the aims and objectives of stage lighting, creating a design from page to stage. “If you are young (or young at heart), with a passion for theatre, this workshop is for you!    

Sultans of Swing – A Tribute to Dire Straits” (Stripped Down) – Saturday 27 and 28 August, 2021  

This tribute, with Mel Botes, is presented by Storm Produktionz. The show, featuresthe same pinpoint accuracy in his playing and the same delightful Botes’ touch as seen in his ‘Crazy Diamond – A Tribute to Pink Floyd’,  this show promises everything audiences have come to expect from the virtuoso.”  

Rumours of Fleetwood MacSeptember 3, 4 , 2021  

The show is centered around one of Fleetwood Mac’s most successful albums Rumours (1977- 31 weeks at No 1 on the Billboard charts). The show features a full band made up of top Cape Town’s top musicians: “Rumours of Fleetwood Mac takes the audience on a trip of memories with classics like Go your own way’, ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Everywhere’ and ‘Second hand news’.”  

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