The third annual Cape Town Fringe, which runs 22 September to 8 October, has evolved into a “17-day theatre binge”, accommodating more night time performances this year, but extending into the day on weekends and school holidays.
Guest creative director, Rob Murray, has coordinated a programme that is both experimental and entertaining, with productions aimed at shaking up traditional theatre.
Internationally acclaimed works include Police Cops from the UK’s Pretend Men (winner of Best Ensemble at the Brighton Fringe) and New York’s ‘ritual rock’ band Odysseus Finn.
Local artists include an all-Grahamstown cast performing the smash hit musical adaptation of the award-winning children’s story The Gruffalo. Directed by Tara Notcutt, the show promises to be infused with a distinctly South African flair, and tickets are expected to sell fast. Other highlights include lots of visual theatre, Zabalaza festival winners, Assitej children’s theatre productions, documentaries, panel discussions, comedy, magic, music, and more. You can also vote for and review a show that you’ve seen on the CTFringe app. These ratings decide the FRESH Audience Award winner. This year’s Fringe also introduces the first Cape Town Buskers’ Festival, in partnership with the V&A Waterfront, which will run 5 to 8 October.
Cape Town City Hall once again serves as the hub of the Cape Town Fringe, spreading into venues at the Alexander Bar, Khayelitsha’s Theatre in the Backyard and Guga S’Thebe as well as Observatory’s new AFDA Theatre.