Good Day Atterbury Newsletter Friends,

The end of 2019 is just round the corner and of course the lovely summer holidays! There are still choices of excellent shows to enjoy and this also offers a unique idea for Yearend- functions, which we would love to arrange for you. Just to mention a few: Erik Holm’s first show on the special guitar built and designed by Maestro Mervin Davis so that he can pursue his passion for music, in spite of his accident; Drie van die Bestes (Kevin Leo, Mathys Roets &Danie Niehaus) Coenie de Villiers & Deon Meyer in Karoo-Kersfees, Blondes on 2 Pianos with music from Liszt to Abba, Tribute to Dire Straits, Helene Bester sings Nana Mouskouri, Evergreen – a highlight for 2019 and many more!


3 November, 15h00 – National Eisteddfod Showcase

The National Eisteddfod Showcase concerts have become a cultural highlight as illustrated by sold-out performances and the high standard of performances. These events feature some of the best young performers in drama, music and dance as identified in the various regions of the National Eisteddfod of South Africa®. The Eisteddfod top achievers will also be acknowledged and awarded at these events

The Showcase dates for 2019 to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre are from 23 October to 1Nov.

Atterbury Theatre: 3 November (Northern Region – 15:00) booking through iTickets

The success of the National Eisteddfod Academy NPC over the past 21 years can be contributed to the range of ongoing opportunities for the development of talented learners that the organization provides. The importance of this project is building self-esteem and confidence in the youth cannot be underestimated. All recipients of diploma awards in the National Eisteddfod 2019 can also look forward to entering the National Eisteddfodd Awards Competition between March and May 2020. This competition provides the next level of participation where the best young performers from various regions in the country can compete for prize money of R50 000.

For more information interested individuals or institutions are invited to contact the NEA Office at 011 886 6005 / or log onto



5 November, 19h00 – Seeleeu Leipoldt met Erik Holm

The actor Erik Holm is so excited to announce a once -in -a lifetime evening of music, comedy and a few stories and fairy tales. You will experience his new skill playing on his unique guitar specially designed and made for him by the Maestro, Mervin Davis.

Before Erik became famous featuring in numerous TV serials, his passion was music. Music was “die murg in sy pype” (the marrow in his bones)…..

A tragic accident in 2007 left Erik paralyzed. After many months of painful rehab, the function of his arms was restored, but not his fingers, which he needed to play his guitar again. This brought him to a crossroad; he could decide to give up his dream or to go bigger! This was his choice, and resulted in acting in many TV shows, directing films and even playing in many theatre shows, earning him many rewards.

He has been able to tick off many bucket list items such as, scuba diving, parachuting and travelling worldwide. At the moment he is on a campaign to create awareness of people with extraordinary skills and even directing a play for a children’s home, close to his heart.

In 2019, after months of fine- tuning Erik’s new guitar, he is now busy mastering the new “Beast”! When he plays his guitar his much loved passion is back!

Come and enjoy and celebrate a fantastic evening with Erik Holm- don’t miss this special event!


6 November, 20h00 – Bêreboksie vol Vlerke

Artist/writer Lidi de Waal and composer/performer Lizanne Barnard’s paths crossed about two years ago on face book and from there a very special collaboration developed which resulted in the production Bêreboksie vol Vlerke.

De Waal’s down-to-earth little story-pieces about Ouma and Oom Staal’s love for each other and many other memories as seen through the eyes of “die Kind” and “die Vrou” are masterfully related by the one and only Elize Cawood, a veteran in the South African acting community.

Ouma is not scared to say it as it is and a small dorpie community gets a piece of her mind whether they ask for it or not, but also a piece of her heart and her wonderful eccentric wisdom.

De Waal’s verses were set to music by Lizanne Barnard in her 5-star album “Gevlerktes” which was recently nominated for a Ghoema Award in the category Best Contemporary album by a female artist. These songs, ranging from Boere music and Latin to Reggae and Rock forms the backbone of the production and are performed by a four-piece band, including the multi-instrumentalist Leon Ecroignard, drummer Thys van Deventer and guitarist/singer Pyjama Shark.

Bêreboksie vol Vlerke takes the audience on a journey which will provoke some tears and lots of laughter.

After its launch in May 2018, this production was immediately invited back by the Atterbury Theatre due to its popularity. It is referred to as one of the best shows to hit stages the past two years.

A good idea will be for audience members to loosen up the ties and petty coats as Ouma really doesn’t like to beat about the bush.

Visual projections of Lidi de Waal’s art by Kitchen Floor Tango Productions form part of the show and was directed by Gerrit Schoonhoven.


7 November, 20h00 – Helene Bester sing Nana Mouskouri

In her production – Helenè Bester sings Nana Mouskouri – Helenè Bester pays tribute to the iconic Greek singer.  Bester’s production was introduced launched to great acclaim at the OPPIWATER ARTS FESTIVAL earlier this year.  It was written and directed by Frans Swart of Lefra Productions and Heinrich Pelser, who is Helenè’s accompanist during the Mouskouri shows, did the musical direction.  Helenè Bester sings Nana Mouskouri is presented with the proud support of RSG, Sounds Good, Featherview Optometrists, Fleur by Julene Rokebrand, Van Loveren Wines and Stuttaford Van Lines.

Helenè says, “I have always hoped to do a Nana show. I am crazy about her voice and my sister and I grew up with her music”.  “We really thought that she was a friend of my mom’s, because they look so much alike.  I believe the time is ripe for me to do the show now, as I’m not sure I would have been able to interpret her music so well ten years ago.  My voice is older and perhaps has a more mature sound, which I believe is favoured by her target audience.  I studied her music videos to observe how she moved on stage, what she did with her hands and how she addressed an audience. One wants to be as credible as possible.

Director Frans Swart agrees: “When Helenè approached me concerning this project, I was immediately excited.  Who better than the talented Helenè to pay tribute to the timeless and elegant Nana Mouskouri?”


10 November, 15h00 – Evergreen A HIGHLIGHT FOR 2019 !!!

Suzette Wilkens Productions will host a concert at the Atterbury Theater in Pretoria on Sunday 10 November at 15:00.

The production is called Evergreen and offers timeless music.

Favorites that passed the test of time are performed by our outstanding soloists: Vita Wilkens (Soprano), Schandry Kuhn (Alto), Dewald Grobler (Bariton), Johan Schlebusch (Bariton) and Marco Basson (Tenor).

Marco participated in “The Voice SA” and everyone was ecstatic about his beautiful voice and appearance on the stage. He was among the top ten and we are very proud of that.

With Marco the following hits are a must! The Great Pretender, Namakwaland and of course Bridge over troubled water performed with Johan.

From the opera department, Nessun Dorma with Dewald and Vita is as exciting as the song itself.

Schandry will perform, true to the style of the songs Part of your world (The Little Mermaid) and Another suitcase in another hall (Evita).

The versatile Johan Schlebusch is at his best with C’est Moi and When I fall in love.

They make use of excellent instrumentalists and therefore no soundtracks. They are Ruan Kruyshaar (Piano/ Keys), Christelle Engelbrecht (Organ/ Keys), Prof Kobus van der Walt (bass) and Johan Erasmus (Drums).

Do not miss it! Buy your ticket today!


11 November, 20h00 – Tribute to Dire Straits

For the past 11 years, multi-talented musician and master guitarist Mel Botes, has tantalized audiences all over the country with his critically acclaimed musical performance, Crazy Diamond – A Tribute to Pink Floyd. Audiences and critics agreed that he mastered the complexity and density of the Floyd in a way that none of the other tribute shows have achieved. He then followed this with David’s Confession – About Time, Chapter II an original composition of his own, featuring various other acclaimed musicians with him.

Now, by popular demand, he is presenting the next chapter in this remarkable series of productions with the long awaited Tribute to Dire Straits. Featuring the same pin point accuracy in his playing, the same acclaimed band and the same delightful Botes touch, this show promises everything audiences have come to expect from the virtuoso.

The well known Dire Straits songs include “Money for nothing”; “Walk of life”; “Calling Elvis”; “Telegraph Road”; “Private investigations”; “Romeo and Juliet” and the hauntingly beautiful “Brothers in arms” to name but a few. This list of box office hits is augmented by a selection of other stunning Dire Straits songs that include the popular “The man’s too strong”.  Add to this some of Knopfler’s best solo tunes including “Darling pretty” and “Sands of Nevada”.  Experience the unplugged version of this box office hit, featuring various top musicians of the Storm Produktionz stable!


12 November, 20h00 – OPTOG! Drie van die Bestes

Featuring Kevin Leo, Danie Niehaus and Mathys Roets. These phenomenal artists are all very popular as solo artist in the Afrikaans music industry. In this show they come together and their biggest hits of the past two decades will be heard with beautiful harmonies, accompanied by Matthys Maree on piano.

This is a celebration of three great friends and their twenty years in the music industry. An evening of good music and humorous anecdotes.


13 November, 20h00 – BENNY BUSHWHACKER – Human Nature

The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home, BENNY BUSHWHACKER, world renowned conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot. The legend returns to share what it takes to survive the African bush… and for the African bush to survive.

The genial South African born, BENNY BUSHWHACKER (aka BEN VOSS), who recently made world headlines for banging heads with swashbuckling British survivalist, Bear Grylls, will be touring South Africa’s theatres and festivals with an hilarious yet sobering look at the collision between man and environment. For somebody who has spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, BENNY BUSHWHACKER brings untainted humanity and delicious humour to his performance that will have you laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait, is common sense.

Whether it be his opinion on changing the Springbok emblem, how to spot a bullshitter in Kruger, or the relative chances of his estranged wife, Brenda, replacing the buffalo in the Big 5, Benny delivers time and again with his unique sense of humour and classic bush logic.

While touring South Africa BENNY BUSHWHACKER will be raising awareness and moola for the Lebombo Leopard – Human Conflict Survey. And while leopards are not known to change their spots, through this initiative, BENNY will try to help humans to do so.

BENNY BUSHWHACKER’S stories and experiences have been translated from bush to page by his unofficial biographer, John van de Ruit, (of Spud fame,) and from page to stage by the lioness of theatre, Janice Honeyman.

Book your seats soon for this wonderful look at life on the wild side, because, like the rhinos of Africa, you never know if you will get the chance to see it again.


14 November, 20h00 – Jan Blohm & Band

“Die Liefde Album” is Jan Blohm’s latest release after 6 years and these songs are not honey-sweet love song, but raw, honest and true that only Jan can write in an album full of Blues, Rock & Poetry.

Jan believes that love is a verb, something you must do not only talk about. His band was involved in producing this album with warm rock sounds.

It does not only consist of a mixture of songs but, like a love novel it has a beginning and an end. He managed it very well with the help of his team; John Masser on guitar and backing vocals, Francois Kleinhans on guitar, Tinus Odendaal on drums and the famous Denny Lalouette on bass.

Since 2005 Jan has received many awards, a rocker with more awards than guitars. The musical circle that started off with frustration and opposition, without comprehension and hope has come full circle with acceptance and love and earned him the title of The Rock King of Hearts.


15 November, 19h00 – Dance Equation’s “Strictly Show” – A Night at the Musicals

Dance Equation’s Strictly Show started in 2016 and was a huge success with the participants as well as the audience. Following a massive show in 2018, we are excited to take the show to new heights this year as we take it to the stage of Atterbury Theatre.

This year’s theme, Musicals, promises to be bigger than ever, with more dances, more effects, more fun, more prizes and more PIZZAZZ!!!

Featuring three celebrity guest judges from the South African dancing world and the talents of the amateur and professional dancers of Dance Equation Studio, this Musicals Show will be one not to be missed. In conjunction with CANSA, we are looking at supporting this great cause as well.

If you have a love for Ballroom and Latin American dancing, music from all the great Musicals or just looking for a great night out, be sure not to let this show slip away.

Included in the price of your ticket is an amazing goodie bag (valued at ±R1300) and there will be amazing prize draws taking place throughout the evening.

Make a great evening of it with friends and family and come experience the elegance and glamour with us at Dance Equation’s Strictly Show ~ A Night at the Musicals!


17 November, 14h300 – Karoo – Kersfees met Deon Meyer & Coenie de Villiers

Come and celebrate an early Karoo Christmas with world-renowned author Deon Meyer and music legend Coenie de Villiers.  The programme kicks off with some of the best-loved Christmas carols, and then Deon and Coenie will perform their Karoo Suite for the last time in Pretoria.

This show has had South African audiences on their feet, and it will probably be the last performance for the foreseeable future in Pretoria.  But there is good news: the artists will perform a special bonus during the concert.

“Well, we are currently working on Karoo Suite 2: Karoo Nights,” says Coenie.  “This time round we are telling night stories – Deon wrote a book called Karoonagte (Karoo nights), and I wrote the well-known song with the same title.  We thought it would be the ideal occasion to celebrate the beauty of a Karoo night …”

Deon is again the narrator, but this time he is not the photographer as was the case with the first production.    “We use visual material supplied by NASA, as well as by the National Geographic team that recently shot the night skies for that magazine,” says Deon.  Deon is again responsible for the text and is also the narrator on-stage, whilst Coenie is again responsible for the music and staging.

The bonus during Karoo Christmas, is that Coenie and Deon will perform a tantalizing chapter from the new production, despite the full show debuting in 2020.    “We will be performing a single chapter from the Karoo Suite 2 production during the concert,” they enthuse.  “We hope it will tantalize audiences to come to the full production next year!”

They are supported on stage by the crème de la crème of South African musicians:  Jaconell Mouton on keyboards, Mauritz Lotz on guitars and David Klassen on percussion.  Coenie is behind the piano.


18 November, 19h00 – Nataniël  Somerkombuis

The year is almost over and most people’s cooking skills begin to suffer … In the fourth seasonal kitchen of 2019, you will get the chance to revive your muse!

During these unique “cooking and chatting” events, he literally stands on stage and demonstrates simple, yet delicious dishes, while he constantly chatters spontaneously in his trademark hilarious manner.

The recipes from the particular evening’s demonstrations are available in the foyer after the show, and thereafter also on our website – keep it in a file for next year!

Somerkombuis takes place on 18 November – bring your children along to chase away some of that final exams blues!


19 November, 20h00 – Blondes op 2 Klaviere / Blondes on 2 Pianos

Elna van der Merwe and Zorada Temmingh have gained recognition (since 2006) as the Blondes, a unique piano duo that specialises in original medleys of the hits of classical composers as well as pop music superstars. They bring classical music to audiences in an easily accessible and light-hearted way, and pop music with a slight classical slant. The Blondes have released four CDs to date, and have performed countrywide as well as in London, UK, and in Israel. Every year they chose new composers: this year’s choice fell to Chopin and Liszt. The most well-known melodies of these two Parisian pianists are presented in a refreshingly innovative manner on two grand pianos by the two Stellenbosch pianists.

Chopin is often referred to as the “poet of the piano”. Unforgettable melodies from his waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, etudes, polonaises and piano concerto’s are woven together in a medley of extremes: delicate grace to heroic greatness. Liszt is often called the “Paganini of the piano”. His high drama, virtuosity and playfulness are evident in a medley including themes from his piano concerto’s, his well-loved Liebestraum and La Campanella, the Consolations, and more.

Then there is also Boland Blues, in which twelve folk songs appear in twelve different keys. The lyrics all refer to something in the Boland. Here and there fun is made of well-known classical works quoted inbetween.

The ABBA medley includes their greatest hits, like Money, Money, Money, Waterloo, Fernando, Voulez-Vous, Thank you for the Music, SOS and others. With twenty fingers rocking on two pianos the show is bound to be a sparkling experience.


21 & 22 November, 20h00 – 3 Susters with Lizz Meiring, Margit Meyer-Rodenbeck en Nicole Holm

Christine, Anel and Bianca’s flight to Thailand is delayed. It is Christine’s 50th birthday and the trip is her birthday gift from the twins. So they wait, play cards, wait, read books, wait, drink cappuccinos, wait, lash out with words, wait, criticise each other choices, wait. Christine is high on Xanax.

Bianca is convinced she saw their mother who disappeared years ago. Anel is talking to a very attractive man. Christine closes her eyes. Silence. She sometimes wishes her husband and sons would just disappear.

She knows she shouldn’t allow these thoughts, but maybe Thailand will bring the answer. That’s to say, if they ever get there…


27 & 28 November, 20h00 – Mnr Seks en Mev Kopseer

“Mr Seks en Mev Kopseer” is a concept as old as the mountains. We already know by this time that the man is always ready for sex whereas the woman might never be ready – not true? It is only recently that they have started talking from the bedroom, and we find that it is actually much more “50 shades of gray”.

In Timothy Kieswetter’s latest educational comedy, he discards all the stereotypical behavior that links us to male and female sex.

Do not allow society to place you in a stereotypical box. We invite you to meet the Alpha man, the Voortrekker-Tannie, the Sexy Tart, the player and many more characters and see how they are de-boxed.

Come and enrich your marriage with this entertaining and hilarious one-man comedy and discover Mr. Seks and Mev Kopseer in a brand new light. This is a comedy you do NOT want to miss.


29 November, 20h00 – Full moon fever – Celebrating the music of Tom Petty

What more can be said of Tom Petty? Rebel, rock n’ roller, 80s superstar, romantic, heartbreaker, blues man, and folk troubadour. Petty refused to bow down to record labels or trends, staying true to his musical vision for over 30 years. His untimely death in 2017 has fuelled renewed interest in his music from analog veterans and phone-obsessed millennials alike.

Blood Brothers is proud to present Full Moon Fever, a journey through Petty’s catalogue with a few surprises thrown in. Some of South Africa’s most seasoned musicians will pay homage to Petty and honor his life and tunes the only way they know how: rocking out. Four special shows are scheduled between 22-30 November at various venues in Gauteng.

The event features Jonathan Tait (Hatchetman, Checkpoint Charlie) and Basson Laushcer (Zinkplaat, Valiant Swart, Ryno Velvet) on guitars and vocals. Jason Hinch (Bok van Blerk, Black Cat Bones, Jonathan Peyper) on drums and Jaco Mans (Bok van Blerk, Tidal Waves) on bass are the rhythm section, with Francois Viljoen (The Voice) on keyboards and backing vocals. An added treat is special guest performer Lucinda Neethling (Die Melktert Kommissie).

The lineup, all ardent Petty fans, will run through a selection of Tom’s Heartbreaker heyday to his solo excursions, with all the hits and sing-along anthems the audience expects, and more.


30 November, 19h00 – Pearls of the east

A Belly Dancer, mysterious, enchanting… Her hips move to every beat of the music. Her body flows like silk, elegant, graceful.

Pearls of the East: An Eastern delight showcasing embellished costumes, exciting performances and the dancers you all love!

A production by the Oriental Invasion cast of Belly Dancers.


Come and enjoy the mild summer evenings in our centre with al the magical Christmas lights, good food and wine and a special show.


Theatre greetings,