Good Day Atterbury Newsletter Friends,

In August we have a great line up with a variety of excellent shows.

6 August 2019 20h00 – Anna Davel: Diamonds are forever (Songs of Shirley Bassey)

“Diamonds are forever” celebrates the incredible songs that Bassey recorded throughout her live. Join SAMA award winning songstress Anna Davel and Ghoema award winning music producer Jaconell Mouton in this joyous and soulful production of their personal highlights of Shirley Bassey’s career.

The audience can look forward to acoustic piano and vocal arrangements of some of her greatest hits – amongst others; Diamonds are forever / Never, Never, Never / Big Spender / I, who have nothing / Kiss me, Honey, Honey / Where do I begin / How do you keep the music playing / I am what I am.

7 August 2019 20h00 – OPTOG! Someraarde: Joshua na die Reën

Joshua na die Reën has captured audiences since his debut album in 2014.He writes and sings music that touches the soul. As artist he believes that music has the power to depict emotions that words fail to do.

His latest album, “Someraarde”, that will be released this year, is also the title of this OPTOG show. He says the songs are inspired by experiences in his life and the people close to him and believes hope and peace has to be found in yourself and then, despite circumstances, life will be colourful and peaceful. Hit songs are “Lig op die Horison”, “Die Wêreld Binne My”, “Alles Gee” and many more.

9 August 2019 15h00 & 19h00 – We All Dream in Gold (Zanell Wessels Studio of Dancing)

Come and enjoy an evening of Glitz, Gold and Glamour when we take on a journey in time of Oscar movies of yesteryear and today, performed by delightful young dancers!

10 August 2019 19h00 – Ster-Status Finalé

Apprentesses SA is a competition that was created to empower and mentor young women, between the ages of 20 and 35, who dream of having a career in the South African Entertainment Industry. The Ster-Status Finale is a glamorous red carpet event, hosted at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria, during which the winner of this initiative’s brand new reality television series (VIA), Ster-Status, will be announced.

In true celebrity fashion, this coveted event – that will take place on 10 August 2019 – will be attended by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, as well as the media, and will include performances by various well-known musicians. Viewers are invited to share in this exceptional evening aimed at celebrating the hard work of upcoming talent in the entertainment industry.

11 & 12 August 2019 Various Times – OPTOG! Nêrens, Noord-Kaap

With Albert Pretorius, De Klerk Oelofse and Geon Nel. Text and Director: Nico Scheepers. A US Woordfees production.

Frans, Andries and Roland, brothers, have not seen each other in many years.They have to get together now for their father’s 60th birthday braai at the family farm, Nêrens. This hilarious but heartbreaking production is a follow up on the very successful comedy Amper, Vrystaat; a huge box office hit at all the Art Festivals. A perfect fit for OPTOG, very theatrical!

14 August 2019 20h00 – Louise Carver and Ard Matthews.

Louise Carver & Ard Matthews are two of South Africa’s best singer/ songwriters whose voices were meant to be heard together. With almost 40 Top ten hits between the two of them, this breathtaking show is filled with music South Africans know and love.

Having known each other for years through the music industry, Carver asked Matthews to join her on stage at her annual Sunset Concert in the Western Cape. What followed was such a magical show that they did it again the following year and decided to continue playing together whenever their schedules allowed.

The performance is all about collaboration with both artists singing and playing on each other’s songs. There are also some surprise covers done in their unique style.

It is an acoustic, intimate concert with Carver and Matthews not only showcasing their mastery of their instruments, but also making the audience feel like they are sitting in their lounge enjoying a private show.

Louise Carver has been playing piano since the age of two and songwriting since eleven. She was signed to her first record label at fifteen and released her debut single ‘It Don’t Matter’ at seventeen which shot to number one on the charts. Louise has had 16 top ten hits [including four international no. 1’s – two of these being Billboard no. 1’s] and has been named most stylishentertainer, Most Glamorous Woman and was a 46664 ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She has released seven albums, supported Michael Buble at Kirstenbosch Gardens, and owns LOUISE CARVER Collection – a jewelry range which is stocked across South Africa.

Over the course of the last decade and a half, one of SA`s most dynamic artists, Ard Matthews, has been honing his craft and moving people the world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, his indelible lyrics and melody arrangements led the way to the incredible success of their debut album titled ‘All Comes Round’ becoming one of the biggest selling rock genre albums of all time in South Africa, achieving double platinum status in its first year, with the follow up album ‘Something for now’ reaching the same status a year later.

Matthews released his debut solo album in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim. He is now playing regularly as a solo act, as well as still fronting the original Just Jinjer. His latest album, ‘Impossible Machines’ has just won a South African Music Award for best Adult Contemporary album, and is an uplifting, beautifully crafted collection of upbeat songs written and produced by Matthews himself. Stand out tracks include: ‘Impossible Machines’, Shoulda Stayed’ and ‘Justify.’

16 August 2019 20h00 – Spoegwolf Live (Sold out!)

Spoegwolf is an Afrikaans rock band and the first Afrikaans artist or band to reach the #1 spot on Apple Music! This is a momentous. They will be performing live at the Atterbury Theatre, a world class venue, on 16 August at 20h00. The band consists of Moskou du Toit (drums, percussion & vocal), Chris von Wielligh (guitar & piano), Albert van der Merwe (bass & vocal) and Danie du Toit (main vocal & guitar).

17 August 2019 09h00 – Courageous Women Arise Conference

“The Courageous Women Arise Women’s Conference is hosted by Laetitia Dee (Life Coach, Speaker & Writer). The main focus of the CWA Conference is celebrating & empowering women who have gone through trauma.

Join Laetitia Dee, Lindi Delport, Sunet Vermaak & Amorie Pearson for an inspiring and uplifting morning. There will be numerous prizes and the winner of the CWA Makeover Project will be announced on the day. The winner of the makeover will need to apply for the makeover, attend the event and be willing to go through the makeover process from 18 August – 18 November.”

Artists: Laetitia Dee, Lindi Delport, Sunet Vermaak & Amorie Pearson

17 August 2019 20h00 – An Evening of Big Band Standards (15 Piece Band)

The Sir John General Big Band are proud to present an evening of big- band music at the Atterbury theatre. Featuring the fabulous NELL and NICOLE on vocals, along with a 15 piece band, Sir John General play the big-band standards made popular by the likes of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and many more, as well as few more recent hits given the big-band treatment.

The show includes long-time hits of the big-band era such as “Fascinating Rhythm”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing”, “Old Cape Cod”, “Mac the Knife”, “Over the Rainbow”, and the ever popular “In the Mood”. Join us for an evening of big-band music to remember.

18 August 201915h00 & 18h00 – Nagskofkliek

With Melt Sieberhagen – known for his stand-up comedy and now back on stage as a character for the first time in years – and Albert Pretorius (Fynskrif, Die Spreeus, Nêrens Noord-Kaap).

Hans Gouws – in his thirties, a security guard – is spending his eighth Easter weekend in a row working at We Crate You Up Storage Solutions. Alone. Being alone doesn’t bother Hans – or so he says. While Hans is comfortably chatting to the mannequin in the corner, he feels as if he has everything figured out. He’s made his choices and has made peace with it. He is, according to him, happy and satisfied. Nothing and no one bothers Hans.

Then – without warning – Man appears. What exactly Man is doing there (and why he won’t leave) Hans doesn’t know – yet. All he knows is that Man is looking for answers and is not leaving until he gets them.

Nagskofkliek aims to understand what it would be like to have a cup of tea with the version of yourself you always thought you wanted to be and what happens when you can no longer lie to yourself. Be careful what you wish for. It might just come true.

19 August 201918h30 – Sound of Silence

Ruhan du Toit ( from Touch of Class fame) , best-known for his jaw dropping rendition of the popular Simon & Garfunkel hit, The Sound of Silence, definitely needs no introduction in music circles. His unique four octave vocal range and natural talent behind the guitar and various other musical instruments, have not only opened doors for him in the past, but have also cemented his place in the hearts and ears of South African and International music lovers.

22 August 2019 20h00 Steve Hofmeyr – Songs of Neil Diamond (Sold out)

“Neil Diamond has had the biggest influence on me as a musician,” Hofmeyr says of his decision to do the Neil Diamond tribute show. “I am not the kind of artist who wants to experiment, educate and change direction – but instead I love to write pop songs that people can connect with which is something that Neil Diamond has always excelled at.”

Hofmeyr says that in selecting the repertoire for this Diamond tribute show was a great deal of fun.

“It’s been many years since the last album and I had a great time immersing myself in Neil Diamond’s repertoire and working out which songs we would do this time around.”

Among the Diamond songs making it are the stunning ‘Solitary Man’ as well as ‘Play Me’, ‘Don’t Turn Around’, ‘Cherry Cherry’, ‘If You Know What I Mean’ and ‘Crunchy Granola’.

23 – 25 August 2019 Various Times – Groet die Grotman 2

Its 20 years later. The Caveman and Elize are still happily married… or are they? The children are teenagers. Men and women are still very different creatures from different planets. Are all men still assholes? And are women still gatherers? Sir and madam, come recognise yourselves in Groet die Grotman 2. Sir, you will most certainly have the opportunity to point the finger at your wife! And Madam, you will definitely be able to pump your husband in the ribs with your elbow.

Groet die Grotman 2 is the perfect tonic for any marriage, with Wynand van Vollenstee as the new wise and hilarious Grotman!

26 August 2019 20h00 – Steinway inauguration: 60 Vingers / 60 Fingers

The Atterbury Theatre celebrates the beginning of a new era by welcoming its very first Steinway & Sons concert grand. This instrument, specially selected by Steinway Artist Charl du Plessis and pianist Matthys Maree in Hamburg, Germany, embodies pure musical perfection. To usher in this new season, a special inaugural concert featuring some of the best pianists in South Africa, will be held on Monday 26 August 2019. The programme will include the virtuoso 40 fingers of Charl du Plessis, Albie van Schalkwyk, Elna van der Merwe and Pieter Grobler who enchanted audiences with their sensational performance on Table Mountain in 2017. The versatile pianist Matthys Maree and the winner of the Atterbury National Piano Competition in 2017, Louis Nel, will add lustre to this unique event.

27 August 2019 20h00 – OPTOG! Jo Black

Jo Black – One night only at Atterbury Theatre! This intimate and inspirational show will showcase the musical talents of this artist! He is truly loved by South Africa. An evening not to be missed.

28 August 2019 18h00 – A Festival of A Capella

The Festival of A Capella is a celebration of singing hosted by Pretoria FM and Three L. We would like to promote the growth of this artform with our yearly competition hosted at the Atterbury Theatre.

Various groups compete for our unique trophy that is handed over by South African artists and musicians. The flexibility of the judging criteria and rules make it a raw and pure representation of A Capella. Join us on the 28th of August at the Atterbury Theatre for a night of singing and entertainment.

Keep an eye on the press for the announcement of our official Festival Beer which will be available before and during the event!

29 August 2019 20h00 – Tribute to Neil Diamond

Namibian-born, Johan Liebenberg, who performed in myriads of Barnyard productions as vocalist and guitarist will be performing his Tribute to Neil Diamond show at Atterbury Theatre. This consummate performer with his superb voice and captivating personality, uncannily brings to life Neil Diamond’s evergreen hits like “Sweet Caroline”, “Beautiful Noise”, “Desiree”, “I’m A Believer” and “Longfellow Serenade”, to mention but a few.

30 August 2019 17h00 – Aardklop Pronk Podium.

This is a student and teenage plays project that has run for the past 3 years. The Final round will be presented at the Atterbury Theatre on 30 August. The three best plays will be announced then and will have the opportunity to perform at the Aardklop National Art Festival.

Alexa Strachan, festival manager sees this as providing a much needed platform for young talent and plays an important part in the development of theatre audiences of tomorrow. Aardklop will take place from 24 – 29 September.

Do come and attend some of our excellent shows as we agree with Jehudi Menuhin who said:

“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more efficient.”

Theatre regards,

Paulette