Good day Atterbury Newsletter friends,

We would like to wish you a blessed and prosperous 2020! We hope you enjoyed a great holiday, are well rested and safely home again and can’t wait to visit the theatre again!

You can look forward to a year of excellent shows, a huge variety with something for everyone.

Due to public demand the popular show, “Nataniël: Lily Refuses to listen“ will be back at the Atterbury Theatre from 21 – 25 January 2020 to inspire you for the New Year.

While being bombarded by bad news, damning prophecies, evil politics, corruption, loud neighbours, endless traffic, horrific music, endless advertising and desperate social media, Nataniël celebrates personal space, personal choices, selective listening, self-care and resilience.

Out with the bull, in with the beauty! Out with the yes, in with the no! Out with the trends, in with the timeless! Out with the parties, in with the privacy! Out with the ordinary, in with the exclusive!

LILY REFUSES TO LISTEN features fantastical stories in both English and Afrikaans, songs from the treasure trove of timeless blues, jazz, soul and pop, also original songs and a breath taking wardrobe.

Nataniël shares the stage with Charl du Plessis (piano), Werner Spies (bass) and Peter Auret (drums).

Costumes by Floris Louw.

31 January – 2 February, Various  – My Oom se Vrou se Plekkie (No under 13) 

My Oom se Vrou se Plekkie is set in a very elegant top floor Melville flat, belonging to Philip and Jeanette Martins. The flat has been under renovation, and thus has been largely empty. Philip is a straight-laced publisher of children’s books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Loots, on the ground floor. Reluctantly, Philip agrees to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to “entertain” his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Jeanette is persuaded by Linda, Henry’s wife, to let her borrow the apartment, so she can entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who had been decorating the apartment for the past three months has decided that this was the night he and the au pair girl would try out the new round bed! When all three sets of people converge on the apartment, expecting to find it empty, chaos and confusion ensue.

3 & 4 February, 20h00 – Jo Black Unplugged

Jo Black will start 2020 with a bang at the Atterbury Theatre with an unplugged show. He became popular after releasing his first single “Skepe” in December 2016 and getting 1,022,000 hits on YouTube in the first 5 months!

Book your tickets now to make sure that 2020 begins on a positive note!

5 & 7 February, 20h00 – Danie du Toit – Warmer voor die Tuimeldroër

Danie du Toit will launch his first Anthology of Poetry exclusively at the Atterbury Theatre on 5 & 7 February.

He will sing some of these poems, set to his music and relate stories about the lyrics written and performed with his band since 2012.

Come and enjoy this unique, talented artist up close and personal!

13 February, 20h00 – Jak de Priester – Album 10.

Jak de Priester introduces his latest album, titled Album 10. Twenty songs were written for this album of which 14 songs form part of this new show. Jak de Priester sings and talks about love, longing and hope. It’s a serious but humorous look at South Africa and the world we live in.

 

14 February, 20h00 – Valentine’s! Fluister dit in my oor.

Join Mathys Roets and Mauritz Lotz on Valentine’s Day for an evening of romantic favourites.

Mathys’s soulful voice, along with Mauritz’s velvety guitar textures will ensure an unforgettable Valentine’s Date with your loved one.

18 & 19 February, 20h00 – Steve Hofmeyr Country Collections 3.

This is the last of the Country three sum, a project I begged to do three years ago.  Mission accomplished. I took old Country greats and combined them with non-Country songs, which we Countrified.  And it worked.  The series is a hit. Sit back, kick out and breath it all in.  Including the hits, The Part of me that needs you most, Midnight Special and I will always love you (feat. Demi-lee Moore)

20 February, 20h00 – André Swiegers – Pura Vida – Simple Life

Andre’s new CD “Pura Vida – Simple Life” will be launched on Thursday 20 February. The idea behind this project was to create an album that truly reflects him as a singer-songwriter. The final product has an unpretentious quality that matches the artist’s individualistic and straight forward lifestyle. Songs with thoughtful lyrics and a soulful vibe.

In addition to his own compositions – he also covers classics by Peter Sarstedt, Cat Stevens and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Andre’s son Emile (guitar) and blues musician Craig MacKinnonn (harmonica) will be joining him on stage.

22 February, 19h30 – 25 (Kelsey Middleton Kmad Dance)

Kmad training academy was founded in 1994 by the highly respected ex-professional dancer and actress Kelsey Middleton. Because of her background in dance and drama, she demands from her students technical and emotional qualities that will turn them into true artists. At Kmad dance is a discipline that has to be taught with honesty, passion and respect.

This is Kmad’s 25th anniversary where students will showcase extracts from works in their repertoire

23 February, 15h00 – Charl du Plessis – Freehand

Charl du Plessis performs music from his latest album FREEHAND and well as some of his favourite solo piano works by composers from Rachmaninoff to Scott Joplin. This recital promises to be a real treat for the connoisseurs of piano music with styles ranging from Romantic to Classical, Baroque and also include compositions from Charl’s pen. This production won three awards at the 2019 Aardklop Arts Festival for best new music production and is nominated for a Fiësta award in 2020.

27 February, 20h00 – Spanish Fire Presents – “OLÈ!”

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Spanish Fire Presents – “OLÈ”. It is THAT time again. The magical, world-class combination of the legendary guitar duo CH2 and the phenomenal talents of the Montoya’s are set to BURN the stage with their virtuoso artistry. Spanish hits of the Gypsy Kings, original compositions by CH2 as well as songs by international and South African artists will feature. A show for the whole family with amazing guitar passages and lots of humour – an unforgettable show to kick off an amazing 2020.

29 February, 20h00 – 1 March, 11h00 & 16h00 – Kamphoer – die verhaal van Susan Nell- Sandra Prinsloo (No under 14)

The darling of South African stage, television and film, Sandra Prinsloo, returns in her latest hit production Kamphoer – die verhaal van Susan Nell, directed by the internationally acclaimed Lara Foot.

The drama is based on the best-selling and debut novel Kamphoer by Francois Smit and the non-fiction publication The Boer Whore by Nico Moolman, and has been adapted for the stage by Cecilia du Toit, in collaboration with Sandra Prinsloo and Lara Foot. It also marks the first collaboration between these two renowned and multi-award-winning women – director Foot (Tshepang, Karoo Moose) and Prinsloo (Oscar en die pienk tannie, Moedertaal), widely regarded as one of South Africa’s most beloved actresses.

This powerful solo-production is very significant at a time when gender-based violence seems to have reached critical levels with outcries from all walks of life across the country. This has led to a national debate and the narrative of Kamphoer could not have been more hard-hitting and relevant.

The play premiered as the flagship production of the 2019 Free State Arts Festival in Bloemfontein recently, playing to great success with sold out houses as well as overwhelming audience and media acclaim, receiving five-star reviews. It was awarded Best National Theatre Debut at the festival’s Blinker Awards. It was also nominated for four awards (Best Actress, Best Director, Best performance in a solo production and Best Overall Production) at Aardklop National Arts Festival in 2019. It was one of the best selling productions in Bloemfontein and completely sold out at Aardklop even before the start of the festival.

Beeld wrote, “Three women carry this cracker of a production. Sandra Prinsloo completely surrenders to the role.” Stronk, the official festival newspaper, described it as “a powerful drama that hits hard” and “Prinsloo’s tour de force performance as Susan Nell left the audience dazed. Tears welled up in many eyes after the standing ovation.”

Francois Smith, author of Kamphoer also had high praise for the production saying, “Intense and immensely gripping. Every aspect has worked well together, from the adaption, to the directing and Sandra Prinsloo’s insightful interpretation. Bravo.”

Based on a true story, South African theatre legend Prinsloo appears in the challenging role of Susan Nell, who faced an unspeakable ordeal during the Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902) in the Winburg concentration camp. Following her father’s death during the war, Susan and her mother end up in a concentration camp where she is brutally raped and left for dead by two British officers and a joiner.

She survives the ordeal and qualifies as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands. Sixteen years later, she travels to England during the First World War and while serving at a military hospital for shell-shocked soldiers, she recognises a patient as one of her rapists. With this unfortunate reunion, Susan is once again confronted with the pain and humiliation of her past.

2019 is the 120th anniversary of the Anglo Boer War and the production pays tribute to this era and has been made possible by the support of KunsStig. The novel Kamphoer was nominated for the Jan Rabie Rapport Award, an ATKV Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards.

From the producers of the multi-award-winning Die reuk van appels, this latest production – based on the responses at is premiere – is set to enthral audiences throughout South Africa.

While being bombarded by bad news, damning prophecies, evil politics, corruption, loud neighbours & endless traffic (Nataniël) the theatre offers the best escape because “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours “(Elton John)

Kind regards,

Paulette.