Good day Atterbury Newsletter Friends,
We are so thankful and proud to announce that the Atterbury Theatre was once again voted The Best Theatre in Pretoria! Capital Media, Record Newspaper holds a yearly Competition : The Best of Pretoria and readers have to vote. We have more exciting news for 2019 : When we close on 16 December for the Christmas holidays the theatre will receive a make-over and revamp so that we will open with a bang in a new theatre on 1st February !
There are however still many excellent shows in November to ring in the festive season.
1 November 2018 20h00 – Steve Hofmeyr in Konsert
The ever-popular Steve Hofmeyr will entertain you on 31 Oct. and 1 Nov at the Atterbury theatre with 90 min. of your favourite songs: Neil Diamond, a few new country songs, Feeslied and many more.
3 November 2018 19h00 – Evergreen- A Spring Concert (I do want to recommend this excellent show!)
Suzette Wilkens Productions will host a Spring concert at the Atterbury Theatre.
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), Chantall Brand (Alto), Dewald Grobler (Bariton), Johan Schlebusch (Bariton) and Marco Basson (Tenor)
Marco participated in “The Voice SA” last year 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 with Johan.
From the opera department, the Nessun Dorma and the Drinking Song from La Traviata with Dewald and Vita are as exciting as the songs themselves.
Kyk hoe glinster die maan and ABBA’s The winner takes it all performed by Chantall Brand is true to the style.
The versatile Johan Schlebusch is at his best with Oh What a Beautiful morning (Oklahoma) and Fly me to the Moon.
We make use of excellent instrumentalists and therefore no soundtracks. They are Ruan Kruyshaar (Piano), Armand Moolman (Organ / Keyboard), Charles Oliver (Cello) and Ian Grewar (Violin).
Do not miss it! Tickets at Computicket at R150.
4 November 2018 12h00 – Dr. JA Heyns Exorcist of Apartheid
A Documentary Film and Panel Discussion
Filmmaker (Johan) Adam Heyns has recently moved from his flat in Hillbrow to the city centre of Cape Town. He grew up in a privileged home in Pretoria and had experienced life from the noisy black bars in Johannesburg to cosmopolitan life in Cape Town. He wondered if he belonged in Greenside, or Rondebosch or like his cousins in another country.
His grandmother, who lives in a retirement village in Pretoria, gave him a box full of old VHS tapes. Family videos. Flickering images of his grandfather, Johan (Adam) Heyns, playing with his grandchildren on the grass at his house in Waterkloof. He was also the leader of the Dutch Reformed Church. A video of his grandfather’s speech on Covenant Day in 1988 at the Voortrekker Monument, some of the audience in traditional Voortrekker costumes and cabinet ministers. He says apartheid should end. His grandfather on TV saying that a change of heart was necessary and that a big danger was in the right wing taking up arms.
Then news articles from November 1994, announcing that his grandfather was assassinated while he was playing with his grandchildren at their Pretoria home. Nelson Mandela and political leaders who express their shock.
“Exorcist of Apartheid is not a “who dunnit”, but an attempt by Adam to understand his grandfather and the time in which he lived, but also the times we are currently experiencing. What is the roll of Afrikaners in Africa? Were we told the full story by the guardians of the Afrikaner culture of who we are? Should we see ourselves as the children of Verwoerd or are there parts of our history on which we will be able to build a future?
The 20 minute documentary was produced by Adam, his friend Willem van den Heever, and his father Christof Heyns. Audiences in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria were amazed and moved by this film, and it resulted in late night discussions by people of all groups in the country.TV presenter, Kabous Meiring will lead a discussion after the viewing of this remarkable documentary with a panel consisting of Wilhelm Jordaan (Psychologist and friend); Piet Meiring (colleague, friend and member of the TRC) and Murray Hofmeyr (former student).
5 November 2018 19h00 – Nataniël Somerkombuis
The year is almost over and most people’s cooking skills begin to suffer … In the fourth seasonal kitchen of 2018, 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 5 November – bring your children along to chase away some of that final exams blues!
6 November2018 20h00 0 Mike and Mavis (Romantic comedy)
With Elize Cawood & Wilson Dunster
Mavis Kellerman is a widow in her “twilight years” who’s cut herself off from the world. She communicates with her daughter via e-mail and goes to church. She receives an invitation in the post to the opening of a new cinema which specializes in classic movies.
The eccentric owner, Mike Lewis, is the eternal romantic who proceeds to try and win over Mavis with a series of romantic dates – Mavis suddenly finds herself on the receiving end of a courtship.
However, Mavis does not know that she and Mike share a history from way back before the invitation….
A romantic comedy with a twist in the tail, reminiscent of, and a tribute to the old classic movies.
8 November 2018 20h00 – Jan Blohm and Band
Jan Blohm is no stranger to the South African music industry. 2018 sees Jan back on stage with a three piece band with his own songs inspired by Blues and Soul music. The audience can look forward to some old favorites like Groentrui and Breyten se Brief but especially to music from his brand new full length album which will be released later this year.
10 November 2018 19h00 – Spanish Fire
Ch2 and The Montoya Spanish Dance Theatre are thrilled to return to the Atterbury Theatre after two sold out performances of their production: Spanish Fire!
Ch2 will be joined on stage by Maria Lorca Montoya and dancers from the Montoya Spanish Dance Theatre to bring you another show full of excitement, familiar tunes and captivating rhythms! Jou voete gaan jeuk en jy gaan wil DANS met liedjies soos Volare, WAKA WAKA, Bamboleo en vele meer.
The stage will be set on fire with fancy footwork, gentle use of flamenco fans, enticing rhythms of castanets all combined with the brilliant string work of two fabulous guitarists.
This is a show for the whole family and as it will soon be Christmas there will be a lucky draw with gifts for Children!
11 November 2018 18h30 – Stars 4 CANSA
A group of 7 artists have volunteered to produce a Christmas show for CANSA to raise funds for this worthy cause on 11 November at 18h30. Well-known artists such as Jakkie Louw, Tobie Jooste, Dewald von Solms will share the stage with Karlien Husselman & Anthony Mc Gee (ONZ), Rinel Day, Emanuel Pieterson and Kaylin. They will provide a lovely evening of beautiful music, all performing for free and the Atterbury Trust will sponsor the Theatre.
13 November 2018 20h00 – Jannie du Toit – Oesjaar
Oesjaar: A new album in November for Jannie du Toit
With ever changing music styles and trends it really takes a remarkable musician to stay relevant for nearly five decades. The Afrikaans music legend, Jannie du Toit is one of those artists, who have been able to do just that.
Jannie has focused on the music of Jacques Brel, Jules de Corte, Koos du Plessis and Lucas Maree for the past few years but decided that it was time to focus on his first love and passion, and to write and bring Afrikaans songs to the stage again. The result being a brand new album: Oesjaar, written and composed by Jannie.
The album was produced by the brilliant Clinton Zerf and will be launched on 13 November at the Atterbury Theatre. He will be accompanied by Susan Mouton (cello), Chanie Jonker (piano & accordion) and Theuns Botha (percussion).
14 November 2018 20h00 – The Carpenters Retrospective
We bring you the story of brother-sister duo, Richard and Karen Carpenter. This is a musical tribute to their trademark tunes coloured with the story of their journey to stardom, the laughter, the tears, some personal anecdotes and some little-known surprises.
Produced, arranged and directed by multi-instrumentalist Johan Kelber (keyboards & BV’s) who has been working as Musical Director on stage productions and as Music Producer for well over 2 decades. Some of his projects as Musical Director with Mel Botes (Storm Productions) include Riders from the Storm; Darkside of the Moon – tribute to Pink Floyd; Sultans of Swing, tribute to Dire Straits; Vuurseisoene, tribute to Bach, Mozart & Beethoven. He has also directed Tribute to the music of Queen with Joseph Clark.
The cast includes:
Anél Stricker-Bessinger (vocal, BV’s & script) has been performing in productions such as Houtkruis, Messias – die Jirre se Seun, Ms Mack, Kersfees in Augustus, Jazz & the Gypsies, Kleine Winterbegin as well as 3 recording projects. She cites Karen Carpenter as one her earliest vocal influences.
Ammiël Kelber (guitars & BV’s) whose band, IV4, is currently no.1 on the 5FM charts. He has worked with international producers like Jason Finkle and Darryl Torr.
Werner Bessinger (guitars & BV’s) is also a luthier involved in a wide variety of musical collaborations. He recently collaborated on a uniquely South African recording of light classical guitar compositions entitled MAHAI, in collaboration with Herman van den Berg and Charl Lamprecht.
Marguerite Swart (drums) is an internationally acclaimed drummer who also plays for high- profile South-African artists such as Mean Mr Mustard and Kurt Darren. She is also an accomplished drum teacher.
17 Novmber 2018 19h30 – The William Warren / Neil Diamond Connection.
William credits the the single biggest musical influence in his life, to the great Neil Diamond. William always tells the story that Neil Diamond was his vocal teacher without him knowing. In William’s early life as performer, he was renowned for performing the songs of Neil Diamond. He stopped performing Neil Diamond songs a few years ago, in order to develop his own musical identity. And so he did.
Many years later, in 2018, the news broke that Neil Diamond was not able to perform live any longer, because of medical reasons. William decided that it was time to bring the songs Neil Diamond to the stage once more, as a tribute to his extraordinary music career.
The ‘The William Warren #NeilDiamondConnection’ show tells the story of one of the greatest entertainers of the last 50 years’ profound influence on the life of a young South African boy on the other side of the world.The carefully selected songs are all William’s favourites and also the favourites of millions of others across the world. William’s stories are very personal and it leaves the audience with a sense of nostalgia.
“I am crazy about your music. Your Diamond Show was very special. We enjoyed it tremendously. When are you going to record the Diamond songs so we can listen to it in the car? It is an honour to listen to your music.” – A fan
19 November2018 19h00 – Mnr seks & 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.
20 November 2018 20h00 – Joshua na die Reën
Joshua na die Reën has fascinated audiences with his unique style and soothing voice from the first notes of his debut CD in 2014. He has received various awards from Ghoema, Huisgenoot Tempo & Woordfees, and composed theme songs for Movies and TV programs and his career has blossomed rapidly. This year his success is celebrated with a new CD, “Die Wêreld Binne My”, written and composed by this talented musician.
The 16 original songs are more introspective with the theme of hope and dreams. Some of his favorites are; “Oor die Heuwels & Berge”, “Stof en Sterre”, “Droogte” and “Stroomop”. It has always been his dream to record with the TUKS Camerata choir and it has been realized in this CD. He believes in the power of music and you are invited to share the journey through all aspects of life with his soul music.
21 November 2018 20h00 – Mathys & Dana – Lag van die Huil
Mathys Roets and Dana Snyman will take you with on a bittersweet journey of stories that will let you laugh and some will make you sad. Life is just like that. This is a brand new production where music and stories join.
Mathys says: “It is wonderful how some music and certain stories come together. When I sing Gert Vlok Nel’s Hillside lullaby it reminds Dana of the story he wrote about a pregnant bar lady.” Dana says to know who you are, you must know where you come from and the best way is with the help of music and stories.
“Just about every song I sing, tells a story” says Mathys. “It is as though Dana and I are in a constant conversation.” They are both very excited about this show. “Is intelligent music and stories not all we have to understand each other and the more profound things in life.”
22 November 2018 20h00 – Mel Botes – Poets, Wine & Song
Master guitarist, songwriter Mel Botes at the Atterbury Theatre on 22 November his brand new show “Poets, Wine and Song”. Take a trip down memory lane as Mel performs a variety of old classic songs by some of his favourite poets. Be swept away by a selection of Mel’s original music from his two ground-breaking albums’ David’s Confession – About Time”, “Flight of Bird”, and the new “River Symphony” – A symphony in progress.
A seasoned raconteur – Mel relates how words became songs and why these songs made such an extraordinary impact on him personally and on the music listening community at large. The music of performance artists including Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rodriguez, and will be interpreted through the eyes, mind and voice of Mel Botes. Joining him on stage will be Hansie Roodt (Guitar), Stephen Aiken (Piano, Sax), Travis Johnston (Drums), Charles Geer (bass), Ninquja and Tanja Storm (Backing Vocals).
Mel Botes has chosen to remain true to his mission which includes powerfully entertaining original concept shows and a selection of other wonderful theatre productions paying tribute to various Poets and Legends in the world of music and song.
25 November 2018 17h00 – Spoegwolf Live at Atterbury Theatre
Spoegwolf is a band from the Paarl. With their though-provoking lyrics and rich sound, Spoegwolf have all the ingredients to make their music stand out from what is available in the current Afrikaans market. On 25 November they will bring a show hope and music to the Atterbury Theatre.
27 November – 2 December Nataniël: Mesenger (Various Times)
A new show by Nataniël.
A sign, a message, a suspicion, a proverb, a shock, a revelation, this is how lives are changed for the best or at a great cost. Since the earliest miracles and legends to the newest inventions of junkmail, the greater part of humankind live overwhelmed by fear, trends, exhaustion or hysteria.
At the time of the year that is associated with festivity and inspiration, Nataniël contemplates this social phenomenon that paralyzes surprises and renews.
Messenger is a collection of new stories, in English and Afrikaans, original compositions, timeless music previously sung by artists like Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and B.B. King, Hilarious, fantastic, nostalgic, brand new, a feast for the connoisseur!
Nataniël shares the stage with Charl du Plessis (piano), Werner Spies (bass), Peter Auret (percussion) and the singer Nicolaas Swart.
Books, CD’s, lifestyle products, all your Christmas shopping will be in the foyer!
Only 6 shows!
No children under 15.
Although the Theatre will be closing on 16 December, there are still special shows to put you in the right mood for the Christmas season: Adam Barnard & Friends (also his Romanz brothers!), Kevin Fraser, the Comedian and a Christmas show with Jannie Moolman and Corlea Botha. Good luck for the last few busy weeks!