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Good day Atterbury newsletter friends,

October means school holidays, the Aardklop Festival and a breakaway for the lucky ones! We wish you safe journeys and a lovely rest. The theatre will be in full swing with a variety of shows and something for everyone. It is also time for our annual National Piano Competition. The Gala concert on 26 October, with some of the best talent in the country, is not to be missed. Many of the previous winners are performing overseas with great success!

Shows in October:

1 & 6 October 2018 11h00 – Die Verhaal van die drie Varkies

Bring the kids along with parents and grandparents and teach them a love for theatre at an early age.

2 October 2018 20h00 – Roan Ash Unplugged

Roan Ash stops you in your tracks when you hear him sing for the first time. There is goosebump sincerity and soothing roughness to his voice that invites you to get lost in his soulful lyrics… and makes you believe, for just a moment that you are in heaven. After his sold out album launch show earlier this year Roan Ash is back on demand at the Atterbury theatre!

This immensely talented singer songwriter is bound to once again WOW his audience with an unplugged show which will showcase his new album “Whiskey to my soul” including his hit single “If I ever saw heaven” which charted on all major radio stations countrywide recently. Don’t miss!

3 & 4 October 2018 Various Times – Krummel en Karnallie (another special for the children)

Krummel and Karnallie are Maya’s two hamsters and one day they escape from their cage. Bzz, the hummer comes to fetch Blerts, the parrot to help with the bully problem in the Paradys Park. Picatso (a cat) is a media sensation because she paints with her tail.

Unfortunately one of her unique paintings vanishes and her husband Ducatti searches franticly to find the thief.  Could it be the “skermunkels” or the “snertwurms”? What is the “oliekrokkenosterlikkeakkepikkestruisvoël” suddenly doing in the park? Come and find out!

6 October 2018 20h00 – Die Melktertkommissie

After a long absence from the stage, Die Melktert Kommissie has decided to take to the stage once again!

Die Melktert Kommissie is a 4-piece Afrikaans rock band originally from Jeffreys Bay and consists of Lucinda Rosa Neethling (Lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Jean Marie Korff (Electric guitar and backing vocals), Tim van der Westhuizen (Bass guitar) and Jan-Adriaan Korff (Drums and backing vocals).

The band formed in 2002 for the first Rockspaaider competition which they won.Their first album, Volroom, was recorded in June 2003 and released later that year. In April 2005 they decided to take up music as a profession and to tour and market the band full time; and even went on tour to London. Two music videos were made off the first album for the tracks Tiener and Sticks and Stones.The second album, Wonderwoorde, was recorded in November 2005 and released in early 2006. The album was well received by the public and media. They crisscrossed South Africa and had record sales.

Three music videos from the album followed, namely Hier’s Ek Weer, My Engel and Proudly South African.Nominations following the release of Wonderwoorde include a Kanna nomination for their “Wonderwoorde” production at KKNK and a nomination for Best Rock Group at the MK Awards.In mid-2007 Die Melktert Kommissie recorded their third album, titled Vergewe en Vergeet.

Two music videos were made off the album for the tracks Mr Jealousy and Pronk. The song Pronk was also included on the soundtrack for Afrikaans film Bakgat!.At the end of 2009 Die Melktert Kommissie started scaling down their performances before they announced that they’re going on a break. Three years later they started gigging again and has done so on and off ever since.

For more information visit their Facebook page, Twitter @DieMelkterte or contact Jean-Marie Korff at 0765345514.

8 October 2018 20h00 – Acoustic @ Atterbury

Acoustic@Atterbury is a show to celebrate what music is and to get back to the roots of why we love it so much. The artist and executor of this music production is Jason Ferreira, bringing his own taste and years of experience as a member of the acoustic band “Paper Planes” to the table. His passion is people and his heart is music, he will not only entertain, but he will hook you for 90 minutes of pure music. May this show be something to soothe the soul and to open doors to a greater meaning of music as we know it…join us and support the local industry, because they have what it takes

9 October 2018 20h00 – Barry Hilton

Just before legendary South African comedian, Barry Hilton, leaves the country to host the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival, he will thrill audiences on local soil at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on 9 October 2018.

With a third outlet of his signature Nou Gaan Ons Braai clothing range having just opened its doors, launching a family fun card game called SmartAsk and teaching business professionals the serious side of funny with his Talk Funny workshops, you might think Barry Hilton is taking some time off from his first love: stand-up comedy.  You will also be very wrong.

Barry continues to enjoy one the most successful careers in SA stand-up history.  He has been wowing audiences for a phenomenal 35 years!  And is still criss-crossing this country and the world with his unique and larger-than-life approach to things we all have in common and a hilarious take on our quirks and differences.

Apart from being an absolute audience favourite, Barry is also known for his professionalism and dedication to good, clean comedy. These are just some of the reasons that saw him awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Comics’ Choice Awards – voted for by his peers and colleagues in the industry.

He’s known for never going for the easy gags, cheap shots and lazy punch lines of dirty and vulgar comedy. If you’re lucky enough to remember one of the multitudes of jokes that fly your way during one of his shows, you’ll be able to tell it to anybody from your boss to your gran.

This is comedy made up of one thing and one thing only: funny. No need for vulgarity, malice or personal attacks, but rather just a unique and entertaining view of the funny and fascinating aspects that make up a uniquely South African society – all presented in his trademark style that keeps an audience on the edge of their seats, constantly wanting more. So make you sure you don’t’ miss this opportunity to see one of the very best comedians – in South Africa and the whole world – in action.

12 October 2018 20h00 – Amanda Strydom -State of the Heart

State of the heart was written by Amanda Strydom in 1993, one of her six one-woman music theatre shows. This show was crowned with a Dalro and two Showtime awards for Best Cabaret and Cabaret of the Year in 1994 and is still performed regular on public demand.

This timeless love story is placed in the time of the history of South Africa in the twenties to the seventies, a time of war when in spite of cruelty and sadness it was still believed that love would be victorious. It was a time when women were supposed to know their place, men wore suspenders, smoked Springbok Tobacco and Boeremeisies got married to Boereseuns. The time of the Second World War.

The young Afrikaans Maxi de Meyer then falls in love with an English pilot, Raymond G. Bartlett and as the love drama unfolds, sparks fly. Amanda Strydom masterly plays all the rolls- the grumpy Oupa Dikdaniël, Maxie, her childhood friend Sipho Motsepe, Stoffelina du Plooy  from the Langkloof  who has to sing with the band from the Baviaanskloof at her wedding, Dolly Parton, Maxie’s brother  Willie, the stiff upperlip Frances Pennington-Smythe and many more .

Amanda sings in six languages: Afrikaans, English, French, German, Dutch and Zulu, accompanied on piano by Coenraad Rall.

“This is Strydom’s cabaret masterpiece and portrays her talent as actress, singer, writer and above all story teller.” -Janine Morris- Metro.

“You will leave with your heart singing” – Diane de Beer – Pretoria News.

13 October 2018 9h00 – Courageous Women Arise

“The CourageousWomenArise 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, Nadia Beukes, 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 15 October – 15 December.”

14 – 16 October 2018 Various Times – Karen Zoid

Unfortunately all three shows are sold out!

17 October 20h00 – Koos se Blou Aand

This will not be a usual Koos Kombuis show at all! Come and enjoy a relaxed and cosy evening as you have not experienced with Koos……this is Koos’s Blue Evening! A Show packed with songs, stories and poetry. Koos’s two new Afrikaans publications for 2018 will also be launched and on sale with his CD’s. Children are welcome.

Beyerskloof: Beyerskloof Wines will be available to taste and on sale.

22 – 26 October 2018 Various Times – The Atterbury National Piano Competition

The 8th Atterbury National Piano Competition will take place at the Atterbury Theatre from 22 – 26 October. Auditions were held by DVD recordings and 41 successful candidates were selected, coming from as far as Kwa-Zulu, the Free State and Stellenbosch, to participate in the competition. The official opening will take place on Monday 22 October at 18h30.

The overall winner of 2017, Louis Nel will open with a short programme. The winners of the Stefans Grové Competition of 2018 will then be announced and compositions of the winners will be performed. The evening will conclude with the 2018 participants being introduced on stage.

Rounds 1 and 2 will take place on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October from 8h00 till 18h30 when all the participants will take part. On Wednesday evening 24 October the semi-finalists will be announced and the 3rd round will take place on Thursday 25 October from 13h00 till 18:00. Entrance for the public to the first three rounds will be free of charge without pre-booking.

The 9 finalists will be announced on Thursday evening and the competition will conclude with the Gala performance on Friday evening (26 October) at 19h00. Tickets will be on sale at Computicket for this event.

In the final round 3 finalists in each age group will be selected and they will each perform 2 compositions. The judges for this year will be Dr. Erika Bothma, Dr. Tessa Rhoodie and Prof. Hubert van der Spuy.

28 October 2018 17h00 – Duet with Jannie Moolman & Kevin Leo

Jannie Moolman and Kevin Leo take a sentimental journey through decades and share with the audience the all-time favourites that touch the heart. Don’t miss one of best and most popular shows of the year, back by demand from audiences, a beautiful Sunday afternoon concert!

31 October & 1 November 2018 20h00 – Steve Hofmeyr in Concert

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.

It is only three months to Christmas and it is again time for Yearend functions. An excellent choice is to attend one of our shows, specially selected for this purpose and to combined it with a dinner at one of our many restaurants. Shows to choose from include for instance; Evergreen – the Spring Concert, Mike and Mavis (comedy), Spanish Fire, Nataniël in Messenger and many more. If you need help to plan this, please contact us.

Regards,

Paulette