Come to the cabaret ...Wela Kapela Productions present CabaretFest Cape Town 2021 at the Baxter Theatre Centre, from the 22nd September to the 9th October 2021. Not one, but four cabarets are waiting to amuse, entertain and dazzle Cape Town audiences at the Golden Arrow Studio.
Mad about the Boys
The CabaretFest kicks off with Mad about the Boys - Think Ivor Novello, the matinee idol; Noel Coward, the quintessential English gentleman; and the American playboy, Cole Porter.
Daily Dispatch 16 Jul 2021: “Whether it’s the writing, Anderson’s charming performance, the music itself or a wonderful combination of all three is difficult to tell... ...it is sheer entertainment and, to be honest, might be just what we all need right now.”
Starring: Daniel Anderson
Piano: Germainne Gamiet
Directed /Written: Amanda Bothma
22-25 September 2021 & 9 October 2021
Damsel in Distress
Lockdown fatigue? What good is sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play... reflects Griselda, In the Standard Bank Ovation Award 2021 winning cabaret Damsel in Distress.
Griselda, a librarian, lives in the library. She has not left the building in a long, long time. When faced with life’s little challenges she just buries herself in books. Hillstead dazzles as Griselda, she yearns to escape into the real world but... “I am not an adventurer, I am a librarian and I am proud of it!” New York, New York will transport you into the pages of the Great Gatsby; and in Berlin, the sexy city, we meet Sally Bowls who comes alive in Mein Herr.
The third cabaret, A Star is Born, won not one, but two STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARDS, first in 2019 and then in 2020 on the fringe. A Star is Born tells the story of the rise and fall of Judy Garland, the undisputed Queen of cabaret.
Garland’s career began at the age of two and a half. At the age of 13, she signed her first movie contract. “The Wizard of Oz” earned her an Oscar at 17… by 47 she was dead.
How did Hollywood’s brightest star dim so fast?
“With a smile that lights up the room and a gorgeous singing voice, she (Kerry Hiles) had the audience in the palm of her hand throughout her impressive performance” (Review by Keith Millar)
The Story of Eva Cassidy is at once beautiful and tragic - the stuff legends are made of: Eva Cassidy died of cancer aged 33. This remarkable singer never made it big. Then four years after her death everything changed. Overnight her album “Songbird” shot to number 1 on the charts. Within weeks it reached Platinum status. How did that happen? Kerry Hiles, a two-time STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD winner, is a master storyteller, yet it is when she sings Autumn Leaves and Fields of Gold that she is at her very best.