A revival of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever is Milnerton Playhouse’s May 24 to June 8 production and forms part of the 30 years celebration of the Playhouse and 40 years of the Milnerton Players. 

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Meet the most dysfunctional family ever! The action takes place in the Country House of the Bliss family over the course of a weekend. Each member of this ill-mannered and eccentric family has privately invited a guest for the weekend, unbeknownst to anyone else. By being over the top and theatrical in their actions the members of the family cause each guest to be paired off with the wrong person causing much confusion and mayhem. The guests are so angered by the strange behaviour of their hosts they plot to escape the antics of this outrageous family with hugely comic results!

As one of the plays to be performed by the group that became Milnerton Players, Isabel Ormandy, who appeared in that production, has taken up the director’s baton to bring this hilarious play to a new generation. 

With Michelle Galloway as Judith Bliss, Trevor Joubert as David Bliss, Tania Lemme as Sorel Bliss, Lee Speechly as Simon Bliss, Melissa Sanderson as Myra Arundel, Mark Wilkes as Sandy Tyrell,  Dirk Jonker as Richard Greatham,  Estie de Wet as Jackie Coryton and Beryl Eichenberger as Clara.

And Then What?

In the comedic drama And Then What?, the playwright explores the theme of chasing a dream, sometimes to our own detriment, without giving much thought as to what comes next.

And Then What? an original play written and directed by Werner Asher Steffen (director of 2018’s ‘Dangerous Obsession’ at the Playhouse) will be performed at the Milnerton Playhouse between 29 March and 13 April 2019. And Then What? is Steffen’s third time writing and directing, following on Die Lappop in 1998 for the UJ Drama Festival, and the short play Before I Forget at the Milnerton Playhouse in 2018. He is also not a stranger to the stage as an actor, most recently having portrayed roles in Art (2017) and The Christmas Spirit (2018).

Does thinking about what is to follow change our decisions or goals?

Can we ever with certainty predict what is to follow?

Does the question And Then What? require contemplation and a resolution?

Set in a café-bar (The Office) in the Cape Town inner city, three friends meet up on a summer’s evening for what is supposed to be quiet, after-work drinks. What ensues, however, might just change the trajectory of their lives and the decisions that they make, whether for better or for worse. 

How will asking the question ‘And Then What?’ influence each of the characters?

Is it sometimes better not to think too hard about that question and to throw caution to the wind?

Each one has a series of issues which are thrown into the open when the divorced and brittle Fiona (Lizanne Peters) suggests that Anne (Hannah Crafford) has not thought beyond her imminent wedding day. Asking the question ‘and then what’ throws her into making a rash decision.  The seemingly confident Bryan (Anton Schӓfer) adds to the whirlpool when he reveals that his fear of rejection renders him unable to pursue a serious relationship ensuring he is in control of his future. Eavesdropping on the conversation and keeping them plied with drinks is the good looking bartender Collin (Shaun Saal) who has his eye on Bryan and, while relatively clumsy in his approach, displays a strength and decisiveness that surprises Bryan.

The Barman (Shaun Saal) gets drawn into the drama between the three friends, something that he usually tries to avoid at all cost. At the same time, he tries to get Bryan’s attention, who seems to be either blissfully unaware of or outright ignoring the Barman’s advances.

How our own emotional experiences shape our reactions are issues very relevant in our society and Steffen takes the audience into the heart of braving what the future may, or may not, hold by suggesting we take the plunge with some forethought.

March 29 to 13 April: Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road (Behind the Library) Milnerton

Evenings: Friday at 8pm: 29 March, 5 and 12 April, Saturday 30 March, 6 and 13 April

Matinée: Saturday 6 and 13 April.

Lets Do It!

Cole Porter is considered as being one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century.  During his life he has written more than 900 songs – a large proportion of these were composed for the more than 30 musicals he created during his lifetime.  Pierre Robertson and Something Else! will be bringing you 20 of Porter’s most well-known songs at the Milnerton Playhouse on the 27th of April.  Performers well known to the Milnerton stage, Melissa Sanderson and Fiona Tanner, will be joined by Pierre Robertson, Adrian Gregory, Marius Steyn, Chima Okafor, Stephan Bezuidenhout and Joshua Klein under the music direction of Chris Cameron-Dow to entertain you to the tunes of well known Porter creations, such as Anything Goes…

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Sing Fur Your Supper

Charity fundraiser presented by Bonny White, in aid of SA Basset Adoptions.

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