Press release: Fabulous February at the Drama Factory

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Frank Opperman in Reünie, at The Drama Factory from 7 to 11 February 2024

The Drama Factory presents a fabulous February programme which offers audiences a delicious selection of comedy, music and entertainment for the younger ones. 

“February is the month of love and we love live!” says Sue Diepeveen, founder of the Drama Factory. “There is nothing that can compare to experiencing a live performance, presented by the astounding South African talent we have here on our doorstep.”

February at a glance
  • Reünie – comedy with Frank Opperman, 7 to 11 February
  • Summer of 69: The Ultimate Bryan Adams Experience, music – 9 February
  • Ka-BOOM! – family entertainment, 16 to 18 February
  • Diamonds and Divas – music, 16 February
  • Hoe om oor jouself te kom – Tollie Parton – comedy (no u/18), 17 February
  • A vegan killed my marriage – comedy with Aaron McIlroy, 21 to 24 February
  • Back to the Seventies – music, 24 February
  • Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist – comedy, 28 and 29 February
The full programme line-up

Frank Opperman / geskryf deur Dana Snyman / regie deur De Klerk Oelofse
Drama, comedy
Geen onder 10s – taalgebruik
7, 8, 10 February at 19:30, 11 February at 16:00
R200 – R225

Dit is dieselfde skoolsaal, maar dis 40 jaar later. Ja, dis die 1980-matriekgroep se reünie soos beleef deur Petrus Boshoff, die verteller. Die voormalige matrieks word gekonfronteer met die spoke van die verlede en ’n tragedie wat hulle 40 jaar gelede saam beleef het. Dana Snyman en Frank Opperman het al verskeie kere kragte saamgesnoer in die skep van eenmanstukke: Dana met die pen en Frank op die verhoog. Met Reünie is die sterk regisseurshand van De Klerk Oelofse bygevoeg. Verwag dieselfde fyn spot, deernis en ’n tikkie nostalgie

Dana Snyman en Frank Opperman het al verskeie kere kragte saamgesnoer in die skep van eenmanstukke: Dana met die pen en Frank op die verhoog, onder meer met Die uwe, Pottie Potgieter, Rooikaart, Hond, Klaagliedere van dominee Tienie Benade en Donkie. Met Reünie is die sterk regisseurshand van De Klerk Oelofse bygevoeg. Verwag dieselfde fyn spot, deernis en ’n tikkie nostalgie.

Summer of 69 – The Ultimate Bryan Adams Experience
Ant Kinnsey of vocals and bass, Malcolm Cassisa on drums, Simon Kettleborough on keyboards and Simon van Dugteran on guitar and vocals
Live music
9 February at 19:30
Tickets R200 / R180 

Having already rocked the stage with unforgettable sold-out performances, they're back to deliver the magic of Bryan Adams once more, featuring 22 of his greatest pop and rock hits. This show follows the format of Bryan Adams' epic Wembley Stadium concert where he performed all the amazing hits we know and love to an over 70 000 strong audience.

Performed by Sophie Joans, Tshiamo Moretlwe and Lize-Marie Wait
Directed by Tshiamo Moretlwe, written by Sophie Joans
Design by Lize-Marie Wait
Children’s theatre
16 and 17 February at 11:00, 18 February at 15:00
R100 / R80

Step into a world where imagination knows no limits, and empathy takes center stage. Ka-BOOM! is the theatrical experience of a lifetime, tailored for adventurous spirits aged 9-13.

The adventure unfolds: Join Squish and Splat, two unlikely heroes, as they embark on a daring quest to rescue the ocean from a cunning plastic bag. It’s a journey that’s as entertaining as it is enlightening, combining the magic of puppetry with the humour of a Pixar movie. Our 45-minute puppetry performance engages young minds while addressing climate crisis, anxiety and apathy in a playful, thought-provoking manner.

Diamonds and Divas featuring Johan Liebenberg and Chloe Eddy
16 February at 19:30
R200 / R180

Experience the captivating collaboration of Johan Liebenberg, renowned for his stellar Neil Diamond renditions, and illustrious female vocalist, Chloe Eddy, in an extraordinary show featuring the crème de la crème of both male and female vocalists, as they showcase their best hits in a night filled with timeless classics. Enchanting duets such as “We've Got Tonight”, “You Don't Bring Me Flowers”, “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine” will grace the stage, promising a night of musical bliss.  Together, Johan and Chloe will create an unforgettable evening, leaving you with memories to cherish.

Hoe om oor jouself te kom – Tollie Parton
Tollie Parton in samewerking met Nico Scheepers / musiek deur Louwtjie Rothman
Geen onder 18’s 
17 February at 20:00

Politiek, hoe moeilik kan dit wees? ’n Fopdosser in die parlement? Is ons gereed? Kan ons oor onsself kom om dit moontlik te maak, of drink ons te veel pille? Hoe om oor jouself te kom is Tollie Parton se nuwe show wat sy in samewerking met Nico Scheepers geskep het. ’n Humoristiese blik op die binnewerking van Tollie se brein, en hoekom sy besluit het om ... ag, kom kyk.

Tollie is nie vir fyngevoeliges nie. Haar skote is sterker as ooit en as jy braaf genoeg is om die uur deur te sit, wag daar ’n verrassing aan die einde. Jy weet? Ons almal soek mos ’n happy ending. En wie weet? Dalk het sy die oplossing? Dalk deel sy haar groot geheim. Snaaks, en bietjie te eerlik. Kom, kom!

’n Báie volwasse show.

A vegan killed my marriage
Aaron McIlroy / Directed by Craig Freimond
No under 16s – sensitive content
21, 22, 23 February at 19:30, 24 February at 15:00
R220 / R200

The hilarious and extremely thought provoking one-hander, A vegan killed my marriage, starring funny man, Aaron Mcilroy, written and directed by the multi award winning, Craig Freimond, comes to The Drama Factory.  

Mcilroy, well known for his many performances including the lunatic father, Mr Milton, in the Spud movie franchise, plays James, a red-blooded, meat-eating South African male. He is fully aware of the consistent concerns about the meat industry’s role in the impending climate catastrophe.

Over the years, he has done his best to studiously evade and ignore such concerns, until a work trip creates an unexpected double whammy, and he is shaken out of his comfort zone. Out of the blue, he becomes a vegetarian, not realising how unwelcome this change and his newfound fanaticism will be in his meat-eating home. The skirmishes at home escalate into a full-blown war. Could it be a midlife crisis? James, who only months before, had been the king of the braai, has had a change of heart and now demands an entirely meat-free home.

Winner of a Bronze Ovation Award at the 2023 National Arts Festival in Makhanda (Grahamstown), the comical and highly entertaining solo performance.

Back to the Seventies: 70s Tribute
James Marais and Monique Cassells
24 February at 16:00
Tickets R180 / R160

Back to the Seventies – 70s Tribute is a mini-theatrical experience featuring the dynamic vocal and visual performances of James Marais and Monique Cassells, alternating as a duo and individual performers, who also do multiple costume changes throughout. The show celebrates some great artists and songs from this musically diverse decade, including the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Smokie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stealers Wheel, ABBA, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard and more!

Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist
28 and 29 February at 19:30
Tickets R170

As you loved him so much last year, we invited him back!!  Often confused as a mentalist and magician, Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist is in fact and award winning comedian and stage hypnotist who has the audience int eh palm of his hands from the beginning of his show to the very end.

Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist celebrates a record breaking 31 years on stage as South Africa’s very own convener of the strange weird and wonderful.   Andre discovered his hypnotic calling after watching a performance of the late Max Collie in action.  No two shows are ever the same as the show’s strength lies in the fact that every night’s volunteers are completely different, leading to a diverse hilarious action-packed evening performance. With every person reacting differently to Andre’s suggestion, not even Andre knows what to expect when he steps up on stage.

At the end of the day the strength of the show lies on the volunteers of the evening and that is what makes Andre’s show such a feel good, funny, hilarious evening’s entertainment. It’s truly the only show in the country that can claim that it makes stars of your friends and family.

Aaron McIlroy in A vegan killed my marriage, at the Drama Factory from 21 to 24 February

Bookings for all shows can be made at or contact 073 215 2290.

The Drama Factory is situated at 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape. Parking is available at the venue.

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