Theatre Review: Silkworm at The Alexander Bar

Last night we popped out for an impromptu date night with a difference and I’m so glad we did…

Mondays aren’t usually a night we consider to head out, and never usually to town, but we were pleasantly surprised by a most memorable evening…

Firstly was our discovery of an awesome little bar and theatre located in Strand Street called The Alexander Bar & Theatre

What a fun little find! We loved it… only negative was that we didn’t arrive early enough to fully appreciate this quirky space. We did, however, enjoy a drink at the bar before heading upstairs to the tiny theatre space (drink in hand!)

Up a narrow staircase was another revelation…

The tiniest theatre… one of those hidden Cape Town spaces that you feel privileged to uncover!

Here we sat down in the front row to enjoy a performance of Silkworm.

Winner of a 2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award, Contagious Theatre’s newest production, is an evocative exploration of the ordinary things that make life extraordinary.

The story is told to us through the eyes of the gregarious and socially awkward Georgina who is about to have the single most important day of her life.

And it is on this day that she takes the audience on a journey that reveals how the small things are, ultimately, big things.

Silkworm makes extensive use of storytelling and clowning techniques borrowed from Italy’s Helikos School of Theatre Creation, with a dollop of quirky humour and a touch of wonderful whimsy.

Conceived and directed by Jenine Collocott and staring the incredible talent that is Taryn Bennett (who we recently enjoyed in The Snow Goose), this one-man play is very different from the norm, but we loved it… even my husband who is not usually a theatre fan, was won over… so much so that he had a starring role!

Sensitive and insightful, this is a theatrical experience that explores, pushes, and ultimately punctures the gossamer thin veil that divides the wistfully surreal from the frighteningly real.

An evening with Silkworm will leave you entertained, relaxed and introspective.

Silkworm runs from 6 – 18 May at The Alexander Bar & Theatre. Ticket prices range from R90 – R100. Buy tickets online.

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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