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Alan Committie goes back to school in his brand-new comedy, Class(y) Clown at the Baxter, this November and December

The hugely popular Cape Town comedian, Alan Committie, goes back to school with his brand-new show, Class(y) Clowns, directed by Chris Weir, in the Baxter Concert Hall, from 23 November to 15 December at 8.15pm, with Saturday matinee performances.

Hot on the heels of hosting the Mother City’s favourite winter showcase, the 2018 Jive Cape Town Comedy Festival and the sold-out success of his Love Factually, Committie is ready to hand out top-class laughs.

He has gone back to the classroom, to teach himself (and audiences along the way), a few lessons.

As 2019 quickly approaches, he reviews the year that was – and what to look forward to – in the comic madness of the year ahead.

The verbally dexterous Committie has been described as having “a flair for thinking on his feet” and “turning something quite ordinary into a hysterical situation”. Class(y) Clowns promises to be no exception to this rule. “Verbal hi-jinx and madcap physicality make this comedian a must see,” is how Business Day described him.

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comedians and renowned master of ceremonies, Committie has hosted six Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, nine Jive Cape Town Funny Festivals and seven Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, amongst many others. He is also a multi-award-winning actor whose accolades include a Fleur du Cap Best Actor award for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Best Supporting Actor) award for Laugh Out Loud.

Most recently he was seen in Oleanna at the Fugard Theatre and in early next year, he takes on the title role of Richard III at Maynardville. He also directed The Play That Goes Wrong at Theatre on the Bay.

Class(y) Clown is an 80-minute exploration of what we have learnt, what we still need to understand and how we can keep sane in this age of bewilderment.

Using his experience as a former school teacher, Committie will be re-educating audiences about the hilarious and precariously fragile state of the world. He covers subjects like science, history, geography, physical education, sex education and even home economics. The curriculum includes fluctuating from flossing to fiscal fragility and bouncing between ball-sports and by-elections as everything is covered in this hilarious new comedy show.

“There will be lots of textbook laughs but, be warned,” says Committie, “miss this show and you’ll be sent off to detention straight away.”

Class(y) Clown runs at the Baxter Concert Hall, from 23 November to 15 December at 8.15pm with Saturday matinees on 1, 8 and 15 December at 5pm. Ticket prices range from R120 to R165. Booking is through Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or from selected Pick n Pay stores.

ROESHDIEN JAZ RELEASES NEW SUMMER DANCE SINGLE!

Cancer Survivor/Cape Town based Singer-Songwriter Roeshdien Jaz fresh from being on stage with Sipho Mabuse at the Baxter last month in Cape Town , continues to uplift, elevate an inspire with the official release of his brand-new Tropical House/Dance Summer single, ‘Want what you can’t have’

rj banner 2 new 6 nov 2018

rj banner 2 new 6 nov 2018

“Want what you can’t have” is the brand NEW Summer, Dance/Club single, by Cape Town Singer-Songwriter, Roeshdien Jaz. It’s a fresh, dynamic dance track with suttle depth. The song speaks of how we… “Always seem to want what we just can’t have”.

“Even though she has a man, you still pursue your plan. “It’s a shame even though she knew, all the things he puts her through, cause she wants what she can’t have. It ain’t clear to me it’s a mystery, life always seems to be, a search, a hunt for what we always want, that’s never meant to be.”

A must have in your ‘SUMMER 2018 PLAYLIST’ to get you dancing, or that ‘adrenalin’ pumping on the treadmill at the gym. Remixes in the pipeline featuring  Cape Town female emcees, EJ Von Lyrik, Burni Aman and Shame (Godessa).

Available on ALL major digital platforms, worldwide. Roeshdien’s, much anticipated Debut Album 8 years in the making, is set for Digital release in the first quarter of 2019, called ‘The Contradiction’ (Every Mood).

“This body of work is a special tribute to life, an all it’s many beautiful contradictions”, says Roeshdien.

https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/want-what-you-cant-have-single/1437901945

All Blacks side to play Ireland on Saturday named

The All Blacks team has been named to face world number two ranked Ireland at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday 17 November (Kick-off: 7.00PM Ireland time)

The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (11)
2. Codie Taylor (40)
3. Owen Franks (105)
4. Brodie Retallick (73)
5. Samuel Whitelock (107)
6. Liam Squire (22)
7. Ardie Savea (33)
8. Kieran Read – captain (116)
9. Aaron Smith (81)
10. Beauden Barrett (71)
11. Rieko Ioane (22)
12. Ryan Crotty (43)
13. Jack Goodhue (6)
14. Ben Smith (75)
15. Damian McKenzie (21)

16. Dane Coles (58)
17. Ofa Tuungafasi (24)
18. Nepo Laulala (15)
19. Scott Barrett (27)
20. Matt Todd (16)
21. TJ Perenara (53)
22. Richie Mo’unga (6)
23. Anton Lienert-Brown (31)

The matchday 23 features just the one change from the team which beat England last weekend: Ryan Crotty comes in for the injured Sonny Bill Williams, with Anton Lienert-Brown coming into the run on reserves in the 23 jersey.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This will be another great challenge for our squad and one that we’re all really looking forward to. These are the types of Test matches that gets everyone up — it’s number one versus number two — and there’s a real excitement that’s building as we get closer to Saturday.

“The earlier part of our week has been about getting our processes and clarity right, focussing on our core roles and the execution of our skills and then going out and training well.

“On Saturday we’ll be playing an opponent who will want to keep the ball for long periods of time, and if they aren’t getting what they want, then they’ll kick and try to pressure us.

“For us, we’ll need to be strong at set piece, both on our ball and theirs, and be prepared to work hard with or without the ball. When the momentum comes our way, we’ll need to take the opportunities that will come, as the team that makes the most of their opportunities will win the game.”
Steve Hansen added: “As always, we’ve been given a warm welcome by the Irish public and we look forward to playing our part in what will be a wonderful game at one of the great rugby stadiums.”

Meanwhile, it will be a significant match for three All Blacks.

Aaron Smith will play his 82nd Test match and become the most capped All Blacks halfback in history, overtaking Justin Marshall, while Brodie Retallick and Samuel Whitelock will set a new record for an All Blacks starting lock partnership, starting in their 50th Test together.

“On behalf of the All Blacks, we want to congratulate Aaron, Brodie and Sam on their achievements,” Hansen said.

Key facts – All Blacks vs Ireland

• The All Blacks and Ireland have played each other 30 times, with 28 wins to the All Blacks, one to Ireland and one draw. The last match was in Dublin in November 2016, which the All Blacks won 21-9.
• All Blacks Captain Kieran Read celebrated 100 Test wins last weekend – he’s the fourth player in history to record 100 Test match wins, behind Richie McCaw (131), Keven Mealamu (114) and Tony Woodcock (102).

• Beauden Barrett has become the first player to score 100 international points this year. He is on 106 points, with South African Handre Pollard on 100 and England’s Owen Farrell on 91.

All Blacks vs England teams for Sat 10 Nov -they last met 4 years ago

The All Blacks team has been named to play the Hillary Shield Test against England at Twickenham, London, on Saturday 10 November (Kick-off: 3.00PM BST)
The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (10)
2. Codie Taylor (39)
3. Owen Franks (104)
4. Samuel Whitelock (106)
5. Brodie Retallick (72)
6. Liam Squire (21)
7. Ardie Savea (32)
8. Kieran Read – captain (115)

9. Aaron Smith (80)
10. Beauden Barrett (70)
11. Rieko Ioane (21)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (50)
13. Jack Goodhue (5)
14. Ben Smith (74)
15. Damian McKenzie (20)

16. Dane Coles (57)
17. Ofa Tuungafasi (23)
18. Nepo Laulala (14)
19. Scott Barrett (26)
20. Matt Todd (15)
21. TJ Perenara (52)
22. Richie Mo’unga (5)
23. Ryan Crotty (42)

In the forwards, Karl Tu’inukuafe starts in the number one jersey, replacing the injured Joe Moody, alongside Codie Taylor and Owen Franks. Ofa Tuungafasi and Nepo Laulala, together with hooker Dane Coles, will provide front row support from the bench.

Locks Brodie Retallick and Samuel Whitelock are in the second row, with Liam Squire, Ardie Savea and Captain Kieran Read the loose forward trio. Scott Barrett and Matt Todd are lock and loose forward cover.

In the backs, halfback Aaron Smith and first five-eighth Beauden Barrett will start, with the inside paring of TJ Perenara and Richie Mo’unga to bring impact from the bench, Jack Goodhue returns from illness and is named at centre, inside Sonny Bill Williams, while the outside back trio is unchanged from the Tokyo Test against Australia, with Rieko Ioane in the 11 jersey, Ben Smith in 14 and Damian McKenzie at fullback. Ryan Crotty provides extra back cover in the run-on reserves.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said there had been real excitement and energy in the All Blacks camp this week: “There’s huge anticipation at what lies ahead on Saturday and the team is certainly looking forward to the challenge of the weekend.
“Our week’s preparation has been very good. We’ve spent the early part of our week getting our preparation right and clarity of our roles and been building throughout the week so we’re ready to go on Saturday.

“We know we’ll be up against a very determined and well-coached English side. They’ll have gained a lot of confidence from their win over South Africa and be keen to make a statement in front of their passionate Twickenham home crowd.

“However, for us it’s about making our own statement. To do that, we’ll need to bring our own intensity and accuracy to an even higher level throughout the game. It’s a great opportunity to assess where our game is at and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Key facts – All Blacks vs England

* The All Blacks will again have an embroidered poppy on their sleeves this weekend to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day. The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association’s poppy was designed specifically for New Zealand and has been in use since 1978.

* The All Blacks and England will also be playing their tenth match for the Hillary Shield. The trophy, named in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary, was first contested for in 2008.

* The All Blacks and England have played each other 40 times in their much-storied history, with 32 wins to the All Blacks, seven to England and one draw. The most recent Test was in November 2014 at Twickenham, which the All Blacks narrowly won 24-21.

* Locks Brodie Retallick and Samuel Whitelock will be playing their 49th Test together, equalling the All Blacks starting locks partnership record set by Robin Brooke and Ian Jones. Meanwhile, Ben Smith will be playing his 75th Test and Codie Taylor his 40th.

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Delighted to be part of Songwriting competition and workshop for month of Nov in W cape with Dept Cultural Affairs and Sport

Delighted to part of the team who are working with DCAS

The people who will be coming to the town include :

1) Heinrich Frans who works and sings with Jonathan Butler and is an audio engineer and co manager to Kyle Sheppard the film composer for Noem my Skollie

2 ) Craig Parks founder of Jazzathon

3 ) Selwyn Bartlett -Radio consultant

4 )Martin Myers -founder Music Exchange and Sipho Mabuse’s manager

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