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PRESS: 2024 launches with a bang at The Drama Factory

Christine Skinner


The Drama Factory explodes into 2024 with a programme that celebrates all-South African talent. Audiences can enjoy the best of local comedy, music and drama for an entertaining night out, ensconced in the welcoming environment of this intimate Strand-based venue. 

We wish all our patrons and artists a healthy, happy and prosperous 2024,” says Sue Diepeveen, founder of The Drama Factory. We are looking forward to another year of sharing the magic of live performance, celebrating South African artists, with some wonderful international guests in between.”

The January programme is: 

Namaste Bae Blessings and Kombucha

Performed by Rob van Vuuren / Directed by Louw Venter

12 January at 20h00

Tickets cost R200

PG 13

After wildly successful national and international tours and winning the Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival 2023, Namaste Bae: Blessings and Kombucha returns to the Drama Factory! 

A healing ceremony unlike any you’ve ever experienced brought to you by the new age satirical guru taking social media by storm. Some say he was born with a bottle of kombucha in one hand and a yoga mat in the other during a Vedic Shadow Planet eclipse. Some say he takes all the psychedelics so you don’t have to. Some say he is still looking for a ticket to Burning Man. Whatever they say, Namaste Bae is the guru you both need and deserve. A self proclaimed oracle of the Mother Scoby, Namaste Bae will help you find yourself inside yourself and with the power of comedic catharsis he will help you give birth to a better version of yourself.Namaste Bae is the globally viral brainchild of multi-award winning South African comedian and actor Rob van Vuuren, and will provide you with a night of healing hilarity and titillating transcendence you won’t forget!

“Unbelievably insane, 1000% committed, utterly hilarious and totally gifted Rob van Vuuren… It is truly masterful…” - Megan Choritz, Weekend Special ‘Life-changing! Worth every penny.’ - @tarrynlesli ‘My ascension to healing with NamasteBae pulled my shakra so tight my harem pants ripped’ - @louisescottart 

Namaste Bae is the globally viral brainchild of multi-award winning South African comedian and actor Rob van Vuuren, and will provide you with a night of healing hilarity and titillating transcendence you won’t forget! 

A Tribute to Neil Young performed by Akkedis

13 January at 19h30


Tickets cost R200 

Akkedis, the well-loved local band featuring the extraordinary Dennis brothers, Arthur on lead guitar, harmonica, and vocals, and Rudolph on piano, guitar, and percussion, alongside the talented A.J. Graham on bass guitar, proudly presents an unforgettable tribute to the iconic Neil Young. The event promises an immersive experience, featuring a rendition of Neil Young's entire best-selling 1972 album, "Harvest," and a selection of other cherished hits from the legendary artist.

Akkedis has devoted more than a decade to delivering an electrifying Neil Young Tribute, captivating audiences with sold-out shows at venues across South Africa. Attendees can anticipate an enchanting evening filled with renditions of timeless classics such as "Heart of Gold," "Harvest," "There's A World," "Old Man," "Harvest Moon," and "Ohio," among other favourites.

Don't miss this extraordinary musical journey as Akkedis pays homage to Neil Young, celebrating the enduring legacy of one of the greatest musicians of our time.


Alles Tot Nou (Deur Aletta Francina) 

Aletta FrancinaStand-up comedy20 January at 19h30 and 21 January at 16h00

Tickets cost: R200

Aletta is maar net ‘n eenvoudige meisie wat nog altyd wou perform en in hierdie komiese eenvroustuk deel sy alles van hoe sy op die ouderdom van 10 verslaaf geraak het aan Aromat tot hoe sy onlangs rabies survive het. Hierdie debuut vertoning is 'n tell-all propvol lag en teer en 'n kykie in Aletta se lewe soos nog nooit vantevore nie.

The Emperor's New Clothes

27 January at 11am and 28 January at 15h00 

Children's Theatre Tickets cost R100 / R80 for groups of four or more


Yes, it's back!!  Audiences have been bowled over by this fresh take on a well-loved tale By Hans Christian Andersen. Directed by Sue Diepeveen and with a distinctly South African flavour, actors Henu Badenhorst and Jessie Diepeveen take us on a journey behind the scenes at the emperor’s palace.  His majesty is a vain man, obsessed with his looks and living a great life, he doesn’t care too much about his subjects.  Along comes Charlotte who decides to expose him for the world to see.  Can she convince him that that she is making him a magical cloak which is only visible to clever people?  To find out, come and join us for some family fun!

Audience comments: 'Brilliant!' ; 'It was fabulous.  The kids enjoyed it very much. And we the grandparents too!' ;'I loved it, the children loved it.  I laughed out loud often!!'  and, 'Awesome show.  Talented cast. Lots of fun!


Elzabé Zietsman/Regie: Maralin Vanrenen,/Teks: Johann Slabbert/ Klankbaan: Coenie De VilliersDrama ComedyWarning: Loud Bang 27 January at 19h30

Tickets cost R200 / R180

Routrip is ‘n splinternuwe eenvroutoneelstuk uit die pen van Johann Slabbert, vertolk deur Elzabé Zietsman. Ná ’n mislukte selfdoodpoging en drie weke in ’n psigiatriese kliniek, pak Helena haar karretjie met een tas klere en bokse vol familie-items wat sy haar lewe lank bymekaarmaak – van ’n lappieskombers tot ’n alsiende glasoog. Met niks om te verloor nie, begin haar tragikomiese reis deur die land om haar versameling uit te deel en finaal van mense afskeid te neem. Gewapen met humor, ignoreer sy die wanhoop en leef sy vreesloos, vry en, op die oog af, sorgeloos.

Zietsman is benoem vir ‘n Woordtrofee vir die “Beste prestasie in ‘n Solostuk” vir haar spel in Routrip by die pasafgelope Toyota US Woordfees. “Die stuk laat mens anders na die aard van depressie kyk, en beslis met die nodige sensitiwiteit en patos. Dit waardeur Helena gaan, klink bekend, maar haar benadering tot dit waarmee sy worstel is insiggewend. 

Die stuk, met regie deur Maralin Vanrenen en klankbaan deur Coenie de Villiers, bevat ‘n goeie skeut humor en karakters van oraloor wat ‘n mens in die samelewing herken.” - AJ Opperman Netwerk24 (10/10/2023)

“Elzabé Zietsman is on a roll. Femme is Fatale is a hard act to follow, but in her new partnership with writer Johann Slabbert, they wisely went a very different route – yet sticking to a text that’s edgy and in this instance, funny. The approach is lighter and Zietsman has 90 minutes to play, to hold the audience close to her heart and to show her skills in full colour." - Diane De Beer – INK (12/10/2023)

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

With its fully licensed bar and cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Drama Factory is the perfect venue to enjoy top-quality entertainment with a group of friends or family. The solar-powered invertor ensures the show will always go on, even when there is load-shedding! 

Make a staycation of a visit to The Drama Factory, booking in with one of their wonderful accommodation partners. Spend the night at The Views Guesthouse185 on Beach or Majorca House to enjoy the beauty and many other activities on offer in the surrounding Helderberg region. Visit the website for further details.

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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