Gabriella Pinto and Kelly-Eve Koopman’s one woman show ‘Keep off the Grass’ will be showing for a two week season at the Alexander Bar Theatre from Monday, January 26, until Saturday, February 7, at 9pm nightly.
Written by Pinto and Koopman, with the former directing and the latter starring, the play tells the story of a woman from a suburb in the South, in the early morning hours, suffocating from status anxiety and sitting enclosed by electric fences, surrounded by roll on lawn, tucked behind a Trellidoor and protected by private security. In a street lulled by lavender and deaf to her warnings of pot plant syndicates, bin day conspiracies and stranger danger, she reveals how far a vigilant fynbos fundi must go, to serve and protect a nonchalant neighbourhood.
Koopman graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B-Dram in Theatre and Performance specializing in Cabaret. She has attempted to make theatre ever since and is interested in multi-genre work as well as social development. Over the course of the last few years she has been in productions that have toured the Afrikaans festival circuit and been nominated for numerous awards including Kannas and Fiestas.
Pinto has been creating theatre since she graduated from UCT with a BA in Theatre and Performance. She enjoys creating new work as well as staging existing texts and was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Best New Director in 2014.
* Tickets can be purchased and reserved without payment online at shows.alexanderbar.co.za or, at the bar. For telephone bookings and for more information, call 021 300 1652.
The Alexander Bar & Café is situated on 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town CBD.