Budget entertainment guide

We all want to enjoy a day watching a good rugby game over the weekend or a great live gig of your favourite bands. Usually the pro events will cost you an arm and a leg. So we present you with the gig guide of amateur rugby games to amateur theatre shows that will be cheaper but still provide as much entertainment.

The sound of free music

With the rising cost of petrol, how much could you save if a show could come to your doorstep? Graeme Sacks, a Johannesburg based musician, and his friends perform at homes in people’s gardens or lounges. You can invite around  20 of your friends who are expected to then pay a donation (usually around R100 per person).

“The host can cater or ask people to bring their own food and drinks. In return they get an intimate concert in their home. Kathy Raven (blues singer), Pops Mohamed (African music specialist), Laurie Levine (country/folk singer), Dave Reynolds (harp and steelpan player duo) are a few artists who have done such performances,” says Sacks.

There is also the option of watching gigs for free in Durban at Zack’s Wilson’s Wharf open mic nights on Mondays and at Zack’s Windermere on Wednesday evenings. Tuesdays you can also experience the Blues train at Zack’s Wilson’s Wharf. This live music event features up-and-coming bands with a passion for playing the Blues-free of charge. On Fridays you can also enjoy the sounds of Misty’s band at Zack’s North Beach at no cover charge.

The entire world is a free stage

You also don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to experience the world of performing arts. The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg has become the hub of amateur dramatic societies in Cape Town. They run frequent productions at the Masque and tickets start from R65. At that price, you can enjoy the best of amateur ballet, singing and drama performances.

Witwatersrand University’s performing arts students also give theatre lovers performances at a fraction of the cost.

Until 21 July you can enjoy drama, music and physical theatre at the Wits 969 festival. You can book at www.strictlytickets.com and pay only R60 per person or R70 per person at the door. Students with student cards pay R50 to see the university’s young performers in action.

Wits theatre director, Gita Pather, says that apart from offering the audience the chance to see some great shows, Wits’ 969 festival also provides performers with the ability to extend the life of their plays immediately after the National Arts Festival, which could lead to other theatres picking up their shows.


Front row action tickets

Getting the best seat at Ellis Park to watch the Springboks clash with the All Blacks in October this year will cost you between R350 and R550. If this price range is too steep for you, weekly club rugby fixtures are an alternative if you are keen to watch a live game.

Western Province’s Super league A clubs like Bellville, Tygerberg, Hamiltons and Durb-Bell are the top performing teams of this year’s clubs and to watch them in action you will pay less than half of what you would pay to watch a provincial team game at Newlands.

Besides club rugby, university teams can also offer you front row-worthy action at little to no cost.

“Most university games are free or cost very little and you usually get the best seats to watch a good quality game. Universities usually represent the country’s best young talents. In the Tukkies team alone, 21 of the 22 players made the cut for the Vodacom Bulls team,” said University of the Western Cape’s rugby director, Peter De Villiers.

Moneybags tips for affordable gigs

Always enquire at your nearest drama school if they are hosting shows. You could see the best of up-and-coming talent at an affordable price.

If you need to venture out on the weekends enquire at your local pub about their open mic and comedy sessions. The price alone could put a smile on your face.

Club and university sports offer as much action as provincial games. But a free game will make you feel like a winner no matter how your team performs.