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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


(James Cairns. Pic by Dex Goodman)

Don’t miss James Cairns in the smart and sassy one-hander, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi when he appears on February 3 at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse.

It’s hard to beat the story well told.  Stories in themselves are an act of creation, connecting the past with the present. Creation itself is a story. Without stories, we would have nothing but darkness and silence. This is what James Cairns’s character El Blanco believes. While he may unashamedly spin a pack of lies, in this instance, he comes close to the truth.

In El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi his struggle, mostly with himself, to earn the title of Mariachi is masterfully presented through music and storytelling.

“Stories are songs for people who cannot sing,” is one of El Blanco’s gems. “And songs are stories for those who can.”

The problem is that El Blanco must overcome his belief that he can do neither.

Epic, unforgettable and hilarious, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi, weaves together stories and songs based on everything from Mexican creation myths and Ancient Egyptians to George Clooney.

Penned by acclaimed writer, Gwydion Beynon (The Epicene Butcher, Amateur Hour), the show leads theatre-goers through a chain of false epiphanies which only lead his hero, El Blanco, back into self-doubt. As the story progresses, we discover that lies often reveal truths that would otherwise remain unspoken.

Starring James Cairns (Dirt, The Sitting Man, Three Little Pigs, The Snow Goose), El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi is an unmissable production which shows off the prodigious talents of two of South Africa’s best theatrical artists. This is a smart, sassy and very funny one-man show. Get a ticket if you can.

El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi will have one performance on February 3 at 19h30 at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan. Tickets R100 booked through or email Angela Jonsson at or phone 033 234 1314 (weekdays between 08h00 and 13h00)

“A dazzling performance from a very skilled entertainer.” (artSMart review)