Tragicomedy • Running Time: 65 mins
Written and Directed by Samantha Gray | Performed by Alicia McCormick and Samantha Gray
PG 16
Dating in your 30s is kak. “Mate” walks through the cesspit of love, heartbreak, hope and all the grey bits in between. Sometimes crass, loud mouthed and white knuckled; “Mate” gets stuck in there and tackles dating, dining, sixty-nine-ing and matters of the heart. Set in a “Love Recovery” workshop, we meet three women experiencing the raw and painfully humourous realities of single life. 
All true stories. No animals were harmed in the making of this production.


Alicia McCormick, the straight-laced alter ego of Burlesque sensation Cookie von Tastee, was most recently seen in the well loved bootscootin' cowboy cabaret Angels on Horse back: Reloaded (dir Fiona du Plooy), as well as the cult hit and Ovation Award winning comedy Dirty Words (dir. Jason Potgieter). Other credits include The Things You Left behind (dir Kim Kerfoot), winner of a Silver Ovation award in 2014, as well as comedies An Absolute Turkey  (dir Chris Weare) and Hitched (dir Paul Tosio) and more children's theatre than you could throw a stick at. 


Don’t mess with a writer, we’ll describe you. A shit-tonne of abysmal dates prompted Samantha Gray, a thirty-something single, to write Mate – a hybrid of live and filmed performance. Every unbelievable thing (bar one fabricated silver lining) in the play is true and mostly happened to her, or someone she knows. This is her second foray on the stage, previously having written and performed her critically acclaimed one-woman show, A Woman’s Bum is Like the Moon. She is an award winning filmmaker who wishes she could successfully drink tequila, and remember more jokes. Her credits include winning “Best South African Short Film” at the Cape Winelands Film Festival, a Puma Creative Mobility award, and the ultimate award of all, a trophy for bad fucking luck with men.

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