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He Had It Coming

  • Ticket Cost

    R120 - R145
  • Start Date

    Aug 14 2023
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Fresh from their extended Artscape run of My Fellow South Africans that continues its national tour, MVG Productions will stage He Had It Coming with the same team from 14-19 August at Artscape as part of Artscape’s Woman Humanity Festival.

Taking its name from the lyrics of Cell Block Tango in the hit musical Chicago, He Had It Coming uses satire, comedy, poetry, song and drama to explore and educate audiences about the scourge of gender-based violence and its related themes.

First produced in October 2019 when Van Graan was an artist-in-residence at the University of Pretoria, this version of the revue has evolved during a period of rehearsal at Artscape with the extremely talented and versatile Kim Blanche Adonis who was rehearsing and performing My Fellow South Africans at the same time. Van Graan is an artist-in-residence at the University of Johannesburg this year which has afforded him the time and space to grow, produce and tour these two one-person revues.

Since Adonis first performed the work under the direction of Daniel Mpilo Richards in August 2022, the work has evolved with new sketches that take account of a younger audience at which a version of the revue is aimed.

There are two versions of the show, with an ‘adult’ performance of 60 minutes that will be staged at Artscape from 14-19 August, and a shorter 45-minute piece that targets high school learners, NGOs and their constituencies to serve as a catalyst for discussion and education about the themes raised in the piece.

Writing about the 2022 edition of He Had It Coming, Robyn Cohen states

Kim Blanche Adonis is absolutely feisty as she segues between multiple characters in sketches underpinned by gender-based violence and the fear which women deal with daily…

 …Van Graan’s script is threaded with his unerring and unflinching gaze on the nation that we love but which is ruptured and fractured by so much grief and despair. It is the self-deprecating humour that gets us through.

For more information about the writer’s work, see or to book a performance, write to


14 August / 8:00 am
19 August / 5:00 pm
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Underground Parking

Parking is available at the Cape Town Civic Centre’s basement parking, Mondays to Fridays between 6pm and 11pm. Parking will be available on Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays, for matinee and evening performances. Access to the parking area is via Jan Smuts Street.

• No cash will be accepted/handled at the entry point;
• Payments can be made with Debit/Credit card;
• The parking fees are as follows: - Normal fee: R27.00; - Pensioners: R17.00;
• The gate to the parking will be closed 15 minutes after the starting time of a performance and opened after the performance;
• For security reasons, patrons will be required to inform the attendant which production they are attending, you may also provide proof of a reservation to a production or an event, or proof of invitation to a production or event, at the entry point;
• Patrons are to contact the emergency number (021) 400 2828 in the event of an emergency;
• For your safety a security guard will be stationed at the garage entry

Wheelchair Access

Limited facilities for wheelchairs are available in the Opera House and Theatre in accordance with safety regulations. Wheelchair seats can be booked at the Artscape Box Office, at any Computicket outlet, or through the Computicket call centre. Please note that the Arena is not wheelchair friendly. Toilets for wheelchair-bound patrons aresituated in the Marble and Chandelier Foyers of the Opera House and on the lower level of the Theatre Foyer. Limited parking bays are available for bona fide Disabled Parking Disc Holders in the tunnel area opposite the Stage Door entrance, and in the staff parking area. A drop-off facility is available in the tunnel area for patrons who have difficulty walking. Prior arrangements in all regards should be made with the Theatre Manager.


Disabled Parking and Wheelchairs are available on site but should be pre-booked by contacting Artscape Dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695