Happy New Year


The Fugard Theatre presented the South African premiere of Happy New Year, a hilarious, heart-warming rom-com adapted by South African icon David Kramer from the hit, award-winning play Midsummer (A Play With Songs) by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. Happy New Year opened at The Fugard Studio Theatre on the 19th of February 2019.

When Dan (Dean Dorvan Balie) and Lee-André (Bianca Flanders), two disparate souls, come together, a wild weekend of alcohol-infused adventure and abandonment ensues. Between bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, and self-loathing hangovers, they discover they are not so different after all and that maybe there are second chances at life – and love.


First performance
19 February 2019

Final performance
23 March 2019

The Fugard Studio


Dean Balie

Bianca Flanders

Creative team

Eric Abraham

Daniel Galloway

Lamees Albertus

Associate Producer
Georgia Lahusen

Original Playwright
David Greig

Original Songwriter, Musician
Gordon McIntyre

David Kramer

Nicolas Kent

Set Design
Chris Pienaar

Lighting Design
Marie Roux

Costume Design
Widaad Albertus

Sound Design
David Classen

Lucie de Moyencourt

Dominique Adams

Directing Intern
Siphelo Mtshetsha

Production team

Production Manager
Luke Ellenbogen

Technical Manager
Benjamin du Plessis

Resident Technical Stage Manager
Shayna Gleave

Deputy Production Manager
Sean Whitehead

Stage Manager
Ulibo Maake Assistant

Stage Manager, On Stage Crew
Buntu Jobela

Sound Operator
Melissa George

Set Construction
Gerhard Morkel
Carl Gersbach for CHG Engineering

Prop Construction
Koos Marais

Wardrobe Assistants
Carmen Abrahams
Frances Moerdyk

Claude Barnardo

Publicity, Copy Editor
Christine Skinner

Special thanks to David Kramer for the use of his guitars, and to the kind people of Cape Town who welcomed our cast and creative team into their hotels, bars, coffee shops and public spaces.


“Happy New Year is just so, so wonderful. If you don’t leave the theatre with a smile on your face, I’d be surprised.”

Weekend Special

“A wonderfully fun, cheeky and nonconventional journey of self-discovery and love, this small production has a lot of heart behind and in it.”

Broadway World SA

“Happy New Year maak jou hele jaar heerlik.”

Netwerk 24

“…where Balie and Flander’s voices meet, magic happens”

Theatre Scene Cape Town

Production photos