Nearly a fortnight in and we’re just hitting our stride at the Cape Town Fringe with new shows and fresh music making up the line-up every night this week. On Saturday, South Africa’s freshest festival will have a jam-packed programme during the day as well.

You can look forward to top musical acts by some of the country’s most exciting voices as well as theatre pieces that get to the heart of the issues in South Africa. It’s your last chance to see some of the Fringe’s hottest productions, and to take your family to shows for children and teens.

The Fringe Fresh Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday evening at the Fringe Club in City Hall. Open to all, it will also be the closing party of this year’s fabulous Fringe.

This week also sees the launch of the inaugural Cape Town Buskers’ Festival at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday 6 October – visitors can look forward to 22 acts over the four days.

Divas and soul

The voices of Asanda Mqiki and Maya Spector collide in a unique Fringe-inspired production on 6 and 7 October. The Acoustiq Assassins are performing live from 4 to 8 October, while the sensational voices of Asanda Mqiki, Nombasa and Msaki (all originally from the Eastern Cape, and all recent recipients of the Standard Bank Ovation Award) will fill the City Hall Auditorium for Diva Night – one show only on 8 October.

Family shows

There will be a free performance of Jungle Theatre’s new play When Lion Had Wings on the Grand Parade on Saturday 8 October. It’s a highly visual traditional Khoi-khoi tale using masks and daring stilt characterisations. From Reunion comes the play Le Rêve de Lucie (4-8 October), a tale which makes use of wooden puppets in helping children overcome nightmares. The awardwinning The Fabric of the Universe is a beautiful and immersive experience for all ages, running from 5 to 8 October.

Hot township theatre

Take a trip out to  experience Theatre in the Backyard at 13 Jungle Walk in Langa for Wait… Linda (3-7 October), a story about a woman who does not want to give birth in a hospital as her beliefs require certain rituals – an almost ceremonial, physical theatre piece. Guga S’Thebe plays host to Woza Albert (6 October), Ubuze Bam (4 and 5 October) and Le Reve de Lucie (5 October) and Holy Contract moves from Khayalitsha’s Makukhanye Arts Room to City Hall 5 to 8 October and Guga S’Thebe (4 and 6 October).

Everyone’s talking about…

A Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award winner not to be missed is Dangled. Starring Rob van Vuuren in a non-comedic role, it’s acting excellence all the way (4 October and 6 to 8 October). Louis Viljoen also wrote The Emissary (every night till 8 October at the Alexander Bar). The perfectly cast The Finkelsteins are Coming for Dinner has got people talking with its witty and poignant script by Richard Kaplan (6-8 October at City Hall), while illusionist, Greb Gelb has been drawing in the crowds with his show Blurred Lines  (4,5,6 and 8 October).

Extraordinary women

Don’t miss Mamela Nyamza’s De-Apart-Hate (6 to 8 October); Klara van Wyk’s You Suck and Other Inescapable Truths and the Cape Town debut of Refilwe Nkomo’s Songs for Khwezi (6 to 8 October), a dance and visual arts piece that questions women’s freedom within South Africa’s democracy.

Tip-Ex, the best of the Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival 2016 winner, takes a look at the issue of corrective rape in the AFDA Theatre at 228 Lower Main Road, Observatory from 4 to 8 October; and The Price of Meat explores the female body through a series of episodes about women and their relationships with men (4 to 6 and 8 October). Confessions of a Student, a student tells the story of what she does after NSFAS stops funding her education (5 to 8 October). Catch Kei-Ella Lowe in Monster, a hipster horror that explores the emotional and mental fragility of women in their twenties (5 to 8 October).

Creative and imaginative work

Kimberley Buckle’s play Junk takes on a battle for the mind (3-8 October) and Terence Makapan’s Kinders van die Wind (2-8 October) explores the tragic inner turmoil of homeless youths. Cut in Two, a play written by Justin Sieberhagen and directed by Soli Philander tells a complex tale of a family divided by circumstances (5, 7 and 8 October).

Termite! Tall Tales for Big People (4 to 8 October) blends traditional folk tales and everyday South African life. The actors TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande are also the stars of Woza Albert! (4, 5 and 7 October) – a previous Standard Bank Ovation Award winner and a haunting reminder of our past. Butlers and Broadway lets the audience choose the plot (6 to 8 October) while Hovering, the internationally acclaimed play about the precipices of life, death and waiting, has been specially adapted for South African audiences by director Celia Muxikanthy and performer Raymond Rudolph (4 to 8 October).

Fringe Fresh Awards

This year the Cape Town Fringe has introduced a new awards programme called the Fringe Fresh Awards. The awards recognise excellence across a variety of categories and are being selected by a panel of experienced critics and industry figures.

More nominees will be added to the list during the week to come and the overall winners will be announced at the Fringe Club at the Cape Town City Hall on the evening of Saturday, 8 October. The event is open to all and will also form the closing party of the Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016.