Show: Love At First Fight
Theatre (Comedy dance)
Directed, Written, Choreographed and Designed by Ash Searle and Vanessa Harris | Perfomed by Ash Searle and Vanessa Harris | Presented by FollowSpot Productions
Duration: 60 minutes

About Love At First Fight

Love At First Fight is a wet-your-pants romantic dance/comedy starring the ever-so-charming Ash Searle and his cheeky but fun better half, Vanessa Harris.  This feisty couple, who now run the Kalk Bay Theatre, are back on stage together for the first time after taking the Theatre into their own hands. They hit the stage to expose the real and often idiotic facts behind a committed relationship – the highlights and the low blows – and they’ll keep you on the edge of your seat as they skim the ceiling with their flawless, agile and riveting dance acrobatics. It’s a date night from hell; a perfect blend of the stereotypical and the nonsensical – chaotic chemistry, fumbling foreplay and endless escapades.

The show was created over seven years ago, not long after Ash and Vanessa tied the knot. Since then they have created a string of highly entertaining productions from the crazy Big Boys to the gentle, vintage Bar None, the spellbinding Another Day and the most recent hit Bon Soir.


Ash and Vanessa have won a stash of awards for their innovative and crowd-pleasing work. Over the years they have grown in their theatre-making, as well as in their own right as performers, so they are excited to reignite their first creation with fresh ideas and bags of experience. The show will guarantee high action and laugh out loud entertainment – and you’ll squirm in recognition of the typical couple’s imperfections and, of course, rekindle your own love affair!

You cannot miss this opportunity to see Ash and Vanessa back on stage, together. It doesn’t happen often.

The production features mature content that may be inappropriate for younger viewers. Although the content is insinuated and generally subtle, we don’t recommend the show for those under 13 years.


Ash Searle: Ash is one of South Africa’s unique talents – technically-trained in both dancing and acting. His focus is on entertainment that is vibrant and comedic, but always of a world-class standard. Ash has performed all over the world in productions such as Chicago, African Footprint, The Buddy Holly Story, We Will Rock You and Fame to mention a few. He has choreographed and danced for the most prestigious corporate functions throughout Africa, including Bidvest, DHL, Protea Hotels, the SAMA Awards and Miss World. South Africa also voted Ash into the top three of the television series So You Think You Can Dance?

Vanessa Harris: Vanessa is a graduate of the Waterfront Theatre School. She took to the professional stage in a range of musicals – The Rocky Horror Show, Fusion, Fangs, The Buddy Holly Story, Peter Pan the Pantomime, and We Will Rock You. She also played the Russian vamp in the film Running Riot with Bill Flynn and Paul Slabolepsky.

Together: In 2008, longing to be in charge of their own destiny, Vanessa and Ash left the mainstream and established their own company FollowSpot Productions. With the festival circuit firmly in their sights initially, and a mission to create accessible and comedic musical theatre in intimate venues, they have co-written Love at First Fight, Big Girls, Big Boys Don’t Dance, Big Boys II, Face the Music, Van and Ash Exposed, Bar None, Another Day, Borderline, Cat’s Meouw and Bon Soir. Credited with numerous awards, both nationally and abroad, the company also specializes in corporate functions.

Not shy of new ventures, Ash and Vanessa recently took over the management of the eclectic Kalk Bay Theatre and Restaurant.


Tue 26 April – Sat 30 April
Tue 03 May – Sat 07 May
Tue 10 May – Sat 14 May

Booking and Venue Information

Ticket price: R125 (Tue – two tickets for the price of one)

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