Baxter Theatre Season at Assembly Festival!

Baxter Theatre Season at Assembly Festival!

The Fall

 

When the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, seven postgraduates wrote this searing, insightful play about race, class, gender, sexism, colonialism and ideologies of patriarchy. It took South Africa by storm during the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall and subsequent student movements’ demonstrations in 2015. Seeking to unpack discrimination in all its forms, the play does not offer solutions to the questions raised by the movements which inspired it, but hopes to create and nurture dialogue.

Tickets here – http://bit.ly/2tkvya8

 


Tobacco

 

Triple Fringe First winner Andrew Buckland excels in this haunting and side-splittingly funny two-hander that charts a man’s journey towards transformation and metamorphosis. Instructed by his domineering wife to give a lecture on the harmful effects of tobacco (even though he himself is only a small smoker), Ivan discovers the wondrous possibility of being seen and heard for the first time, relishing every moment of his new-found freedom. With her signature, delicate and nuanced style, attention to detail and sublime aesthetic, director Sylvaine Strike once again creates a little gem with massive artistic impact, earning the play several accolades.

Tickets here – http://bit.ly/2tXENe9

 


Karoo Moose – No Fathers

 

Winner of 15 top South African theatre awards, Lara Foot’s story of pain, redemption and hope combines traditional African storytelling and magical realism. In an impoverished village in the Karoo, South Africa, a young girl, Thozama, struggles to survive. Her life is changed forever after her father uses her to pay his gambling debt. One critic described it as ‘a contemporary story which has the poignancy and punch to become one of our theatre classics’ (Pretoria News) – such is the impact and power of this multi award-winning production.

Book here – http://bit.ly/2s21blu

 


Mies Julie

 

In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse, 23 years after apartheid, a single night of brutality and tenderness unfolds between a black farm labourer and his white master’s daughter. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare as the couple’s deadly attraction spirals out of control and they battle over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and land. Winner of more than 20 prestigious theatre awards, this Yael Farber sensation returns to the Assembly stage.

***** (New York Times). | ***** (Guardian). | ***** (Telegraph). | ***** (Times). | Winner of the 2012 Scotsman Fringe First Award.

Book here – http://bit.ly/2smglRX


The Inconvenience of Wings

 

For anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted, this piece will cut close to the bone. Triple Fringe First winner Andrew Buckland stars in Lara Foot’s powerful and poignant drama about friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. His wife, Sara, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder: she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Cape Times wrote, ‘it is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss.’

Book here – http://bit.ly/2spLhR4


Tshepang

 

Based on the true story that rocked the nation and shocked the world, Lara Foot’s haunting and uplifting masterpiece of redemption became an international success, presenting a rare and necessary foray into a world that few have seen before. It draws on a South African style of storytelling, combining striking and provocative visual imagery. ‘The acting has a massive sculptural simplicity. That, and Gerhard Marx’s set, with its toy village and basic props, suggests both the earthy vigour of Barney Simon’s Market Theatre and the visionary realistic style of Peter Brook… a wonderful debut’ (Sunday Times).

Book here – http://bit.ly/2t4ezGO

 

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