This summer, the Baxter Theatre Centre’s festive season programme is set to entertain and delight audiences with a feast of great theatre for everyone with servings of music, comedy, drama, romance and family entertainment. The diverse and exciting line-up will climax with the not-to-be-missed and highly popular grand finale of the year - the New Year’s Eve party.
Pieter-Dirk Uys lets some secrets out the bag in The Echo of a Noise, Alistair Izobell gets the party started in Kaapse Jol, Nik Rabinowitz gets his hands on your funny bones in Fortyfied and Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva tell a love story with a difference in Whistle Stop.
The festive fun will culminate with the New Year’s Eve party which takes place after the performances on 31 December, when audiences will converge on the Baxter’s foyers to sing, dance and party into the new year with some of their favourite stars. All the shows will start later on the night and ticket prices will be varied to include the show, a complimentary glass of bubbly or orange juice and the traditional balloon drop. The live band, under the musical directorship of Camillo Lombard, will get and keep the party going. Light meals will be on sale.
To join the party and welcome in the New Year at the Baxter, book for Alistair Izobell’s Kaapse Jol, Nik Rabinowitz in Fortyfied or Ameera Patel and Jacques de Silva in the quirky and charming Whistle Stop.
Pieter Dirk Uys, having performed on stages all over the world for well over seven thousand times, brings his one-man memoir, The Echo of a Noise, to the Baxter, and it is running until 17 December. With such extensive experience, the theatre legend has learnt that every show is the first and the last performance - because each audience demands and gets a different energy, topicality and excitement. In this, his 70th year, Pieter-Dirk doesn’t glance back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but rather, reflects on those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously pointed him in a right and original direction.
“I tell the story behind the stories. Turning 70 has given me the thumbs-up to share the secrets and let the cat out of the bag,” says Uys. Die Burger described it best, saying “This is just Pieter-Dirk Uys speaking and he opens his heart and talks about his private and public life. He remains a master storyteller who can make as much fun of himself as he does with the others who get a lashing from his sharp tongue.”
Alistair Izobell and the dynamic cast of his latest production Kaapse Jol are rocking the city – Cape Town style – as they celebrate the music, history and places of the Mother City, in the Baxter Concert Hall, until 14 January 2017. Together they celebrate the story of Cape Town’s sounds, from the indigenous sounds of the Khoi people to the Malay and Dutch influences that make up the rich tapestry of local music.
Izobell has assembled a stellar cast comprising himself, Nur Abrahams, Sasha Lee Davids, Madeegha Anders, Abduragiem Vardien and Ashtevann Mintoor. Under the musical directorship of Donveno Prins, the band is made up of Prins, Franco Mannel (bass guitar), Grandall Vlotman (keyboards), Yvan Potts (keyboards), Keith De Bruyn (drums), Jason Ward (percussion), Tyrone Marinus (guitar) and Robin Fassie (trumpet).
Nik Rabinowitz’s brand new comedy show, Fortyfied, now on at the Baxter Theatre until 14 January, is a barrel of real life-laughs which many people can identify with. Is the title of this new show a pun or a maybe a spelling error? Well that depends on your worldview.
Nik has just turned 40 and is on the verge of a midlife crisis. Except that, apparently 40 is the new 30, so now he’s not sure when to have the crisis, which is a crisis in itself. He’s also just had a third baby - so really, he can’t have a midlife crisis - there’s no time! Sounds like fun yes?
In the meantime, while he’s figuring all this out, he’s decided that instead of buying a Ferrari and abandoning his family, he’s going to put on another one man show – and this it, Fortyfied. There will be stories, there will be moments of discomfort, there will be accents and above all, there will lots of laughter.
Love is in the air with the comedic Whistle Stop, running for a short season only, from 20 December to 7 January, in the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio. A man, a woman, a bench and all the hidden thoughts that we think and never allow ourselves to say … if you have ever fallen in or out of, or even around love, this quirky and funny two-hander that travels beyond the present moment, is perfect summer entertainment. The Critter’s Sarah Robertson described Whistle Stop as “… an excellent piece of theatre: beautifully polished and spellbinding … performed by two highly skilled performers who captivate from start to finish.”
Winner of a Standard Bank Silver Ovation award and a PANSA New Writer’s Award, this is a love story like no other. Whistle Stop, directed by Frances Slabolepszy, features Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva and is produced by Hijinks Theatre in collaboration with Dark Laugh Theatre Company.
Booking for any of these exciting shows and the New Year’s Eve party is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicketor at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.