Baxter Theatre Highlights from 4 - 11 Feb

Baxter Theatre Centre
02/04/2004 00:00:00

Once again the Baxter Theatre has something for everyone. Pula is a powerful multi-genre prayer for rain, a drama mixed with song, dance and mime while Last Twist at the Blue Moon Hotel brings back the good old days of rock 'n roll. And if music and drama is not quite your style why not be amazed by Mind Games with Marc Salem or just relax, sit back and be entertained to the sound of musician André de Villiers.

The Baxter Theatre Centre presents
Until 14 February 2004 (Sanlam Studio)
Written by Matsemela Manaka
Directed by Tshamano Sebe
with Andile Nebulane, Phikolomzi Magongoma, Mbulelo Grootboom and Thembinkosi Tjokweni

Pula opens with a series of musical and dance/mime images demonstrating a history of devastation that has parched the land of the ancestors. Famine drives men to the towns where they encounter the flood of evils spawned by capitalism. The contrasts between past and present cultures are dramatically presented through a complete change of style.
The drought has destroyed society. For the dispossessed there is no return to rural idyll. And rains will not come unless men change.
Dates and Times:
Tuesday - Saturday at 20:15
Tuesdays - Thursdays R50
Fridays and Saturdays R55
Discounts: (Tuesday - Thursday only)
UCT staff, senior citizens and block bookings of 10 or more R37
Students with valid card at Baxter box office one hour before performance R30
Baxter Club members R25

Mentos and Near presents
3 - 28 February (Theatre)

Lock up your thoughts: Marc Salem's coming to town!
After performing to sell-out houses on Broadway, the West End, the Sydney Opera House and absolutely everywhere else that he has been presented, the mind-blowing Marc Salem is coming to South Africa.
Marc Salem doesn't bend spoons, cut women in half or escape from a straitjacket while immersed in a tank of water, he just knows - anything he wants to know - about you. Without props or a glamorous assistant Marc Salem astounds his audience for an hour and a half with his incredible ability to read minds. How does he do it? Marc is the world's foremost authority on non-verbal communication, which means that he has a frighteningly accurate ability to decipher a combination of body language, reactions and responses most of us do not even notice. His show, Mind Games, is an engaging, baffling and thoroughly entertaining foray into mind and matter, puzzling audiences and performing to critical and popular acclaim around the world.
"Fabulous! Miraculous! Brilliantly entertaining!" - New York Post
"Not to be missed!" - ABC News
Dates and Times:
Preview Tuesday, 3 February, at 20:00
Opens Wednesday, 4 February, at 20:00
Thereafter Thursday 5, Friday 6, Monday 9 - Friday 13, Monday 16 - Thursday 19, Monday 23 - Thursday 26 February at 20:00
Friday 20 and 27 February at 20:30
Saturday 7, 14, 21 and 28 February at 18:00 and 20:30
Preview - R60
Monday at 20:00 and Saturday at 18:00 - R85
Tuesday - Saturday (evening performances) - R100

3 - 7 February (Concert Hall)
Directed by Royston Stoffels
Choreography by Christopher Kindo

The cast includes Graham Clarke, Sophia Foster, Fahruq Valley-Omar, Nicole Mandy, Robert Craig, Danielle Bitton and Alistair Moulton Black.

Last Twist at the Blue Moon Hotel is a rock-'n-roll, Cape Town-inspired musical telling the story of a Friday night at Lakeside's legendary Blue Moon Hotel, which was renowned for its vibrant and risqué partying
The Blue Moon Hotel was an icon for a certain generation of people who remember its specially built sprung dance floor and, most importantly, its bi-weekly dances, which became known as 'twist sessions'. This atmosphere of diner-kitsch, jukebox style and La Pebra-slick ducktails gained a cult following to those who remembered the decadent evenings of dance at the hotel.
This is a showcase production to launch this musical to the South African public.
Dates and Times:
Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 February at 20:30
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February at 21:00
Price: R75
Discounts: Block bookings of 10 or more R50

The Life and Music of André de Villiers
11 and 20 February (Concert Hall)

After extensive touring both locally and internationally, André brings Testimony home. The show is a collection of songs he has composed, exposing an intimate reflection of his life experience. André is perhaps best known in South Africa for the "memories" VW television commercial and the hit song, "How it feels to be alive".
Dates and Times: Wednesday, 11 February, and Friday, 20 February, at 20:15
Prices: R60 (adults), R35 (students)

Anstey L Kay
Audience Development Officer
Baxter Theatre Centre
Tel 021 680 3991
Fax 021 689 1880