Best fest plays now at Baxter

2015-08-11 06:00
Matshediso Mokoteli in a scene from Fruit, an award-winning one-woman play being staged at the Baxter.

Fahiem Stellenboom

Matshediso Mokoteli in a scene from Fruit, an award-winning one-woman play being staged at the Baxter. PHOTO: Fahiem Stellenboom

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The best production of this year’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival, Fruit, will be staged at the Baxter Masambe Theatre from tomorrow.

The play is written and directed by Paul Noko from the Soweto-based Dala Arts and is performed in English with some Zulu by 19-year-old Matshediso Mokoteli.

Dealing delicately with the loss of innocence, Fruit is the simple tale of a young girl Matlakala, who uses an indigenous game called masikitla to tell her story about what life is like for her growing up in the township of Diepkloof, which is ravaged by crime and poverty.

Fruit beat over 45 other productions to win the Best Production award at this year’s festival in March. The winning production is given a chance to be staged as part of the Baxter’s mainstream line-up.

Fruit previews at the Baxter Masambe Theatre tomorrow, opens on Thursday and runs until Saturday 29 August. Performances start at 19:00 nightly with matinee performances at 11:00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and a 14:00 show on Saturday.

Another production, Egoli, written and directed by Bongani Titana, was selected on merit as it was the bestseller at the festival. It will be staged in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from Monday 17 to Saturday 29 August.

The musical theatre production is performed by an ensemble cast of nine young actors who tell the story of a woman from a rural village who travels to Egoli, the city of gold, in search of her husband. V

Tickets for Fruit and Egoli are available through Computicket. For any discount on corporate, school, charity or fundraising events, as well as block bookings, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or or Carmen on 021 680 3993 or

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