Celebrating in style

2015-05-05 06:00

The Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival is celebrating its fifth year, with nearly 50 productions featuring over 400 artists from 30 different areas.

The festival, which started on the weekend, runs at the Baxter Theatre Centre daily until Saturday 28 March.

The productions were primarily selected from the six mini-festivals which were held earlier this year in Robertson, Kraaifontein, Khayelitsha, Delft, Athlone and Nyanga East.

Guest performances include the University of Cape Town’s School of Dance, Jazzart Dance Theatre Lab (directed by Mamela Nyamza who also choreographs with the dance trainees), UKAO (supported by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective), Magnet Theatre, Solms Delta (with members of the Delta Soetstemme choir), J Pondo Production, KBT Productions and Hello Elephant from Johannesburg, Keiskamma Music Academy and the Young Cape Malay Stars.

There are also 11 female writers and directors featured on the programme.

The festival will boast multiple genres – from drama, poetry, hip hop, dance and musical theatre to physical theatre and theatre for children, performed in six different languages – English, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Zulu, Shona and Swahili.

The team is particularly proud to be able to produce its first isiXhosa set work for Grade 10’s, Akwaba, based on the book by Thenjiswa Ntwana and directed by Sizwe Msutu with a dynamic ensemble of 10 actors. Also on the programme is a series of specialist workshops conducted by Theatre Patrasket (Denmark/Assitej), theatre for babies with Gabi dan Drote (Germany/Assitej), Complicite (UK), Lara Foot (director’s workshop) and Faniswa Yisa (movement and physical theatre).


Tickets for the festival cost R30 and are available at Computicket. Visit www.baxter.co.za to view the programme

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