‘Living Coloured’ by Yusuf Daniels takes the stage at Baxter Theatre

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Directed by award-winning Loukmaan Adams, the play is an ode to a community that was able to survive racism, gangsterism and poverty under the apartheid regime. (Photo by Oscar O Ryan)
Directed by award-winning Loukmaan Adams, the play is an ode to a community that was able to survive racism, gangsterism and poverty under the apartheid regime. (Photo by Oscar O Ryan)
  • In 2019 Yusuf Daniels published Living Coloured, a series of short stories about growing up on the Cape Flats during apartheid.
  • Since then Daniel Mpila Richards has adapted the collection of short stories into a stage play titled Living Coloured.
  • The production will be staged at the Baxter Theatre’s Concert Hall from 8 December 2020 to 9 January 2021. 


In 2019 Yusuf Daniels published Living Coloured (Because Black & White were Already Taken). Through a series of short stories the memoir encapsulates Daniels’ experiences growing up in the Cape Flats. Spanning nightclubbing at Space Odyssey, the Mitchells Plain public pool and food exchanges between Muslim and Christian families during Ramadan, each short story contributes to a fuller understanding of their coloured identity.

Since then playwright Daniel Mpila Richards has adapted the collection of short stories into a stage play titled Living Coloured. Directed by award-winning Loukmaan Adams, the play is an ode to a community that was able to survive racism, gangsterism and poverty under the apartheid regime. Here a young boy faced with these challenges manages to stay afloat only because he is doing it with his family, friends and the community at large.

On writing the book Daniels says: 

There were things that kept us sane. It made us forget the situation we found ourselves in and, most importantly, how we as a community lived fully beyond those odds presented to us at the time. I wrote Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken) and Living Lekke, to bring smiles and laughter to people’s faces.

The book’s message is realised through a small cast of six comprising actors Tashreeq de Villers, Alexis Petersen, Eldon van der Merwe, Anzio September, Crystal Finck and musician Yvan Potts. 

Speaking about the upcoming production, Adams thanks Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot for housing the play:  

We are happy to be back with live audiences, giving hope and spreading such inspiring messages that anything that you put your mind to, is possible. With social distancing and all COVID-19 protocols observed during lockdown, we look forward to sharing this production with audiences and bring back much-needed laugher and joy.

All performances will be limited to fifty percent capacity, with COVID-19 protocols in place as regulated at Level 1 during the national state of disaster. These will include the availability of hand sanitisers, tracking and tracing, temperature checks, mandatory wearing of masks and practicing of physical distancing. Audience members are advised to arrive at least an hour before the start of the performance to avoid delays.

Living Coloured will be staged at the Baxter Theatre’s Concert Hall from 8 December 2020 to 9 January 2021. Living Coloured runs at The Baxter Concert Hall from 8 December 2020 to 9 January 2021. Ticket prices range from R125 to R225 and booking can happen through Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay stores.

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