Yusuf Daniel’s bestselling book, Living Coloured, is vividly brought to life in the stage adaptation set to be performed at The Baxter Theatre.
This is based on Daniels’s compilation of short stories, Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken) and brings together a dynamic group of creatives led by Loukmaan Adams as director, with adaptation by Daniel Mpilo Richards, set design by Patrick Curtis and costumes by Marisa Steenkamp.
It also marks Adams’s debut as a solo director.
An accomplished performer, Adams’s previous experience includes being responsible for vocal training and choreography for The Kramer Petersen Songbook. In recent years at The Baxter he was seen in three sold-out seasons of Aunty Merle, The Musical, David Kramer’s Danger in the Dark and #JustMen.
Living Coloured is an ode to an era where communities and families thrived despite the hardship of apartheid.
It is a hilarious, heart-warming and uplifting portrayal of Daniels’s own life story which speaks of family, friendships, community, traditions and culture, and what it was like growing up on the Cape Flats during an oppressive time in South Africa with racism, gangsterism and poverty.
The characters are instantly recognisable and relatable as it tells the story of a young boy faced with these challenges and how he turned them into positives, making the most of living through these trying times and under these conditions.
Living Coloured runs from Tuesday 8 December to Saturday 9 January.
All performances will be limited to 50% capacity. Audience members are advised to arrive at least an hour before the start of the performance.