The Baxter’s festive season programme promises to entertain

The Baxter’s festive season programme promises to entertain

Music, comedy, drama, romance and family entertainment – a diverse line-up that will climax with the New Year’s Eve party at The Baxter this summer.
Pieter-Dirk Uys lets some secrets out the bag in ‘The Echo of a Noise’, Alistair Izobell gets the party started in ‘Kaapse Jol’, Nik Rabinowitz gets his hands on your funny bones in ‘Fortyfied’ and Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva tell a love story with a difference in ‘Whistle Stop’.

The festive fun will culminate with the New Year’s Eve party which takes place after the performances on December 31, when audiences will be hosted in the Baxter’s foyers to sing, dance and party into the new year with those doing shows at the theatre. All the shows will start later on the night and ticket prices will be varied to include the show, a complimentary glass of bubbly or orange juice and a traditional balloon drop. The live band, under the musical directorship of Camillo Lombard, will get and keep the party going. Light meals will also be on sale.

‘The Echo of a Noise’ runs until December 17. With such extensive experience, the theatre legend has learnt that every show is the first and the last performance – because each audience demands and gets a different energy, topicality and excitement. In this, his 70th year, Pieter-Dirk doesn’t glance back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but rather, reflects on those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously pointed him in a right and original direction.

Alistair Izobell’s ‘Kaapse Jol’ celebrates the music, history and places of the Mother City, in the Baxter Concert Hall, until January 14. The show celebrates the story of Cape Town’s sounds, from the indigenous sounds of the Khoi people to the Malay and Dutch influences that make up the rich tapestry of local music.

Nik Rabinowitz’s brand new comedy show, ‘Fortyfied’, now on at the Baxter Theatre until January 14, is a barrel of real life-laughs which many people can identify with. Is the title of this new show a pun or a maybe a spelling error? Well that depends on your worldview.

Nik has just turned 40 and is on the verge of a midlife crisis. He’s also just had a third baby – so really, he can’t have a midlife crisis – there’s no time.
‘Whistle Stop’, runs for a short season only, from December 20 to January 7, in the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio. A man, a woman, a bench and all the hidden thoughts that we think and never allow ourselves to say … if you have ever fallen in or out of, or even around love, this quirky and funny two-hander that travels beyond the present moment, is perfect summer entertainment. The play wsa the winner of a Standard Bank Silver Ovation award and a PANSA New Writer’s Award.

Booking for any of these shows and the New Year’s Eve party is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket or at any Shoprite Checkers