Theatre productions that have graced the Baxter Theatre stages tour Canada

January 2009 | Spring 2009

Two projects that have graced the Baxter Theatre stage toured Canada during January and February 2009.

Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project)

is a collaborative project that had its early days as a Baxter Theatre Centre collaboration with Toronto theatre group, Theatrefront, In April 2005 five members of Theatrefront’s ensemble travelled to Cape Town and together with South African actors developed an international collective theatre creation called Chapter 1. Chapter 2 was developed and performed in Toronto and Halifax during January 2008. During January this year, Ubuntu, took to the stage at the Tarragon Theatre (Toronto) between 19 January and 1 March, before touring on to the Neptune Theatre in Halifax from 10-29 March 2009.

Ubuntu was performed by The Ensemble of Theatrefront together with visiting South African actors, Mbulelo Grootboom and Andile Nebulani. This international collaboration of Canadian and South African artists traces the ties that bind us all, with spirited storytelling, music and dance. Directed by Daryl Cloran, Set and Lighting Design by Lorenzo Savoini, Sound Design by Christian Barry.

Tshepang

UCT Alumni in Toronto were invited to purchase tickets to the Opening Night and a presentation on the play by Dr Marcia Blumberg, held on 18 February 2009. Tickets for this event were sold out, but many caught a later performance this internationally acclaimed production, written by respected South African playwright Lara Foot Newton.

Tshepang was performed in the Studio Theatre at the Harbourfront Centre for five performances only from 18 – 21 February 2009, as part of the World Stage Festival. This was a very powerful play that has been acclaimed in many international venues. Tshepang had been performed at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, and in Amsterdam, the Gate Theatre in London. The production had also been performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2005 and in New York.

What the critics had to say,

“If you only see one show this year, Tshepang demands to be the one … superbly written and performed” – Sunday Independent (South Africa)

”There’s a richness and subtlety in Lara Foot Newton’s script that has not been seen in South African new writing in recent years” – Jane Edwardes, Critics’ Choice, Time Out – London

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