The Baxter Theatre Reopens With Exciting Collaboration


Two of South Africa’s internationally revered artists – Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola, will take to The Baxter stage in an exclusive limited season from 3 to 7 November 2020, at 7pm.

Baxter Back on Stage with Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola will for the first time ever, see these two esteemed artists collaborate and appear on a stage together, each with their own brand-new work.

Championed by the University of Cape Town’s vice-chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, this season of performances celebrates The Baxter’s return to opening its doors at Level 1 and serves as a benefit fundraiser aimed at helping to recover the loss of income, over the past six months during lockdown.

The special gala performance for invited guests and donors with limited seats available for purchase to the public will be hosted by the vice-chancellor and Marc Lottering as the master of ceremonies, on Tuesday, 3 November only, and the ticket price includes dinner and drinks.

“This specially-commissioned performance is a coup for the Baxter”, says Lara Foot, CEO and artistic director. “I can’t think of a classier act. We are honoured to have these two creatives and national treasures on our stage, in one production, to celebrate our return to live theatre and welcoming back audiences and artists.”

Gregory Maqoma

Maqoma, well-known for his award-winning Rhythm and Beauty trilogies will debut his brand-new work, No Humour, in collaboration with Xolisile Bongwana, which brings together live sound and movement in a visually appealing landscape of ritual and which forms part of his Human trilogies.

Zolani Mahola

For the Baxter Back on Stage season Zolani Mahola, who has adopted the name The One Who Sings, will present the inaugural staging of her multimedia show You Need To Say It, featuring songs from her upcoming 2021 solo album by the same name, one year after leaving the legendary pan-African supergroup Freshlyground.

The work is an exploration of song and story, including themes of connection and its opposite, nature and the elements as well as the sanctity of the time of childhood

Baxter Back on Stage with Gregory Maqoma and Zolani Mahola runs at the Baxter Theatre for five performances only, from 3 to 7 November at 7pm. Ticket prices for the special gala performance on 3 November are R1000 and includes dinner and drinks.  Ticket prices for performances from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 November range from R350 to R500 and include light snacks and drinks. Booking is through Webtickets only on 086 111 0005, online at or at Pick n Pay stores.


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