Life and Times of Michael K at the Baxter
7 June 2021 - 19 June 2021
JM Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning, Life and Times of Michael K, is an international partnership between The Baxter, Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2020, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. I will be directing this production which I have also adapted for the stage, in collaboration with the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company (from the hit production War Horse-fame), and it will have its world premiere in June, right here at the Baxter Theatre. The production was commissioned to open at the prestigious Theater Der Welt festival in Düsseldorf in June 2020, but the festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row, due to COVID and the organisers have been kind enough to give The Baxter the world premiere!
The production is a mammoth undertaking which combines puppetry direction from Adrian Kholer and Basil Jones of Handspring as well as, film, performance, evocative music and a formidable cast and creative team which includes Sandra Prinsloo, Andrew Buckland, Fansiwa Yisa, Carlo Daniels and puppet master Craig Leo, with music by Kyle Shepherd and set design by Patrick Curtis. This is a hauntingly beautiful story which follows Michael K, a simple man who embarks on a journey through a South Africa, shattered by civil war, to return his mother to the farm where she was born. He finds strength in his own humanity and his profound connection to the earth and his unique path which, as it unfolds, reveals to him, his reason for living.
For more information and booking please visit www.baxter.co.za
COVID-19 Safety Protocols at The Baxter: What to Expect
All performances at The Baxter will be limited to a maximum of 250 patrons, or fifty percent capacity in smaller venues, with all COVID-19 protocols in place. These will include the availability of hand sanitisers at various points, temperature checks, tracking and tracing recorded when you enter the building, compulsory wearing of masks and social distancing. Patrons and audience members are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance to avoid delays.