World-renowned artists come together for ‘A Unique Gathering: Rolex Mentors & Protégés’

One of the most important cultural events in the history of the Baxter Theatre is scheduled to take place over the first weekend in April, when three of the world’s most influential artists come together under the Rolex banner for “A Unique Gathering: Rolex Mentors and Protégés“.

The three-day event will feature Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, visual and theatre artist William Kentridge and world-renowned American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars in a series of open workshops with the public where they will discuss their craft.
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme which pairs gifted young artists with internationally recognized masters, sponsoring them to spend a year in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

The gathering begins on the 5th of April with an open workshop with William Kentridge entitled Getting Started who will explore the origin of ideas and impulses and how they become artistic material. All the protégés will take part in this event.

Buy your tickets to Getting Started here.

At 8PM on Friday the 5th, Honduran singer and composer Aurelio Martinez will perform with local musicians, including Neo Muyanga in the Baxter Concert Hall. Martinez is a standard bearer of Garifuna culture, which fuses African and Caribbean-Indian roots and recently spent a year collaborating with Rolex Mentor Youssou N’Dour.

Buy your tickets for the concert here.

On Saturday afternoon, the program shifts to Artists on the Front Line, which unpacks the question of how artists respond to conflict. World-renowned American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars, acclaimed Togolese dancer and choreographer Anani Sanouvi and groundbreaking Lebanese theatre artist Maya Zbib explore how art and culture contribute to a healthy society.

Buy your tickets for Artists on the Front Line here.

The weekend draws to a close on Saturday evening with Turning the world into material. All three mentors, Wole Soyinka, Peter Sellars and William Kentridge, take to the stage to discuss the “impulses behind the idea and the materialization of an impulse: How does the world come into your work?” Each of these iconic artists will respond to this question with reference to their own experiences.

Buy your tickets to Turning the World Into Material here.


Welcome the Blue Bird Baxter: A brand new weekly market

The Southern Suburbs are about to get a great big shake-up with the launch of the Blue Bird Baxter market in the gardens of the Baxter Theatre from Saturday 5 November.

Market-lovers, UCT staff and students, Baxter patrons and the local and surrounding communities are in for a treat when the market opens for the festive season.

Visitors can enjoy an array of wares, entertainment and tasty delicacies while browsing through the variety of stalls with wonderful hand-made and vintage goods on sale.

The food and goods market will be running every Saturday from 12PM to 6PM.

The market is being organised by Dylan Speer, who set up the very successful Blue Bird Garage market in Muizenberg. Dylan is bringing his vision to the Baxter.

The Baxter garden will be transformed into a bustling rendezvous where exhibitors will display and sell vintage-styled clothing and jewellery designs in a convivial and fun atmosphere. These local designers include The Pendant Warehouse, Akimbo, Aeroplane Jane, Yesterday and Tomorrow, Aphrodite, Natasha Woods, love joy jewellery and Like Clock Work.

The Little Hattery will launch a new range of amazing hats, and Noon-Gun T-shirts will kick-start their latest range of T-shirts.

We would love to see families, students, friends and locals enjoy the space which we believe is great for the area this time of the year.

Come join us in a whole new venture for the Baxter Theatre Centre.

Enjoy a Cape Malay cooking experience and the Desperate First Ladies

How would you like to learn the fine art of Cape Malay cooking before you take in a performance of Desperate First Ladies?

Then this is your chance….

Martha Williams, Head Chef of The Cape Malay Experience at The Cellars-Hohenort will be sharing her knowledge of this uniquely South African cuisine, the art of blending spices and sharing some of her cooking tips.

Join her for an interactive cooking demo and a typical 2 course Cape Malay meal at Act Restaurant at the Baxter Theatre:

Wednesday, 28 September.

R300 per person for cooking demo, dinner and show tickets.

Sit down no later than 18h00 for demonstration before dinner

Booking is essential.

Main Course

Tomato Bredie, Butter Chicken Curry, Lentil Dhal with Steamed Rice


Malva Pudding with Amarula Custard and Vanilla Ice Cream

For bookings on the cooking demo, dinner and tickets to Desperate First Ladies, contact Sharon Ward on or phone
(021)680 3962.

For bookings on the cooking demo and dinner only at R180 per person, contact Act Restaurant on (021) 685 3888 or

Memorial Service for Roz van der Vyver

The Baxter Theatre Centre is grieved by the tragic loss of former colleague Roz Van Der Vyver. Roz gave ten of the best years of her life (from 1999 to 2009) unequivocally and generously to the Baxter. She often worked seven days a week and round the clock for the good of a theatre production.

She loved and was committed to the actors and artists and always went the extra mile for her friends and colleagues. Our sincere sympathies go to her mother Pearl and all who mourn her dreadful loss.

We are aware that there is currently an on-going investigation into her death, and we sincerely hope that this will bring clarity to the devastating series of events which has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held this Friday, 23 September, at 16h00, in the Concert Hall at the Baxter Theatre Centre and you are very welcome to join us for the service.

Join us for the Ouroboros ‘Taste, Tweet & Theatre’ evening

The Baxter Theatre Center recognises the emerging power of social media as a platform for promoting the incredible work done on our stages. We also recognise that 21st-century media players come in all shapes and sizes: From varsity-trained journalists working their way up in the local newsrooms to the independent voices armed only with a smartphone an opinion and an army of followers who hang on their every word.

What do all of these people have in common? Probably lots of things, but we’re pretty sure that a love of good, free wine would rank right up there as a common denominator.

That’s the reason why the Baxter has paired up two exciting wine brands, Fairhills and Joubert-Tradauw with the Tony-award winning Handspring Puppet Company for our third ‘Taste, Tweet and Theatre’ evening at the premiere of its new production “Ouroboros“.

Do you need me to explain the sequence of events? Here it is…

1. Arrive at the Baxter Theatre at 6.30PM on the 1st of June.
2. Sip the delicious wines. (*note* Sip, not glug)
3. Tweet about it.
4. Go in and watch Ouroboros at 8PM.
5. Repeat Step 3.
6. Go home.
7. Write spectacular, gushing blog post about evening.
8. Repeat Step 3.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? If so, then please e-mail your full name to, so we can reserve some seats in the theatre for you.

Looking forward to seeing you there.