The Baxter Theatre presents a special preview season of Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K, adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company from 7 to 19 June 2021.
In collaboration with a Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Germany), the Baxter also hosts a viewing of the world premier of Life and Times of Michael K, live-streamed from Theater der Welt Festival on 17 and 18 June.
The highly anticipated co-production between Theater der Welt Festival, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Baxter Theatre Centre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, brings together some of South Africa’s most revered, multi-award-winning artists.
The live adaptation, written and directed by Foot, is the largest and most illustrious undertaking by the theatre over the past decade and is the culmination of two years of planning. It marks the first time that she works with the Tony award-winning Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler from the hit production War Horse-fame, along with a formidable cast and creative team.
The South African cast includes theatre legends Sandra Prinsloo, Andrew Buckland, Faniswa Yisa, puppet master Craig Leo, Roshina Ratnam, Carlo Daniels, Marty Kintu, Billy Langa, Nolufefe Ntshuntshe, along with German puppeteer Markus Schabbing.
Life and Times of Michael K is a multi-layered theatrical production that combines puppetry, performance, film and evocative music, bringing to life Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning novel.
The hauntingly beautiful story follows Michael K, a simple man who embarks on a journey through South Africa, ravaged by civil war, to return his mother to die on the farm, where she was born.
The creative team is made up of Lara Foot (adaptor, writer, director), Handspring Puppet Company (adaptors, puppet directors, design and makers), Patrick Curtis (set design) Kyle Shepherd (original music composition), Joshua Cutts (lighting), Fiona McPherson and Barrett de Kock (directors of photography and film), Yoav Dagan (videography and editing), Kirsti Cumming (projection design), Phyllis Midlane (costumes) and Simon Kohler (sound design).
Picture by Fiona McPherson
Venue: The Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Time: Live adaptation – 7 to 19 June at 7pm | Saturday matinees on 12 and 19 and Wednesday 16 June at 2pm