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The award-winning Wessel Pretorius in Die Ontelbare 48 and Antoinette Kellerman in As Die Broek Pas make up the Baxter’s Afrikaans season this October and November

The award-winning Wessel Pretorius and Antoinette Kellermann, two of SA’s leading lights in Afrikaans theatre bring their acclaimed solo performances to the Baxter Flipside stage, for short runs in late October and early November.

The season kicks off with the award-winning Wessel Pretorius in the satirical drama Die Ontelbare 48, which he wrote, directed and also performs in, for one-week only, from 24 to 29 October at 8pm nightly and a Saturday matinee at 2pm on 29 October.
Pretorius won four kykNET Fiëstas in 2013 for his previous solo play, ONT, receiving awards for Best Achievement in a Solo Performance, Best Newly Created Afrikaans Performance, Best Upcoming Artist and Best Actor.

Die Ontelbare 48 celebrates the endurance of the human spirit and shows that ultimately, no matter how different people may be, in the face of adversity, there is humanity which binds us all. The story unfolds on a Wednesday night in a small rural town on the Lowveld. The school hall is set up for the monthly movie night where 48 locals are about to gather, each with their own stories, to watch the classic The Sound of Music. Amongst them lurks a murderer with a rather cunning plan.Most recently at the 2016 Aardklop Festival the play was nominated for the Best Actor, Best Director and Best Production awards. Die Burger raved about it and said, “Pretorius shines in own work” and “It is an art to be able to present such theatre.”

Antoinette Kellermann returns to the Baxter Flipside stage from 3 to 12 November to perform her gripping one-woman play As Die Broek Pas, directed by Marthinus Basson and translated by multi award-winning writer Willem Anker from a work by the renowned German playwright Manfred Karge – originally titled Jacke wie Hose.

The production has received eight top South African theatre awards and has been nominated for an additional six, winning, amongst others, four kykNET Fiëstas. The media have raved with The Star 48Hours describing it as “an artistic triumph” and Artlink calling it “riveting theatre” with Beeld saying, “Kellermann is formidable in the role”.

In a career spanning 40 years, Kellermann has established herself as a doyenne of South African theatre, winning numerous awards for her work on radio, television and on stage.

The play explores the life of a woman who, during Germany’s depression of the 1930s, disguises herself as a man after her husband’s untimely death and takes over his job at the factory where he used to work as a crane driver. Her choice to masquerade as a man gives her important insights into being a woman. Her bitter experience of her wasted life under the Nazi regime leaves her with many questions about society and about the traumatic era in which she is caught up.

Kellermann selected this play as a practical component of her Master’s Degree at the University of Stellenbosch, where she studied so-called Trouser Actresses, or women playing the roles of men and for which she received cum laude.

As Die Broek Pas runs for one week only from 3 to 12 November at 8pm, with two 3pm matinees on 5 and 12 November.

Booking for both productions are through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet and ticket prices range from R80 to R120, with a discounted price of R150 for patrons who attend both productions. The discounted R150 ticket is only available at the Baxter Theatre Centre’s box office.

For discounted corporate or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or email her at during office hours.



“Sublime theatre” – Diane de Beer, Pretoria (Tonight)

“Kellermann is formidable in die rol” – Rudolf Stehle, Beeld

“An artistic triumph”- Peter Feldman, The Star 48Hours

“Riveting theatre” – Jennifer de Klerk, Artlink

“The work, featuring the inestimably fine Antoinette Kellermann, is one of those stage pieces which makes you remember why theatre is a medium worth paying money to attend.”  – Robyn Sassen

‘’Marthinus Basson se regie sorg vir ’n boeiende ervaring, en Kellermann bewoon die verhoog … die broek pas Kellermann inderdaad.” – Wayne Müller, Die Burger

“Vir Antoinette Kellermann kan ‘n mens maar hoed afhaal, skoene uittrek en agteroorsit vir 75 minute van briljante toneelspel.” – Nico Luwes, KRIT


Naledi Awards 2016

Nominated best female actor (Antoinette Kellermann)

Nominated best director (Marthinus Basson)

Fleur du Cap Awards 2010

– For Best Actor in a Solo Performance (Antoinette Kellermann)

– Nomination Best Female Actor in a leading role (Antoinette Kellermann)

– Nomination Best Director (Marthinus Basson)

KykNET Fiesta Awards 2010

– For best production (TEATERteater)

– For Best leading female actor (Antoinette Kellermann)

– For Best actor in a One Person Play (Antoinette Kellermann)

– For Best design (Marthinus Basson)

– Nomination for best director (Marthinus Basson)

Absa KKNK Kanna Awards 2010

– For best female actor (Antoinette Kellermann)

– Nomination best director (Marthinus Basson)

Clover Aardklop Awards 2010

– For best female actor (Antoinette Kellermann)

Woordtrofees 2010

– For best production (TEATERteater)

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