David Kramer’s Danger in the Dark, which was nominated for five Fleur du Cap awards, returns to The Baxter from 9 to 28 March, 2020, at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

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The Danger in the Dark Ensemble. Picture: Jesse Kramer
The Danger in the Dark Ensemble. Picture: Jesse Kramer

Five 2020 Fleur du Cap categories

Based on the story of Shakespeare’s Othello, the production has been nominated in five categories for the 2020 Fleur du Cap. They are Lead Actress in a Musical (Rushney Ferguson); Lead Actor in a Musical (Elton Landrew); Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Eldon van der Merwe) and Tashreeq de Villiers and Best Newcomer (Chad Baai). Winners will be announced on 22 March.

Danger in the Dark, is a reworking of the musical Poison, which David Kramer and the late Taliep Petersen wrote in the 1990s.

With this reworked version, Kramer has decided to tell the story from the point of view of Pamela, a social worker who is writing her thesis on drug abuse in the Cape Flats.

Kramer has written a new book for Danger in the Dark but has retained many of the original songs. He has assembled a stellar creative team and cast of eight lead performers with a chorus of 14, who dance, sing and play a variety of roles, accompanied by a live band of five musicians.

The story is set in 1995 on the Cape Flats when Pamela meets up with Juanita, a friend from her school days. Soon she realises that Juanita is trapped in an abusive relationship with a drug lord and she is desperate to help her friend escape.

Directed by David Kramer with assistant director Grant van Ster, the creative team is made up of Camillo Lombard (musical director), Patrick Curtis (set, lighting designer), David Classen (sound designer), Widaad Albertus (costume designer), Kirsti Cummings (videographer) with choreography by Shaun Oelf and Grant van Ster.

The ensemble is led by Alexis Petersen (Langarm) as Pamela, Rushney Ferguson (Aunty Merle It’s a Girl) as Juanita, Loukmaan Adams (District Six – The Musical) as Michael, Elton Landrew (Kat and the Kings) as Poison, Eldon van der Merwe (Arendsvlei) as Chicco, Tashreeq de Villiers (Aunty Merle It’s a Girl) as Lucky, Edith Plaatjies (King Kong) as Mrs Joseph and Chad Baai (Spring Awakening) as Shawn.

The chorus comprises Luke Buys, Loreto Cabrera, Lewellyn Afrika, Luke de Kock, Anzio September, Lubabalo Pupu, Rori York Bingham, Alex Rodkin, Chamonay Anthony, Mekaila Mathys, Crystal Finck, Gabriela Dirkse and Tanzley Jooste.

Grandall Vlotman (conductor, keyboards), Shaun Francke (guitar), Jason Ward (drums), Yvan Potts (synthesizers) and Kurt Randall (bassist) make up the band.

What: Danger in the Dark
When: 9 to 28 March 2020
Where: Baxter Theatre Cape Town
Note: Age restriction 12