It’s crunch time for the Baxter Theatre Centre‘s Danger in the Dark, David Kramer‘s new adaptation of Poison, the musical he created with Taliep Petersen in the early 1990s, with the first previews of the show scheduled for next weekend.
Made possible by the City of Cape Town, Danger in the Dark is a timely response to the critical social issues that plague communities all over the Western Cape. Set in the underbelly of the Cape Flats, the musical unfolds in 1995, when Pamela (played by Alexis Petersen), a social worker who is writing a thesis on drug abuse, meets up with Juanita (Rushney Ferguson), a friend from her school days. When she realises that Juanita is trapped in an abusive relationship with a drug lord, she finds herself drawn into dark and dangerous places and situations as she tried to help her friend escape.
Take a peek through Jesse Kramer’s lens into the rehearsal room, where Kramer is putting the finishing touches on the production, together with the assistant director for the production, Grant van Ster. Van Ster is also choreographing the show in collaborataion with Shaun Oelf. Camillo Lombard serves as musical director.
With a cast of 22 vibrant South African performers and a live band bringing to life the painfully beautiful narrative and soaring music of Danger in the Dark, this production promises to be a thrilling reinvention of the original Kramer-Petersen musical.
Bookings are now open through Webtickets, with information about discounted block or schools’ bookings, fundraisers and charities available from Leon van Zyl. Ticket prices range from R100 to R195. The production previews at the Baxter Theatre from 11 – 14 October, opens on 15 October and runs until 2 November. There is an age restriction of 12 years.