‘Shadow Boxing’ premieres at Baxter Masambe theatre for limited season

‘Shadow Boxing’ premieres at Baxter Masambe theatre for limited season

Shadow Boxing, a powerful one-hander starring award-winning director Mdu Kweyama and emerging talent Daniel Newton, comes to the Baxter Masambe theatre from 4 to 21 May at 19:00 nightly with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays, fresh off its debut at the 2022 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK).


Shadow Boxing, directed by Mdu Kweyama (Reza de Wet’s Missing; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? ), stars promising young UCT Drama School alumnus Daniel Newton and is described as Die Burger as “intense, emotionally loaded, topical, and stinging.” It’s a coming-of-age story about overcoming previous demons and discovering one’s true self.

Newton’s character, Flynn, is a teenage fighter who is the son of a professional boxer whose career never took off. Flynn, unlike his father, is hell-bent on becoming a successful professional boxer. As he learns his own individuality, he must fight against his inherited macho perceptions. To evade his internal conflict, he throws himself into a punishing workout regimen.


Mdu Kweyama, who is currently the artistic director of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival, won the Naledi Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Choreography in 2008 for his performance in Karoo Moose. Most Honest Man, Reza De Wet’s Missing, Woza Albert, and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? are among his Baxter directing credits. His guidance of Newton’s growing skill is a wonderful match.

Daniel Newton is a talented actor and musician who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA Hons in Drama and Acting in 2021. Shadow Boxing is his first professional performance, despite the fact that he began acting for movies in 2016. “Shadow Boxing tackles universal and contemporary subjects,” according to Media24’s evaluation of the film and Newton’s performance. Newton is a gifted young actor who will undoubtedly be a name to watch in the future.”

Shadow Boxing begins previews on the 4th and 5th of May, opens on the 6th of May, and plays through the 21st of May 2022 at the Baxter Masambe Theatre at 19:00 nightly, with afternoon performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30. Ticket costs range from R50 for group bookings to R120 for single tickets, and they can be purchased online through Webtickets or at any Pick n Pay store.

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