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What: 🎭 The Dumb Waiter | University of Cape Town

The Dumb Waiter | University of Cape Town

When:

Where: 🏛️ Baxter Theatre Centre

How much:

🎟️ R120https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1547973245

🎟️ R150https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1547973245

Step into the captivating world of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, a rare glimpse into the early genius of one of the 20th century’s foremost playwrights for a limited season of ten performances only. In the dimly lit recesses of a desolate basement, two hitmen, Gus and Ben, await their next assignment, immersing audiences in a suffocating atmosphere of suspense and tension. The play is often called “The greatest one-act” of our time.

At the heart of this production is a stellar cast and crew dedicated to bringing Pinter’s early masterpiece to life. Brent Palmer, the award-winning actor, writer and producer, takes on the role of Ben with complexity and nuance. Brent is an award winning and multi-nominated actor, playwright and producer. In 2024 he won the Fleur Du Cap award for best actor in a leading role for his role as George Megalos in King George. Five of his plays have been nominated for Fleur Du Cap theatre awards. Palmer has performed in a number of plays at the Fugard Theatre and beyond, including Bench, The Father, A Steady Rain, The Kingmakers, Macbeth, The Room and Dinner with the 42’s. In 2015 he received the SAFTA award for Best Short Film, Picture Perfect Heist, which he co-produced with BenchFilms. This year, in collaboration with Ari Kruger and Sketchbook Studios, Palmer wrote and produced a short film titled King George. He has been featured on many television shows like Tali’s Wedding (Showmax), Those Who Can’t (SABC 3), Our Girl (BBC) amongst many more.

Opposite Palmer, Jock Kleynhans takes in the role of Gus. A graduate of the UCT Centre for Theatre and Performance, Kleynhans brings a wealth of experience from his diverse stage and screen roles. His credits include Maynardville’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, MNet’s Lioness, Apple TV’s ‘Invasion’, and more.

Guiding this exceptional cast is director Aidan Scott, making his directorial debut. Scott, known for his dynamic performances, is currently playing Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and has a rich history as a seasoned theatre actor. He has also worked in the UK with the smash-hit production Don’t Make Tea, which recently concluded its UK tour. His foray into directing promises fresh insight and innovative direction, marking an exciting new chapter in his career.

The production is designed by Cameron Moody whose credits include co-designing the Fleur Du Cap winning Production Delela (dir. Tiisetso wa Noni Mashefane).