Living Coloured stories recreated at the Baxter

At the back, from left, are Yvan Potts, Anzio September, Crystal Finck, Tashreeq de Villiers, Alexis Petersen and Eldon van der Merwe. Seated are Loukmaan Adams and Yusuf Daniels.

Yusuf Daniel’s compilation of short stories, Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken), will be brought to life at the Baxter Concert Hall, from Tuesday December 8.

Loukmaan Adams will direct this stage version and the characters will be brought to life by Tashreeq de Villers, Alexis Petersen, Eldon van der Merwe, Anzio September, Crystal Finck and Yvan Potts who mostly play multiple characters.

Living Coloured is a portrayal of Daniels’ own life story which speaks of family, friendships, community, traditions and culture, and what it was like growing up on the Cape Flats during an oppressive time in South Africa with racism, gangsterism and poverty.

“There were things that kept us sane. It made us forget the situation we found ourselves in and, most importantly, how we as a community lived fully beyond those odds presented to us at the time,” says Daniels.

“I wrote Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken) and Living Lekke, to bring smiles and laughter to people’s faces. I prefer to call myself the accidental author, but I am really more of a storyteller.”

All performances will be limited to 50% capacity, with Covid-19 protocols in place.

Living Coloured runs until Saturday January 9, at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from R125 to R225 through Webtickets or at Pick n Pay stores.

For discounted school or group block bookings, fund-raisers or charities, contact Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za