#JustMen to premiere at the Baxter

The cast of #JustMen, at the back from left are, Sherman Pharo and Heinrich Reisenhofer. In front are Loukmaan Adams, Johan Baird and Thando Doni. PICTURE: OSCAR ORYAN

Multi-lingual, docudrama #JustMen is for men, about men, performed by South African men who tell their own stories and take a stand against the epidemic of gender violence in the country.

It will premiere at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, for two weeks only, from Wednesday June 13 to Saturday June 30, at 7.30pm nightly.

Funded by the City of Cape Town, #JustMen is billed as a clarion call to men to face up to the disturbing reality in which the abuse, rape and murder of women and children, both in South Africa and the rest of the world, is rampant.

The production comes at time when countlesswomen worldwide, under the banner of the #MeToo movement, are breaking the silence around sexual harassment and assault.

Directed by Heinrich Reisenhofer (Joe Barber, Suip!), the cast is made up of Loukmaan Adams (Aunty Merle – The Musical, Kat and the Kings), Thando Doni (Ityala Lamwele, Ubuze Bam), Sherman Pharo (Suidooster, Vinkel en Koljander) and Johan Baird (Sewende Laan, Generations). They devised the play through a workshop process spanning four weeks of research and rehearsals.

Baxter CEO and artistic director, Lara Foot, said: “We would like to invite all men, and especially leaders, captains of industries, managers and staff in business, government, organisations, academia, sport and all sectors, to come and see and support this vital work.

“The need to start open discussions, take ownership and outlaw this horrific scourge has become urgent. Become part of the movement to help transform our society into a safer and healthier environment.”

Mr Reisenhofer said: “This is a conversation we can no longer avoid and a piece that every South African man needs to see. How do we, as men, show up, make our voices heard and fight this problem?”

There is an age restriction of 16 years.

Tickets cost R120. Booking is through Webtickets or selected Pick * Pay stores.

Contact Leon van Zyl at 021 680 3972 or leon.vanzyl@uct.ac.za for discounted group or block bookings