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PRESS: Countdown is on to the premiere of EXPELLED at the Baxter

Christine Skinner


Countdown is on to the premiere of Rosalind Butler’s new South African play – EXPELLED at The Baxter

Following on from their multi-award winning, highly acclaimed production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, How Now Brown Cow is excited to bring a local, topical, powerful, new work to the South African stage. 


Expelled is a play about social media’s power to connect and its power to destroy.  Can a few minutes of bad judgment ruin a life?  


The countdown is on to opening night, when the production has its South African Premiere in Cape Town at the Golden Arrow Studio at The Baxter on Wednesday 7 February, running for a limited season until 2 March.


Expelled is a family drama which focuses on the largely ungoverned world of social media.  Alex, a Matric pupil at an elite school, gets caught up in a viral scandal and is suspended. Once shared, lives alter in seconds, what’s seen cannot be unseen.  The ramifications for his family are profound.   

Written by Rosalind Butler, Expelled was created out of How Now Brown Cow’s script development program, The Writers’ Collective during lockdown in 2021.  Directed by Craig Freimond, the cast features Charmaine Weir-Smith and Antony Coleman alongside Nicolas Hattingh. Designs for the production are by Kieran McGregor and Daniel Rutland Manners.


The topicality of Expelled immediately appealed to How Now Brown Cow and we are proud to have nurtured it’s development through The Writers’ Collective,” says Julie-Anne McDowell, founder of and producer at How Now Brown Cow.  “It is a pertinent play for our social media obsessed world, and we believe it’s critical impact will resonate loudly for years to come.  We all need to witness this valuable story.

Performance dates are:


Tuesday to Saturdays at 20h00

Saturday matinees on 10, 17, 24 February at 15h00

Schools’ performances on Tuesdays 13, 20, 27 February at 11h00


The season must close on Saturday 2 March 2024 – with no option to extend.  

Age advisory: No under 12’s


This production is a must see for all high school learners who make use of social media, and for their parents wading through the minefield – and to this end significant school learner discounts will be on offer via Jeff Brooker on at R160 per ticket.


Tickets cost from R160 to R240.

There are discounts for students, senior citizens and block bookings of ten or more tickets.


Bookings can be made at Webtickets


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