Westerford High School is proud to present District Six – The Musical.
A local classic, District Six was written in 1987 by Taliep Petersen and David Kramer and first performed at the Baxter Theatre in April of that year. Between 1987 and 1990, the musical was performed over 500 times with songs like ‘Klop Klop’ and ‘My Broertjie My Bra’ quickly becoming regulars on Cape Town radios; this despite the fact that four of the songs — namely, ‘Seven Steps of Stone’, ‘Galiema’, ‘The Law The Law’ and ‘Hester’s Complaint’ — being banned by the SABC at the time.
The play was revived in 2002 at the Baxter and has been a regular showing on high school stages ever since.
District Six was considered a crime-ridden slum by the Apartheid government and, in 1966, declared a “whites-only” area. This moving story simultaneously tries to remember the multicultural community that lived in the district at the time as well as lament its destruction 54 years ago. This vibrant but also moving play unfolds through the stories of various District Six residents, at the time when they are forced by the government to move from their beloved home.
The Westerford cast of over 30 teenagers — all singing and dancing to a live orchestra — will be showcasing their talents from 23-26 April, 2023, in Westerford’s very own Noel Taylor Hall.
DIRECTED BY: Daniella Brown
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY: Peter Narun, Vasti Knoesen and Janu Engelbrecht
STAGE AND LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Clinton Classen and Keren Setton
MANAGED BY: Monn-Lee Geduld and Saeeda van der Schyff