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Posted on: Friday, 22 October 2010

Raiders of the Lost Aardvark at the Baxter

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Something which is almost as old as me, ok well not quite… but still 21 is an important age, is celebrating this achievement at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch until 6 November 2010. The Raiders series, Nicholas Ellenbogen productions have had immense success for the last 21 years and the latest instalment in the series Raiders of the Lost Aardvark is now on stage.

The original Raiders series launched at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and was greeted with a standing ovation and this was just the beginning. In this production Nicholas once again teams up with his son, Luke, and the two prove to be quite a duo. They have numerous achievements and are the recipients of a variety of awards.

This production is directed by Chris Weare and you can expect their signature style which includes a melting pot of science, history and other facts as well as audience participation to draw the audience into the story. When you book your ticket don’t think you can sit back and become just part of the crowd as you might be called from your seat to become a character in the story, perhaps this is your time to shine!

The winning combination of these productions isn’t only the father and son team, but it is also the story itself. The plays are normally based on a historic event with commentary and current issues thrown into the mix as well humour and you won’t be disappointed this time.

Raiders of the Lost Aardvark is set in the Second World War and Salty Hepburn (Luke Ellenbogen) takes his temperamental Tiger Moth on a journey from Cape Town to Cairo. The centre of the story is the plight of Congolese gorillas, who are used by the Nazis for scientific research to win the war effort. An appearance is also made by Dutch exotic dancer and supposed spy, Mata Hari. So you can imagine what a story this is going to be and even more interesting is imagining what character you might need to play.

Some of the productions in the Raiders series include Raiders Five with James Ngcobo (1994), Raiders of the Scarlet Pimple with Andrew Brent and Luke Ellenbogen (1997), Raiders of the Last Stand with Nhlanhla Mavundla and Jody Abrahams (2002), Raiderz with Rob van Vuuren and Matthew Ellenbogen (2004) and Raiders of the Daily Lama with Luke Ellenbogen (2009). These are only a few of the productions in the series, but the formula must be potent to have audiences on their feet and calling for more.

Every performance is unique and hilarious and you should definitely book your tickets today for Raiders of the Lost Aardvark.

Show details & bookings:
The show runs until 6 November and is performed in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio at 20h15 every night.
Tickets can be booked through Computicket (+27 (0)83 915-8000) or directly from the theatre.
Enjoy the Baxter Monday special which includes a light meal and the show from R70 per person.
Tuesday to Thursday performances are R100 per person.
Weekend performances are R120 per person.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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