Professor Njabulo Ndebele recently purchased a seat at the Baxter as part of the Baxter Name-A-Seat project, to commemorate his father Nimrod Njabulo Ndebele, a playwright.
Nimrod Ndebele was a charismatic teacher who had a passionate interest in drama. Not only did he produce plays for his students at the Anglican Khaiso Secondary School in Pietersburg in the 1930s and 1940s, where he taught with painter Gerald Sekoto and sculptor Ernest Mancoba, he also wrote plays in English, Zulu and Sesotho. His play Ugubudele NamaZimuzimu was the first play published in Zulu. It was published in 1941 under the Bantu Treasury Series of the Wits University Press. This makes him a pioneer in Zulu drama.
The Baxter Theatre Centre is most appreciative of this donation, and this show of support from the Vice-Chancellor.
The Baxter Name-A-Seat project makes it possible for you to purchase a seat in your name or to commemorate a special event or person. An inscribed tag is placed at the back of the seat purchased and your inscription will appear on the supporters' board outside the Main Theatre. A named seat makes a unique gift for a theatre-lover!
Should you want to take part in the Name-A-Seat project, please contact Di Stafford on firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call her on 680-3968 to take your seat at the Baxter.