What does it mean to be a good man in South Africa today? How do we grow from boys into responsible caring men? How do men engage with power without resorting to violence?

These are the questions that are explored in Passage, an exciting new collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and Magnet Theatre. Directed by Thando Doni (graduate of the Magnet Training Programme),and the Zabalaza Theatre Festival and performed by 5 new talents on the Cape Town stage.

Passage has been made possible with the generous support of the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Passage not only explores the values, assumptions, fears and behaviours that allow such violence to be perpetrated but investigates, in our multicultural context, how boys transition into men. Looking at the rites of passage that boys undergo in South Africa to move from childhood to responsible adulthood, the production points to actions that men can take to redefine and reconstruct a positive notion of male masculinity.

Performed in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.

Various venues


Richard Tafane
Aphiwe Menziwa
Jeoffrey Makobela
Nicholas Campbell
Daniel Richards