Bat Boy premiers in SA at the Masker Theatre

Posted on August 06, 2013

Bat Boy – the musical tells the poignant and woeful tale of Edgar, the Bat Boy who is rescued from his dark and lonely existence and inducted into the world of men. However, the world outside the cave is not all sunlight and roses as the discovery of the Bat Boy gives rise widespread fear, which divides the small town already teetering on the brink of poverty and despair. This particular production is placed in the South African context, which brings the themes of prejudice and tolerance, discrimination and acceptance into stark relief and has also helped the young cast to strongly identify with the plot and characters and bring their own cultural heritage and experiences into play.

Although the subject matter is essentially serious, the show’s underlying current is one of wickedly dark humour. It is also a cheeky exposé of traditional Broadway theatre conventions. Add to the mix a frustrated and vengeful veterinarian, militant miners and farmers, murder, mayhem, star-crossed lovers and a five-piece rock band, and this musical with its wacky but touching story becomes a powder keg of passionate action with a large dose of blood thrown in for good measure!

Dr Mortimer's affiliation with this production was made possible by the Embassy of the United States of America.

Shows start at 19:30.
Book your tickets with iTickets: or 0861000291.
Adults: R45.
Students and scholars: R35.
Block bookings: less 25%.

Please note that the show carries a PG 16 age restriction. Some material may offend sensitive viewers.

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