Play puts social media in the spotlight

The cast and team have started rehearsals for the premiere of Expelled.

A new work about social media’s power to connect and its power to destroy, Expelled, will premiere on Wednesday February 7 at the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter theatre.

Expelled is a family drama which focuses on the largely ungoverned world of social media. Alex, a matric pupil at an elite school, gets caught up in a viral scandal and is suspended. Once shared, lives alter in seconds and the ramifications for his family are profound.

Written by Rosalind Butler, Expelled was created out of How Now Brown Cow’s script development programme, The Writers’ Collective during lockdown in 2021. Directed by Craig Freimond, the cast features Charmaine Weir-Smith and Antony Coleman alongside Nicolas Hattingh. Designs for the production are by Kieran McGregor and Daniel Rutland Manners.

“The topicality of Expelled immediately appealed to How Now Brown Cow and we are proud to have nurtured its development through The Writers’ Collective,” says Julie-Anne McDowell, founder of and producer at How Now Brown Cow. “It is a pertinent play for our social media obsessed world, and we believe its critical impact will resonate loudly for years to come. We all need to witness this valuable story.”

The season runs until Saturday March 2 with shows from

Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm; Saturday matinees at 3pm and schools’ performances on Tuesdays at 11am. No under 12s allowed.

Tickets cost from R160 to R240 through Webtickets with discounts for senior citizens and block bookings of 10 or more tickets.

For pupil discounts at R160 a ticket, email Jeff Brooker on