For Women’s Month in August, The Playhouse Company will present its annual South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF). Marking the Company’s 20th Festival, this popular event this year commemorate 60 years since the 1956 Women’s March to Parliament.
The busy programme includes the following highlights:
Workshops for Artists & Suppliers
Playhouse Alhambra Room
August 11: 10am to 3pm
Touring and Funding in the Arts: With panellists John Mogashoa from the Department of Arts & Culture, Michelle Constant from Business and Arts South Africa, and Sanele Dlamini from the National Lotteries Commission. The session will be facilitated by Durban theatre practitioner, Jerry Pooe.
Venue and Technical Management in the Arts: Panellists include Durban theatre practitioner, Edmund Mhlongo, and Playhouse Company technical specialists Annah Mototo and Philane Shange, facilitated by Playhouse Company Technical Manager, Le Rien Stoffberg.
All four workshops are free, and recommended for all performing arts practitioners.
Financial Contracts and Human Resource Management in the Arts: Some of the subjects to be included in the workshop are how to register your company, production budgeting, financial contracts, managing company cash flow and ensuring compliance.
For anyone interested in attending any of the workshops, reserve your seats by calling 031 369 9407. Limited space is available.
‘We are still marching’
Playhouse Drama Theatre
August 11 to 13
Tickets: R30 for the schools performances; R80 for the public performances
Opening on August 11 for three schools performances and two public ones is ‘We are still marching’, a brand new dance work commissioned by The Playhouse Company to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March on Parliament in 1956. Choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau of Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM), the production will feature two award-winning dance companies: The Playhouse Dance Residency and MIDM. The piece explores the struggles faced by women in South Africa and neighbouring countries from the apartheid era until the present day. It is a reminder of incidents such as the Women’s March, the bus boycott and the recent mass #FeesMustFall campaign.
Motau was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2015, and a work he co-choreographed was named one of the top three works of the 2015 Dance Umbrella.
Tickets are R30 per learner for the schools performances and can be obtained by calling 031 369 9407. Public performances will take place on Friday, August 12, at 7.30pm and on Saturday, August 13, at 2.30pm. Bookings, at R80 per ticket, can be made via Computicket.
Dance Workshops with Moving Into Dance Mophatong
August 13 at 10am
Tickets are R20 per participant. Booking is essential. Call 031 369 9407.
The award-winning Moving Into Dance Mophatong will conduct two of their renowned Afro fusion dance workshops at the Playhouse. This lively journey towards contemporary dance promises a fun-filled morning that will take participants’ bodies on a physical journey through the unique spirit and history of contemporary African movement and dance, while participants learn valuable warm-up skills, dance techniques, and a thrilling fusion of African dance styles.
‘I Took A Stand’
August 13 at 12pm
Free entry, but seats need to be reserved by calling 031 369 9407.
‘I Took A Stand’ is a dramatic staging of the stories of women who were affected by or participated in the 1956 Women’s March to Parliament. These stories will be dramatized on The Playhouse Company’s Opera Theatre stage, interspersed with songs of freedom performed by the Clermont Choir and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. The production is written by Thuli Zuma, and directed by Edmund Mhlongo. At the end of the performance, stalwarts who had a major impact on the March will engage in dialogue in front of the audience, who will be invited to participate in the discussion.
August 13 at 5pm
Sundowners Concert at 5pm will feature a double bill of the band Afro Soul and singer Skye Wanda, along with some of the province’s top performance poets. The three-piece Afro Soul is made up of Surgent Malishe (aka Lion Lish), Sabelo Ngema (aka Jakalase) and Thandeka Zulu (aka Mujeetha). The Durban-based band has won numerous awards, including two SATMAs and a Metro FM Award, and has three albums to its name. Skye Wanda is a vocalist and rapper who fuses jazz, gospel, R&B, neo-soul and hip hop to create her distinctive style and sound, all finished off with catchy melodies and fresh lyrics.
Girls Nite Out Comedy
Playhouse Opera Theatre
August 13 at 8pm
Tickets: R130 & R150 via Computicket
The day ends on a funny note in the Playhouse Opera Theatre with Girls Nite Out Comedy, an all-woman explosion of laughter featuring Mel Jones, Lindzy Msimang, Nina Haste and Shimmy Isaacs, and directed by Monwabisi Grootboom. Tickets are R130 and R150 each, via Computicket. The laughter begins at 8pm. After the show, Festival-goers can continue to have fun at the Festival After-Party with KZN’s top DJs.
For more information about any of these shows or to book, call the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9596/9540.