In 2002, ‘At Her Feet’, written/directed by Nadia Davids and performed by Quanita Adams, exploded onto the South African theatre scene. The breakthrough play was described as “brilliant”, “triumphant”, “unforgettable” “timely”; “a production that will touch you, shift you and never really leave you”. From its first staging at UCT, it has travelled throughout South Africa, been staged in New York, London and Holland and won and been nominated for numerous awards (a Naledi, a Nom, two Fleur de Caps). For the first time in 13 years this beloved work is to be performed Cape Town for five specially staged performances as a part of Artscape Women Humanity Arts Festival, from August 8 to 12.
Written in 2002, ‘At Her Feet’ evokes the experiences of four Muslim women in Cape Town whose lives are touched by 9/11 of and by the honour killing of a Jordanian girl. These women – a secular student, a tough-talking auntie, a Che-worshipping slam poetess, a recently married religious travel agent – narrate their own lives, offering “vivid, affecting, bitingly funny, deeply moving stories” that speak to race, love, faith and belonging.
Through monologue, song, and poetry these women offer the audience an intimate glimpse of their world.
‘At Her Feet’ was most recently performed in 2012 at London’s prestigious South Bank Centre. It is studied at a wide range of South African, British and American universities, is understood as one of the most important theatrical works to emerge around Islamophobia, Muslim women and Islamic Feminism post 9/11 and is considered by some as one of South Africa’s most significant post-apartheid works.
2017 marks 15 years since ‘At Her Feet’ was first staged. Davids and Adams have expressed their delighted to reconnect this work with its original audience and introduce it to a new generation of South Africans theatre-goers.
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