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Monday, November 4, 2013

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf.

(Zama Mbanjwa, Slindo Zondo, Nelly Ntaka, Ndalo Mchunu and Yolanda Glover)

The award winning play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf… by Ntozake Shange, will be staged by Role Models Talent at the BAT Centre for a short run.

for colored girls...” is a series of 20 poems, collectively called a "choreopoem" and Shange's poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-American women face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a colour such as "Lady in Yellow," and "Lady in Purple". The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman's story and the end of the play brings together all of the women for "a laying on of hands," in which Shange evokes the power of womanhood as the Lady in Red begins the mantra "I found God in myself/and I loved her/I loved her fiercely."

Having recently played to packed houses in Kenya, the play began as an Off-Broadway cult hit and then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play of 1977 and won an Award for Distinguished Production for Ntozake Shange, Oz Scott, the director as well as for the cast. It was recently adapted for film by Tyler Perry and the stage production is regularly performed around the world and is a favourite with young drama students with Shange commenting “my friends like to joke that not a day goes by when some young woman somewhere isn’t doing a for coloured girls monologue, making the voice her own, finding her own infinite beauty once again.”

The play is directed by local theatre practitioner and agent, Ian Gareth Hadfield, and features an exciting young cast comprising Noluthando Kubeka, Ndalo Mchunu, Slindo Zondo, Yolanda Glover, Zama Mbanjwa, Nelly Ntaka, and Phumelele Majola.

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf… runs at the Sipho Gumede Hall, BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Victoria Embankment, Durban from November 7 to 10. Unreserved tickets R110 available at Computicket or from Further information from Ian Gareth Hadfield of Role Models on 078 901 8661 or