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Monday, November 25, 2013

for colored girls who have considered suicide

Play depicting the bonds of friendship. (Review by Pauline Dalais)

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

The production depicts the bonds of friendship. The cast is made up of seven females dressed in different coloured skirts and there are seven chairs on the stage with each girl having her own story to tell. These are told in poetic fashion, with game playing, dancing and giggles.

The girls reminisce on their pasts, talk about their joys, triumphs, dating, failed relationships, struggles and loss of loved ones. They chat about losing their virginity and mock and tease as one describes giving up her virginity in the backseat of a Buick. They have fun and break out into dance to the song Dancing in the Street.

“The Lady in Pink” told her story of rape and how hard it is to press charges against a friend. It hurts to be betrayed by men who know us. One of the ladies has an imaginary dream man, Tusson, who is a character from a novel.

They recite a beautiful mantra, with each lady adding onto it “My love is too beautiful to have thrown back in my face, my love is too delicate to have thrown back in my face, my love is too magic to have thrown back into my face, my love is too complicated to have thrown back into my face…

We experience the emotions of betrayal and hurt with a failed relationship. The lady demands: “I want my stuff back! Give me my own things! Give me my memories! Somebody almost walked off with all my stuff! I want my stuff back!”

They bitterly talk about all the excuses men use after abuse on women. The … “I’m sorry, I love you, I never meant to hurt you…”

My favourite of the ladies was “The Lady in Red” who recites a poem, I found God in myself. She refers to God as female.

We hear the tale of how Crystal fell pregnant aged 13. He denied the baby. Then Crystal foolishly fell pregnant again! This was an on/off relationship. Years later, he proposes and Crystal refuses to marry him.  He is abusive. She gets a court order against him. Sadly her life is shattered with fatalities.

The play was 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.

Further information from Ian Gareth Hadfield of Role Models on 078 901 8661 or – Pauline Dalais