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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


(Sam Hlophe, Mpume Mthombeni, Philile Chonco, Sheila Mkhize & Angel Dateh Zondo. Pic: Val Adamson)

Scripted and directed by Zeph Nzama, Women in Singing is an upbeat new musical focusing on women who have been abused spiritually and physically. Instead of bemoaning their unhappy situations, they have decided to come together with a positive attitude.

Following their dream of singing, they form their own group titled Women in Singing. With luck and perseverance, things look up when they are invited to take part in a big event in New York. Set in a rehearsal space and featuring an all-female multi-racial cast and band, the new show is humorous, energetic, entertaining and educational, carrying a message that with a steadfast attitude to making the most of life, people can achieve their dreams. Boasting a line-up of fresh new songs,

Women In Singing stars a powerhouse cast of performers: Sam Hlophe (A Brave New World, Dance Your Butt Off, Just For You), Angel Dateh Zondo (Stimela with Ray Phiri), Sheila Mkhize (African Passion, Durban Blues Festival), Philele Chonco (Joyous Celebration series) and Mpume Mthombeni (Tin Bucket Drum, Lollipop Lane, The Game, Animal Farm).

They appear onstage with the live backing of a five-piece band including musical director Mthobisi Mthalane on keyboards, Mbuso Sokhela on bass, Spha Dlamini (drums), Nokwanda Nkala (saxophone) and Stephanie Pais (trumpet).

Women in Singing runs in the Playhouse Loft from June 11 to 15 with performances at 19h00 (Wednesday to Saturday) with additional 15h00 matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday (June 14 and 15). Tickets R85. Block bookings of 10 or more are R75 per person.

Booking is through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers, by phone on 0861 915 8000 or online at Bookings can also be made via the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 (office hours).