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Monday, August 13, 2018


Catch the final leg of The Playhouse Company’s South African Women’s Arts Festival running in Durban until this Saturday (August 18, 2018).

“To celebrate this momentous landmark, our SAWAF roster has been jam packed with frontline shows, featuring South Africa’s latest and greatest theatrical productions, performers, directors, writers and choreographers,” says The Playhouse Company’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Linda Bukhosini. “In keeping with Women’s Month, SAWAF’s mix of Dance, Drama, Music, Dialogue, Arts and Craft, showcases the determination of South African women to find freedom, respect and equality in our society.”

Confessions of a Blacklisted Woman: She Bellows
Written, directed and developed by Zimkitha Kumbaca, this intriguing presentation by Onalerona Collaborations incorporates music, poetry and dance into a satirical work which interrogates the representation of women in contemporary South African society: Are black woman at the bottom of the food chain? What is consent culture? Are African skin and hair being replaced with plastic? Runs in The Drama Theatre from August 15 to 18, 2018, tickets are R80.

Womb of Fire
(Rehane Abrahams in “Womb of Fire”. Pic by Rob Keith)
This multi-award winning one-hander, exposes the effects of colonialism through the vivid use of allegory. Set against the episode of the India epic, The Mahabharata, the play interweaves personal narrative and contemporary realities with the lives of two women from the founding years of the Cape Colony to interrogate the Womb of Fire that birthed South Africa. Directed by Dr Sara Matchett with design by Craig Leo, Womb of Fire is written and performed by Rehane Abrahams with vocal accompaniment by Lukhanyiso Skosana. Runs in The Loft Theatre from August 15 to 18, 2018, tickets are R85.

Arts and Craft Exhibition: Beads
The richness of Zulu culture is celebrated though beadwork and throws light on social structures and changing customs in different areas. Curated by Hlengiwe Dube, the fascinating catalogue looks at the Zulu beliefs system of their ancestors and how they affect the community at large. These beliefs were crystalised through the intervention of traditional healers who used beads to express themselves through instructions from the ancestors. On view in the Alhambra Room throughout the festival, with interactive displays in the Main Foyer on August 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 10h00. Admission is free.

Sundowner Concerts
SAWAF also includes added attractions of four Sundowner concerts. These vibey jazz events are up for grabs on August 17 (showcasing Angel Zondo); and August 18 (with the Dani Foster Trio). Main Foyer at 17h00. Admission is free.

Bookings via Computicket outlets; telephonic bookings on 0861 915 8000, and online bookings at Alternatively, patrons can call the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 or 369 9596 (office hours). For schools bookings at R30 per learner, call 031-369 9407 or email