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Friday, August 17, 2018


The Revolution is here! This piece is not for the fainthearted. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

The Playhouse Company presents their 22nd annual Woman's Arts Festival this month in celebration of Woman's month. Amongst the many entrants is Confessions Of A Blacklisted Woman, written and directed by Zimkitha Kumbaca. This satirical look at modern black women uses many mediums such as music, poetry and dance to show us the evolution that brings the modern woman where she is today.

This show, like previous theatrical interventions such as The Vagina Monologues by Eve Enslin, takes on a radical feminist stance trying to create a revolution and a change of mindset that might force us to accept change when it is taking place. The Doll factory, like the play suggests, creates and modifies women into the roles that it sees fit, namely the pleasuring and servicing of the desires of the gentleman's club, ie patriarchy. It questions the objectification of women by men and othering caused by women. We are left pondering our acceptance of change that feminist struggles have brought thus far and remarkably baring witness to the lack thereof.

The set was checkered red and black with red infused into the costumes and the lighting drawing a strong links to passion and anger, just what the piece demands for change to be complete. I thought that the actresses were steady in their engagement throughout and that the director had made some poignant choices. I did feel that the second half dragged on a bit too long and that focus seemed to slip away towards the end but enjoyed the fact that the piece doesn't hold back the  punches.

This piece is not for the fainthearted. I do enjoy when theatre tries to engage with important social issue and none more important than equal rights, the freedom to be natural, a society free of rape and a sisterhood that supports other women instead of othering them.

Confessions Of A Blacklisted Woman runs in the Drama Theatre tonight and tomorrow (August 17 and 18, 2018). Tickets R80. - Verne Rowin Munsamy