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Saturday, August 18, 2018


(Rehane Abrahams. Pic by Val Adamson)

Suspended in Disbelief ... (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

It's not often that I am drawn to a piece of theatre for all aspects of it and when this alignment between script, performance, technical and direction occurs, the theatre is transformed into a place of magic.

With a tantalising script and intricate acting, this award winning piece of theatre, Womb Of Fire, made its way from Cape Town to the stages of the Playhouse Company's Women's Arts Festival. 

Written and performed exquisitely by Rehane Abrahams and enticingly directed by Sara Matchett, Womb Of Fire delivers the stories of three women; the story of Draupadi - borrowed from the Mahabharata and two tales of two women enslaved by the Dutch in the early 17th century. We jump through time and space, in and out of these women's stories to reveal the atrocities that they endured for their defiance of a patriarchal-driven world. The transition between these three worlds is marked by the beautiful music stylings of Lukhanyiso Skosana.

The set, mostly bare but features a dance pole that makes for some stunning choreographed blocking and demands the performer to go above and beyond the ordinary. I loved the use of a 4m Sari cloth that is engaged with in myriad ways. Not only does it distinguish characters but it too commands an important place in the performance.

Nothing was out of place in this theatrical masterpiece and I see why it has rustled up so many deserved accolades and attention. A truly well-earned standing ovation. Well done to the team!

There are two more performances today (August 18, 2018) in the Playhouse Loft at 15h00 and 19h30 (Tickets R85). The production has a PG rating of 14 years. - Verne Rowin Munsamy