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Sunday, August 8, 2021


(Above: A dramatic moment from “7 Ways To Say Goodbye”)

Exciting drama, music, dance as well as fashion, topical community conversation platforms and fun, free entertainment have been confirmed by The Playhouse Company for their 25th Annual South African Women’s Arts Festival, an event coinciding with August being Women’s Month.

Celebrating works performed, created, or inspired by women, this year’s event will be held at The Playhouse Company from August 6 to September 19, 2021. The Festival is an annual highlight on the calendar of The Playhouse Company, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, which embraces the government’s principles of social cohesion and nation-building.

The festival will kick off with a Sundowners Series Concert - An afternoon treat of jazz and slam poetry! The concert will take place every Friday & Saturday afternoon right through the festival.


Imbokodo Maskandi Concert

(August 14 at 15h00: Playhouse Opera)

The Festival’s music highlight will be the Imbokodo Maskandi Concert at 15h00 on August 14, in the Playhouse’s Opera Theatre. This concert will highlight such glittering talents as Vumile Mngoma, Ama Yellow Bones, Buselaphi Gxowa, Annah Mlotshwa and Ngenzeni Ntanzi. Tickets for the Imbokodo Maskandi Concert cost R100. This concert promises to be like no other for all Maskandi lovers.

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(Left: Sandra Prinsloo appears in "Kamphoer)


(August 19 – 21 at 19h00: Playhouse Loft)

Among the Festival’s offerings, this year is Kamphoer, featuring South African theatre legend Sandra Prinsloo. Based on a true story, Prinsloo appears in the challenging role of Susan Nell, who faced an unspeakable ordeal during the Anglo-Boer War in the Winburg concentration camp. Susan is brutally raped and left for dead. She qualifies as a psychiatric nurse and 16 years later, during the First World War, her paths cross again with one of her rapists. Susan is once again confronted with the pain and humiliation of her past. Kamphoer will be staged from August 19 to 21 and ticket prices are R100 and R30 for school performances.

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Resilience : The Journey

(August 28 at 18h00: Playhouse Opera)

The production Resilience, in collaboration with Adesso Enterprises, directed by theatre giant Ralph Lawson featuring Nozuko Teto, Wayne Mkhize, Khumbuzile Dlamini and Khulekani Miya promises an evening of magnificent melodies which will transport your spirit to a peaceful place of healing, restoration and celebration of the resilience of the human spirit as we conclude the Women’s month. There is only one performance at 18h00 in the Opera Theatre and tickets are R100.

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(August 28 - September 4 at 14h30 & 18h30: Playhouse Drama)

Directed by the legendary Bheki Mkhwane, Nongogo, originally written by internationally-acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard, will hit The Playhouse Drama stage with shows running from August 28 to September 4. Set in a shebeen outside of Johannesburg in the 1950s, the play focuses on the life of a shebeen queen who was once a prostitute. The production highlights some of the most thought-provoking topics about women. Tickets for this must-see stage treat are R100 and R30 for school performances and can be bought at the Playhouse box-office or online via WebTickets.

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The Awakening – Rebirth

(September 15 – 19 at 14h30 and 18h30: Playhouse Opera)

Like a dream everything in our lives changed from clear to blurry, suddenly the world came to a standstill, and there was a silence, in this dream we are wide awake, we were paused, segregated, we had to turn to our inner selves our minds bloated searching for God’s grace and mercy, we shall rise again. The Awakening – Rebirth is choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau.

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7 Ways To Say Goodbye

(September 15 – 19 at 14h00 and 18h00: Playhouse Drama)

Seven Ways to say Goodbye is a dance production choreographed by Lliane Loots in collaboration with the Flatfoot Company. The dance piece involves eight spectacular dancers who use movement and dance to explore different human relationships such as – father to son, mother to daughter, lover to lover during a global pandemic, where self-isolation and social distancing is practiced.

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Expect More Incredible Shows This Month:


Test Driving The Arts And Sundowners

(August 11 – 21 at 13h00 & 17h00: Playhouse Cellar)

The Playhouse Company’s Test Driving the Arts SAWAF 2021 arts programme will include poetry and musical performances across a wide-ranging number of genres in The Playhouse Cellar.

Ticket price: FREE


Women In Series Concert

(August 11-21 at 17h00)

A series of concerts featuring some of the best Durban has to offer to celebrate women’s month. Including: Sheila Da Bluenote, Sky Wanda, Debbie Mari, Angel Zondi, Simthandile Mtolo, Susan Barry, Noma Khumalo, Thulile Zama, Platform Jazz, Izintombi, Lu Dlamini, Kerry Cherry.

Ticket price: FREE


Women To Women

(August 14 at 12h00)

A Community Conversation titled Woman to Woman will spark some exciting discussions around the theme - Wealth & Self Worth. The event will be facilitated by media personality Zanele Mbokazi together with a variety of female panellists: Esay Reddy, Jacinta Ngobese and Thobe Mtshali.

Time: 12h00

Ticket price: FREE


Gender Based Violence

(August 21 at 13h30)

Challenging the Arts to find and create building materials and creative ways to fight the scourge of Gender Based Violence. The dialogue will be facilitated by Nana Ngobese and among the panelist: Dr Stella Khumalo, Ms Bosa Ledwaba and Ms Hlengiwe Mgabadeli.

Ticket price: FREE


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