Catch phenomenal women at the Playhouse

Handbag - Don’t clutch me too tight… Under the helm of critically acclaimed choreographer, David Gouldie, The Playhouse Company presents a brand new dance work.

FOR Women’s Month in August, The Playhouse Company will present its famed South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).

Marking the Company’s 21st Festival, the event is themed phenomenal woman to commemorate South African women in all aspects of life – in the arts and on live on stage; in our communities and in the workplace.

The not to be missed two week festival – which runs from 10 – 19 August features a host of award-winning dramas, like the Naledi Award winning productions Suddenly The Storm and Scorched. Also on the programme is Handbag – Don’t clutch me too tight a brand new dance work presented by The Playhouse Company under the helm of acclaimed choreographer David Gouldie!

Under the theme “phenomenal woman” a range of free dialogues and workshops will be held in honour of South Africa’s women and their unique contributions to our communities.

“Our South African Women’s Arts Festival has grown tremendously over the years and as we commemorate our 21st year – traditionally a year synonymous with entering maturity – we’re happy to be offering a programme which aims to address the gravitas of women’s issues.”

Suddenly the Storm: Paul Slabolepszy’s latest play, walked off with Best New South African Script (Paul Slabolepszy), Best Theatre Set Design (Durban’s Greg King) and Best Lighting Design (Wesley France) awards this year’s Naledi Theatre Awards.

Suddenly the Storm will be staged on 10 and 11 August in The Loft Theatre at 19h30, and on 12 August at 14h00 and 19h30. Tickets for these performances are available via Computicket or Shoprite Checkers at R80 each. There is an age restriction of 18 (strong language).

Handbag – Don’t clutch me too tight… Under the helm of critically acclaimed choreographer, David Gouldie, The Playhouse Company presents a brand new dance work, in the Drama Theatre on 10 August at 09h30, 11 August at 09h30 &19h00; and 12 August at 14h00. Schools performances at R30 per learner can be booked by calling (031) 369 9407. Public performances are R80 via Computicket.

Scorched walked off with three Naledi Theatre Awards this year: Best Director of a Play (Jade Bowers), Best Lead Performance in a Play: Female (Ilse Klink) and Best Supporting Actress (Ameera Patel)

Scorched schools performances are on at 10h00 on 16, 17, 18 August. Schools performances, at R30 per learner, can be booked by calling (031) 369 9407. Public performances take place at 19h30 on 18 August, 14h30 and 19h30 on 19 August. Tickets for these performances are available via Computicket or Shoprite Checkers at R80 each. There is an age restriction of PG13

Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème (semi-staged excerpts)

La Bohème is an opera in four act composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio. Since then, La Bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

La Bohème stages on 10 August at 19h30 and 12 August at 15h00. Tickets from R100 – R150 at Computicket.

Key dialogue sessions have been planned during the course of the festival which will see women from across age and cultural groups come together to engage and share their stories.

For further information, please contact Latoya Goldstone on (031) 369 9466 or via email on [email protected]

 

 

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