This Women’s Month sisters are doing it for themselves, the theatre way. There is no doubt that theatre has the power to motivate, inspire, challenge perception and change lives. That is exactly what the ladies of theatre are doing this August with shows bursting with talent, stories and powerful statements all around Cape Town.
Born in the RSA, with its run at the Baxter Theatre ending this weekend on 8 August, has a very strong female cast portraying equally strong female characters. They are all bound together as their life paths meet at a historic cross roads, reflecting the story, struggle, bravery and determination of one amazing woman they have in common, a woman not afraid to stand up for her convictions to fight for a free future for her family and friends. We, as two young professional women, left the theatre totally in awe of the power and punch of this Barney Simon workshopped masterpiece, as we confessed in our #SceneIt.
Then the Artscape Theatre also gives a powerful theatre nod to women with their Women’s Humanity Arts Festival, where you will be left amazed by Henrietta, with Love (starring Lee-Ann van Rooi, also known for Rondomskrik) and Cold Case – Revisiting Dulcie September (starring the legendary Denise Newman).
Henrietta, with Love is a play gifted to Lee-Ann by her mentor Peter Voges. It shows Henrietta as a woman with many layers (mother, sister, friend, wife); all aspects of her life she speaks of with love, while sharing her traditions and culture. Like a conversation with a close friends, she shares all... the good, the everyday, but also that one day that changed everything.
After a very successful run at the Baxter Theatre in May this year, Cold Case returns to Cape Town to pay tribute to the feisty activist Dulcie September. Brutally murdered in her Paris home, her assassin has never been found. Did the five bullets to her head come from a French mercenary? Was it the South African death squads operating in Paris? Although the play does not try to solve her murder mystery, it does celebrate her as a legendary Cape Town school teacher turned freedom fighter, deemed dangerous enough to be assassinated.
Balancing out these powerful plays with a bit of fun is the much loved Cape Town Comedy Club, celebrating Women’s Day with their All Women Lineup. What a great way to pay tribute to the amazing talented comediennes in the industry with an all-female line-up. Go and enjoy a night out with the gals, celebrating just being your fabulous selves in the wonderful company of Mel Jones (MC), Claudine Ullman (Open Mic Act), Angel Campey (Support Act) and Tumi Morake (Headline Act).
Whether actress, comedienne, director, designer, usher or patron … whatever your role in keeping theatre in Cape Town alive through your love of the arts, ladies of theatre, we salute you. Hope to see you in a theatre around Cape Town this Women’s Month.