WOMEN AND WAR
Sunday, August 31 Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Soweto Show starts at 3pm Tickets R80 at sowetotheatre.org.za
“If you walked into a room full of sex slaves, you might not expect to find role models. Unless you’ve already seen Danai Gurira’s new drama, Eclipsed.” – New York Times.
It’s time for some thrilling, hard-hitting theatre again – the kind that reminds us why we need theatre in the first place.
Eclipsed is Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright Danai Gurira’s internationally famous play about women in 2003 Liberia near the end of the country’s second civil war.
Funnier Than Them, The Fugard Studio, Cape Town
Catch comedians Daniel Friedman, Chris Forrest and Warren Robertson in an epic show of crowd interaction, improvisation and animation.
Tickets cost R110 at computicket.com. Starts at 8pm
Liberia’s war was a brutal conflict between rebel group Lurd and the government of infamous dictator Charles Taylor. Like all conflicts, it was mostly women who bore the brunt of the violence as a result of the widespread rape and sexual assault.
Local director and actress Warona Seane (Naledi Award nominee for best director) is now taking on Gurira’s work. The play looks at the captive wives of a Liberian rebel officer who form a sisterhood.
Through characters Bessie, Maima, “the Girl”, Helena and Rita, we see the horror of sexual subjugation – and the inner strength and sisterhood that forms in response. The play manages to infuse wit and compassion to get the audience through its heavy subject matter. It unearths the wreckage of war, and celebrates the women who navigate and survive the most hostile of circumstances.