WOMEN AND WAR

CityPress - - T# - Eclipsed GRETHE KOEN grethe.koen@city­press.co.za

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.

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