A Woman in Waiting


Date:  21-22 August 2015
Venue: Loft Theatre
Ticket Price: R85.00
Times:  19 & 20 Aug – 10am Schools
20 Aug – 7.30pm Opening Show
21-22 Aug – 7.30pm



International award-winning A Woman In Waiting is a powerful biographical journey into the dark heart of what life was like for women in Apartheid South Africa. In this one-woman “tour de force”, Thembi Mtshali-Jones leads us from her memories of a rural childhood, waiting to see her mother once a year; through the exhilaration of urban chaos and unfolding realizations of the humiliations her mother endures; to Mtshali-Jone’s own years as a domestic worker – leaving her baby to tend other’s children as her mother once had to leave her. Her transformation into a performer and singer who would bear witness to these years, is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a celebration of the capacity to “speak or our hearts will burst”. Through searing narrative, lullabies, chanting, haunting images and powerful song A Woman In Waiting speaks for South African matriarchs who have endured life in the shadow of Apartheid’s brutal grip, and held themselves and their families together against unimaginable odds.

Based on the life of Thembi Mtshali-Jones
Written by: Yaël Farber with Thembi Mtshali-Jones
Director: Yaël Farber
Starring: Thembi Mtshali-Jones
Assistant Director: Gina Shmukler
Company Manager: Leigh Colombick
Production Manager: Gerda Kruger
Lighting Design: Recreated by Gerda Kruger
Set & Props Concept: Yaël Farber