SAWAF: Botoo

Date: 8-17 August 2013
Venue: The Loft Theatre
Time: 3pm & 8pm
Ticket Price: R100.00


Written and directed by Ronnie Govender, Botoo is a long-awaited stage piece based on one of the women from Dr Devi Rajab’s book, Women South Africans of Indian Origin.

The play focuses on an interview the writer had with Dr Gonum, a visionary and a feminist who took part in the Passive Resistance Movement. Some remember her as the country’s first black doctor. Others remember her as a fearless freedom fighter, incarcerated 18 times by the apartheid regime. But Ronnie Govender also remembers Dr Gonum as a feisty, no-nonsense woman who stood up for her rights as a woman in a rigidly chauvinistic society.

Premiering at SAWAF, Botoo stars Rajesh Gopie, Kumseela Naidoo, Lihle Dlomo and Jayshree Parasuraman, and features music by Guy Buttery and choreography and dance by Sivani Chinappan.