South African Women’s Arts Festival 2013



The Playhouse Company’s 17th South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF), runs at The Playhouse in Durban from 25 July to 17 August 2012.

SAWAF, held during Women’s Month every year, has a long history of supporting women’s arts and creating valuable dialogue, whilst showcasing cutting edge productions. South Africa has a wealth of performing talent and this year’s line-up brings together some of the country’s top female performers in the spheres of dance, song, drama, comedy, poetry and debate. Each production has been carefully selected to entertain, move and enlighten audiences, as well as to create lasting memories.

In staging the South African Women’s Arts Festival during Women’s Month, we once again embrace a vital part of our mandate to foster women’s skills development, particularly in the arts. Through the festival’s performances, we’ll focus on the various roles that women play in society, create dialogue about their challenges and celebrate their triumphs.

Forums, Exhibitions & Dialogue

As part of The Playhouse Company’s commitment to engage in conversations of social transformation and cohesion, the South African Women’s Arts Festival will once again host various forums for women from all walks of life, cultures, traditions and societies to engage with each other. These include The Open Mic poetry session, art exhibition and handcraft displays as well as activities engaging children in theatre, dance and drama.


She Died Dreaming

25-27 July 

This fast paced, high class story of an ambitious, glamorous and slightly wild career woman seeking that final piece to complete the package – LOVE, will keep you on the edge! Join her and her friends on this funny, sometimes poignant, journey in search of the perfect life and love. Written and directed by the acclaimed Jullian Seleke Mokoto, receiver of two FNB Vita Awards. >> More info


Mother to Mother

31 July – 3 August

Janice Honeyman once again brings her diversity, sensitivity and skill as a director to this moving drama, a beautifully imagined conversation from the mother of a killer, vividly brought to life by Thembi Mtshali-Jones, to the mother of the victim. Aptly entitled, Mother to Mother takes the form of a personal testimony which begs for understanding and redemption as it recounts the unimaginable tradgedy that befell the two families during a time in South Africa where being a child or a mother was difficult. >> More info


Open Day

3 August

The Playhouse, in partnership with the Departments of Arts & Culture, Health and Agriculture, presents the 2013 Open Day on 3 August from 9am to 3:30pm in the Grand Foyer. Following last year’s success, the Department of Health’s mobile clinic will offer free services to our patrons. Attendees will see stunning arts and crafts exhibitions by the Department of Arts & Culture, as well as a display on organic vegetables and agro processed foods presented by the Department of Agriculture.


Imvula/Hope (Dance Double Bill)

8, 10 & 11 August

Award winning choreographer Christopher Kindo presents two fabulous new pieces performed by The Playhouse Dance Residency, while the Flatfoot Dance Company teams up with celebrated pianist, Shannon Hope, in their production simply entitled Hope. This dance double bill is not to be missed!  This will be two separate dance pieces coming from two creative dance groups choreographed by well known South African dance choreographers. >> More info



8-17 August

Written and directed by Ronnie Govender, with set design by Sarah Roberts and featuring a top cast including Kumseela Naidoo and Rajesh Gopie, Botoo focuses on the story the legendary Dr Gonum. Botoo is play is based on the book Women South Africans of Indian Origin written by Dr Devi Rajab and will premiere at the festival.  >> More info


Children’s Fun Day

17 August

On Saturday, 17 August, The Playhouse will host a fun-filled day fit to entertain children between the ages of 4-12 years old! A jam-packed movement workshop will help kids find their boogie, and other fun-filled creative workshops will give them a chance to make mom that special Women’s Month gift. An abundance of other crazy games are in store for the young folk in an exciting team-building workshop, as well as a drumming workshop which will have them creating some cool rhythms! The day will be filled with loads of entertainment which will leave the children feeling enthralled! Don’t let your children miss it! Call 031 369 9464 for more information. Booking is essential.