South African Women’s Arts Festival 2014

It’s that time of the year again when the Playhouse Company proudly invites the people of KwaZulu-Natal to join us in celebrating the annual South African Women’s Arts Festival. This year’s festival marks our 18th anniversary and promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, boasting a mouthwatering line-up of features, live productions and special attractions that cater for all members of the family and cover all genres of the arts.


Arts & Craft
22-31 August | 9am| Playhouse Main Foyer
The Playhouse’s Arts & Craft exhibition has grown considerably well, presented in partnership with the African Art Centre. The theme will be within the country’s Celebration of 20 years of Democracy.


Art Exhibition: Pathlines
22-31 August | 9am| Playhouse Foyer
An immersive installation by artist Nolan Dennis will involve over 50 000 handwritten words on a constructed labyrinth of solid and canvas walls mapping South African history and tracing parallel histories of the journeys of women in the expression of struggle and freedom in South Africa.


Beyond The Big Bangs
22-23 August | Loft Theatre
It’s a unique play about three women - a black, an Indian and a coloured – all of whom either live or work in Durban North. The production explores their connections and the challenges of their complex lives through a combination of funny and poignant monologues and conversations.


Open Day
23 August | 9am – 3pm | Inner Foyer
Presented in partnership with the Departments of Arts & Culture, Health and Agriculture (KZN). Following last year’s success, the Department of Health’s mobile clinic will offer free services to our patrons and the Department of Arts & Culture will display arts & craft exhibitions. Attendees can also expect displays of organic vegetables and agro-processed foods by the Department of Agriculture.


Intandokazi Women’s Club Seminar
23 August | 9am-2pm | Grand Foyer
Independent Newspapers (Ply) Ltd, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents its annual lntandokazi Women’s Club seminar pertaining to financial and business issues. Prominent speakers: Dr Habile, Ms Zanele Mbokazi and Pastor Sthembiso Zondo. MC: Slindile Nondangala


Children’s Theatre Day
23 August | 10am | Grand Foyer
This year’s Children’s Theatre Day on 23 August will feature a Drumming and Dance Workshop with added fun in the form of live entertainment acts delivered by a variety of entertaining artists such as clowns, jugglers and magicians.


Book Launch:The Essential Finance Handbook
23 August | 2.30pm | Drama Foyer
Precious Mvulane, founder and managing director of GAD Consulting Services Inc, is launching her first financial book, The Essential Finance Handbook. Targeting local business owners, the book is aimed at assisting readers know and understand their business finances and provides step-by-step tools that can be implemented to address organisational inefficiencies.


From Then ‘Til Now
26-28 August | Drama Theatre
Choreographed by Mark Hawkins, this production honours, celebrates and pays tribute to 20 years of freedom in South Africa. Featuring: Nkanyiso Kunene, Parvishen Paideya, Thobeka (TK) Quvane, Leagan Peffer, Rachel Abrahams, Sandile Mkhize, Kirsty Ndawo, Simone Mann, Julia Hosmer, Monde Marafane and Gabriel Masango.



Slam Poetry, Open Mic Poetry and Jazz
26 August | 5pm | Grand Foyer
Curated and hosted by Nokuthula Zuma, a Poetry Slam Competition is a magnificent opportunity for a selection of Durban’s local poets to showcase their work.


Leadership Workshops by Jude Kelly
26 August | Grand Foyer
Ms Jude Kelly will explore through debate and discussion how to find a personal leadership style that is both collegiate and authoritative.


Intergenerational Dialogue
27 August | 2pm | Grand Foyer
A platform for women, young and old, to converse around issues pertinent to womenfolk. The panel consists of distinguished speakers and role models with both a national and international footprint. It features TV and radio personality Ms Shado Twala as facilitator, and Ms Jude Kelly as keynote speaker – she boasts a long service in theatre and is currently the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London. The panel also features Thato Tsautse, a lawyer and businesswoman, as well as the vivacious Krijay Govender.


Gala Concert
27 August | 8pm | Opera Theatre
The Playhouse Company has scored a major coup by drawing some of the country’s top musical talent for the Gala Concert. Topping the bill is Afro-Pop group Mafikizolo, who won big at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards. To add to the star-studded line-up is: The Soil, well-known for their stirring a capella sound; afro-jazz singer Naima Kay, regarded as one of South Africa’s most promising artists in the contemporary music scene; and DJ Happy Girl on the decks. It’s a not-to-be-missed musical happening that will be directed by Somizi Mhlongo.


Mentorship Workshops by Jude Kelly
28 August | Grand Foyer
This workshop caters for women in the arts with the aim of honing their skills and finding their creative voice as a theatre practitioner.


28-31 August | Loft Theatre
The Playhouse Company presents Sharman Macdonald’s Shades, by arrangement with Dalro Theatricals (Pty) Ltd. Shades takes us through an evening in the lives of Pearl (Lisa Bobbert), her mother (Jane Ross), her suitor (Louis van Eeden) and her young son Alan (Aleks Robertson) – an evening that changes the course of their relationships forever.
Directed by: Ralph Lawson.