In renowned South African playwright Zakes Mda’s And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses, two distinct women of the same quality find themselves trapped waiting in line for goods that may never materialise. Sharing one chair forces a cynical prostitute and an optimistic cleaner to realise their unexpected common interests. Often viewed as absurd theatre, the piece offers insight into the 1980’s South African political and social landscape, and was originally performed in 1988 at the Edinburgh Festival.
A humorous stage adaptation from Zakes Mda’s collection of stories, where the two characters, The Woman and The Lady meet during a long wait in a queue of a subsidies rice by the goverment. The Lady, a retiring prostitute, cares more about what has defined her for any years in the choice of career, her mannerism and appearance all mark her sophisticated, pretentious woman of the world and her insecurities reflect her true character. The Woman, although a domestic worker, is a far less complicated and insightful person.
And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses is directed by Salome Sebola, choreographed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu (Vuyani Dance Theatre) and Performed by Vuyo Madyibi & Khanyisile Ngwabe. The piece is presented by arrangement with (Pty) Limited, www.dalro.co.za and forms part of a collaboration with the Market Theatre Lab and POPArt Theatre where students have learnt how to produce and tour their own shows.
And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses will be showing at the POPArt Theatre: 286 Fox Street, 2094 Johannesburg, South Africa. Starting 21st, 22nd, 23rd of April at 8pm and ending on the 24th of April at 3:30pm. For more information on the show, visit the POPArt website or Facebook page.
Tickets are R 80 online (click here) and R 100 at the door.