The 2018 South African Women’s Arts Festival

A celebration of women through world-class theatre, dance and the arts

The Playhouse Company, an Agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, presents its much-anticipated annual South African Women’s Arts Festival in Durban from 7 to 18 August 2018. This year marks the twenty-second anniversary of the South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).
     ‘To celebrate this momentous landmark, our South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF) roster is jam-packed with frontline shows, featuring South Africa’s latest and greatest theatrical productions, performers, directors, writers and choreographers,’ says The Playhouse Company’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Linda Bukhosini. ‘In keeping with Women’s Month, SAWAF’s mix of dance, drama, music, dialogue, arts and craft, showcases the determination of South African women to find freedom, respect and equality within our society.’

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Wathint’ abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo (You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock)

In August 1956, over 20 000 women of all races marched in unison to the Union Buildings in Pretoria protesting against unjust apartheid pass laws. The march led to significant advances towards the emancipation of women. The 1986 stage production, You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock, commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of that event. Now, more than six decades on, this fresh new retrospective, adapted and directed by Matjamela Motloung for the Playhouse Actors’ Studio, asks: how far have women’s rights progressed? And how much is still to be achieved? This gripping piece combines novel elements of fashion and photography with theatre.

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SAWAF also includes added attractions such as a guitar workshop; an arts and craft exhibition; a dialogue session, and free sundowner concerts.
     Bookings via Computicket outlets; telephonic bookings on 0861 915 8000; and online bookings at www.computicket.com. Alternatively, patrons can call the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 031 369 9596 (office hours). For school bookings, call 031 369 9407 or email sales@playhousecompany.com.

The Playhouse Company’s South African Women’s Arts Festival dates and ticket prices:
     Wathint’ abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo (You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock) | Dates: 7 – 11 August | Tickets: R80.
     Ndoni | Dates: 7 – 11 August | Tickets: R80.
     Scars | Dates: 8 – 11 August | Tickets: R30.
     Tribute Concert | Date: Saturday, 11 August | Tickets: R100 to R150.
     Confessions of a Blacklisted Woman: She Bellows | Dates: 15 to 18 August | Tickets: R80.
     Womb of Fire | Dates: 15 to 18 August | Tickets: R85.