Artscape Theatre highlights Women’s Month with the 16th edition of the Artscape Women Humanities Arts Festival from 1 to 27 August. It includes stage productions, book launches and a film screening. There will also be festivities on Women’s Day, 9 August, with a Circle of Care.

Artscape Women’s Month line-up

Dr Beryl Botman launches her book on 1 August, With (-Out) You, a true-life journey of a woman dealing with the sudden loss of her husband. She will also have a conversation with Woman Zone as part of their podcast series.

The Femme Fantasties concert will act as the opening of month-long events on 1 August. Produced by AKTV-Crescendo, SAMA-nominated singer Jodi Jantjies will be joined by The Lady Day Big Band, Vicky Sampson, Anna Davel, Tracey-Lee Olivier, Zimbini and UWC Creative Arts Choir.

Spertyd: 3, 4 August

This adaption of Elsa Joubert’s autobiography describes her ageing process.  An intimate story performed by Sandra Prinsloo and produced by Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck and Alexa Strachan.

Erika Marais and Sanda Shandu in The Unlikely Secret Agent. Picture: Jeremeo Le Cordeur
Erika Marais and Sanda Shandu in The Unlikely Secret Agent. Picture: Jeremeo Le Cordeur

The Unlikely Secret Agent: 4 – 9 August

Written and directed by playwright Paul du Toit and based on the Alan Paton Award winning novel by Ronnie Kasrils. The story tells of Eleanor, a young mother who is arrested in Durban and interrogated in 90-day detention over her lover “terrorist” Red Ronnie Kasrils. Nominated for eight Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, with Paul du Toit winning Best Director.

Yekabani le Panty (Who’s panty is this): 4 – 9 August

A gripping performance by Peggy Tunyiswa and Carin Bester is about a white woman and black woman who unpack their differences and take back their power. This site-specific interventional performance art piece questions the patriarchal structure on womxn.

Karin Kortje in Cabaret: 5 – 6 August

Set in the 1920s, Karin Kortje plays the role of Betty in a Cabaret show scene. Kortje and Zeldene McDonald will give a spectacular display of dance, dress-up, song and glamour. Choreographed by Rushney Ferguson and written by Kyra Loubser.

Broken Crayons Still Colour Beautifully – symposium for women living with disabilities:  8 August

The festival is hosting this inaugural symposium which offers unique opportunities for women living with disabilities. A closed event.

Woman Zone Book Launch – Women of Soil – changing lives: 8 August

Woman Zone is producing a book in partnership with NPO Soil for Life. The book, Women of Soil – changing lives, features stories of 10 women home food gardeners. Soil for Life will supply 100 miniature spekboom plants which will be distributed at the Circle of Care.

Sandra Prinsloo in Spertyd. Picture: Robert A Hamblin
Sandra Prinsloo in Spertyd. Picture: Robert A Hamblin

Woman Zone Fine Music Radio Women’s Show: 8 August

An hour-long Women’s show broadcast on Fine Music Radio with an interesting line up of powerful women.

Woman Zone Programme: 9 August

This includes tree planting, an interfaith blessing, guided breathing facilitated by Pramilla Vassen, poetry and choirs.

AbFab Drag: 9 August

ABFAB DRAG features Vida Fantabisher, SA’s Got Talent 2016 runner-up Manila von Teez, as well as Kat Gilardi, Jayde Kay Johnson and Angel Lalamore of drag cabaret group 3D fame, all choreographed and put together with Jazzart Dance Theatre. MC Soli Philander will narrate and Basil Appollis directs.

Two Hues Film Screening: 9 August

A revealing 16min short film follows a bipolar photographer who navigates patriarchy in a Muslim family.

Onder Die Brug 25 – 27 August

Written by Raydene Le Roux about a character, Allan, who shares how he finds himself ‘Onder ‘n Brug’.

What: Artscape Women Humanities Arts Festival
Where: Artscape Theatre Cape Town
When: August 2022
Tickets: Computicket, Artscape Dial-a-seat 021 421 7695