Contemporary plays by African Women will be celebrated in a week-long book launch at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, from 25 to 31 March 2019. The first published collection of plays written by African women in ten years, the book is edited by Yvette Hutchison (UK) and Amy Jephta (SA).

Niqabi Ninja

Whilst Cape Town independent theatre features the work of young black women – not as often as it should – this book is only the second published collection of plays written by African women, the last edited by Kathy Perkins in 2009. The book is a project of the African Women’s Playwright Network which connects more than 240 African women creative practitioners from 21 countries on the African continent and beyond. The week long event will showcase each of the seven plays in the book from north to south:

Niqabi Ninja (pictured above) by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt) – a staged reading directed by Megan Furniss with Biana Flanders and Loren Loubser

Not That Woman by Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria)– a staged reading by AFDA final year students directed by Thembela Madliki

Bonganyi by Sophia Mempuh-Kwachuh (Cameroon) – a staged reading directed by Raezeen Wentworth

Silent Voices by Adong Judith (Uganda) – a performance by City Varsity final year students directed by Nwabisa Plaatjie

Unsettled by JC Niala (Kenya) – a Reading by UCT students directed by Lesego Chauke

I Want to Fly by Thembelihle Moyo (Zimbabwe) – a reading

Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma (South Africa) – a photographic exhibition of the production

Readings and performances will be followed by facilitated discussions with women playwrights, local artists, publishers, theatre programmers and theatre makers. Tere will also be two mornings of workshops aimed specifically at women theatre makers and playwrights, to share skills, knowledge and ideas.

The plays on the programme are young, fresh and suitable for teenage audiences. The TAAC is especially inviting school teachers to this event to discover new exciting material for their learners and to make connections with the rest of Africa.

What: Contemporary plays by African Women book launch and activities

Where and when: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Observatory from 25 to 31 March 2019

Book: Tickets for the whole event are R120 which gives access to all readings and workshops.  Individual readings cost R50. Tickets at www.theatrearts.co.za

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