The Malibongwe Women in Theatre Festival highlights three women who have played a significant role in the industry: Faniswa Yisa, Warona Seane and Chuma Sopotela (pictured below).
The Malibongwe Women in Theatre Project will take place at the Magnet Theatre in Observatory from 8 to 9 February 2020.
The festival draws influence from the narratives of women in history that the three key artists have been directly or indirectly inspired by at different times of their careers: Albertina Sisulu and the Rain Queen Modjadji. The project seeks to create productions that engage meaningfully with the position of women in South African society today by interrogating the symbolic roles of the two figures of MaSisulu and Modjadji. The festival will showcase two works by each of the key artists as well as a featured production. These are:
Monologues from the Future – directed by Nasfa Ncanywa, performed by Faniswa Yisa and Ityali – directed by Faniswa Yisa, performed by Asanda Hanabe and Fundiswa Mrali
O KAE? – performed by Warona Seane and RE TENG! – directed by Warona Seane, Performed by Asanda Rilityana and Yvonne Msebenzi;
UHadi/Hayi – performed by Chuma Sopotela and Nomakrestu Xakathugaga and Esemihla-Ngemihla – directed by Chuma Sopotela, performed by Indalo Stofile;
A Howl in Makhanda – directed by Qondiswa James, performed by Kim Adonis, Yamkela Ntendiyo, Ame Strydom, Megan Theron and Zukisani Nongogo.
What: The Malibongwe Women in Theatre Festival
Where and when: Magnet Theatre, Observatory from 8 to 9 February 2020