Protest play, comedy-drama about women

2016-03-09 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  In scene from the play (back) Rolene, played by Alexandra Elphick, Miriam played by S’Duduzo Ngubane, and (front) Dudu, played by Nombuliso Mkhize and Mrs Dubois played by Rouxle Koekemoer.

PHOTO: supplied In scene from the play (back) Rolene, played by Alexandra Elphick, Miriam played by S’Duduzo Ngubane, and (front) Dudu, played by Nombuliso Mkhize and Mrs Dubois played by Rouxle Koekemoer.

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CURL Up and Dye is a South African protest play set in a deteriorating hairdressing salon in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, in 1989.

The comedy-drama highlights the plight of five diverse women experiencing the impact of a rapidly changing South Africa in the height of the apartheid clampdown in the eighties.

The script was workshopped by the writer and the initial cast members, and enjoyed three return seasons at the Market Theatre after its initial run.

Curl Up and Dye toured to the Edinburgh Festival and went on to play at the Tricycle Theatre in London.

In the new millennium, 22 years after the birth of the new democratic South Africa, staging Curl Up and Dye might seem dated, and the era nostalgic, yet the story highlights issues of race, gender and violence against women which continues to permeate our media, court rooms, and South African and global culture.

While the current influx of social media continues to fuel and ignite issues of racism and violence against women, generating mass mobilisation on one hand and overwhelming ignorance, prejudice and fear on the other, the simplicity with which race and gender is defined in 1989, and the clarity with which each character negotiates these relationships, is essentially what lies beneath the surface of our 21st century South African society.

Curl Up and Dye features five matric dramatic arts pupils and is directed by Lynn Chemaly. It promises to be an example of theatrical realism, complete with box set, running water, blowing hairdryers and real stage business.

The show runs from 14 to 17 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost R60 and R40 concessions. To book phone 033 343 6100 or email twoodgate@stannes.co.za

There is an age restriction of 14 for the show. This play is not suitable for primary-school pupils. - Supplied.

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