Play amplifies women’s voices

Standing from left are Sive Gubangxa, Tamryn Speirs and Sue Diepeveen. Seated are Allistine Bo Grady, Shannyn Fourie and Marlisa Doubell.
Standing from left are Sive Gubangxa, Tamryn Speirs and Sue Diepeveen. Seated are Allistine Bo Grady, Shannyn Fourie and Marlisa Doubell.

A group of local actors from the Sugar-daddy Theatre Company in Cape Town took to the stage to highlight issues around women abuse at Theatre at The Foundry in Green Point on Friday 9 August.

In a joint initiative, the Sugar-daddy Theatre Company and VDAY – a grassroots movement started by Eve Ensler in 2016 – presented an updated version of VDAY 2019: a Memory, a Monologue, a Rant & a Prayer.

The show was held to raise funds for Rape Crisis Cape Town.

Company founder Marlisa Doubell says they want to raise awareness around Rape Crisis Cape Town and the tremendous contribution it makes to the community.

“We chose to perform VDAY, an inspiring piece of theatre with a very loud message – protect our women and girls.

“We joined forces with VDAY because of the shocking rape statistics in our country. All proceeds are donated to charity,” says Doubell.

She says the company believes in profit sharing “because we try to find a way to make independent theatre happen through sponsorship”.

The Sugar-daddy Theatre Company was founded in 2010. In 2013, it won the People’s Choice Fleur du Cap Theatre Award.

The VDAY cast include Sue Diepeveen, Marlisa Doubell, Shannyn Fourie, Allistine Bo Grady, Sive Gubangxa and Tamryn Speirs.

Describing the show, Doubell says: “It’s a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle.

“These diverse voices rise in a collective roar to break open, expose and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.”

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