The Lady, Woman and chair

Last Sunday afternoon, Robin and I went to see And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses, written by Zakes Mda and directed by the brilliant Princess Mhlongo, at the Soweto Theatre. I had to interview her for a magazine last year and she showed me this place, which made me so incredibly happy.

Princess, who was the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Theatre, made her directorial debut with this play. She was just 22 at the time. Her work made those in the know sit up and take notice. So, I was super excited to go check it out for this reason and also because I’ve never been to the Soweto Theatre before (I know!).

The play takes you to a time where prices in South Africa are so high that queuing to buy a bag of rice in Lesotho is cheaper and therefore, makes more sense. In the queue, the Lady (a prostitute) and the Woman (a domestic worker) meet and start to share their stories, struggles, highlights and low points. And all of this happens around a well-worn and well-padded chair that the Lady carries with her. She’s used to waiting, so she carries her own chair with her everywhere she goes...

I’m not going to say too much, except that that chair made me think about the symbolic ones we’re carrying around too...

With a good balance of humour and seriousness, I loved everything about it! Go see what I mean – and of course, check out the cool theatre architecture. And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses is on until Sunday, 9 March. Contact (011) 930-7461/2/3 to reserve tickets (it’s R70 a ticket).

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