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Joburg theatres present shows highlighting women’s challenges


Joburg City Theatres CEO Xoliswa Ngema

Ntombi Mashaba

Joburg City Theatres (JCT) together with Joburg’s Department of Community Development commemorate the national march of women in 1956 to petition against legislation that required Africans to carry the ‘pass’, dedicating this month a celebratory for women in South Africa.

Community Development MMC Margaret Arnolds says:  “May we never forget the sacrifices made by the iconic women of 1956 who transformed the political landscape of our country. We continue to draw strength from their determination, resilience and fortitude as we forge ahead in the struggles for a more equal society.”

In celebrating Women’s Month, JCT presents a series of shows about women highlighting the challenges they have faced in the struggle to be free and the important role they continue to play in society.

A series of acclaimed productions are free to stream on @SowetoTheatre, @JoburgTheatre and @RoodepoortTheatre YouTube pages up to 31 August 2020.

Gone Native is a story of love, bravery and courage. Regina Brooks defied what was normal and chased her heart’s desires. She found love and lost it, had beautiful children, lived happily and tasted melancholy all at once.

A story not so unique to South Africa, Regina escaped an abusive relationship and became a loving, devoted mother to her children.

Bridges and Arches is a critically acclaimed dance showcase production of the 2019 NSA Festival of the Arts, featuring four leading South African female choreographers, which makes it the perfect choice for Women’s Month.

Not I is a 25-minute abstract contemporary dance work which explores the isolation women experience as victims of abuse.

Joburg City Theatres CEO Xoliswa Nduneni Ngema says: “Women are making great progress in business, politics, academic and economic careers, and it is important to celebrate such stories. Our organisation is creating awareness and change in the arts and the world at large with such stories.”