Artscape to Host First Capetonian Performances of Contemporary South African Classic AT HER FEET in Thirteen Years
The Artscape Theatre Centre will host the first Capetonian performances in thirteen years of the contemporary South African classic, AT HER FEET, as a part of the Artscape's Women's Festival this week. Writer-director Nadia Davids and actor Quanita Adams are delighted to bring this beloved work to a new generation of South Africans for a limited run in celebration of Women's Day.
AT HER FEET evokes the experiences of four Muslim women in Cape Town whose lives are touched by 9/11 of and by the honour killing of a Jordanian girl. These women - a secular student, a tough-talking, scarf-wearing auntie, a Che-worshipping slam poetess and a recently married religious travel agent - narrate their own lives, offering vivid, funny and moving personal stories that speak to race, faith and belonging. Through movement, song, hip-hop, monologue and poetry, these women invite the audience into their world.
The play was written in 2002 and has been staged in Southern Africa, Holland, London and New York. It has won numerous awards, including two Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards and has been nominated for both a Noma Award and a Naledi Theatre Award. It is studied at a wide range of South African, British and American universities and continues to be heralded as one of the most important theatrical works to emerge around Islamophobia, Muslim women and Islamic Feminism post 9/11, and is considered one of South Africa's most significant post-apartheid works.
AT HER FEET will be performed at the Artscape Arena from 8 - 12 August. Tickets for this limited special engagement cost R80 and can be booked through Computicket.