Prepare to be bowled over by Napo Masheane, renowned, acclaimed and celebrated poet, as she stages her new drama, entitled A New Song, at the André Huguenet Theatre this Women’s Month
As part of its Women’s Month Celebrations, Pacofs has invited Masheane to “set the stage alight” with A New Song, which was part of the Royal Court, British Council and Connect ZA Playwrights’ Master Class for two years.
Masheane, a poet, playwright, performer and director, was born in Soweto, but grew up in Qwaqwa in the Free State. A New Song became the first play ever to be produced, written and directed by a black woman for the John Kani Stage at the Market Theatre.
The play is set against a middle class suburb of South Africa. The audience is introduced to five women who are domestic workers. They come to Johannesburg from different places across the country with bags full of hopes and dreams.
Their aim is simple: To make a better life for themselves and their families in the City of Gold. But it is the ’50s in South Africa and a state of emergency is brewing in every township, ghetto, slum, village and suburb. African women will now be forced by law to carry passbooks.
One of the women, Thokoza, joins politics and is on a mission to persuade other workers to get involved in the Anti-Pass Book Campaign. The audience is allowed to tap into each woman’s story and follow them as witnesses on their journey, growth and daily life challenges.
Through A New Song ordinary women’s voices take centre stage in this vivid struggle, fused with songs and dance. The play brings to life the amazing artistic look, texture, smell, fashion, language, politics and tone of that era.
A New Song celebrates a strong political action of history and sisterhood. The play is scheduled from 10 to 12 August 2017 at 18:30. Admission is R80 and tickets are available from the Pacofs ticket office.