South Africa appears to be a little oasis of progressiveness on the African continent, however, when laws change, it doesn’t mean that attitudes on the ground do. The LGBTI community is still subjected to discrimination and hate crime; so-coined corrective rape of lesbians is still rife. Chapter 2, Section 9, directed by Phyllis Klotz (artistic director and co-founder of the Sibikwa Arts Centre), teases apart the complication of sexual identity, from how one’s parents, grandparents, siblings and children respond to it, to grappling with church values and ‘unafricaness’. The play, based on interviews with more than fifty lesbian women and their families, is a clear message with a cry, a laugh and a smile, that everyone deserves to be respected for who they are.
This powerful, moving and unusual play features a cast of young actresses who will hold your eye and your heart while captivating you with their mesmerising a capella singing; they are supported by a young musician on keyboard and violin who wrote the original music for Chapter 2, Section 9.
A beautiful opening to a show with a narrative worth engaging with.
Chapter 2 Section 9 refers to that section of South Africa’s constitution guaranteeing the right to gender equality and sexual orientation.
This theatre production explores the disparity between the right to equality regarding gender and sexual orientation and the violence experienced by lesbian woman in South Africa. It is based on interviews with more than forty lesbian women, their families, perpetrators and police officers in order to get their view and understanding of hate-crime. These personal stories, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, interwoven with music, bring a clear message that LGBTIQ persons are still vulnerable to
violence and discrimination contrary to the values of our
constitution. The characters’ text is taken integrally from the interview transcripts.
If you are in Johannesburg tonight and tomorrow afternoon, Go and watch it
Actors: Ayanda Rose Fali, Khanyisa Nanase, Tsholofelo Ross and Ayanda Sibisi.
Devised and Directed by Phyllis Klotz
Music score by Isaac Molelekoa
Venue: POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct Dates: August 2016, Thu 11, Fri 12 & Sat 13 at 20h15 and Sun 14 at 15h30 Tickets: R80onlineR100 at the door