THE Dramatic Society of East London present the cabaret titled “Woman,n (wʊmən)” at the Alexander Playhouse today and tomorrow and the proceeds will go to a local charity supporting victims of domestic violence.
Directed by Pieter Taljard, Woman,n (wʊmən) is a one-woman cabaret that exposes what it means to be a woman in a persistent patriarchal society.
Compiled by and starring Jo Stemmet, the cabaret comprises of an array of emotive and hard-hitting monologues, poetry and songs including the work of Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou as well as Eve Ensler’s enlightening work from her famous book “The Vagina Monologues”.
Audiences can expect songs from a variety of artists and beloved theatre productions, including “Otto Titsling” as performed by Betty Midler in “Beaches”, “Funny Honey” from the musical “Chicago” through to Aerosmith’s “Pink” and Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang bang.”
A large portion of ticket sales will be donated to a Victory House – a safe house for abused women. There will also be a box in the foyer of the theatre at each performance.
“We encourage audiences to bring all kinds of feminine products to place in the box, which we will then deliver to Victory House. These would be products such as bathsoap, shampoo, deodorant, sanitary products, etc.” said Stemmet
Sometimes tragic and poignant and sometimes hysterically funny, the cabaret enlightens audiences with a refreshing perspective on womanhood.
“I hope to make women feel proud, accepted and supported- which is hard to find in this society of ours. The show will also create an intense awareness of what is going on around us on a daily basis. The abuse of women has been around forever – it is just recently that it has been spoken about more often. The show is humorous at times but it is also very real and raw,” said Stemmet.
Experienced director, Taljaard and talented singer and performer, Stemmet, are a force to be reckoned with, ensuring an unforgeable theatre experience for audiences.
Tickets for Woman,n (wʊmən) are available at Lee Gold Music at R90 per person. Thereafter a telephonic reservation needs to be made at (043) 735-1412.
Doors open at 7pm and audiences are invited to bring their own drinks and snacks. Please note that this production is strictly for a mature audience.
“When I pulled this play together, it was with victims of domestic violence in mind, and I hope to aid women in any way I can through this production.” said Stemmet.