Running Time: 85 minutes no interval
Suitable for 14+
Adapted from the short story by Zakes Mda
Directed by Princess Mhlongo Performed by Lesego Motsepe and Hlengiwe Lushaba
Presented by the Market Theatre, Johannesburg"Waiting For Godot with skin lightening cream and soggy chips."
Read the four star review at Exeunt."Sparkles with womanly wit and warmth."
Read the four star review at Broadway Baby."Funny, thought-provoking... incredible talent."
Read the four star review at The Skinny"Princess Mhlongo’s production is both sensitive and joyous."
Read the review at The Stage
And the Girls… is the story of two characters, The Woman and The Lady, who meet during a long wait in a queue to buy cheap rice. The Woman, an uncomplicated domestic worker, has brought her lunch with her; The Lady, a retired prostitute, who considers herself a sophisticated woman of the world, has brought her chair. Thus the two become interdependent, in a kind of female Waiting for Godot, where the act of waiting becomes far more important than its expected result.
The women discover they have more in common than initially meets the eye. As they wait, they share their respective stories and heartbreaks, and resolve to stop waiting and seize control of their lives. Finely balanced dramatic and comic moments encourage us to consider how to respond to the human dilemmas facing us all.
And the Girls … was a hit at the 2009 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. The roles of The Woman and The Lady are played by two of that country’s most acclaimed award-winning comedians.
Its director, Princess Mhlongo, has been named as the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Drama (2012)
Post-show Discussion after the Monday performance: Stephen Lowe, Writer and Director, in conversation with Lesego Motsepe and Hlengiwe Lushaba
UK Arts International Presents Afrovibes Festival
Lakeside is delighted to welcome Afrovibes - a biennial festival of cutting edge theatre, dance and music selected by festival artistic director James Ngcobo, and touring to venues across England and Wales. Complementing the theatre programme is a series of informal experiences and post-show talks focused around the Township Cafe which will take over our Pavilion Cafe for the week, and provide a meeting place for UK artists and audiences to engage with the visiting performers.
Tickets are £15 (£12 Concessions), but you can book to see all 3 show for just £35 (£28 Concessions) that’s a terrific saving of £10 (£8 Concessions)
Delicious African inspired snacks, light meals and drinks in the Pavilion Cafe to complement the Afrovibes festival.
A fusion of flavours with dishes originating in South Africa but combined with touches from other African regions. Look out for mouthwatering Boerewors (spicy sausage), served with Mechouia (roasted green pepper salad) or chapattis.
Eating with hands will be encouraged!More on the AfroVibes