Season 7 of SAST’s programme tackles GBVF

The South African State Theatre

As the country and the world gears towards commemorating 16 Days of Activism in the No Violence against Women and Children campaign later this month, the South African State Theatre (SAST) will lead the build-up from 08 November, with a robust programme presenting productions that will put the spotlight on Gender based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). The programme will run until 15 December 2020.

With season 07 starting on 08 November, the programme will launch the fight against GBVF with a poetry and music showcase aimed at amplifying the voices and the plight of women and the LGBTQI+ community, entitled Bodies Under Siege. Borrowing voices from women, the LGBTQI + community, as well as men, Bodies Under Siege holds the conversation to the light with featured poets Vangile Gantsho, Christie “FossilSoul” van Zyl and Solly “Soetry” Ramatswi. They are accompanied by a live band made up of Phuti Sepuru on keyboard, Concord Nkabinde on bass guitar and David Klassen on percussions.

“Bodies Under Siege showcases a South African perspective on the abilities of these groups to overcome adversity in different public spaces while still exuding excellence, empathy, co-creation, dignity and strength. It is a reminder of their perseverance and celebrates their ever-evolving and pivotal role in society.” says MoAfrika wa Mokgathi, Director at Hear My Voice- a non-profit organisation that develops and supports spoken word artists.

Audiences can stream Bodies Under Siege for free when it premieres on the SAST YouTube channel on 08 November, at 15:00. It will be available for viewing until 30 November.

Bodies Under Siege was originally broadcast on the Global Stage during the 2020 Gothenburg Book Fair, produced and curated by Hear My Voice and funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, The Olof Palme International Center and the National Arts Council of South Africa. SAST and RAMUS are strategic partners.

From 15 November to 15 December, SAST will also showcase a virtual concert by award-winning composer, arranger, music producer, songwriter, singer, and rapper Kabelo “Bonafide Billi” Togoe. In 2016 Togoe became the award-winning composer and musical director of the block buster musical Freedom written and directed by playwright and director Aubrey Sekhabi. Togoe won the Naledi Award for best score / adaptation / arrangement for this musical. The concert will be available on pay per view and tickets can be purchased on Webtickets.

With theatre doors now reopened for audiences, the SAST is ready to host fans of the afro-pop trio, Encore, in a guaranteed dazzling LIVE performance at the group’s upcoming concert, Encore Homecoming on 27 November 2020, at 20:00. Described as an authentic, original Setswana and SeSotho soul group, Encore has built a loyal audience base following their extraordinary signature style with hit songs like Ke Fela Pelo; I Got You and Wena. Tickets are sold for R150 at Webtickets.

SAST will also tackle the GBV conversation in live edutainment. On 06 November, the public (especially men) is invited to come to the theatre to be part of a conversation on GBV under the banner Broken jar- a project by BMK Productions where men to talk about their problems. This time the focus will be on GBV. The event will start at 17:00. Entrance is free.

Issued by the South African State Theatre.

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