When it’s second nature to tally the passengers in a taxi before you get in…
When you automatically look inside to determine the ratio of women to men…
When you check if the ladies at your stop are going to take the same taxi
And you see them making the same calculations you’re making about their safety…
When you work out all the passenger stops along the way hoping yours won’t be the last…
When you berate yourself for being paranoid after the driver tilts the rear view to leer at you, not just glance…
Was he looking at you, you fret,
Or inspecting the old sticker above your head?
When he turns to ‘pretend negotiate’ your sale with the driver in the next lane
and you ask yourself why the fuck you even have to feel this disdain
And wonder if they ever wonder whether their daughters are subjected to such shame…
You realise the burden of your African royalty is:
To them you’re just another taxi queen.
A review of Words for Women, a beautiful tribute to womanity using poetry, song and dance to celebrate and dissect all the meanings of woman.
Words by Jerome at Jaw on the Floor. Read to recall the experience, or to find out about what you’ve missed:
Words for Women – A Review.
So excited for this!
Gender Equity Unit will be representing UWC, at the UCT-hosted ‘Fresh from Fest’, with its latest Edu-Drama production:
‘Words 4 Women’
This production plays with a variety of stereotypes and the effect is a celebration of women and their bodies. The young student cast uses words and actions to bring powerful and celebratory meaning to words that are often use to demean and oppress women. Through their performance they call on new interpretations of the words in the different languages.
They play, they provoke and they take the audience on a journey of self-reflection. This is one of those productions that make you want more.
Cast: Andisiwe Mpu, Ayabonga Pasiya, Bianca van Rooi, Kolosa Qomoyi, Oneza Nofemela, Sixolile Kula, Ziyanda Daniels
Directed: Wahseema Roberts
Producer: Mary Hames
22-24 July │ 20:30
R25 Students; R50 Public
Arena Theatre, 37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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