Elevate state of mind in theatre

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

SINCE the inception of Her Words in May last year, the women-only performance and discussion platform is growing in popularity, and LoveLoud’s concept will once again showcase a prominent South African artist in Nelson Mandela Bay next week.

The prolific award- winning actress and radio personality Vatiswa Ndara will be the headliner for this month’s Her Words showcase.

The performance aims to amplify the voice of women by showcasing such artists in the Eastern Cape, and eventually the rest of South Africa.

Transkei-born Ndara has appeared in Tsha Tsha, Generations, Home Affairs, 90 Plein Street and the critically acclaimed mini-series Society in 2007. She has worked for Algoa FM’s Border region and is currently a Radio 2000 co-presenter.

LoveLoud co-director Bantu Mtshiselwa said the award-winning television actress was their first feature for the year and they believed she would set the standard.

“Her performance will set the bar really high in terms of quality for the performers in the upcoming months,” Mtshiselwa said.

“She is known for her acting skills in various soapies and series on SABC and e.tv and this time around she will be doing some theatrical work. I’m excited to see what she will be doing and how the audience will receive her.”

The 45-minute performance is driven by a particular theme, followed by 20 minutes of the audience in attendance – open to both men and women – engaging in a networking session over light snacks.

Another 20 minutes will be dedicated to a talk session led by the host Lelethu “PoeticSoul” Mahambehlala where audience members can discuss their thoughts on the theme presented by the performing artist.

“The 90 minutes will elevate the status of art in the community by unifying the audience and discussing topics that they may find difficult to tackle in their own private spaces,” Skosana said.

Mtshiselwa added that since the prominent PE poet PoeticSoul presented Her Words in May last year, the artistic platform for discussion has grown in popularity.

“I find that the audience grows as the sessions grow. People are finding space in their busy lives to sit back and enjoy the culture of performance,” Mtshiselwa said. “We are starting to have some loyal followers now who have already been asking ‘When are we getting started again?’ There’s been a lot of positive response.”

Previous artists have included theatre actress Olwethu Mdala, Joy Mutala and jazz vocalist Tutu Puoane.

Her Words will be at the Athenaeum’s Little Theatre on the corner of Belmont Terrace and Castle Hill Street in Central on Wednesday at 6pm for 6.30pm.

Tickets are R100 (discount available for a groups of 10 and students) and can be booked on 073-054-1491 or 072-155-3148.

A cash bar will be available. Audience members are encouraged to bring their business cards.

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