Artscape Theatre is celebrating its 9th annual Women’s Arts Week from the 6th – 9th August 2015. The Woman/Humanity Arts Festival was borne out of the need to honour and give a platform to the countless women, who tirelessly work and strive towards achieving a society where women are acknowledged and treated with the respect they deserve. The Artscape Theatre will come alive with theatre productions, a humanity walk followed by a humanity meal, business, social media and law workshops, a dialogue, film screenings, exhibitions, Pink Drive free breast  examinations, CANSA will be conducting breast screenings, blood pressure and blood glucose level testing and TBHIV health screenings and much more.
 
Theatre productions:
Bittersoet 
Venue: Arena 
Dates: 31 July – 1 August: 19:00
Ticket Price: R80.00

Bittersoet - Artscape Women Humanity Arts Festival 2015. Image supplied

In the nineties the much awarded playwright Deon Opperman wrote Sweet Sorrows for the legendary actress Wilna Snyman. Bittersoet, translated in Afrikaans by Hanli Rolfes. Produced by Elsabé Daneel who keeps on shining as the five characters in this solo production. The renowned director, Juanita Swanepoel is responsible for the design and direction. How does a handful of contrasting women balance their buoyancy with the curve balls of life? Age restriction: 14+
 
Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September
Venue: Arena
Dates: 6 August: 19:30, 7 August: 15:00 and 19:30
Ticket Price: R80.00
Cold Case is a play produced and performed by actress, Denise Newman and directed by Basil Appollis.  It debuted at the National Arts Festival Grahamstown 2014 where it won the Standard Bank Ovation Award and the winner of the Adelaide Tambo Award for Celebrating Human Rights through the Arts. As recent as May 2012 a Cape Times article about the assassinated ANC activist, Dulcie September, is headlined: “Who Killed Dulcie September”? 26 years later no-one has taken responsibility for her death and speculation today is as rife as it was then. Did the five bullets to her head come from a French mercenary? Was it the South African death squads operating in Paris? As a theatrical presentation Cold Case, doesn’t try to solve the mystery but it goes some way to present the various scenarios already in the public domain. At the same time it is a celebration of this legendary Cape Town school teacher turned freedom fighter that was deemed dangerous enough to be assassinated. 
 
Henrietta, With Love
Venue: Arena
Dates: 8 August :19:30, 9 August: 15:00, 11 – 14 August: 19:30, 15 August: 15:00 and 19:30
Ticket Price: R80.00
“Henrietta with Love” is a brand new  play, a gift to Lee-Ann van Rooi from her friend and mentor, Peter Voges. Wife to Charlie, mother to Mercia, sister to Rosie, friend to Freda, neighbour to big Mrs. Castens, HENRIETTA speaks of her life with love. She shares her traditions, her “swear by’s” and her culture. Henrietta explores the meaning of things, troubles of the mind, ginger squares, Protea Village they now call Bishops Court, nerve pills, the war in North Africa, her favourite cerise pill box hat with matching petals and a veil that Mrs. Castens said made her look like a pond lilly, upright and beautiful…And about that one day that changed everything…”Henrietta with Love” is a play directed by Sandra Temmingh
 
Trapped
Venue: Artscape Theatre
Dates: 6 August: 20:00
Ticket Price: R60.00
‘Trapped’ merges visual art, sound dialogue and dance as three autobiographical solos, by artists pioneering integrated dance (combing dance techniques with mixed abilities) in South Africa, unfold. The soloists appear simultaneously, each story intersecting and interacting with the others. Through their stories, the dancers use their disabilities as a catalyst to open dialogue around questions of belonging, especially for people living with disability in a non-integrated society. ‘Trapped’ is directed by Themba Mbuli
 
Ashed
Venue: Artscape Theatre
Dates: 7 August: 20:00
Ticket Price: R60.00
‘Ashed’ mirrors the evolution of South African citizens. Looking at ourselves as a nation: where did we come from, where are we and where are we heading. It questions all the things that limit our growth: political, social and economic limitations; yet with positive attainments to keep us looking forward
 
Die Glas Ennie Draad
Venue: Artscape Theatre
Dates: 8 August: 11:30
Ticket Price: R80.00
‘Die Glas ennie Draad’ is based on a true story from one of South Africa’s most notorious ganglands. Marlin is an active gang leader of over 3000 men and has recently survived an assassination. We journey into the mind of violence and abuse as Marlin reveals his life-story to ‘die kopdokor’, Rob. From the offset it is evident to Rob that Marlin is suffering from serious mental and emotional instability. As the situation becomes increasingly more volatile our grasp of the monster and the man becomes blurred. Will Rob be able to leave unchanged or will he, like his client, pay with his life? No under 13’s. ‘Die Glas ennie Draad’ is directed by Sandra Temmmingh and sponsored by the Reuben Richards Foundation. 
Bittersoet - Artscape Women Humanity Arts Festival 2015. Image supplied
 
The Women of Cape Town will be taking to the streets again this year to celebrate Women’s Day, Sunday August 9th. Following the success last year of WOMAN ZONE’s Women’s Humanity Walk – this time it’s going to be even bigger and stronger!  The Walk will start at The District Six Homecoming Centre and finish at the Artscape Piazza where there will be music and speeches followed by a Humanity Meal sponsored by The Next 48 Hours newspaper. Woman Zone will also be launching their book, Being a woman in Cape Town: Telling your story and an Open Mic Short StoryShare + Clean Sheet for festival attendants to write “What It Means To be a Woman in Cape Town”. The  2015 Artscape Women/ Humanty Arts Festival will end on a high note with a Gospel Concert. The line-up will include artist like Neville D, Rouchelle Liedemann, Tertia Hendricks, Michelle Botha, Anele Tame.
 
For more information check www.artscape.co.za. For ticket bookings contact Computicket on 086-915-8000 or Dial-A-Seat on 021-421-7695. Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan Street, Cape Town.