SOWETO THEATRE presents our focus on solo work with the first of two productions scheduled for this program. For our first instalment Tapuwa Moore presents the “Pregnant Lesbian”.
DATE: Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October 2018
VENUE: SOWETO THEATRE cnr Bolani Link and Bolani Rd, Jabulani, Soweto, 1868
TIMES: 20:00 Thursdays to Saturday
15:00 on Sunday.
TICKETS: www.sowetotheatre.com or call Soweto Theatre Box Office 0861 670 670
ADMISSION: R 100
Corrective rape, also called curative or homophobic rape, is a hate crime in which one or more people are raped because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The common intended consequence of the rape, as seen by the perpetrator, is to turn the person heterosexual or to enforce conformity with gender stereotypes.
The term corrective rape was coined in South Africa after well-known cases of corrective rapes of lesbians such as Eudy Simelane (who was also murdered in the same attack) and Zoliswa Nkonyana became public. Popularisation of the term has raised awareness and encouraged LGBTIQ people in countries across the world to come forward with their own stories of being raped as punishment for and/or in an attempt to change their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Although some countries have laws protecting LGBTIQ people, corrective rape is often overlooked
Society is grappling with notions of sexuality. For some it has become completely impossible to accept same sex relationships. This story locates itself in the township in particular in its relation to this notion of intolerance and corrective rape. The killing and corrective rape of lesbians is all but a common place for modern day South Africa. The rainbow has birthed intolerance and this production follows this story of intolerance through the life of a lesbian living in Soweto who is with child.
Written and directed by Tapuwa Moore, this production is one of two solo works presented by Johannesburg City Theatres as a means of nurturing scriptwriting and the realization of the scripts through staging. The play interrogates a vital issue within the South African milieu and through it Soweto Theatre hopes to invigorate dialogue around this vital issue through the cathartic practice of the arts.
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