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TAPPING HEARTS (article first published : 2006-02-17)

Abangani Theatre Group from Johannesburg is to present a cutting-edge theatre piece about South African women titled Tapping Hearts. Directed by award winning Gauteng-based director Julian Seleke Mokoto, the show only has two performances - February 24 and 25 - at Ekhaya Multi Art Centre in Kwa Mashu.

Tapping Hearts gives South African women a free role to express themselves. Women who believe that one-day South Africa will be run by women. These women present an uncomfortable threat to men who do not want to accept their responsibilities, men who cannot maintain their children but appear to have no problem in spending lots of money entertaining other women. These women say: “we can do things on our own!”

In Tapping Hearts, the cast of five women discuss realities such as the fact that some men do not even earn as much as women nowadays. They want to be called "AmaTriple S!" (Single, Successful and Self- Sufficient). They believe the strength of women is becoming more and more powerful in South African society. “You strike a woman you strike a rock!” Wathinta Abafazi wathinta imbhokodo.

A powerful and well-directed production, Tapping Hearts incorporates drama, tap dance and music with choreography by Samson Mabuza. There are powerful performances from the five Johannesburg-based actresses: Sibongile Nkosi, Lindiwe Ndlovu, Priscilla Mphangoa, Ncebakazi Thintsila and Molobane Mbatha.

Julian Seleke Mokoto has directed several productions enjoyed by Durban audiences such as Shattered Dreams which appeared at the BAT Centre in 2004 and Mary the Unfaithful Woman, presented at a later stage on the Playhouse Company's Women’s Arts Festival, and Blind Man!

Tapping Hearts runs for 60 minutes and performances take place at 19h00 at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, in Kwa Mashu. Tickets R20 booked through E-MAC on 031 504 6970. More information from Julien on 082 472 3457. There is an age restriction of 14 as the material is of an adult nature.




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