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BAD GIRLS DO GO TO HEAVEN? (article first published : 2007-04-22)

Written and directed by Yugan Naidoo, Bad Girls Do Go To Heaven? is a production recently presented in the Playhouse Drama by Dingaling Productions in association with The Playhouse Company.

The night before his marriage, Yugan Naidoo’s wife Uma attended her bridal shower. No amount of questioning on his part would reveal what she and her friends got up to that night. This considerably aroused his curiosity and he set out to discover what goes on at these events but, as he says in his director’s notes, “It seems like the Sisterhood bound themselves a pledge of sworn secrecy …”

After keeping his ears open and overhearing the odd remark here and there, he set out to write Bad Girls Do Go To Heaven?, a play about four young girls who get together the night before one of them get married. The bride-to-be is Priya (Samantha Govender) and her friends are the feisty, vulnerable Vanessa (Kajal Maharaj) who ends up getting very drunk; the pragmatic and disillusioned Abi (Upasna Beharee) and warm-hearted party-loving Loshnee (Ilasha Ramaloo).

There is a good rapport between the four attractive and sassy actresses, allowing us to believe that they have indeed been friends for a long time. Bright, bubbly and energetic, they keep the dialogue going at a brisk pace while allowing the more reflective moments to be infused with the required gentleness or poignancy.

The undeniable star is the tall, slender and utterly-watchable Samantha Govender who brings a sense of dignity and charm to her role of the highflying corporate girl already in a sexual relationship. She tries to analyse her behaviour at the wedding the next day. Should she act traditionally and cry when she leaves the ceremony or rejoice at finally having legal sex! We also get to see what a fine dancer she is in the interlinking dance sequences.

The text is witty, chatty, loaded with sexual innuendos and with some very humorous lines such as “virginity is an urban legend” and that “women are not interested so much in penis size but in penis personality”. However, I think that the section with the final soliloquies would have a stronger impact if they were placed not so close to the end.

The set is clear and cluttered, set against a skyscraper backdrop as if seen from a luxury penthouse flat. The furniture is hi-tech chrome, the floor is black and white checked and the movements suggest three areas – a kitchen, lounge and dining room.

The play’s ultimate message is that women must be acknowledged, respected and celebrated as powerful forces in life. But gentlemen, fear not – although there is much humour at the expense of the male sex and many helpful hints in your direction, it’s not only a woman’s show and you won’t feel unwanted! On the contrary ….!

There are plans to take Bad Girls Do Go To Heaven? on tour in the future so don’t miss it, if it comes to a venue near you. More information from Yugan Naidoo on 082 464 0988. – Caroline Smart




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