Theatre activism: support Sugar-daddy’s recording for V-Day, Cape Town 2020- Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues
| What: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues – presented by Cape Town’s Sugar-daddy Theatre Company in February 2020 at The Raptor Room for V-Day Online: A recording of the February 2020 staging is online Viewing platform: Sugar Tube [YouTube] https://youtu.be/O81Da29RsXM Tickets: No charge to watch but donations appreciated. Suggested donation: R60 – this was the ticket price of the live show, Feb 2020|
Donation link: Rape Crisis https://rapecrisis.org.za/
Last February – 2020- was packed with live shows. My Cape Town theatre diary was full and I had to make choices what to select. I recall that I declined an invite to a glam event, in favour of attending V-Day on February 16, at The Raptor Room, presented by Cape Town’s Sugar-daddy Theatre Company. Sugar-daddy was staging an adaption of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. V-Days is part of Eve Ensler’s global activist movement against GBV (gender based violence), where she waives the fees to stage her plays. Theatre makers are invited to stage her plays as benefit performances, with proceeds going to benefices and charities. Sugar-daddy has hosted three V-Day productions- from 2016 to 2020. Rape Crisis Cape Town has been the beneficiary. Some years, the show was presented at more than one venue and there were variations in cast members each performance, according availability of the artists.
February 2020, The Raptor Room, was packed. People were sharing seats. Others were standing. This was before Covid; before masks. With consummate acting, combined with a South African injection of accent and character in parts, this was a production which made me sit on the edge of my chair. Luckily, a recording was made for archival purposes. Sugar-daddy posted the recording on its YouTube channel, SugarTube. There is no charge to watch but donations are welcomed- with the suggested R60 as a minimum as that was the ticket price in February 2020. Sadly, Covid prevented Sugar-daddy from staging a V-Day 2021. V-Day is traditionally held in February – the month of Valentine’s Day- the so-called month of romance and love. The other side of love and romance is violence and in the pandemic, it has got worse. V-Day highlights GBV and raises much needed funds. Hopefully by February 2022, Sugar-daddy will be able to stage another V-Day season. In the meantime, watch the recording of V-Day, Cape Town 2020, Sugar-daddy presenting The Vagina Monologues and please consider making a donation to Rape Crisis.
Read TheCapeRobyn review here: https://thecaperobyn.co.za/stage-live-recording-the-vagina-monologues/
|Sugar-daddy Theatre Company, Cape Town – V-Day productions – 2016-2020 |
2016/17 The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (V-Day partnership), Cape Town Fringe Festival: Cape Town City Hall/Alexander Bar Cafe/The Masque Theatre/ICI Corporate Auditorium at De Waterkant/The Drama Factory- director Marlisa Doubell
2018/19 A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer by Eve Ensler (V-Day partnership), The Alexander Bar/The Masque Theatre/The Drama Factory, director Tamryn Speirs
2020 The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (V-Day partnership), The Raptor Room, director Marlisa Doubell
Featured image by Nardus Engelbrecht, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues –presented by Cape Town’s Sugar-daddy Theatre Company in February 2020 at The Raptor Room for V-Day. From left: Candice Poole, Lizanne Peters, Allistine Bo Grady, Marlisa Doubell. Photo courtesy of Candice Poole/ACT Cape Town. ACT has been a sponsor of V-Day.