Company: Market Theatre, Johannesburg
The story of two characters, The Woman and The Lady, who meet during a long wait in a queue to buy cheap rice. The Woman, an uncomplicated domestic worker, has brought her chair with her; The Lady, a retired prostitute, who considers herself a sophisticated woman of the world, has brought her lunch. Thus the two become interdependent, in a kind of female ‘Waiting for Godot’, where the act of waiting becomes far more important than its expected result.
The women discover they have more in common than initially meets the eye. As they wait, they share their respective stories and heartbreaks, and resolve to stop waiting and seize control of their lives. Finely balanced dramatic and comic moments encourage us to consider how to respond to the human dilemmas facing us all.
‘And the Girls …’ was a hit at the 2009 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. The roles of The Woman and The Lady are played by two of that country’s most acclaimed award-winning comedians.Its director, Princess Mhlongo, has been named as the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Drama (2012)
This performance is part of the AfroVibe UK Arts festival,a biennial festival featuring the best of contemporary performance from Southern Africa.