Lesbians share their views in play

Tsholofelo Ross in Chapter 2 Section 9.

Joburg-based Sibkwa Arts Centre return to Cape Town after five years, to perform their latest production Chapter 2 Section 9, directed by Phyllis Klotz, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio until Saturday March 11.

Chapter 2 Section 9 refers to that section of South Africa’s constitution guaranteeing the right to gender equality and sexual orientation.

The play is based on interviews with more than 40 lesbian women, their families, perpetrators and police officers to get their view and understanding of hate-crime.

These personal stories, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, interwoven with music, bring a clear message that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community are still vulnerable to violence and discrimination contrary to the values of the constitution.

The cast is made up of Ayanda Rose Fali, Khanyisa Nanase, Tsholofelo Ross and Ayanda Sibisi, accompanied by Isaac Molelekoa who composed the original music for the play.

Set and costumes are by Sarah Roberts, lighting by Stan Knight, with research and interviews by Collen Mfazwe and Janneke Strijdonk-Xulu and translations by Smal Ndaba.

Chapter 2 Section 9 is staged at 7.30pm nightly, with school matinees on Thursdays March 2 and March 9, at 11am, and public matinees on Saturdays March 4 and 11, at 3pm. There is an age restriction of 16.

Ticket prices range from R120 to R150.

Book through Computicket. For discounted corporate, block or school bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, or email carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za