Written by Ndaba Dlamini
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
In The Fat Black Women Sing, the vexing issue of female beauty is laid bare by five fabulously figured women.
THEY are big, hilarious and have a thing or two to say to all those people who have misconceptions about “fat” women.
The five fabulously figured women perform in The Fat Black Women Sing, a hard-hitting play on at the Market Theatre’s Laager Theatre from 18 February.
Written and directed by Napo Masheane, The Fat Black Women Sing promises great entertainment and a peek into female perceptions of self-worth and body image. It is also expected to get tongues wagging because of its no-holds-barred approach to female sexuality.
At a rehearsal on Friday, 6 February, Masheane said the aim of the play was to dissipate assumptions about the large female body.
“I took a leap of faith in writing this play. Grace Nichols’ poems inspired me because she addresses questions I as a young, black woman writer in a new contemporary South African theatre continue to have about beauty, image, sexuality, food, weight, sisterhood and the female struggle to fit into a box of beauty which is not self-designed.”