Women’s Month gets dramatic

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TO PJ powers1 . PJ Powers

Additional activities to celebrate The Women’s Festival at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in August:

• Saturday, August 9 (Women’s Day) at 11am: I Have Life: Alison’s Journey author Marianne Thamm in conversation with Alison.

3pm: Marianne Thamm with PJ Powers discussing her new book, Here I Am.

• Friday lunch-hour classical concerts: The theatre is presenting a special line-up with some of South Africa’s leading female musicians for August. Concerts take place at 1pm every Friday, and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre. Tickets: R40.

August 1: Jacqui Martens (violin) and Hanlie Martens (piano).

August 8: The Lewandowski Choir.

TO Judy Page Judy Page .

August 15: Opera diva Aukse Trinkunas accompanied by Paul Ferreira (piano).

August 22: The Double Ensemble, which includes Daline Wilson, Merryl Monnard, Kate Moore, Christi-Louise Swanepoel, Lesley Stansell, Wes Beukes and Christopher Bishop.

August 29: Laura Kirsten (piano) and Sandile Mabaso singing various arias about love – in celebration of women.

• Sundays @ The Square in August

August 10 at 3pm: Jittery Citizens, improvised comedy with top female comic actors and Tony Bentel on the piano.

7pm: Baroque to Broadway – exploring different facets of womanhood and love through music, with Anneke Lamont (piano), Merryl Monard (flute), Marina Botha (soprano), and Tinus Spies (tenor).

August 17 at 3pm: Sempre Opera present Conversations with Aukse Trinkunas (mezzo soprano).

August 24 at 3pm and 6.30pm: The SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind will host their gala variety concert. The star-studded line-up will be historic, with more leading performers this year than ever before. Some of the women include Judy Page, Annabel Linder, Fiona Ramsay, Samantha Peo, Carly Graeme, Cat Simone, Bongi Mthombeni, Brenda Sakellarides, Kiruna Devar, Helen Desbois and Dawn Lindberg.

August 31 at 3pm: Irene Stephanou’s classic Greek/SA comedy Meze, Mira and Make-up, starring Taryn Papadopoulos Louch and directed by Renos Nicos Spanoudes. It’s a hilarious one-woman account that is both poignant and passionate, encapsulating the agonies of an adolescent Greek girl growing up against the grain.

• Bookings can be made by calling the theatre’s box office at 011 883 8606, via Strictly Tickets at 082 553 5901, or at www.ticket.co.za

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