My Bleeding Thing

My Bleeding Thing is a one-woman performance poetry piece that explores the taboos of menstruation. This monologue poem takes on a personal and raw approach in telling the story of experiencing periods for the first time. It traces the journey of discovering the blood and the traumas of braving through period pains. At times with an explicit and funny tone whilst simultaneously highly emotional, this poem aims to familiarise the audience with the unspoken realities of what some women go through monthly when aunty flo visits.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Duration (minutes): 12mins
  • Ages: 18
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English




Writer Zizipho Bam
Performer Zizipho Bam
Set Designer Amandla Maya
Creative Director Siwaphiwe Madlingozi
Photographer Mzwandile Mpaka
Videographer Andrew Herman
Videographer Edward Adams
Lighting Moegamat Cloete
Lighting Enrico Cloete
Stage Manager Merle Gideon
Audio Engineer Brandon Kemp


Video Editor Amandla Maya
Sound Engineer Yamkela Ngaba
Voice Over Naledi Rantai
Special Effects Hlompho N Malope

Other Voices
Nondumiso Mbothwe
Koketso Tshoga
Nomfanelo Ngcobo
Nomkhitha Oyo
Keitumetse Tlhako
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
Anonymous 4
Anonymous 5

Production Gallery




Zizipho Bam is a South African writer, copywriter and visual storyteller currently based in Cape Town. Born in 1996, the award-winning poet creates work that seeks to heal oneself from mental illness, love, loss, and physical trauma through written and performance poetry.

Navigating through the world as a young black womxn, Bam aims to investigate self and reveal how we relate with one another and the world. Using the body and its experience as inspiration, she reimagines pain to rewrite her story into a work of art.

Her work lives in various art forms – from music collaborations, visual art, to live performances with jazz bands like iPhupho l’ka Biko. In 2020 she wrote the short film God Body, which was released and screened at the Gauteng Film Commission Online Women’s Film Festival and Behind Her Lens Visuals Online Film Festival. She has performed on stages across the country, winning slam competitions at Word n’ Sound where she was also awarded Best Newcomer in 2016. She has been gracing online audiences in Washington DC at Busboys and Poets Onlive Open Mic and The South African Book Fair in 2020. She was also placed in the top 3 of Poetry Africa Slam Jam 2020 Virtual Edition and most recently performed live on the Expresso Show on SABC 3.

Her poetry has been published in collections like the June 2020 New Coin Poetry Journal by ISEA at Rhodes University in which she also created the cover art for the anthology. She also appears in the newly released Yesterdays and Imagining Realities: An Anthology for South African Poetry by Impepho Press, a collection of 30 poems from South African poets under 30. Bam continues to create and experiment with different forms of writing that tell unique perspectives on life.