A monologue showcase that, when told together, tells a greater story of womanhood specific to the South African female. The piece incorporates poetry, prose and song to artfully express the individual stories of the characters which share the narrative of us all.
The Memoir Monologues
- Ticket Price: R80.00
- Genre: Theatre
- Duration (minutes): 30mins
- Ages: 18 and over
- Release Date: July 14, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
- Language: English (with some vernac incorporated)
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Concept, Writer and Director: Anastasia Amy
Performer: Zanele Zimu
Performer: Babalwa Manyi
Performer: Kutloano Headbush
Performer: Amber-Dawn Burnhams
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Anastasia Amy (Writer & Director)
Anastasia Amy is a passionate creative who specialises in acting, spoken word performance and writing. Most recently, she founded a company called On Cue – an interactive platform and online arts and entertainment magazine that celebrates local artists and promotes the work they do.
Realising the severity of the Covid 19 pandemic and its far-reaching economic effects on artists in particular, this was her way of supporting current South African works. Beyond the digital, she hopes to uplift the community further by creating new opportunities through powerful, three-dimensional storytelling.
Anastasia graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BA Dramatic Arts, and one of her fondest memories was writing and directing a subversive feminist piece called ‘The Six of She’ for Krekvars Kopanong Student Arts Festival in her final year. With so much happening around the world, an empathetic heart and an innovative mind, she’d like to revisit the magic of creating a new and meaningful narrative.
When she isn’t penning poetry, auditioning or upskilling, Anastasia enjoys writing monologues for other artists and conceptualising the ‘what next’ of creative projects.
Amber-Dawn Bio (Cast)
Amber-Dawn Burnhams was raised in the heart of amateur theatre in Gqeberha. Amber initially wanted to be an opera singer and being a member of the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir encouraged that path. However, after landing soloist and lead roles in Gqeberha, these broad theatrical experiences highlighted that versatility of performance which musical theatre offered was what really set her soul alight. This realisation spurred her on to study Musical Theatre and Dance at Oakfields College where she graduated in 2017 as a Singing Major. Since her graduation she has
been enthusiastically involved in Children’s Theatre, working for On Cue theatre and Hooked On Books on school tours. Amber made her professional stage debut in the two-man play ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2019 at Monte Casino and performed again in the return season of the show in 2020.
Amber is a passionate educator, having held singing workshops at the National Children’s Theatre and lecturing at Oakfields College as well as the South African Film And Theatre Academy (SAFATA). She believes that arts education is the necessary foundation in order to cultivate a thriving professional theatre industry and is grateful to be involved with such passion-driven institutions to develop South Africa’s musical theatre training.
Kutloano Headbush Bio (Cast)
Kutloano studied at the University of Cape Town where her acting, physical theatre and directing skills developed. Kutloano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts and Psychology. She went on to complete her honours degree in Movement and Performance at the University of the Witwatersrand. Kutloano has performed in multiple in-training productions such as Outliers directed by Jovan Muthri and (011)2344837, crafted and performed by herself and Vuyolwethu Majeke. Other productions she performed in include Black Up! directed by Ziyandla Mdobla, Herstory Museum directed by Nonkululekho Mashiyi and Antarabama directed by Thapelo Tharaga and performed at the Baxter Theatre. Her work as an artist includes inclusive theatre and dance which has formed an integral part of her experience as an artist. Her work with Unmute Dance Company has been part of her continued involvement in inclusive performanceand includes productions such as Don’t Label Me, Sheba, Combination and Kutloano which she also co-
choreographed. Kutloano also performed in Keitumetse, directed by Joel Leonard as part of the 2021 My Body My Space Public Arts Festival.
Zanele Zimu Bio (Cast)
Zanele Zimu is Actress, content creator and model born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied BCOM Finance and Economics at the University of Cape Town and has trained at various acting academies such as Indigo View Academy for Advanced Actors and Bonnie Rodinni Films. Zanele has appeared in several productions since high school. She made her stage debut at the Joburg Theatre with the production Scenes (2018) and worked on the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) Commercial (2018). Zanele recently worked with photographer Reze Bonna on a shoot named “Zanele”. Some of the photos were published on the Vogue Italia Website. Zanele Zimu also has festival experience having worked as a sales assistant and manager for DStv Delicious Festival, Kyalami 9 hour and she also has behind the scenes experience having worked as a script trainee for the short film “The Town’. Zanele has been trained by notable industry professionals such as Louise Saint-Claire, Christa Schamberger, Fiona Ramsey, Sylvaine Strike, Craig Morris, James Carnes and many more.
Babalwa Manyi Bio (Cast)
Babalwa Manyi has her BA in Live Performance from AFDA and her Masters in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy. Aside from being richly skilled in both theatre and film, she is also a talented voice-over artist with great accent skills. She recently played Litha in Scandal and is looking forward to performing on stage again.