The Color Purple on stage in SA - and why it is a must see

Based on the novel 1982 novel written by Alice Walker, The Color Purple, has made it's way to the South African stage.

Described as a glorious musical, the Broadway production captures the journey of an inspiring family saga – telling the story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.

The award-winning musical is currently showing at the Johannesburg Theatre.

Eusebius McKaiser spoke to actresses Didintle Khunou (playing Celie) and Lerato Mvelase (playing Shug Avery) to explore some of the striking themes in the play and navigating these.

It was a journey of having to really understand what turmoils and struggles black people as a nation have had to endure, and having to come to grips with that reality and understanding our psychological troubles that challenge is today. It has been a journey of learning.

Didintle Khunou, actress

Shug Avery, after being castrated by her own people, she comes back with a different perception of what a woman is all about. She comes back showing that I am a sexual being and have liberated myself as a sexual being. I am allowed to have a voice as a woman.

Lerato Mvelase, actress

The context of this production is coming at a very beautiful time fro South Africa. Women today, are at a point where we went through reflecting on what our roles have to be in society, and now we at a point where women are saying I have got power.

Lerato Mvelase, actress

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