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Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre 2.11 (Thur) 8pm

  • $280
  • Some seats may have a restricted view
    $200

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre 3.11 (Fri) 8pm

  • $280
  • Some seats may have a restricted view
    $200

Monodrama Series

Yaël Farber with Thembi Mtshali-Jones | South Africa

A Woman in Waiting

2-3.11 (Thur - Fri) 8pm

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Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes without intermission

In English and Zulu with Chinese surtitles

Monodrama Series

Yaël Farber with Thembi Mtshali-Jones | South Africa

A Woman in Waiting

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“Exhilarating, moving and, above all, life-affirming”The Guardian, UK

One extraordinary journey that speaks for millions under apartheid
A housemaid’s legendary rise to stardom in South Africa

Celebrated actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones boasts a performing arts career in music, theatre and television spanning more than 40 years, making her a household name in South Africa and leading to a Lifetime Achievement Award last year. Even late president Nelson Mandela noted that watching her TV series was his major entertainment while in prison.

A Woman in Waiting, winner of a Scotsman Fringe First at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, among many other awards, is a riveting one-woman show. In a lively, honest and totally absorbing performance, Mtshali-Jones combines song, dance and narrative as she recounts her own early life story – from waiting to see her mother every Christmas to waiting to see her own daughter, after she, like her mother, becomes a domestic servant for a white family.

Set amid simple, evocative sets and perceptively steered by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber, the poetic and courageous rags-to-riches tale is filled with laughter and tears, resilience and resolve. A remarkable biographical rendering of humiliation overcome, emotional pain endured, and joy maintained against the odds.

Director / Scriptwriter:Yaël Farber

Performer / Scriptwriter:Thembi Mtshali-Jones and Yaël Farber

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Related Info

  • Meet-the-artist session after the performance on 3 November
  • Photo credit: Val Adamson courtesy of The Playhouse Company
  • Flights for selected members sponsored by South African Airways