At Her Feet

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At Her Feet (2003) is a one-woman play written by Nadia Davids. It explores the identity and status of Muslim women.

Published by Oshun Books, 2006.**

Subject

The one-woman autobiographical play At Her Feet deals with a young Muslim woman’s experience of life in her community, the claustrophobia she senses and the perceived freedom she sees on the other side of the fence in westernised South Africa. The playwright is a Muslim woman who grew up in Cape Town’s District Six and her play focuses on a key social group in the Western Cape.

Performance history in South Africa

First performed in the Baxter Theatre in June 2003, at the Grahamstown Festival 2003 and in the André Huguenet Theatre in Bloemfontein in December 2003, featuring Quanita Adams and directed by Nadia Davids.

The play was voted one of the five best new works at the 2003 Grahamstown Festival and it was the only South African work invited to perform at the Afrovibes Festival in Amsterdam in September 2004. Davids received the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors for At Her Feet and her actress Quanita Adams won the best actress award at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for her performance.

Davids applied to the NAC for financial support to tour her award-winning (one-woman) production through South Africa. Her application was rejected. For a detailed analysis of this incident, in its historical context, see [Van Heerden (2008)][1] pp.49-51.

Market Theatre, April-May 2009, starring Quanita Adams.

Sources

Business Day, 24 June 2003.

''The Citizen, 3 July 2003.

Sunday Independent, 29 April 2009.

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