Venus vs Modernity

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Venus vs Modernity is a play by Lebo Mashile ().

The original text

A play about South African icon Saartjie Baartman, it was first performed at a time when the country was on fire with debates and protests about issues such as gender-based violence and femicide.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2019: First performed at The Barney Simon theatre, at the Market Theatre, directed by Koleka Putuma with Anne Masina (as "Venus") and Lebo Mashile (as "Saartjie"). The sound technician was Mthuthuzeli Ndlebe and the stage manager Lebeisa Molapo.


Market Theatre Foundation. 2019. "Venus vs Modernity - 8 performances left!", News - 21 September 2019[1]

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