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You Strike the Woman You Strike the Rock


MAC Productions present

You Strike the Woman You Strike the Rock

How 20,000 women marched for change in South Africa.

devised and written by Phyllis Klotz, Thebeka Maqhutyana, Nomvula Qosba, Xolani September, Poppy Tsira and Itumeleng Wa-Lehulere

On Aug 9 1956 20,000 South African women marched into Pretoria to protest about the pass laws. The pass, an Africans-only identity document, was identified as a 'badge of slavery' and the march forms the backdrop to the play. The title is taken from the song which became the marchers' battle cry, and the play centres on the stories and songs of three of the women. To celebrate Black History Month we are proud to present one of the few plays to have been written about the role of South African women written by South African women. Voted best play in South Africa in 1997 it has been seen all over the world. Birmingham-based MAC Productions have developed a strong reputation for their powerful productions. The piece is poetic, visual and physical.