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In an inspiring return to the stage on Women’s Day, the Color Purple marked its official homecoming to the Joburg Theatre on 9 August 2018 from 2pm to 4pm. 

Timed with the theme of embracing women, the audiences were enthused and empowered by the theatrical play, which is a fusion of joyous jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. 

The Color Purple demonstrates how subjugated and oppressed women in society can find confidence and delight and about the strength they can establish when they support each other. It is a tale of triumph over adversity, hope over fear, and above all, about the power of love. 

This is the story of a young Celie, who overcomes and eventually rises above her many adversities, through the help and support of three other women in her life. Following a successful premier on the Mandela Stage at the Joburg Theatre earlier this year, the play directed by Janice Honeyman, features an array of local talent which is both inspirational and goosebump-inducing. 

Didintle Khunou, 25, who plays Celie, gives an unparalleled performance and takes the audience with her in her journey of abuse and eventual triumph. Lerato Mvelase, who plays Shug Avery, is a wonder to witness. Neo Motaung plays Sofia, a role previously played by Oprah Winfrey. 

“It is not often one gets to witness on stage something so remarkable and poignant that it leaves you feeling numb and speechless, yet at the same time empowered and overjoyed … this hugely ambitious offering has an almost spiritual voice. 

“I laughed, I cried but most importantly I felt a wonderful togetherness with my fellow theatre goers who collectively experienced and witnessed something quite remarkable on stage” says audience member David Simmons after the musical journey. 

Performances will take place on Tuesday, 14 August, at 11am, Wednesday, 15 August, at 11am, Thursday, 16 August, at 1pm and Thursday, 23 August, at 1pm at the Joburg Theatre. 
Tickets for this initiative are only R100.