AT HER FEET

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AT HER FEET

In 2002, At Her Feet, written/directed by Nadia Davids and performed by Quanita Adams, exploded onto the South African theatre scene. This breakthrough play was described as ‘brilliant’, ‘triumphant’, ‘unforgettable’ ‘timely’, ‘a production that will touch you, shift you and never really leave you’. From its first staging at Cape Town, it travelled throughout South Africa, was staged in New York, London and Holland and went on to win two Fleur du Caps (Best Acress, Best New Director) and was nominated for a Noma Award for Best Published Book in Africa.

Written in 2002, At Her Feet evokes the experiences of four Muslim women in Cape Town whose lives are touched by 9/11 and by the honour killing of a Jordanian girl. These women – a secular student, a tough-talking auntie, a Che-worshipping slam poetess, a recently married religious travel agent- narrate their own lives, offering vivid, affecting, bitingly funny, deeply moving stories that speak to race, love, faith and belonging.

Through monologue, song, and poetry these women offer the audience an intimate glimpse of their world. 

 AT HER FEET was most recently performed in 2017 at the Artscape Theater to commemorate the play’s 15 year anniversary and to mark South Africa’s Women’s Day. The playtext is studied at a wide range of South African, British and American universities, is understood as one of the most important theatrical works to emerge around Islamophobia, Muslim women and Islamic Feminism post 9/11 and is considered one of South Africa's most significant post-apartheid theater works.

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At Her Feet is brilliantly written and performed and deserves widespread recognition.”
— -Annual Review of Islam in South Africa, 2002
Davids and Adams are a triumphant combination.
— -Cape Times, 2003
…wonderful…a festival highlight.
— -Cue Newspaper, Grahamstown, 2003
A hard-hitting play suffused with tenderness, wisdom and humour.
— -Litnet, 2003
A vivid inner circle view into a sisterhood of contemporary Cape Town women.
— - O Magazine, 2004
…a brilliant theatrical achievement.
— -Mail and Guardian, 2004
...a wonderful play that couldn’t be more timely and which cries out to be performed worldwide.
— -Sunday Independent, 2005
 
 

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