Venus vs Modernity – Social Media Assets
Venus vs Modernity – Social Media Assets

Venus Vs Modernity 8 performances left!

Venus Vs Modernity was officially launched on the 18th of September 2019 to a full house of theatre makers, artists, media personalities and art lovers with great success. Directed by Pamela Nomvete and Koleka Putuma, show marks award-winning poet Lebo Mashile’s first foray into writing and producing a full-length theatrical work. It also marks the acting debut of world class, classically trained opera singer, Ann Masina, who co-stars in the play alongside Mashile in the title role of Venus.

Venus Vs Modernity tells the story of South African icon Saartjie Baartman whose horrific experiences of exploitation on account of her ample posterior have become a reference point for black women’s body image and representation worldwide. Venus Vs Modernity is an emotional, hilarious, poetic, musical and layered journey into the life of one of South African history’s most important women.

This piece comes at a time when the country is on fire with conversations and protests on the issues of gender-based violence and femicide. This current run of Venus Vs Modernity, taking place at the Market Theatre, courtesy of the Windybrow Arts Centre, could not have come at a better time. This piece shows that history is as active as the present. It is a must watch for all South Africans.


 Written                                                           Lebo Mashile

Director                                                           Koleka Putuma

Sound Technician                                         Mthuthuzeli Ndlebe

Stage Manager                                               Lebeisa Molapo


Anne Masina                                                   Venus

Lebo Mashile                                                  Saartjie


Duration:                                                        90 minutes

Age Recommendation                                 16 years

Season:                                                           Thursday 12 – Saturday 28 September 2019

Venue:                                                            The Barney Simon

Performance times:                                     Tuesday – Saturday @20h15 and Sunday @15h15

Ticket prices:                                                Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 – R150.00

Student Prices:                                             R70.00


To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/

083 246 4950, Magret Charova 011 832 1641 ext 326/ 079 656 2340 and Jabulisile Mofolo 011 832 1641 ext 204/ 083 203 0531

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867