The Chronicles of Athena, Babes

Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Written and Directed by: Dara Beth | Exectuive Producer: Ravi Naidoo, Interactive Africa | Produced by The Furies With: Naledi Majola, Michaela Moses, Sesane Sealy, Jade Herbert and Thandi Wiggill
Warning: Profanity, Sexual Themes and discussions of assault

Whether it's prepping for first dates (stressful), going to the gynae (very stressful), learning how to give head (extremely stressful and a little scary), trying to tell your parents that you've had sex and may or may not be pregnant (incredibly stressful and exceptionally scary) or fighting for the attention from the very cute older combat coach (problematic, but we'll talk about it), nothing is off the table for this Under 17 Grecian Martial Hand-to-Hand Combat Squad. 

Delve into the minds of horny teenagers as our team navigates new sparring routines and the world of sex.

'The Chronicles of Athena, Babes' is 'Mean Girls' meets martial arts training meets Greek mythology meets the Sex Ed class you didn't know you wanted.

About the Team:

Dara Beth is first and foremost an angry, Jewish feminist. Secondly, they are one half of the cabaret duo “Plumsong”, which they have been performing as since 2011 with mom and fellow performer, Sharyn Seidel. Dara completed UCT’s Theatre and Performance programme last January (for which they received the class medal for theatre-making, the Ruth Peffer’s Prize and distinctions in Drama). Since graduating, Dara has written several plays, their most recent production being “Nasty Womxn” which has had three sold-out runs at the Alexander Bar. Dara has also written and performed in 'Just a Song and a Dance' with co-performer Sharyn at the Alexander Bar and National Arts Festival in Makhanda. Dara has also worked as a stage manager on Wessel Pretorius’s 'Klara Maas Se Hart Is Gebreek' (2017) and 'Die Ontelbare 48' (2017), Ameera Conrad’s 'Reparation' (2017) and Jon Keevy’s 'The Underground Library' for ASSITEJ’s Cradle of Creativity (2017). During their studies, Dara also directed their class’s production of 'Figs' (2016) for the National Arts Festival’s Student Festival at which they were nominated for Best Student Director. Dara is also a part of The Furies, a womxn-centric artistic co-op with whose help they will be staging their new production, “The Chronicles of Athena, Babes”.

Naledi Majola is an actor and performance-maker who completed her BA in Theatre & Performance at the University of Cape Town in 2017. She is a performer on stage and screen, having recently played Tranio in 2018’s Maynardville production of 'The Taming of the Shrew', directed by Tara Notcutt as part of South Africa’s first ever all-female cast in a professional Shakespeare production. Later in 2018, she performed in 'STREAM', a multimedia performance work led by Jennifer Steyn at the Baxter Theatre. In her own work, she is currently interested in the complexities of contemporary identity and belonging specifically regarding blackness and Africanness, working with an interdisciplinary performance-as-research methodology. Her performance work 'Where is the black samurai?' debuted at 'Arcade', a durational live art platform curated by Gavin Krastin, and was most recently performed at the 2018 ICA Live Art Festival. Naledi also designs sound for performance, having recently done so for her own work as well as the theatre production 'AMES', written and directed by Andi Colombo in 2018. Her latest design is for 'Tales From the Garden', a one-womxn show written and performed by Ameera Conrad and directed by Kathleen Stephens which debuted at the Baxter Theatre and was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival earlier this year. 

Michaela Moses is an actress, dancer and voice-over artist who recently graduated from the University of Cape Town, with a BA Theatre and Performance degree, specializing in acting. Her passion for performing started with a nine year long career in Ballroom and Latin American dancing, during which she obtained Western Province colours and was crowned as a South African champion on three occasions. Michaela appeared on Kyknet's 'Die Laaste Wals', SABC's 'Expresso Show' and 'Hectic-Nine 9'. During her time at UCT, Michaela starred in Clare Stopford’s 'Bands of Women', 'Yerma' directed by Geoffrey Hyland and 'Curl Up and Dye' directed by Anthea Thompson. Michaela recently did a tour of Western Cape schools, performing Afrikaans books with Boek Buddies.

Sesanē Sealy is a performer, voice actor and writer whose diverse background has influenced every aspect of their work. From a very young age, Sesanē has had a great love for storytelling and explores this passion through both writing and acting. This lead them to study a degree in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town, from which they recently graduated. They have been involved in work on stage and on camera, some of which include the 2018 UCT stage production of Sam Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind” and the feature film “Love Runs Out”, which is currently screening across film festivals and will be released soon.

Jade Herbert is a born and raised South African actor. She graduated from City Varsity with a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting. During her tertiary education she wrote, directed, and performed in her one woman show “BathTime” which tackled her own personal journey through what coloured identity actually is. She also wrote, co-directed, and performed in “Bus Bingo”, a show that shed light on different personalities and different forms of harassment within the public transport system of Cape Town. Since then she has signed with MMM Agency and joined the “2 Job Hustle” most acting graduates enter. She has worked alongside Riaz Solker, both as a lead in "The Wrong Side of the Day" as well as behind camera as a crew member, so she’s not afraid to slyly dabble off-screen. With a passion for both theatre and film, Jade keeps herself prepared for the inevitable by keeping her nose buried in books, hastily jotting down ideas for films while holding down an office job, and constantly listening to Spotify playlists for character inspiration.

Despite much of her younger life being devoted to the stage, The Chronicles of Athena, Babes marks Thandi Wiggill’s first professional performance. From her early days of primary school plays, Thandi was quite sure that a life of performing was the only one worth having. After years of drama eisteddfods, school productions, and examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), she started a BA at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) focusing on stage and screen acting. Less than two years in, she realised her passion had somehow moved elsewhere, and left. For Thandi, acting had always been the ultimate exercise in empathy, and what she loved about theatre was its ability to hold space for change, both personal and political. Her interest in better understanding the human condition and her desire to hold space now draws her to the field of psychology. She begins a Bachelors in Applied Social Sciences next year and hopes of one day merging the world of psychology with shamanic practices and psychedelic assisted therapy.

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 14th Aug 2019 Blogs

    "South African theatre is exceptional because we have learnt that at the heart of the work is the story we tell. We aren’t blinded by tech spectacles or glitzy set, we tell stories."

    Interview with Dara Beth by Candice Bernstein

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