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Our Theatre-in-a-Jar excels at scouting for interesting places to illuminate with solar light. Dressed with multicoloured feathers, Consol Solar Jars took centre stage in the Intimate Theatre at the SA State Theatre in Pretoria.

Suntoy was proud to collaborate with Moments Entertainment in celebrating twenty years of brave, courageous and valiant South African women in our young democracy. Inspired by the novel, SoPhia, written by Shafinaaz Hassim, the play, entitled SoPhiaTwenty20, was adapted for stage by an all-female cast directed by Firdoze Bulbulia. Setting the scene with a warm solar glow enhanced the atmosphere of the overall production.

Consol Solar Jar lids, housing the LEDs and solar panels, are handmade and assembled by women. Previously unemployed and unskilled, this team of nimble artisans hails from Alexandria Township. The women learn all there is to know about solar photovoltaic power generation and use soldering irons like pros! The Chief Factory Supervisor rose to the position from the ground up. Cheers to celebrating South African women – those on the theatrical stage and those in the factory that produces the theatre-in-a-jar.

“SohiaTwenty20 was performed to a packed theatre, teeming with great music, powerful narrative and bread to share. I am grateful to the cluster of creative genius and beauty that I have seen, to the audiences who are so enthusiastically supporting this heartswell endeavor and to good energies that persist. Thank you, team Suntoy for the generous loan of the Consol Solar Jars. People were wowed. They kept asking why we weren’t selling them!” – Shafinaaz Hassim


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