My Left Breast

Shannon Esra Stars In ‘My Left Breast’ At Sandton’s Theatre On The Square

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning actress Shannon Esra comes to The Theatre On The Square in Sandton with her powerful performance in the one-woman play, ‘My Left Breast’.


  • Written by Obie Award-winning author Susan Miller, “My Left Breast” delves into the raw and universal experiences of life’s triumphs and tribulations.
  • At the helm of this captivating production is Shannon Esra, whose portrayal of the play’s central character embodies a remarkable blend of pathos and wit.
  • Shannon’s return to the stage marks a triumphant reunion with a role she first brought to life in her formative years of drama school.
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Making its South African debut at The Theatre On The Square on Nelson Mandela Square, this poignant production promises an unforgettable experience, blending ruthless honesty with gentle humor to explore themes that will tug at your heartstrings and leave you reflecting long after the final curtain falls.


From the poignant journey of undergoing a mastectomy after battling breast cancer to the profound grief of losing a child, the play courageously confronts topics that resonate deeply with audiences. Parenthood, painful rejection, and the transformative power of love are all skillfully woven into the fabric of this emotionally charged narrative.


Shannon’s performance transcends the confines of the stage, inviting audiences to join her on a soul-stirring journey of pain, suffering, redemption, and rebirth. With each nuanced expression and heartfelt gesture, she deftly navigates the complexities of the human experience, eliciting both tears and laughter from spellbound spectators.


Under the guidance of her high school drama teacher and mentor, Janet Baylis, Shannon honed her craft and laid the foundation for a career marked by acclaim and accolades. From her celebrated roles in television dramas like ‘The Queen’ and ‘The River’ to her SAFTA-nominated performance in M-Net’s hit series ‘Lioness’, Shannon’s talent knows no bounds.


In ‘My Left Breast’, Shannon’s virtuoso performance is supported by a minimalist stage design, with just two chairs serving as the backdrop for the emotional odyssey that unfolds. The simplicity of the setting allows the audience to focus squarely on the power of Shannon’s storytelling, creating an intimate atmosphere that draws viewers into the heart of the narrative.


Given the sensitive nature of the play’s subject matter, producers have recommended an age restriction of 16. However, mature audiences of all ages are encouraged to experience this captivating production, which offers a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

For those eager to witness Shannon Esra’s emotional tour de force, ‘My Left Breast’ will be performed at The Theatre On The Square until 11 May 2024. Tickets are available for purchase online at Computicket.


Don’t miss your chance to be moved, inspired, and profoundly touched by Shannon Esra’s unforgettable performance in ‘My Left Breast’.


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