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By: Brent Meersman  11-11-2011

Trophies from Eden (Anna Louw)

Trophies from Eden (Steven Afrikaner)

A Place in the Sun (Mathilda Joseph)


Dr Fischer’s Cabinet of Curiosities (Marcelinus Swartbooi, Josef van der Westhuizen, Chris Nekongo, Avril Nuuyoma)

The Age of Enlightenment - Angelo Soliman (Lamin Jammeh)

Ready Mades / Found Objects: 1. Gambian 2. Cameroonian 3. Ghanaian 4. Nigerian.

Survival of the Fittest (Marcus Omofuma Nigerian by Ken Paul Chukwunonye)

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London newspapers carried the story, with the Guardian running the headline: “All-black South African acting company evicted from theatre”, and the District Six Museum offering the performers temporary use of their Homecoming Centre. The repertory company’s sole underwriter, Abraham, who likes to take the opportunities his patronage affords him to trumpet his activism in the 1970s, suddenly found himself on the receiving end of protest action.


Articles on SA Theatre

Also in terms of the Afrikaans festival calendar, the week before is the InniBos festival in Nelspruit and then the week after it’s the Volksblad-Kunstefees in Bloemfotnein which is a fantastic festival because you only perform in theatres.However, for many Afrikaans Grahamstown is still the festival to be.


London & West End

It is simply absurd to perform Chekhov in English with Russian accents; as absurd is it would be to try and imagine what kind of accent Julius Cesar or Oedipus would have attempting to pronounce modern English. If a character has an accent that belongs to their native language, and they are speaking in their native language – the Queen speaking English, GW Bush struggling along in American – that’s all very well.



Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was unapologetic about her infamous speech at Munsieville outside Johannesburg in 1986: “Together hand in hand, with our boxes of matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.. Only Winnie, played by Chantelle Grant, who has a remarkable resemblance to the young Winnie Mandela, and her father, Columbus are solo parts; the other rolls are covered by chorus members.


South Africa

Galgut notes that one of the earliest productions was in a prison in the United States – “the physical aspects of the play – the broken-down bodies, the endless state of waiting – were immediately intelligible to the audience. Well-known South African author Damon Galgut will direct Beckett’s landmark play with a dream team cast: David Isaacs as Estragon; Oscar Petersen as Vladimir; Martin le Maitre asPozzo; Graham Weir as Lucky.


World Theatre

South African artists have certainly made good at Edinburgh this year following in the footsteps of a history of quality productions at the festival by stalwart theatre practitioners such as Andrew Buckland, Mbongeni Ngema, David Kramer, Greg Coetzee, Paul Slabolepszy, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Nicholas Ellenbogen.