The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre

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Martin Middeke & Peter Paul Schinierer

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South Africa has a uniquely rich and diverse theatre tradition which has responded energetically to the country's remarkable transition, helping to define the challenges and contradictions of this young democracy

This volume considers the variety of theatre forms, and the work of the major playwrights and theatre makers producing work in democratic South Africa

It offers an overview of theatre pioneers and theatre forms in Part One, before concentrating on the work of individual playwrights in Part Two

Through its wide-ranging survey of indigenous drama written predominantly in the English language and the analysis of more than 100 plays, a detailed account is provided of post-apartheid South African theatre and its engagement with the country's recent history

Part One offers six overview chapters on South African theatre pioneers and theatre forms

These include consideration of the work of artists such as Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema, Phyllis Klotz; the collaborations of William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company; the work of Magnet Theatre, and of physical and popular community theatre forms

Part Two features chapters on twelve major playwrights, including Athol Fugard, Reza de Wet, Lara Foot, Zakes Mda, Yaël Farber, Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, Mike van Graan and Brett Bailey

It includes a survey of emerging playwrights and significant plays, and the book closes with an interview with Aubrey Sekhabi, the Artistic Director of the South African State Theatre in Pretoria

Written by a team of over twenty leading international scholars, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre is a unique resource that will be invaluable to students and scholars from a range of different disciplines, as well as theatre practitioners

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION (Greg Homman, Martin Middeke and Peter Paul Schnierer)


1. The Pioneers (Sarah Roberts, (University of the Witwatersrand, S.A.)
2. Contemporary Collaborators I: Kentridge, Handspring, Taylor (Jane Taylor, University of Leeds, U.K.)
3. Contemporary Collaborators II: Magnet Theatre (Yvette Hutchison, University of Warwick, UK)
4. Physical-Theatre (Robyn Sassen, Johannesburg, S.A.)
5. Popular Community Theatre (Emma Durden, Durban, S.A.)
6. The Theatre-Makers in One-person Format (Veronica Baxter, University of Cape Town, S.A.)

7. Athol Fugard (Dennis Walder, Open University, UK)
8. Reza de Wet (Anton Krueger, Rhodes University, S.A.)
9. Paul Slabolepszy (Adrienne Sichel, Johannesburg, S.A.)
10. Zakes Mda (Kene Igweonu, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
11. Lara Foot (Loren Kruger, University of Chicago, USA)
12. Mike van Graan (Brent Meersman, Cape Town, S.A.)
13. Craig Higginson (Michael Titlestad, University of the Witwatersrand, S.A.)
14. Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom (Muff Andersson, University of South Africa, S.A.)
15. Brett Bailey (Kevin Wetmore, Loyola Marymount University, USA)
16. Pieter-Dirk Uys (Mervyn McMurtry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, S.A.)
17. Fatima Dike (Miki Flockeman, University of the Western Cape, S.A.)
18. Yael Farber (Marcia Blumberg, York University, Canada)
19. Emerging Playwrights and Significant Plays (Greg Homann, Independent Scholar)
20. Aubrey Sekhabi: an interview, with Greg Homann (Independent Scholar)

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