Armed Response: Plays from South Africa - In Performance (Paperback)David Peimer (author)
Paperback 314 Pages / Published: 01/03/2009
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As a phenomenon of history with social, political, cultural implications, the entire 'negotiated' experience makes the South African situation unique in both the African and global context. As this phenomenon unfolds, many fascinating new artistic influences are being explored to capture the diverse cultural depths and questions of identity unleashed by the demise of apartheid. This collection of plays reflects certain key trends in both subject matter and aesthetics prevalent in South Africa at this crucial moment in history. An introductory essay for the anthology will provide the reader with the artistic, cultural, and political background to the plays. Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and Presley Chweneyagae's "Relativity: Township Stories" is about a serial killer on the loose and has been widely performed in South Africa and the UK. Martin Koboekae's "The Bush Tale" exposes the mistrust between two people from extremely different cultural backgrounds who meet through circumstance.Yael Farber's "Molora" explores the rage and pain of generations shattered by the Apartheid [A world tour of Molora will begin at the Barbican Theatre, London in April 2008]. Norman Mxosolisa's "Hallelujah!" is about the murderous, random violence engulfing the country. David Peimer's "Armed Response" is about a young German photographer who arrives to do her first assignment in Johannesburg. Presley Chweneyagae achieved international recognition for his title role in the Oscar-winning film "Tsotsi" and Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom received the National Standard Bank 'Young Artist Award' for theatre in 2005. Martin Koboekae is an award-winning playwright, novelist and director.Yael Farber is an acclaimed writer and director. Norman Mxosolisa is a playwright, composer, TV writer and director and teaches at Wits University, Johannesburg and won the Schreiner South African Young Artist Award in 2002 for "Hallelujah!". David Peimer is an award-winning playwright and director and a Professor of Theatre at New York University (Prague Division).
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 230 x 162 x 18 mm
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