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New Territories

Theatre, Drama, and Performance in Post-apartheid South Africa


Edited By Greg Homann and Marc Maufort

South African theatre, drama, and performance is a vibrant and rapidly developing area of contemporary theatre studies. In this critical anthology of essays and interviews, some of the world’s most respected scholars and practitioners writing and working in the area of South African theatre today share their detailed examinations and insights on the complex and contradictory context of post-apartheid society. Loosely grouped into the categories of Theatre, Drama, and Performance, the essays collected here offer a sampling of work being staged, produced, and written in the country today. The contributors document, contrast, and analyse significant case studies, representing examples from site-specific performance to new South African plays, from traditional indigenous performance practice to the reimagining of Western classics. The anthology takes the year of South Africa’s first democratic election, 1994, as its departure point and includes a broad range of topics that capture the current paradigm.
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“Truth is in the detail.” Craig Higginson Talks to Anne Fuchs and Geoffrey Davis


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Craig Higginson Talks to Anne Fuchs and Geoffrey Davis. Toulouse, 7th June 2013

GD: One reason why I was interested in asking you some questions was that at some stage during the Grahamstown Festival this year I shall be interviewing Malcolm Purkey about his career as artistic director at the Market for a book on South African theatre edited by a friend of mine, Marc Maufort at the University of Brussels.

CH: I’ve met him.

GD: So one thing that interests me to start with is your function as a literary manager at the Market. Where do you see the Market now in the years after 1994? Since you are involved in the selection of the plays that actually get onto the stage, what are your criteria and what are you looking for?

CH: I’m involved to a degree, yes. Basically I spent about ten years in England from 1995 to 2005 and I worked as a writer and a little bit as a director, and as an assistant director, and I worked in the literary departments at the Royal Shakespeare Company (the RSC) and a bit in London. I was at the Young Vic and I worked at the Hampstead Theatre as a script reader. So I had quite a lot of experience in the literary department and I’d run writers’ workshops at the RSC and so on. When I came back...

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