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Bafana Republic And Other Satires - A Collection Of Monologues And Revues (Paperback): Mike Van Graan Bafana Republic And Other Satires - A Collection Of Monologues And Revues (Paperback)
Mike Van Graan
R210 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R29 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Bafana Republic And Other Satires is a selection of monologues from a series of one-person satirical revues. Using the 2010 FIFA World Cup as an entry point for satirical commentary, the sketches focus on various issues facing democratic South Africa: state 'vanity' projects, land issues, abuse of women and state capture.

In any deeply polarised society, satire provides an effective means for challenging audiences. Van Graan's potent mix of comedy, poetry and drama compels audiences to reflect on controversial topics in a non-alienating, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining way. The collection tackles themes of corruption, colonialism, violence against women, AIDS denialism, violent crime, racism and inequality head on. Readers or audience members cannot remain unaffected by the use of humour, exaggeration, irony and ridicule in the sketches to highlight social and political issues and human foibles. They will laugh and cringe and sometimes cry, but ultimately they will appreciate more deeply the beauty and humanity of their country, and perhaps feel recharged with hope.

The sketches in the collection come from six one-person revues:

  • Bafana Republic (2007),
  • Bafana Republic: Extra Time (2008),
  • Bafana Republic: Penalty Shootout (2009),
  • Pay Back the Curry (2016),
  • State Fracture (2017)
  • Land Acts (2018)

The compilation can be used as monologues for exam purposes or as acting exercises for drama students, or selections can be made from the sketches to make up one-person shows of varying lengths.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (Hardcover): J. K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (Hardcover)
J. K. Rowling 1
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

(Please note: This is the screenplay edition, so it's written in a movie script format and not a novelized format.)

Contemporary Plays by African Women - Niqabi Ninja; Not That Woman; I Want to Fly; Silent Voices; Unsettled; Mbuzeni; Bonganyi... Contemporary Plays by African Women - Niqabi Ninja; Not That Woman; I Want to Fly; Silent Voices; Unsettled; Mbuzeni; Bonganyi (Paperback)
Yvette Hutchison, Amy Jephta; Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh, Jc Niala, Adong Judith, …
R648 Discovery Miles 6 480 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

This volume uniquely draws together seven contemporary plays by a selection of the finest African women writers and practitioners from across the continent, offering a rich and diverse portrait of identity, politics, culture, gender issues and society in contemporary Africa.

Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt) is set in Cairo during the chaotic time of the Egyptian uprising.

Not That Woman by Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria) addresses issues of violence against women in Nigeria and its attendant conspiracy of silence. The play advocates zero-tolerance for violence against women and urges women to bury shame and speak out rather than suffer in silence.

I Want To Fly by Thembelihle Moyo (Zimbabwe) tells the story of an African girl who wants to be a pilot. It looks at how patriarchal society shapes the thinking of men regarding lobola (bride price), how women endure abusive men and the role society at large plays in these issues.

Silent Voices by Adong Judith (Uganda) is a one-act play based on interviews with people involved in the LRA and the effects of the civil war in Uganda. It critiques this, and by implication, other truth commissions.

Unsettled by JC Niala (Kenya) deals with gender violence, land issues and relations of both black and white Kenyans living in, and returning to, the country.

Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma (South Africa) is a story of four female orphans, aged eight to twelve, their sisterhood and their fixation with death and burials. It explores the unseen force that governs and dictates the laws that the villagers live by.

Bonganyi by Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh (Cameroon) depicts the effects of colonialism as told through the story of a slave girl: a singer and dancer, who wants to win a competition to free her family.

Each play also includes a biography of the playwright, the writer's own artistic statement, a production history of the play and a critical contextualisation of the theatrical landscape from which each woman is writing.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Parts I & II - The Official Playscript (Paperback): J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Parts I & II - The Official Playscript (Paperback)
J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne 2
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.

This revised paperback edition updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

(Please note: This is written in a screenplay format and not a novelized format.)

A Raisin In The Sun (Paperback): Deirdre Osborne A Raisin In The Sun (Paperback)
Deirdre Osborne; Lorraine Hansberry; Volume editing by Deirdre Osborne
R180 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R10 (6%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A Raisin in the Sun is a classic American play: a groundbreaking 1950s civil rights drama and has a strong claim to be the greatest play of the black American experience. Deeply committed to the black struggle for equality and human rights, Lorraine Hansberry's brilliant career as a writer was cut short by her death when she was only 34. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Hansberry was the youngest and the first black writer to receive this award. She was also the first person to be called 'young, gifted and black'. The play is set in south side Chicago, where Walter Lee, a black chauffeur, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. Humane and heart-rending, the play depicts characters and a whole society with complexity and reality. This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Parts I & II (Hardcover): J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany Harry Potter And The Cursed Child: Parts I & II (Hardcover)
J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany 16
R628 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R171 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

(Please note: This is the special script rehearsal edition, so it's written in a screenplay format and not a novelized format.)

Ont (Afrikaans, Paperback): Wessel Pretorius Ont (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Wessel Pretorius
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Ont is ʼn drama oor die reis van “grootword”, ʼn studie oor die samestelling van ʼn gesin en die vreugdes van vryheid en vlug. Die proses van menswording word met deernis geskets met behulp van die Groot Verseboek, Ma se grammofoonspeler en Pa se Camel filters.

Marina Griebenow s: 'n Mens besef net weer dat ware skoonheid in eenvoud opgesluit l, oftewel in die skyn van eenvoud. Die treffendste kuns kan altyd aan di goue rel gemeet word.

Die bekroonde Ont het feitlik elke dramaprys verower nadat dit feesgangers en kritici gaande gehad het … kragtoer waarin Pretorius vir ons die estetika van toneelkuns herdefinieer en sodoende ons menswees mateloos verryk.

A Raisin in the Sun (Paperback, Reissued Reprint): Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun (Paperback, Reissued Reprint)
Lorraine Hansberry
R145 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R29 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever."--The New York Times.

Julius Caesar (Paperback): Richard Appignanesi Julius Caesar (Paperback)
Richard Appignanesi; Originally written by William Shakespeare; Illustrated by Mustashrik Mahbub 2
R249 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R40 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

This manga recreation of Shakespeare's text transfers the action from Ancient Rome to a future Iraq, once again facing dictatorship after its prolonged struggles to establish a democracy. Part of the successful Manga Shakespeare series, a fusion of classic Shakespeare with manga visuals.

Die Dans Van Die Watermeid (Afrikaans, Paperback): Amee Lekas Die Dans Van Die Watermeid (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Amee Lekas
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Die drama speel af in die Karoodorpie Willowmore. Die rol van die kerk, verkragting, verlies en familie is van die temas wat aangeraak word.

Lekas kyk na 'n kind se weerloosheid en na die familie se verantwoordelikheid om na haar om te sien. Die watermeid (waternimf of meermin) is die mitiese figuur wat tot die dorpie se redding moet kom en drie kinders in die stuk hoop sy sal hulle kom red.

Dit raak egter gekompliseerd wanneer die skuldige persoon 'n belangrike figuur in die gemeenskap is - die dominee.

N.P. Van Wyk Louw - Versamelde Dramas (Afrikaans, Hardcover): N. P. van Wyk Louw N.P. Van Wyk Louw - Versamelde Dramas (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
N. P. van Wyk Louw; Edited by Deborah Steinmair, Kristel de Weerd
R595 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R34 (6%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Vir die eerste keer ooit word al die dramas, hoorspele en die libretto van N.P. Van Wyk Louw in ’n versamelbundel uitgegee, met ’n voorwoord deur prof. Chris van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe s: “Met die herlees van die dramas, hoorspele, koorspel en libretto van N. P. van Wyk Louw het dit my opgeval hoe dikwels hulle ʼn gesprek met mekaar voer. Soortgelyke temas word herhaaldelik uitgebeeld; die tekste sluit by mekaar aan, komplementeer mekaar, spreek mekaar soms teen. Dikwels kom die temas wat Louw in sy essays bespreek het of in sy posie tot uiting gebring het, ook in die karakterisering en die intriges van die dramas na vore. Dit is opmerklik dat die denke van Louw nooit stagneer nie; steeds is daar tekens van ʼn voortgaande worsteling en vernuwing. Die indiwiduele dramas, in die groter konteks van sy oeuvre gelees, laat ʼn fassinerende skrywerspersoonlikheid na vore kom."

Met die Oog Op More - 'n Versdrama (Afrikaans, Paperback): Antjie Krog Met die Oog Op More - 'n Versdrama (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Antjie Krog
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 4 - 8 working days
Constellations (Paperback, Main): Nick Payne Constellations (Paperback, Main)
Nick Payne
R234 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R42 (18%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

'One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.' A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet. They hit it off, or perhaps they don't. They might go home together, they might not. Constellations explores love, free will, and friendship through quantum multiverse theory and honey. Constellations premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in 2012, and transferred to the Duke of York's. It opened on Broadway in 2015; and at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in 2021. 'Nick Payne's gorgeous two-character drama, may be the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.' New York Times

Woyzeck Leonce (Paperback): Na Woyzeck Leonce (Paperback)
Na
R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Bring on the Bard - Active Drama Approaches for Shakespeare's Diverse Student Readers (Paperback): Kevin Long, Mary T.... Bring on the Bard - Active Drama Approaches for Shakespeare's Diverse Student Readers (Paperback)
Kevin Long, Mary T. Christel
R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A Doll's House (Paperback): Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House (Paperback)
Henrik Ibsen
R172 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R29 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days
Bos (Afrikaans, Paperback): Malan Steyn Bos (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Malan Steyn
R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Hierdie drama handel oor tien tieners in ’n bos by ’n oorlewingskamp waar spoke, hormone, groepsdruk en goggas die senuwees behoorlik laat knyp. KAMP KOERSHOU is nie vir sissies nie. Want grootword is nie “lekker” nie. Grootword is pyn. En “verwonding".

Die tien jeugdiges vertrek op 'n oorlewingskamp, in 'n bos, onder toesig van 'n paramilitaire instrukteur. Dit is hulle rite of passage sodat hulle weerbaar ‒ paraat! ‒ die grens na volwassenheid kan oorsteek. Maar hoe hou jy koers as jy nie weet waarheen jy wil gaan nie?

Die toneelstuk is in 2012 by die KKNK opgevoer met regie deur Marthinus Basson en Stian Bam in die hoofrol.

In Slavenhuis 39 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Herschelle Benjamin In Slavenhuis 39 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Herschelle Benjamin
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 4 - 8 working days
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paperback): William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paperback)
William Shakespeare
R172 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R29 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days
The Wife of Willesden (Paperback): Zadie Smith The Wife of Willesden (Paperback)
Zadie Smith
R145 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R29 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

WINNER OF THE MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT AT THE CRITICS CIRCLE THEATRE AWARDS 2022 'Married five times. Mother. Lover. Aunt. Friend. She plays many roles round here. And never Scared to tell the whole of her truth, whether Or not anyone wants to hear it. Wife Of Willesden: pissed enough to tell her life Story to whoever has ears and eyes . . .' Zadie Smith's first time writing for the stage, The Wife of Willesden is a riotous twenty-first century translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's classic The Wife of Bath's Prologue, brought to glorious life on the Kilburn High Road. Commissioned to celebrate Brent's year as Borough of Culture 2020, The Wife of Willesden ran at the Kiln Theatre, London from November 2021 to January 2022.

A Doll's House (Paperback): Tanika Gupta A Doll's House (Paperback)
Tanika Gupta; Henrik Ibsen
R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Niru is a young Bengali woman married to an English colonial bureaucrat - Tom. Tom loves Niru, exoticising her as a frivolous plaything to be admired and kept; but Niru has a long-kept secret, and just as she thinks she is almost free of it, it threatens to bring her life crashing down around her. Tanika Gupta reimagines Ibsen's classic play of gender politics through the lens of British colonialism, offering a bold, female perspective exploring themes of ownership and race.

Staande Ovasie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Herschelle Benjamin, Igna Botha, Veronique Jephtas, Marcel Spaumer Staande Ovasie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Herschelle Benjamin, Igna Botha, Veronique Jephtas, Marcel Spaumer
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 4 - 8 working days
Die dag is bros/Sandton City grootdoop (Afrikaans, Paperback): Wessel Pretorius Die dag is bros/Sandton City grootdoop (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Wessel Pretorius
R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Twee dramas oor familie, verhoudings, vergifnis en herinneringe. Wat bybly, is dat mense maar net mense is. Dat versoening deel van menswees is. Dat stukkende mense mekaar kan help heel word en dat familie tog familie bly ondanks omstandighede, persoonlike keuses en uitdagings. Sandton City grootdoop: n Drama oor n ma en haar twee dogters wat vir die eerste keer in n lang tyd bymekaarkom om die oudste, Danel, se verjaardag in Sandton City te vier. In die proses begin die trio mekaar se verlede, gevoelens en emosies oopkrap met eerlike, en snaakse, oomblikke. Kara, die ma, is die aktrise wat haar man en kinders op n jong ouderdom verlaat het om haar groot droom om wereldberoemd te word, na te volg. Sy erken dat sy nie bevoeg of beskore was vir moederskap nie, maar probeer tog om tot hulle deur te dring en hulle vertroueling te wees. Haar oudste dogter, Danel, is bipoler en bly na n onlangse selfmoordpoging weer by haar ma. Sy is naief en emosioneel en val maklik vir haar ma se manipulasie. Haar suster, Lisa, is gay en verwyt haar ma dat sy nog niks met haar lewe gedoen het nie. Sy is kwaad en kras en wil graag haar ma skok met haar uitlatings oor seks, maar n mens kom agter dat sy eintlik baie kwesbaar is. Die dag is bros: Dis laatmiddag. Elsa, voorheen n lektor in Afrikaanse letterkunde, berei n driegangmaaltyd voor vir Brian se verjaarsdag. Hy was n jeugmisdadiger wat n tweede kans gegun is onder Elsa se vlerk. Sy stel hom bloot aan Sheila Cussons en hy vul n leemte in haar lewe. Tussendeur word daar speletjies gespeel met Tertius die vreemde kind wat kersiebloeisels aandra uit Japan. Voor die kos koud kan word sal die dag n ingrypende wending neem. Die Dag is Bros is benoem vir n Fiesta as beste nuutgeskepte Afrikaanse produksie.

Posh (Paperback): Laura Wade Posh (Paperback)
Laura Wade
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

"I've got a new law for you mate, it's called survival of the fittest, it's called fuck you we're the Riot Club." In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn't the last huzzah: they're planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club.

Did I Say That Out Loud? - Notes on the Chuff of Life (Hardcover): Fi Glover, Jane Garvey Did I Say That Out Loud? - Notes on the Chuff of Life (Hardcover)
Fi Glover, Jane Garvey
R411 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R68 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

'Joyous, wise, reassuring and laugh-out-loud funny. I love these two women so much.' Elizabeth Day 'I can say with full confidence that Jane Garvey and Fi Glover are the two funniest women on planet earth right now.' Dolly Alderton 'A book like no other. Honest and very, very funny. Some bits made me want to cheer - a sentence on parenting teenage girls was so good I may get it tattooed on myself, possibly in Hebrew.' Sara Cox 'You'll laugh, you'll nod your head so vigorously in agreement that you'll end up with whiplash and you'll buy a copy of this book for all your friends for Christmas. If you loved the late, great Victoria Wood, then you'll love Fi and Jane too.' Red magazine Award-winning broadcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey don't claim to have all the answers (what was the question?), but in these hilarious and perceptive essays they take modern life by its elasticated waist and give it a brisk going over with a stiff brush. They riff together on the chuff of life, from pet deaths to broadcasting hierarchies, via the importance of hair dye, the perils and pleasures of judging other women, and the perplexing overconfidence of chino-wearing middle-aged white men named Roger. Did I Say That Out Loud? covers essential life skills (never buy an acrylic jumper, always decline the offer of a limoncello), ponders the prudence of orgasm merchandise and suggests the disconcerting possibility that Christmas is a hereditary disease, passed down the maternal line. At a time of constant uncertainty, what we all need is the wisdom of two women who haven't got a clue what's going on either.

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