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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:
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.
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.)
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.
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 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.
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.)
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.
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.
This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's award-winning masterpiece brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 16-18 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Exploring the disintegration of WIlly Loman's mind and his inevitable drift towards suicide, Arthur Miller's dramatisation of the failure of the American Dream remains as poignant and relevant today as when it was first published in 1949.
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.
This edition contains the full text of The Tempest with clear and supportive notes. A detailed introduction and a guide to each act and scene give you everything you need to study the play for CSEC (R) English B. * Understand the language of the play with clear notes on each page. * Learn about Shakespeare's world and the context of the play in the lively introduction. * Get to grips with characters, themes and dramatic techniques with a guide to each scene. * Trace the development of themes across the play with succinct summaries and links to the key scenes. * Prepare for your final examinations with practice exam questions and annotated sample responses to show you how to improve your work.
This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's powerful tragedy brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 16-18 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Set following the end of Word War Two, All My Sons explores themes of guilt, loss and blame as a family comes to terms not only with the death of their son and brother, but also their part in a far greater tragedy. The play is a chilling exploration of the tensions between self-interest and social responsibility.
In Mei 2000 skryf die joernalis Chris Louw ’n ope brief aan Willem de Klerk waarin hy sy griewe lug teenoor die regering wat aan bewind was in die tyd van die Grensoorlog (ongeveer 1966–1989).
Chris Louw, oftewel “Boetman”, is ontnugter deur die patriargale leiding van die Afrikanermans van daardie tyd.
Pieter Fourie het Chris Louw se brief omskryf tot ’n drama waarin verskillende stemme en menings gehoor kan word, onder andere dié van ’n ma wat haar seun in die Grensoorlog verloor het, die joernalis Annesu de Vos wat met Chris Louw ’n debat op LitNet gevoer het en ’n swart aktivis.
On a still, cool day in the east of a city by the sea, three sounds only: a bulldozer’s engine, a forgotten song, a canon that tells the time. Behind the bulldozer, a sign: Luxury Mall Coming Soon. As the vehicle moves in to the clear ground, it strikes at something unexpected…
What Remains is a fusion of text, dance and movement to tell a story about the unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town, the archaeological dig that follows and a city haunted by the memory of slavery. When the bones emerge from the ground, everyone in the city – slave descendants, archaeologists, citizens, property developers – is forced to reckon with a history sometimes remembered, sometimes forgotten.
Loosely based on the events at Prestwich Place, What Remains is a path between memory and magic, the uncanny and the known, waking and dreaming. Four figures – The Archaeologist, The Healer, The Dancer and The Student – move between bones and books, archives and madness, paintings and protest, as they struggle to reconcile the past with the now.
Marina Tsvetaeva's verse drama Phaedra, completed in 1927, is the most extraordinary of all literary treatments of the Phaedra legend. Angela Livingstone has translated this little-known great work for the first time into English. Three long poems written at the same time as Phaedra connect, in their depth of thought and feeling, with Tsvetaeva's intense epistolary relationships with Pasternak and Rilke, and fascinatingly fill out the themes and preoccupations of the drama.
So moes die Liefde ly is aanvanklik op versoek geskryf vir opvoering as ‘n projek om die lyding van Christus uit te beeld. Die opvoerings was baie geslaagd en nadat Charles Fryer die stuk verwerk het, word dit in die vroee negentigerjare in die Kangogrotte by Oudtshoorn opgevoer. Dit is elke tweede Paasseisoen aangebied en behalwe Suid-Afrikaners, het mense van regoor die wereld – Duitsers, Amerikaners en Nederlanders – hierdie weergawe van Jesus se lydingsgeskiedenis ervaar. Die teks is na die eerste opvoering heelwat uitgebrei en het nuwer en groter dimensies bygekry. Liedere, asook danstonele, is ingevoeg en die koor is vergroot van 20 tot ongeveer 50.
In his introduction to this collection, Stephen Gray states that `there can be no artistic grounds on which to uphold a belief that "short" implies "lesser"'; he goes on to make the point that `Fugard seems naturally to be most at ease when working in compact dense forms'. This collection brings together all the available shorter plays by Athol Fugard not accessible to readers and performers, and demonstrates through these plays the crucial stages of Fugard's development as a great man of the theatre.
Koningin Lear is ’n herverbeelding van William Shakespeare se King
Lear deur die gevierde Vlaamse skrywer Tom Lanoye. Elizabeth Lear
het met die verloop van tyd haar klein besigheid opgebou tot ’n
internasionale sakeryk. Elisabeth kondig aan dat die besigheid
tussen haar drie seuns verdeel sal word en sy eis dat haar seuns
onder eed hul liefde en trou aan haar verklaar.
This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's classic tragedy brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 14-16 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, The Crucible exposes the tensions caused by gossip and rumour within a tight-knit community, where eventually no one is safe from accusation and vengeance. Seen as a parallel to McCarthyism and the fear of communism in 1950s America, the play's themes of truth, justice, honour, mass hysteria and individuality still resonate with audiences around the world today.
Die drama In glas handel oor ‘n kinderlose egpaar wat in vitro-bevrugting ondergaan en die uitwerking van hul versugting na ‘n kind op hulle as individue, hul huwelik en hul verhoudings met ander. Nicola Hanekom wys die vernedering van herhaalde besoeke aan onsimpatieke dokters, die monotomie van seks wat gemonitor word, die aftakeling van ‘n man en vrou wat gereduseer word tot hul voortplantingsorgane. In glas wen beste regie, beste nuutgeskepte Afrikaanse produksie en beste aanbieding. Stian Bam wen beste akteur en Tinarie van Wyk Loots wen beste aktrise. is in 2015 op die kortlys vir die toekenning van die ATKV-prys vir ’n dramateks.
By geleentheid van die gevierde skrywer Karel Schoeman se 75ste verjaardag in Oktober 2014 publiseer Protea Boekhuis twee televisiedraaiboeke, wat, hoewel hulle geruime tyd gelede reeds geskryf is, nie voorheen gepubliseer is nie. In die voorwoord tot die twee draaiboeke meld Karel Schoeman dat die twee draaiboeke in 1985 ontstaan het, toe daar bewerkings van sy romans verfilm is. Die twee dramatekste sou miskien eerder as leestekste en nie as speeltekste nie beskou kon word, maar Schoeman sluit nie die moontlikheid van verfilming uit nie. Hy skryf verder: “Die betrokke manuskripte het onlangs aan die lig gekom nadat ek gemeen het dat dit lankal nie meer bestaan nie, en word nou gepubliseer soos hulle geskryf is, aangesien dit nie sinvol gelyk het om na verloop van meer as 'n kwarteeu nog daaraan te probeer verander of verbeter nie.” Die eerste van die twee tekste, “'n Vrou wat alleen bly”, speel op 'n klein plattelandse dorpie af. Dit handel oor die raaiselagtige skietdood van 'n geliefde dominee en oor die versteuring van verhoudings tussen mense wat mekaar reeds lank ken wanneer 'n nuweling die gemeenskap binnekom. Die tweede teks, “Hier was huise, hier 'n pad” speel in 1908 af in en om 'n hotelletjie aan die Suid-Kaapse kus. In hierdie draaiboek bevind 'n aantal uiteenlopende karakters hulle toevallig en kortstondig in mekaar se geselskap. Sommige van die karakters reik huiwerig na mekaar uit, maar die verhoudings wat ontstaan, bly vervlietend. Soos in 'n Tsjechow-drama toon Karel Schoeman in hierdie twee tekste watter intensiteit daar in klein menslike gebare, huiwerende gesprek en versigtige uitreik na ander kan le.
Mona is a young woman on the edge. All she sees is the Earth falling apart, but no one really seems to care. Amidst the chaos of competing and contradictory voices, she sets off on a kaleidoscopic journey to find solutions for the planet - and the truth about her family - in the hope that everything might start to make sense again. Lizzie Nunnery's Heavy Weather is a powerful, timely play featuring songs, about one girl's journey through a world teetering on the brink. It is part of Platform, an initiative from Tonic Theatre in partnership with Nick Hern Books. Aimed at achieving greater gender equality in theatre, Platform comprises big-cast plays with predominantly, or all, female casts, written specifically for performance by young actors.
In 2001 South Africa was devestated by the news of a brutal rape of a nine-month-old child who came to be known as baby Tshepang. Once the story of baby Tshepang hit the headlines, the scab was torn off a festering wound. Weaving together 'twenty thousand stories' (the number of reported child rapes in South Africa each year), Tshepang is a play about love, forgiveness and the difficulties of coming to terms with a violation of this magnitude.
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