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A series of bibliographies of writing and other materials available on South African theatre, film, media and performance (including relevant contextual material about South African arts and culture).

Compiled by Temple Hauptfleisch and Miriam Terblanche

Managed and edited by: Miriam Terblanche

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The basic principles of this bibliography

What is included

The list provided here includes all the books, journals, magazines, newspapers, articles and other materials consulted to write the ESAT encyclopaedia, but is not limited to that body of work.

The aim is to provide as comprehensive a bibliography of South African theatre, film, media and performance as is possible. However, please note only (formally or informally) published documents and manuscripts are normally listed. This would naturally include formally submitted theses or dissertations, since they normally ought to be available through academic library channels.

What is impossible to include are all the pamphlets, announcements, programmes, reviews, interviews, posters, working scripts, and other documentation generated by any performance event or artefacts (film, TV series, etc). On occasion collections of plays or film and video scripts may be included here because they contain substantial historical and critical material.

A list of available anthologies and collections of texts and plays is also provided under the appropriate form in The ESAT Entries. The relevant sections are:

10 South_African_Films

11 South African Stage Plays

12 South African Radio Plays and Serials

13 South African Television Plays and Series

General Bibliographic conventions and usage

(1) Use and placement of articles in titles of plays, articles, books, venues, etc: In accordance with normal bibliographic usage, in cases where the titles of plays and performances contain an initial article (e.g. "A", "An" and "The" in English, " 'N" or "Die" in Afrikaans), the items are listed alphabetically according to the first noun following that initial article. The article is then put at the end of the title. To illustrate: "The Arrest by Uys Krige" is listed as "Arrest, The by Uys Krige" under #A. Similarly, the original Afrikaans version ("Die Arrestasie") is listed as "Arrestasie, Die by Uys Krige", also under #A.

NB: This is however only done for the numerous works listed in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish in this encyclopaedia. In most other languages (such as the other seven indigenous South African languages, including Sotho, Xhosa and Zulu, and any European languages not listed above, such as Russian, Greek, Norwegian, etc), the full titles are listed exactly as they are, with beginning article where applicable, since the grammatical structure of most such languages are too complex and unfamiliar for us to apply this procedure consistently.

Please also note: Plays or Venue (Organization, institutions, etc) names with titles starting with a numeral or date are placed in a separate listing marked #Numbers or dates.

(2) Capitalization of titles: Since this encyclopaedia is written in English and the convention in English is to capitalize all nouns and verbs in the title of a publication or play, the same usage is extended here to titles in other languages, where the conventions may be different. The case of Afrikaans titles is particularly important here, since only the first word in an Afrikaans title is normally capitalized, the rest being written in lower case. So the play Siener in die suburbs will appear here as Siener in die Suburbs, Die jaar van die vuuros will be written Die Jaar van die Vuuros, and so on.

(3) Names of people: In the various listings, names are given in normal bibliographic form (last name, surname followed by first name,, second, etc). In the entries however the names are given in normal sequence, and are cross referenced as such.

(4) Searching for a name: Since links and cross referencing are done using the normal full title or name, use the names in the right order when using the Search function on this encyclopaedia.

(5) Abbreviations: For consistency, abbreviations forming part of the name of a person, venue (e.g. St for Saint in St John's Theatre ) are spelled WITHOUT a period/full top, as is normal South African usage, even though some sources and institutions appear to have preferred the final period/stop in their titles.

For more information on the general bibliographic conventions used in ESAT, go to:

ESAT Bibliographic Conventions

The Bibliography of Books, Journals, Newspapers and Articles

Books and Articles on South African Theatre and Performance

The list provided here is specific to stage performance and includes all the books, articles and materials consulted to write the Theatre and Performance section of this Encyclopaedia, though it is not limited to that body of work, but will include contextual material on drama, theatre and performance, as well as the broader cultural political and social context of the art forms in the country.

To find a publication

Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet below to find the relevant list.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Some items are listed under dates or numbers. To see the list (arranged numerically), click below: #Numbers or dates

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Books and Articles on South African Film and Media

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To find a publication

Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet below to find the relevant list.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Some items are listed under dates or numbers. To see the list (arranged numerically), click below: #Numbers or dates

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General List of South African Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

These publications are arranged alphabetically according to the title of the publication. In accordance with normal bibliographic usage, in cases where the titles contain one of the initial articles ("A", "An", or "The"), the items are listed alphabetically according to the word following that initial article, though the title is given as it stands. (E.g. The Argus would appear as The Argus, not Argus, The, but will be arranged alphabetically under "A"). In the case of Afrikaans the articles in question are " 'n " or " Die ", and in the case of Dutch "Een", "Di", "Die", "Den" or "Het".)

To find a journal, magazine or newspaper

Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet below to find the relevant list:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Some items are listed under dates or numbers. To see the list (arranged numerically), click below:

#Numbers or dates

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Return to The ESAT Entries

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Other Sources

Visual material South African Theatre, Film, Media and Performance

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To find a source

Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet below to find the relevant list.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Some items are listed under dates or numbers. To see the list (arranged numerically), click below: #Numbers or dates


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Internet Sources on Theatre, Film, Media and Performance in Southern Africa

Since 1994 we have seen the arrival of two immensely impressive internet-linked arts initiatives of importance to theatre researchers: T.J. de Klerk’s Artslink network and Afrikaans Etienne van Heerden’s LitNet (now also in English). Both these initiatives have grown way beyond the original intention, bursting with categories, covering most literary and art forms and most theoretical perspectives.

The new millennium has also seen a proliferation of other internet-based information, documentation and even encylopaedic projects, including South African History Online (SAHO), the Arterial Network, the Encyclopaedia of South African Arts, Culture and Heritage (ESAACH) and of course the Encyclopaedia of South African Theatre, Film, Media and Performance ESAT itself.

To find a website or online publication

Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet below to find the relevant list.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Some items are listed under dates or numbers. To see the list (arranged numerically), click below: #Numbers or dates

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