The original text
The seeds of the play were apparently sown by Rehearsal in Progress, a play text by Brendon Butler about being a parabat during the border war, that had won the Amstel Playwright of the Year Special Merit Award, in 1983. Neil McCarthy describes how Barney Simon started with this text, but then soon abandoned it to create his own multilingual, workshopped play which juxtaposes the lives of a group of unrelated individuals during the 1976 Soweto uprising and the renewed unrest of 1984-5, in order to reflect on the unrest and responses to it.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1984: Performed by the original cast at the Edinburgh Festival
2015: Produced by the University of Cape Town’s Drama Department in Arena Theatre at UCT in honour of youth month, and repeated at the Baxter Flipside on 18 to 27 June in collaboration with the Baxter Theatre Centre. Directed by Clare Stopford with student cast including Khathu Ramabulana, Clarissa Roodt, Kai Brummer, Cleo Raatus, Sihle Mnqwazana and Tankiso Mamabolo, with original set design by Sasha Eilers.
Pat Schwartz, 1988.
Theatre programme (Market Theatre 2006) held by NELM: [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2007. 32. 9. 26. 7.
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