In the first place, following international practice, English theatre or English drama can be used to refer to all theatre written and produced in English, and more specifically in England and its dominions, over the years.
However, in a multilingual society such as South Africa, English theatre or English drama can also be a more specific term, referring to a local theatrical sub-system in which theatrical work and performances are created and staged in the English language (or a regional variant of it) by South Africans. Depending on the focus, this may include English language translations of texts from other local languages when speaking of performances.
See also the entry on English
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