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Fanshen is a play by English playwright David Hare [1], adapted in 1975 from William Hinton's 1967 book of the same title. Hare examines a revolution - the Chinese - almost entirely in terms of its words, new and old. While Fanshen contains scattered gunfire, it generally portrays a nation's violent upheaval by showing us how one community searches for the language that's needed to institute a new order.

Originally produced by Joint Stock Company in London.

The original text

Published by Faber & Faber, 1976.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1980: A Troupe Theatre Company production was directed by Henry Goodman at the People's Space, January-February 1980, starring James Andrews, Chris Baskiti, Sandra Ferreira, Richard Grant, Gabrielle Lomberg, Dumile Magodla, Mike O'Brien, Fiona Ramsay, Nigel Stevenson and Moses Tsitsi. Designed by Bee Berman, lighting design by Nicholas Fine, costumes by Shauna Johnson.



Fanshen theatre programme, 1980.

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