Gathering of the Beasts

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A play by Nicholas Ellenbogen. The drama, which centres on an imminent ecological tragedy brought about by human greed, is played out by a number of animals.

The play was commissioned by Southern Life and the Southern African Nature Foundation as part of the Southern's centenary celebrations in 1991.

The original text

Playscript held by NELM Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2004. 30. 1. 28 and [Collection: ELLENBOGEN, Nicholas]: 2006. 4. 3.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Presented by Theatre for Africa at the following venues: Oude Libertas Amphitheatre 7-9 March 1991, Baxter Theatre 13-30 March 1991, Opera House Port Elizabeth 2-6 April 1991, Monument Theatre Grahamstown 8 April 1991, Guild Theatre East London 10-13 April 1991, Open Air Theatre University of Natal, Durban 16-26 April 1991, Hilton Theatre Pietermaritzburg 29 April – 4 May 1991. Directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen and Michael Atkinson, design by Ellis Pearson, music by Neill Solomon, choreography by Graham Clarke, lighting by Nurden Cross, honorary consultant Pieter Toerien. The cast: Michael Atkinson (The Elephant), Seputla Sebogodi (The Lion and the Porcupine), Kurt Egelhof (Kite and Bushman), Natalia da Rocha (Baboon and Eagle Owl), Esmael Teixeira (Aardvark and Dolphin), Lara Bye (Hornbill and Wild Dog Bitch), Graham Clarke (The Sable and Hound and Bat), Shadrack Mkhwanazi (Askari), Cedric Pearson (Askari), Solly Mhlongo (Wild Dog), Christopher Tokalon (musician), Anthony Stevens (musician).


Gathering of the Beasts theatre programme, 1991.

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