Iago's Last Dance

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Iago's Last Dance is the collective title for a trilogy of playlets by Mike van Graan.

The original text

The pieces in the trilogy are individually entitled Heartbreak Medea, Iago's Last Dance and Valiant Spartacus

The theme is betrayal and vengeance set against the backdrop of the "three-letter plague" - HIV/AIDS. Three actors play a different character in each play, moving from betrayal within a marriage to betrayal of friendship and, finally, betrayal by the larger society. All the playlets reference classical texts but their power lies in their contemporary relevance.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2009: Directed by Lara Bye and starring Jan-Hendrik Opperman, Ntombi Makhutshi and Mbulelo Grootboom, the trilogy was first presented by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown on its Main Programme and at the subsequent National Schools' Festival in the Artscape Arena from 11 to 22 August


Cape Argus Weekender 1 August 2009.


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