Iago's Last Dance

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Iago's Last Dance is a trilogy of playlets individually entitled Heartbreak Medea, Iago's Last Dance and Valiant Spartacus by Mike van Graan. 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.

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Performance history in South Africa

First presented by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (2009) on its Main Programme and at the subsequent National Schoolsnad from11 to 22 August 2009 Artscape Arena directed by Lara Bye starring Jan-Hendrik Opperman, Ntombi Makhutshi and Mbulelo Grootboom.


Cape Argus Weekender 1 August 2009.

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