Panorama can refer to a theatrical form, to a South African journal, or to a South African play (and later novel).
Panorama as a theatrical form
In the mid-19th century, panoramic paintings and models became a very popular way to represent landscapes, topographic views and historical events. Audiences of Europe in this period were thrilled by the aspect of illusion, immersed in a winding 360 degree panorama and given the impression of standing in a new environment.
A distinction is sometimes made between a simple panorama and a moving panorama, of which Albert Smith seems to have been a leading innovator in England. Once again, they would on occasion be part of an evening's entertainment and include narration by a presenter, music and songs, dances, etc.
The term crops up occasionally in discussions of entertainments in South Africa, especially during the late 19th century
For more information on the theatrical uses of the term , see the entry on Diorama
Panorama, a South African journal
The official title was the South African Panorama (or sometimes South African Panorama Magazine) and it was published by the South African Information Service, Department of Information from 1956-1994. It continued as a privately funded magazine for a few years, now named African Panorama, then ceased existence in 1998.
For more info, see the entry on South African Panorama.
Panorama, a play (and novel) by Pieter-Dirk Uys (1945-)
The original text
Translations and adaptations
Uys used the play as the basis for a novel of the same name, published by Missing Ink in 2013.
Performance history in South Africa
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