Plastics

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Plastics is a play by Shirley Johnston about the struggle of four Sandton housewives against the onslaught of poverty and finding salvation in Tupperware. SACPAC Best Playwright Award 1991.

The original text

Published by Nas Bib.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Produced in 7 centres around SA, directed by Johnston, with **, *** and in Adelaide, Australia for International Women’s Playwright Festival.

1993: Presented by PACT at the Alexander Theatre and at the Momentum Theatre in 1993, directed by Jacqui Singer and starring Gaby Lomberg, Louise Saint-Claire, Henrietta Gryffenberg, and Motshabi Tyelele. Design by Lindy Roberts, choreography by Jeanette Ginslow, musical/original score by Michele Maxwell. This production was also staged on the Fringe, National Arts Festival.

1994: Directed by Blaise Koch, Nico Arena 5-26 March, with Jana van Niekerk (Fiona Farquharson), Lynita Crofford (Hester Olivier), Nomkhita Bavuma (Maria Maktini), Billy Second (Caroline Whelton-Smythe). Design by Keith Anderson, costumes by Fanie Steenkamp, music by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and lighting by Patrick Curtis. Choreography by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Blaise Koch.

Sources

Plastics theatre programmes, PACT 1993, CAPAB 1994.

The Citizen, 12 May 1992.

The Argus, 15 February 1994.


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