The Cause

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The Cause is a play by Julian Seleke Mokoto

The original text

It tells the story of three hobos encountered on a park bench in Johannesburg t the time of Mandela's inauguration as president. Three separate life histories are presented in a mixture of oral narrative, witty dialogue and song. In its conception, the play is considerably indebted to Beckett.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1997: Presented by Abangani Theatre at the National Arts Festival Fringe, directed by Julian Mokoto.


Davis, Geoffrey V. 2003. pp. 304-305.

NAF 1997 programme, p.172.

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