The Clover Play

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The Clover Play is a play by ?

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The Clover Play was based on the experiences of 168 striking workers at the Clover Dairy in Pietermaritzburg in 1986. The aim of the play was to counter propaganda by the company claiming that the strike is over. The national tour was part of a fundraising campaign to help workers to be reinstated at Clover.

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Performance history in South Africa

First performance date probably in 1986.

1987: Performed at Funda Centre. The play was performed in Durban and Cape Town, was also performed at Wits’ Box Theatre, as well as in venues in the Vaal and East Rand.


Andile Xaba. 2021. 'Collective memory and the construction of a historical narrative, analysis and interpretation of selected Soweto-based community plays (1984–1994)'. Unpublished PhD thesis.

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