The Fantastical History of a Useless Man

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The Fantastical History of a Useless Man, devised by Malcolm Purkey for Junction Avenue Theatre Company (JATC). A deconstruction of the “official” South African history utilizing vaudeville techniques.

The original text

First published by Ravan Press in 1978, republished in 1995 in the collection At the Junction: Four Plays by the Junction Avenue Theatre Company by Wits University Press, Johannesburg.

Performance history in South Africa

1976: First performed in September 1976, directed by Ken Leach?*.

1978: A Baxter Company '78 production was directed by Ken Leach. The cast: Keith Grenville, Henry Goodman, Wilson Dunster, Melanie-Ann Sher, Sandra Prinsloo, Merle Lifson, Michele Maxwell, Roland Stafford.


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