The Hungry Earth
The original text
A full length play about the mine-workers and their struggle against oppression under Apartheid. Drawing much on the structure of Brecht’s The Measures Taken, it presents a powerful "lecture-demonstration" of black working-class life in South Africa.
First written and performed in 1979 and the text first published by Polyptoton (London) in 1981. It was first anthologized by Temple Hauptfleisch and Ian Steadman in South African Theatre – Four Plays and an Introduction (HAUM Educational, 1984), and thereafter included in a variety of other collections, including: Postcolonial Plays (Routledge); South Africa Plays (Nick Hern Books, 1993) and Maponya's own collection, Doing Plays for a Change (Wits University Press, 1995).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Loren Kruger 1999. The Drama of South Africa: Plays, Pageants and Publics Since 1910 London: Routledge
Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.
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