The Primary English Class

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The Primary English Class is a comedy by American playwright, director and actor Israel Horovitz [1] (born 1939). Full length. 5m, 4f.

The original text

The setting is a classroom where an eager young teacher is about to tackle her first assignment—teaching basic English to a group of new citizens, not one of whom speaks the same language as another.

Published in the series Dramatists Play Service. ISBN: 9780822209133.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1980: Performed at the Market Theatre 25 August - 27 September, directed by Malcolm Purkey starring Vanessa Cooke, Barrie Shah, Michael Maxwell, Fats Bookholane, Fats Dibeco, George Roulet, Shalom Kenan and Veronica Chokie.


Scenaria (20), 1980. Forthcoming events.

The Rand Daily Mail, 8 August 1980.

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