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Thespian is a comedy play by Emily Tseu. A semi-autobiographical look at three budding young actors trying to make it in Johannesburg and wondering whether there is real artistic life outside of soap opera in South Africa.

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Performance history in South Africa

First staged at the Barney Simon Young Writers’ Festival at the Market Theatre in 2002, directed by Martin Koboekae, with Bhayo Jwayi (Lesego), Ferry Jele (Nomahulbi), and Tebogo Hamlet Maboa (Jeffrey).


The Star, 30 September 2002.

The Citizen, 30 September 2002.

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