Truth in Translation

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Truth in Translation [1] is a stage play conceived and directed by Michael Lessac, with music by Hugh Masekela.

Written by Lessac and Tom Tammi [2] based on research relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with specific focus on the role of translators of statements made to the Commission. In 2003 Lessac interviewed the translators. The interviews and the rest of the project were filmed and was to be released as a documentary film. Rehearsals began as workshops with the actors and musicians.

The play was to tour to Belfast, Kosovo, Jerusalem and Sweden. Was on the Edinburgh Fringe.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2006: Produced at the Market Theatre by Yvette Hardie, directed by Michael Lessac starring Robert Koen, Quanita Adams, Nick Boraine, Andrew Buckland, Bongani Gumede, Jeroen Kranenburg, Hugh Masebenza, Celeste Matthews, Mmabatho Mogomotsi, Fana Mokoena, Lerato Moloi, Thembi Mtshali, Jenny Stead, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Sandile Matsheni. Music composed by Hugh Masekela.

2007: Repeated at the Baxter Theatre 2007.


Wikipedia [3]

Truth in Translation [4]

Die Burger, 16 November 2005

Cape Times, 21 Feb 2006

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