Can Themba

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(1924-1968) Teacher, journalist and short story writer who described city life.

Worked for Drum and Golden City Post before moving to Manzini in Swaziland, where he died. A collection of his stories, The World of Can Themba, edited by Essop Patel, was published in 1985.


Can Themba and South African theatre

His story The Suit was adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and staged in 1993-1994, co-dramatized and directed by Barney Simon at the Market Theatre and Grahamstown Festival in 1994.

In 2002 a dance version of the play was developed and performed at the Baxter Theatre by ** as part of the *** Dance Indaba.



Sources

Tucker, 1997

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