Make Like Slaves

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Make Like Slaves is a play by Richard Rive (1930-1989). It is a one-act play with which he won the 1972 BBC African Theatre Competition. The action of the play subtly reveals the prejudices and received attitudes of a seemingly liberal white woman directing a play with black actors.

The original text

First published in the collection African Theatre (ed Gwynneth Henderson, pub Heinemann, 1972).

First published in African theatre : eight prize-winning plays for radio, edited by Gwyneth Henderson. London: Heinemann, 1973.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

A Rhodes University Drama Department production was directed by Roy Sargeant during the National Arts Festival in 1976.


Gosher, 1988.

Theatre programme held by NELM: [Collection: RIVE, Richard]: 2012. 193. 2. 2.

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