New South African Plays Synopsis

Beverley Naidoo - The Playground is a Time Out critics choice, recently seen at Polka Theatre. Sisubiso Mamba - Taxi' - A satire on the new black entrepreneurs is broadcasted on BBC Radio 4. Rehane Abrahams - What The Water Gave Me features poetic monologues performed at the Baxter Studio. Ashwin Singh - To House is a PANSA finalist, premiered at Catalina Theatre, Durban, 2004. Mike Van Graan - Green Man Flashing is an award-winning play, recently playing in South Africa (Baxter Theatre). James Whyle - Rejoice Burning is broadcasted by BBC on World Aids Day.

New South African Plays Press Reviews

The Playground: ...it floats on a haunting, echoing raft of traditional South African harmonies that make watching it a joyful experience as well as a thought-provoking one. Don't miss it. Time Out Magazine's Critics' Choice - Pick of the Year, 2004 Taxi: This is a superbly written and produced play... Enough ingredients here for a tragedy and, as it unfolds, we learn a lot about life in South Africa now. A fine piece of work that's refreshingly free of cliches. Daily Mail, **** Pick of the Week, 2004 Green Man Flashing: Mike van Graan's Green Man Flashing...staged with marvellous insight by Clare Stopford, led the way. This finely crafted drama screams to be seen. It tears at the heart and soul of our democracy, and rips at the underbelly of corruption and political power through its astute writing... - Star Tonight, 2004 To House: ... some nice comedy touches, great pithy lines and Ashwin doesn't pull punches with regards to racist language... (he) presents the new cultural divide succinctly, making cogent statements about South African society as a whole as it moves further along the path to redefining itself . D'Arts Magazine, 2004 Rejoice Burning: The contrasts between black and white are understated... but the cruellest irony of all is left until the end when Susan and Warren take a decision to start a family... the same one which has spelled the death of Rejoice... And millions more. We are being asked here to pity rather than blame. Friends of BBC Radio 3, 2003 What The Water Gave Me: You anticipate the tales to be told:tales that retrieve ancient magics and reveal contemporary terrors... tales that undulate with the agony and the ecstasy of a taxi traveller in a time gone insane. Cape Times, 2001

Book Information

ISBN: 9780954233013
Publication date: 11th January 2006
Author: Beverley Naidoo, Mike van Graan, James Whyle
Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Plays, playscripts,

About Beverley Naidoo, Mike van Graan, James Whyle

EDITOR Charles J. Fourie Charles is one of the leading playwrights of his generation. His multi-award-winning plays have been produced in South Africa and the UK. During 2002 he co- presented the A Season in South Africa at the Old Vic Theatre in London. BEVERLEY NAIDOO - WELL-KNOWN NOVELIST AND NEW PLAYWRIGHT REHANE ABRAHAMS - ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMER AND WRITER JAMES WHYLE- ESTABLISHED PLAYWRIGHT AND TV/FILM AUTHOR MIKE VAN GRAAN - AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AND ARTS CONSULTANT SIBUSISO MAMBA - ACTOR AND NEW PLAYWRIGHT ASHWIN SINGH - LAWYER AND NEW PLAYWRIGHT

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