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Plays Two Reza de Wet: Plays Two African Gothic , Good Heavens , Breathing in by Reza de Wet

Plays Two Reza de Wet: Plays Two African Gothic , Good Heavens , Breathing in


Plays Two Reza de Wet: Plays Two African Gothic , Good Heavens , Breathing in by Reza de Wet

A farm lies in ruins. And with mother and father now gone, a brother and sister face eviction by an officious lawyer. Abandoned, they endlessly enact the rituals of punishment once visited upon them by their parents. Widely regarded as a milestone in South African theatre, the multi-award winning play African Gothic tells the story of their final danse macabre. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, it was also fiercely condemned by Afrikaans conservatives as being a subversive portrayal of repression. Good Heavens is a comedy thriller with the dark poetic heart of a folk-tale. Two spinster sisters, with their ailing mother and simple-minded brother, await the annual visit of their youngest sister. Deeply envious of her beauty and youth, they hatch a diabolical plot to rid themselves of her forever. In Breathing In , on a stormy night in the last bitter months of the Second Anglo-Boer War, a seriously wounded General and his faithful Adjutant encounter a mysterious woman and her seductive other-worldly daughter, and are confronted with the subtle methods of survival these women have been forced to adopt. Accustomed to the rigours of war, the Adjutant now faces a terrible choice.

About the Author

Reza de Wet writes primarily in Afrikaans, and has won more theatre and literary awards than any other South African playwright. Most recently Breathing In won the prestigious Fleur du Cap for Best New Indigenous Text 2005. De Wet's plays have been translated into Dutch, German, French, Czech and Greek. Oberon publishes her plays Missing, Crossing and Miracle ('Plays One'), Three Sisters Two, Yelena and On the Lake ('A Russian Trilogy').

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Publication date

4th January 2008


Reza de Wet

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Oberon Books Ltd


216 pages


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