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The Free State A South African Response To Chekhov S The Cherry Orchard

Author: Janet Suzman
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849436088
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This powerful version of Chekhov’s famous drama reflects the South African phenomenon of the 1990s. With the hindsight of the new millennium we can look back and see that the miracle did happen. The new order did take over from the old. The fruitless cherry orchard was chopped down. The old men who couldn't move with the times have been left behind and forgotten. Chekhov's great pre-revolutionary drama, dreaming of youthful energy replacing the worn-out inertia of a dying world, lends itself vividly to this new setting in post-revolutionary South Africa.

Free State

Author: Janet Suzman
Publisher: Methuen Drama
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A stirring new version of The Cherry Orchard set in post-apartheid South Africa This powerful version of Chekhov's famous drama of disillusionment, The Cherry Orchard, is set in rural South Africa on a farm producing cherry trees immediately after the restoration of democracy to South Africa in 1994. Within this context, alive with class conflict and racial tension, Chekhov's potent drama of domestic strife and relationships suddenly takes on a stark political reality.

Not Hamlet

Author: Janet Suzman
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849436010
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Shakespeare’s Cleopatra, La Pucelle, Ophelia, Shaw’s St Joan and Ibsen’s Hedda – a handful of ‘seminal’ roles for women in the classical canon. Janet Suzman has played them all and directed some. Here she examines their complexity and explores why only Cleopatra has an independence that allows her to speak to modern women. None of these, regrettably, matches up to a Hamlet, but as she is grateful for the parts he did write, Suzman feels a lightly-barbed attack on those who work in theatre and doubt Shakespeare’s authorship is way overdue. She also takes issue with received ideas on boy actors playing mature women in Shakespeare’s company, and refl ects on how female characters in classical drama have not been on a level with their male counterparts. Today, on TV, fi lm and the stage, this remains the case. Not Hamlet but Hamlette, please.

Russian Plays

Author: Richard Crane
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849433356
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Collected here for the first time are Richard Crane’s seminal stage adaptations of four heavyweights of Russian literature; Pushkin, Gogol, Bulgakov and Dostoyevsky. This volume contains Satan’s Ball, an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, (winner of the 1977 Edinburgh Fringe First Award) Vanity, a response to Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel Eugene Onegin; Brothers Karamazov, a dramatisation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s epic final novel; and Gogol, a one-man play which meditates on the life of the Ukrainian novelist and playwright Nikolai Gogol.

Or You Could Kiss Me

Author: Neil Bartlett
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849439109
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In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories – one imagined, one remembered – their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and ending of an incredible journey. Neil Bartlett returns to The National in collaboration with the award winning War Horse team to create an intimate history of two very private lives, lived in extraordinary times.

Chekhov In Hell

Author: Dan Rebellato
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 184943915X
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I don't know who he is but he's old, he's got to know stuff... he's got to be like wise and stuff yeah? Anton Chekhov, masterful playwright and mirror to Russian society, awakening from one hundred years of sleep, is thrust rudely into twenty first century Britain. Reality shows, fashionistas, Z-list celebrities, illegal immigrants, chuggers and wags. Pole dancing, YouTube, Twitter and 5-a-day. Chekhov in Hell takes you on a whirlwind tour of modern day Britain.

Karoo Moose

Author: Lara Foot Newton
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1783194189
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In a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, South Africa, a young girl, Thomaza, struggles to survive. A violent and terrifying incident and a chance encounter with an escaped moose changes her life forever. A story of pain, redemption and hope, combining traditional African storytelling and magical realism the multi-award-winning Karoo Moose was first produced by the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town.

The Inconvenience Of Wings

Author: Lara Foot
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1786822687
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Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. This dynamic new drama was inspired by author Abraham J Twerski`s book Addictive Thinking that examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self as well as conversations on bipolar disorder that Foot had with celebrated psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann. It was further stirred by her own father who has suffered from dementia for more than a decade.

Dream Of The Dog

Author: Craig Higginson
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849437831
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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, shortly after the millennium. Patricia and Richard Wiley, an elderly white couple, are packing up to leave the farm they’ve sold to developers. Their preparations are interrupted by the arrival of a young man – ‘Look Smart’ – who used to be one of the black workers on their estate until he disappeared fifteen years ago. The day before Look Smart left, something terrible happened on the Wileys’ farm. But everyone has a different memory of the dreadful event and their own role in it. As the different accounts of their shared past are unravelled, they are all forced to confront their own versions of the truth – with shocking ramifications for their lives today. Dream of the Dog is a richly textured and complex story of South Africa’s emerging democracy, and its continued negotiation with its past in order to find a workable identity for its future. Critically acclaimed in South Africa, this new play takes an unflinching look at the twin mantras of the post-Mandela age – reconciliation and forgiveness – as it asks whether black and white can ever live together peacefully.