From a truly groundbreaking voice in African theater, these three plays have disturbed and transported audiences in South Africa and abroad with their depictions of some uncomfortable episodes in South African history. From witch hunts in Kokstad and the saga of King Hintsaas skull to the prophecies of Nongqawuse and the ensuing cattle-killing crisis, these plays touch on shared neuroses and fears, blending the tragic and transcendent with the farcical. With accompanying essays and working notes, the playwright gives background and insight into each of the productions and outlines his own artistic development and vision. This richly designed book re-creates something of the funky energy, haunting magic, and colorful imagery of the plays themselves.The living images become only remote facts of a distant time or sky . ... Far from acting of my own free will, it seems la#39;ve actually been summoned by the Hurricane Spirit, a spiritual black mamba and Gcalekaa#39;s guide in matters esoteric. ... Gcaleka - slim, with live-wire eyes - is a little disappointing at first sight: l like my witchdoctors in skins and beads, with rattles at ... A soap opera flickers blandly on the TV.
|Title||:||The Plays of Miracle & Wonder|
|Publisher||:||Juta and Company Ltd - 2003|