Saturday, March 29, 2008

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Playsrcipt Series No. 1


The boy who walked into the world


by Robin Malan

This play is a stage adaptation of the novel The Story of Lucky Simelane (see below). Included in this volume are notes for teachers and community directors on presenting the play, as well as activity exercises for students.

A young man walks into the police station of a small country town. Lucky has been brought up in a small rural black community. But is he really black? ... Issues of identity and belonging crowd in on Lucky, who is thrown off balance by the publicity surrounding him, yet enjoys the attention and sudden ‘celebrity’ this brings. In the end, who is Lucky? And can Lucky cope with being Lucky?

The novel The Story of Lucky Simelane is published by Jacana Media

Finalist in the NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre 2007

Soft cover perfect bound 80 pages 130 x 197 mm 2007

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-620-38733-0

                                       

Plascript Series No. 2


Everybody Else (is fucking perfect)q


by Karen Jeynes

Karen Jeynes's play won the Best Writer Award, the Audience Award and the Award for Best Director in the 2005 NLDTF/PANSA Contemporary Theatre Festival (Comedy). Its first performance in the Sanlam Studio of the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town took place on 7 February 2007.

This volume serves as both programme for that presentation and as complete text of the play.


Winner of Comedy Award NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre 2007

Soft cover perfect bound 64 pages 130 x 197 mm 2007

Price: R80.00

ISBN 978-0-620-38067-6

                                       

Playscript Series No. 3



The Boy Who Fell from the Roofq


by Juliet Jenkin

Part of the Artscape New Writing Programme

Playwright Juliet Jenkin deftly enters the world of the teenage pysche in this story of a remarkable friendship, that between Simon and Georgina; as well as Simonb's life-shifting encounter with a post-graduate mathematics student, Leonard, with whom he falls in love.

Nominated for Best Play at the Dublin Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival 2006.

Nominated for Best Play at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2007

Soft cover perfect bound 80 pages 130 x 197 mm 2007

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-620-38958-7

                                       

Playscript Series No. 4


Itsoseng and For the Right Reasons


by Omphile Molusi

Itsoseng is a play for one actor, exploring the fortunes and personalities of a South African township before and after the 'miracle' of the 'new democracy' of 1994.

For the Right Reasons is a short play written especially for schools about the aspirations and frustrations of ex-township students who now live in the suburbs, and township students who travel by train each day to attend school in the suburbs.

Omphile Molusi was the first recipient of the Brett Goldin Bursary Award in 2007. He spent a month working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. In this volume he writes about his time there.


Itsoseng has been presented in 2008 at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, the King Dome Pleasance Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, the Soho Theatre in London, and the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, Ireland.



Edinburgh Festival Fringe First 2008
Chicago Black Theater Alliance Andre De Shields Best Performance Award 2010

Soft cover perfect bound 80 pages 130 x 197 mm 2008


ISBN 9780620406727
 
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Playscript Series No. 5


Cissie


by Nadia Davids

'The play powerfully conveys the magnitude of the events of the times in which Cissie Gool lived, the significance of what she achieved as a political leader and as a woman, and the impact of her ability to galvanise people in unpredented ways. ... The weaving of documentary fim and theatrical styles invites a rich interplay of fact, fiction, dialogue and character. At times the script captures breathtaking tragicomic moments ...' - Theresa Edlmann, Cue, Grahamstown, 27 June 2008.

Cissie was first presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre and Nadia Davids in association with the National Arts Festival at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 3-5 July 2008; and then enjoyed a season at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town, 9-26 July 2008.


Soft cover perfect bound 76 pages 130 x 197 mm 2008

ISBN 978-0-620-41389-3



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Friday, March 21, 2008



                                       

Playscript Series No. 6



 

Out of Boundsq


by Rajesh Gopie

Rajesh Gopie, Durban-born actor and writer, takes us into the life and times of a South African Indian family. He brings to life some 28 characters in this thought-provoking play that both wounds and heals the human heart and ultimately celebrates family - here and everywhere.



FNB Vita Award for Best Play 2002
Fleur du Cap Award for Best Original South African Text 2002
Best Actor Award Durban Theatre Awards 2008

Soft cover perfect bound 72 pages 130 x 197 mm 2008

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-620-41648-1


                                       


Playscript Series No. 7




 

Dalliancesq


by Pieter Jacobs

Janet is looking for love. Leo and Janet are friends. Ken is involved with Andy. When Ken meets Leo in a supermarket, the lives of these four characters intersect with extraordinary results. Dalliances is a complex moral tale reflecting a world in which everything is possible but ...

Nominated for Best Play at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2008

Soft cover perfect bound 80 pages 130 x 197 mm 2008

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-620-42031-0


                                       


Playscript Series No. 8



Sister Breyani


by Malika Ndlovu

What happens when five sisters get together over a weekend for the first time in three years, lugging with them all the baggage which siblings carry? Is this a recipe for disaster or could it contain all the ingredients for a lovely pot of breyani?




Soft cover perfect bound 72 pages 130 x 197 mm 2009

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-620-43788-2


                                       


Playscript Series No. 9




The Return


by Fatima Dike

What happens in a settled parental home in Langa in the Western Cape when son Buntu returns after eighteen years in the United States? Will his African American wife find common ground with Mama and Tata? Will Buntu find relief from the nightmares troubling him? The play explores both the humour and the tragic reality of a South African family in this time of varying and challenging transitions.

Fatima Dike received the Living Legend Award at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, USA, 2009; The Return was presented as part of the Festival

Soft cover perfect bound 96 pages 130 x 197 mm 2009

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-620-44290-9


                                       


Playscript Series No. 10 becomes No. 17

 


Cockroach:

a trilogy of plays

by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala



A young man finds himself in a situation that seems hopeless – he sees no future for himself in a country on the edge of disintegration.
The young man was Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala, and the country was Zimbabwe. The solo presentation under the title The Crossing tells the story of what he decided to do in order to achieve his objective, which was ‘life in abundance’.
Now, in this new incarnation, that play is preceded by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala’s two short plays The Bicycle Thief and Faith in Love, so that it is now possible to follow the arc of his life from his childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood.
Together the three plays, under the encompassing title Cockroach, form a testament to the courage, the spirit – and the wit – of this enterprising multi-talented artist: writer, actor, musician, craftsperson.
Educational support material is supplied to make exploring The Crossing in the classroom an engaging and rewarding experience.

Soft cover perfect bound 92 pages 130 x 197 mm 2011

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-986-98756-4

                                       



Playscript Series No. 11



Green Man Flashing


by Mike van Graan






It is six weeks before the country’s second elections in 1999. Gabby Anderson, a white personal assistant, alleges she has been raped … by her boss, a black, high-profile government minister with an impeccable anti-apartheid struggle record. Sent to persuade her not to go through with the charges is Gabby’s former husband, Aaron Matshoba, the party’s major trouble-shooter.
How do past tensions between Aaron and Gabby affect the situation? What does Inspector Abrahams know that will impact on Gabby’s attitude? How will her lawyer and long-time friend Anna advise Gabby, and why? What will Gabby be offered in exchange for dropping the charges? What will she decide?
Green Man Flashing is a fast-paced political thriller that takes on the challenge of deep moral and political questions for which there are no ready answers, and certainly no easy ones.
In a remarkable instance of life imitating art, the events depicted in the play were to become real-life drama in all the South African news media.
After Athol Fugard’s early work, Mike van Graan is South Africa’s finest working playwright.

Jury Award Winner PANSA Festival of New Writing 2003
Nominee: Best New Play Naledi Theatre Awards 2005
Nominee: Best New Script Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards 2005
Standing Ovation Award presented to Mike van Graan at National Arts Festival 2012

Soft cover perfect bound 100 pages 130 x 197 mm 2010

Price: R100.00

ISBN 978-0-620-45825-2

                                       


Playscript Series No. 12


 



Lord Hamlet

aka iHamlet


NEW ENLARGED SECOND EDITION

text by

William Shakespeare
collaged by

Robin Malan


 Robin Malan is a well-known compiler, editor and theatre person, with successful titles in his career both in education and in theatre.

 The book offers actors, directors, teachers, students and the general reader a new and valuable insight into the title-character of Shakespeare’s most enduring and most frequently presented play.

 It belongs in all public libraries and – most certainly – in all high school and university libraries.

About This Book

 This new enlarged edition comes in two versions, with two different titles, two different covers and two different ISBNs, to coincide with two different stagings of the collage scheduled for 2012:

* Lord Hamlet, with Clayton Boyd, directed by Tara Notcutt, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, June-July 2012, where it won an Ovation Award

* Lord Hamlet aka iHamlet, with Ashraf Johaardien, directed by Jade Bowers, at the Fringe Joburg Theatre and the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town, May 2012

 The Contents of the book are as follows:

 An Introduction by Robin Malan. This starts with an examination of a number of productions of Hamlet, assessed and evaluated by the compiler. These cover some British and South African presentations, as well as an account of his own production of the play at Cape Town High School, where three aspects of the character of Hamlet were played by three different actors.

 The Introduction features a good number of photographs of these productions.

 Then the collage itself follows. The text is the same for each version, except that iHamlet includes an alternative ending appropriate to the style and presentation of that staging.

 After the collage, there is a section titled ‘Hamlet is …’: views on the character by actors, writers and directors from South Africa and the rest of the world.

 The British theatre critic Benedict Nightingale’s article ‘In search of the perfect Hamlet’ follows.

 The final section of the book is ‘Some Facts and Figures’ – interesting snippets of information about play and character.

Ovation Award National Arts Festival 2012

Soft cover perfect bound 92 pages 130 x 197 mm 2012

Price: R90.00

Lord Hamlet Second Edition ISBN 978-0-9870182-3-6

iHamlet ISBN 978-0-9870182-6-7


                                       


Playscript Series No. 13



 

 

Iago's Last Danceq


by Mike van Graan







Iago's Last Dance is a trilogy of betrayal and vengeance, set against the backdrop of South Africa's HIV/Aids pandemic. Each play has a different set of three characters, to be played by the same three actors. Each title bears the initial letter that spells out 'HIV': Heartbreak Medea, Iago's Last Dance and Valiant Spartacus.






Nominee: Best New Script Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards 2010
Standing Ovation Award presented to Mike van Graan at the National Arts Festival 2012

Soft cover perfect bound 120 pages 130 x 197 mm 2010

Price: R100.00

ISBN 978-0-620-45826-9


                                       


Plascript Series No. 14


 

 

London Road


by Nicholas Spagnoletti









Stella is a Nigerian immigrant who lives in Sea Point in dodgy circumstances until ... enter Rosa.

'... a mature and touching exploration of friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and her Nigerian neighbour.' - Marianne Thamm






Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Play 2010
Winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize fo Drama 2011

Soft cover perfect bound 64 pages 130 x 197 mm 2010

Price: R80.00

ISBN 978-0-620-45827-6


                                       


Playscript Series No. 15



 

The Quiet Violence of Dreamsq


by Ashraf Johaardien


adapted from the novel by K Sello Duiker








The play traces the turbulent life of a young graduate adrift in an unwelcoming world, searching for friendship.

'... Tshepo finds himself, much as the nation-state, born of violence, violation and male-directed brutality.' - Sam Raditlhalo



§ K Sello Duiker was right at the top of the literary charts at the time of his death, and he remains a very popular writer.

§ Ashraf Johaardien is a well-known and respected figure in the South African theatre and arts community.

§ The stage adaptation offers readers a chance to access the many themes and complex relationships explored in the novel in a way that renders them both clear and impactful.

§ It gives us an insight into areas of our current existence that many do not willingly move into.

§ It belongs in all public libraries and in high school and university libraries.

 

 

About This Book

§  The Contents of the book are as follows:

§  Biographical notes of the novelist K Sello Duiker, the adapter Ashraf Johaardien, and the director of the 2010 staging of the play Fatima Dike.

§  The stage history of the play is given, covering its first production at the National Arts Festival in 2008 and its recent 2010 production in Washington DC in the US.

§  There is an interesting note on adaptation from novel to stage-play by Ashraf Johaardien.

§  Then the full text of the play is given, with footnotes of local references and non-English words and phrases.

 

The Novelist and Adaptor

K Sello Duiker grew up in Orlando, Soweto, in the 1980s. At the time of his death in January 2005, he was considered the most promising of the emerging generation of black South African writers. His first novel was Thirteen Cents and he researched it by living on the streets of Cape Town for three-and-a-half weeks with the street kids. The novel was awarded the 2001 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book for the Africa Region. Published by Kwela in that same year, The Quiet Violence of Dreams was his second novel and garnered the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for 2001. After his death, his novel for young readers The Hidden Star was published, and was nominated as an Honour List book by the International Board on Books for Young People South Africa (IBBY SA).

Ashraf Johaardien is a playwright, performer, columnist and arts manager. His plays have been produced at mainstream theatres and festivals in South Africa, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA. He was born in Cape Town but currently lives in Johannesburg where he is the general manager of the Wits Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Plays: Coloured Son X; Salaam Stories/Salaam; Happy Endings Are Extra; Miracle; Stripped.

Highlights as a performer: Suip!; Sando to Samantha (film).

Adaptations: Ecce Homo! based on Body Blows by Tim Miller; The Quiet Violence of Dreams based on the novel by K Sello Duiker.

Short story: Through the Looking Glass.

Columns: The Perfumed Closet in The Pink Tongue.

 


Soft cover perfect bound 130 pages 130 x 197 mm 2010

Price: R100.00

ISBN 978-0-620-48153-3


                                       

Playscript Series No. 16



Myth of Andrew & Joq


by


Gideon van Eeden











The Artscape New Writing Programme, devoted to developing new South African plays, has been travelling its productions of new gay plays to the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival Dublin since 2006. In May 2010 Artscape toured Gideon van Eeden’s play, The Myth of Andrew and Jo.


Andrew (an opera set designer) and Lawrence (a copywriter who moonlights as a drag queen) are lovers; Jo (a wildlife photographer) and Saartjie (a game ranger) are lovers.

Jo and Andrew meet in a club. Suitably ‘intoxicated’, they go to Jo’s flat to come down … and then they wake up ‘the morning after’ and realise, ‘Yes, they’ve done it’!

Are their respective lovers furious … or are they furious? The result of ‘having done it’ is a pregnancy, a child, and high comic chaos as four very sexy and delightful young gay people, whose last thought in life is ‘children’, take on their responsibilities with a combination of high camp and down-to-earth coping.

Nominated for Best Play at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2010  

Soft cover perfect bound 96 pages 130 x 197 mm 2011

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9869875-5-7

                                 

 Playscript Series No.  17 - see Playscript No. 10

                                  

Playscript Series No. 18



Mary and the Conquerorq

 
by Juliet Jenkin














Mary Renault, historical novelist of Ancient Greece, lived and wrote in the seaside suburb of Camps Bay in Cape Town. Her novels during the 50s, 60s 70s and 80s became iconic works especially for gay people, dealing as they did, with love and war, homosexuality and heroism during key periods in the history of Ancient Greece. Juliet Jenkin’s new play imagines an encounter between Renault and her hero, Alexander the Great. A witty, gentle and moving piece of theatre.
 



Soft cover perfect bound 96 pages 130 x 197 mm 2011


Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9869875-8-8

                               

Playscript Series No. 19   


Brothers in Blood

 
by Mike van Graan















Brothers in Blood pummels you with political and human truths bouncing off the tensions and torsions between Jew, Muslim and Christian in a violence-torn and fundamentalism-bruised contemporary South Africa. It hits close to the bone commenting on how religion is used as a code to social behaviour.









Soft cover perfect bound 96 pages 130 x 197 mm 2011

Price: R100.00

ISBN 978-0-9870182-4-3

                               

Playscript Series No. 20



Abnormal Loads


by Neil Coppen










‘How much of our history is in our genes? I believe we pass it down from one generation to the next. We carry the insecurities, the joys and the losses of the hundreds of people who have come before us. It is interesting to see how the dynamics between [three interlinked fictional families: an English, a Zulu and an Afrikaans one] have emerged over generations. They are people who have grown up together but are so separate. The servants are not family friends. There have been six generations of servitude. How do you escape this cycle?’


– Neil Coppen in interview with Mary Corrigal, Sunday Independent, 5 June 2011


Now Abnormal Loads reaches many more people with performance-runs at the Playhouse in Durban in March 2012, and at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in April-May 2012.


Soft cover perfect bound 102 pages 130 x 197 mm 2011

Price: R100.00

ISBN 978-0-9921791-0-6

                               

Playscript Series No. 21       

Cadre


by Omphile Molusi

Writer-actor Omphile Molusi’s internationally acclaimed play Itsoseng was first published by Junkets Publisher in 2007.




‘His newest work, Cadre, was written to honour the many people who died during apartheid. It reveals a poignant portrait of a family who must reconcile past betrayals with present realities, and how one member’s dream of a better future can reap disaster for the rest … a personal tale of dreams and change.’



– Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where the play had its world premiere on 15 February 2013.



Soft cover perfect bound 68 pages 130 x 197 mm 2011

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9921791-2-0

                               

New Voices

This is a series of five new plays which emerged in 2012 and 2013 from the small theatre venues in and around Cape Town: The small studios, church halls and makeshift theatres.

Playscript Series No. 22 New Voices



The Beneficiary


by


Sinethemba Twani


 








This is the first in the New Voices series of plays. Other plays in this series will follow shortly.

Sinethemba Twani’s play raises a number of South African inter-generational issues:


How does Lifa, bent on a career in professional soccer administration, react when his grandfather makes him the beneficiary of the clan’s family homestead and farm in the Eastern Cape?

How does Lifa’s mother react to the Rastafarianism of Lifa’s girlfriend?

These and other issues raised in the play make it very much a play of our time and our place.

The dialogue is in English and isiXhosa (with English translations).

It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.



How the play developed



2009 – The draft script is submitted to the Artscape New Writing Programme

March 2010 – The play is accepted for development under the supervision of Fatima Dike

December 2010 – The play is given a Showcase presentation at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town

October–November 2011 – The play is given a full-production season as part of the Spring Drama Season at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town

August 2013 – The play is published as a New Voices Playscript by Junkets Publisher



THE PLAYWRIGHT



Sinethemba Twani matriculated in 2007 from Fezeka High School. He went on to study Retail Business Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, but, after a year, discovered that his passion lay elsewhere. He then founded the Gumba Squared community theatre group in 2009, and since then has been working for various different community arts projects. Working with his community inspired him to write this play.

Soft cover perfect bound 88 pages 130 x 197 mm 2013

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9921791-3-7


                               

Playscript Series No. 23 New Voices



 

Bullets over Bishop Lavis

by

Christo Davids


and Jody J Abrahams





This is the second in the New Voices series of plays.

Christo Davids’s script, on which Jody J Abrahams collaborated, is very much a play of our time and our place.
The dialogue is in English and Afrikaans, with translations.

It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.



What the play is about

The play examines some of the unexpected consequences of the Struggle when two men, brothers in those desperate times, re-connect years later, after their separate lives have taken very different directions.



THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Christo Davids has been a very popular and accomplished actor since he was a small boy. Now, with his first published play, he emerges as a New Voice to be heard often, one hopes. Some of his recent theatre productions include: Athol Fugard’s Booitjie and the Oubaas, for which he received a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Shirley Goodness and Mercy, for which he won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (both plays directed by Janice Honeyman); Bloedbroers, an Afrikaans translation of Athol Fugard’s The Bloodknot directed by Zane Meas; Adam September en die Nazi-Skat directed by Chris Vorster; and Die Krismis van Map Jacobs and Some Like it Vrot, both directed by David Kramer.



Jody J Abrahams is no stranger to the entertainment industry. Besides winning the Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 in London’s West End and a Tony nomination on Broadway for his performance in the acclaimed Kat and the Kings, he has received many awards and nominations.

Jody has been seen in television dramas such as 7de Laan, Hopeville, Jacob’s Cross; and inter-national movie features and advertisements. He consults on local films and storylines; he writes, directs, produces and develops original South African works. He is passionate about re-imaging our history, documenting our present and sharing his experience with industry hopefuls.

Soft cover perfect bound 92 pages 130 x 197 mm 2013

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9921791-8-2

                                  

Playscript Series No. 24 New Voices





iSystem

by

Anele Rusi











This is the third in the New Voices series of plays. The final two plays in this series will follow shortly.


Anele Rusi’s play raises a number of South African issues:


Can we rely on our police system to serve us well?

How does a police officer allow or not allow his personal life and his survival dilemmas to influence his work?

These and other issues raised in the play make it very much a play of our time and our place.

The dialogue is in English and isiXhosa (with English translations).

It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.



How the play developed

2010 – The draft script is submitted to the Artscape New Writing Programme

2011 – The play is accepted for development under the supervision of Fatima Dike

October 2012 The play is given a Showcase presentation at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town

November 2013 The play is given a full-production season as part of the Spring Drama Season at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town

November 2013 – The play is published as a New Voices Playscript by Junkets Publisher



THE PLAYWRIGHT

Anele Rusi was born in King William’s Town in November

1983, attended school in different towns in the Eastern Cape,

matriculated in 2001 from Xolani Senior Secondary School

in Zwelitsha township. In 2003 he went to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town and completed a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 2006. It was during this time that he was struck by the performing arts bug. In 2003 he joined the CPUT Drama and Poetry groups. He went on to become the chairperson of both of these groups; he participated in various arts workshops, programmes and festivals, including the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. After attending acting and scriptwriting workshops – including scriptwriting workshops

conducted by Professor Roy Sargeant of Artscape – he wrote and acted in a short theatre production Maqwesha, which won two gold awards at the Montagu Youth Festival in 2005. He is currently working in the Telecomms industry, but continues to write more poems and short stories; and attends performing arts events.

   

Soft cover perfect bound 82 pages 130 x 197 mm 2013

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9921791-9-9

                               

Playscript Series No. 25

 

Rainbow Scars


by

 

Mike van Graan







Mike van Graan is, since the early work of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s finest working playwright.

He is, without doubt, a highly respected figure in the South African theatre and arts community.

The play deals with a young born-free black girl adopted into a white family – with the best of intentions, of course.

Inadvertently, this brings about an alienation from her township family.

The catalyst in attempting to resolve this situation is her cousin Sicelo, who finally succeeds in making contact with both Lindiwe and her adoptive mother Ellen.

The play raises many pertinent and very contemporary issues that South Africans either are battling with at the moment or definitely need to be!

The play won an Ovations Award at the National Arts Festival in 2013.

It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.



About This Book

The Contents of the book are as follows:

A biographical note of the playwright and a list of all his plays.

The stage history of the play is given, covering its first production in the Artscape Arena and its subsequent production at the Market Theatre

Production credits and casting are given.

There is an interesting note by the author.

Then the full text of the play is given.



THE PLAYWRIGHT

Mike van Graan was born in 1959 in Cape Town. He matriculated from Harold Cressy High School in 1977, and then graduated from UCT with a BA Honours degree in Drama and a Higher Diploma in Education.

Over the years, Van Graan has served in leadership capacities in various cultural non-government organisations.

His recent plays include: Green Man Flashing, Some Mothers’ Sons, The General (Die Generaal), Bafana Republic (x 3), Brothers in Blood, and Gevalle Engel.

Van Graan lives in Cape Town with his wife, Janet Purcell, a senior lecturer in the Department of Graphic Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. They have two sons, Nicholas and Adam.



Mike van Graan was appointed as the first Festival la Playwright at the National Arts Festival in 2013.

Soft cover perfect bound 86 pages 130 x 197 mm 2013

Price: R90.00

ISBN 978-0-9921791-4-4

                                    

Playscript Series No. 26 New Voices




The Viewq


by


Philip Rademeyer








This is the fourth in the New Voices series of plays. The final play in this series will follow in February 2014.

 Philip Rademeyer’s play raises some crucial questions, in an invigoratingly different and new way.

Set in some post-apocalyptic future, all homosexual people have been shipped out into space. The Boy finds himself in a hermetically sealed pod, looking down at a ruined and devastated Earth.

He is granted his last request: a cassette tape of messages from the people and figures he knew in his life on Earth.



How the play has grown and developed

o December 2012 – Intimate Theatre, Cape Town, produced by Rust Co-operative

o May 2013 – International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Dublin, Ireland

o July 2013 – National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

o October–November 2013 The play is given a full-production season as part of the 9th Spring Drama Season at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town

o Awards and nominations: the Fleur du Cap Awards, the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival (Oscar Wilde Award for best writer), the Aardklop Festival.

o December 2013 – The play is published as a New Voices Playscript by Junkets Publisher



THE PLAYWRIGHT

Philip Rademeyer is a theatre writer, director and academic. In 2012 he co-founded the award-winning Cape Town-based theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative, with Penelope Youngleson. In its first year the co-operative produced four new plays - The View, Expectant, AN(t)ONIEM and Lie - with two new plays, Full Stops on Your Face and Tee, premiering in 2013. In February 2013 Rademeyer was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award, the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors; for The View. In May 2013 he won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing for The View at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, where the piece also won the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award. He completed his Master’s in Theatre & Performance (Directing) at the University of Cape Town, with his research focussing on developing a queer directorial aesthetic. He also holds an Honours degree in Drama from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is currently a part-time lecturer in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town.


Soft cover perfect bound 64 pages 130 x 197 mm 2013

Price: R80.00

ISBN 978-0-9922154-2-2

                                 



Playscript Series No. 27 New Voices

Crepuscule

 

by

Khayelihle Dom Gumede












§  This is the fifth and final play in the New Voices series of plays.

§  In the small theatre venues around town – in studio theatres, in church halls, in old warehouse buildings – some really interesting theatre is happening night after night, written by new and emerging playwrights. This series brings together some of these New Voices.

§  Khayelihle’s play is a stage adaptation of a Can Themba short story of the same name.

§  It is set in the swirling, living excitement that was Sophiatown in the 1950s.

§  Can and his fellow Drum writers meet in Can’s ‘House of Truth’ or moved about the place from shebeen to shebeen.

§  Then he meets a young white woman, and they fall in love. Suddenly there is someone new – and unexpected – in the Kofifi haunts where Can is known by everyone. Including the apartheid police.

§  Add to the mix the fact that Janet is married, and drama has to result.

 

How the play has grown and developed

October, 2010 – a 20-minute extract of Crepuscule was first staged at the Wits Amphitheatre

October 2011– in the Nunnery as a reading, part of the New Writers Festival at Wits University; and then in a full production at the Wits Amphitheatre

October/November 2012 – at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town, as part of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, awarded to Khayelihle.

February 2014 – The play is published as a New Voices Playscript by Junkets Publisher

 
 
The playwright

Khayelihle Dom Gumede completed a BA (Dramatic Arts) at Wits University in 2011. He has had a diverse and eventful career as a practising professional artist. He has written mainly for the stage but also for the screen. At the beginning of 2013 he was commissioned by the Market Theatre Laboratory to write a piece to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Land Act: he co-directed Milk and Honey with Artistic Director James Ngcobo. Gumede currently has a residency with the Royal Court and is developing a new play. Among Khayelihle’s other directing credits include: Paul Slabolepszy’s Over the Hill (2012); The People’s Republic, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People (2012), and When We Are Naked. He co-directed Afrocartography: Traces of places and all points in between (2013) with Mwenya B Kabwe, who wrote the choreopoem. The production of When We Are Naked led to Khayelihle’s being a contributing author to the academic work, Social Work beyond Borders: Social Work Artfully.

 

Publication date

22 February 2014

 

Price R 100.00

ISBN 978-0-9922154-0-8

Paperback perfect bound

130 x 197 mm

108 pages

 


                               


Playscript Series No. 28




 
 

Hinterland


by


Duncan Buwalda

 

 

 

 




§  The play deals with an imagined interaction between two (very different!) giants of South African history, Cecil John Rhodes and Sol T Plaatje.

§  While serious issues are dealt with concerning white British imperialism and black South African nationalism, the heart of the play is ‘playful’ in that the interactions depicted never happened. Rhodes and Plaatje never met. But how interesting if they had!

§  The play has had several successful seasons, two of them at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown; and continues to attract the interest of theatre managements and the public.

§  The play offers university students and school students a fascinating account of one of the big What Ifs of our history.

§  Particularly, what if Rhodes had acted indiscreetly?
 
§The play belongs in all public libraries, and in school and university libraries.
 
 
 
What the play is about


This is an extract from an interview with the author, Duncan Buwalda:

Towards the end of 2007, I read a book called Goodbye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War. There was one part of the book which described the siege of Kimberley. It told about how Cecil Rhodes was in the town during the siege, and how he fought endlessly with the British garrison commander in the town, Colonel Robert Kekewich. The book said that there was ‘high comedy’ in the way these two men must have been at odds all the time. Then I remembered that Sol Plaatje was in Mafeking during the siege of that town during the war. I immediately starting thinking how incredible it would have been if Plaatje had been in Kimberley during that siege, and had met and worked for Rhodes: the young, bright, up-and-coming African nationalist working for the most famous (infamous?) Imperialist in South Africa’s history. I ran with that idea and Hinterland was the end product.


The Playwright

Duncan Buwalda was born and went to school in Johannesburg and received his Honours degree in Drama from Rhodes University in 2003. His first play Dream, Brother was produced at the Intimate Theatre, Cape Town, in 2011 and won the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Drama at that year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Hinterland won three awards at the PANSA/NLDTF Festival of New Writing in 2012, and was produced as part of the National Arts Festival Arena Programme in 2013. Duncan lives in Cape Town.

 

Publication date

16 September 2014

 

Price R 90.00

ISBN 978-0-9922154-7-7

Paperback perfect bound

130 x 197 mm

96 pages

Age Range: Young Adults & Adults



                                       



BaxterJunkets Series 01

 

Worst of Both Worlds


by

 

Bulelani Mabutyana

 

 

§  BaxterJunkets is a series of plays emanating from the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town.

 

§  Each year BaxterJunkets will publish the Winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

 

§  We start retrospectively: this play was the winner of the 2012 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

 

§  Widely regarded as one of the premier development theatre festivals in the country, the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival was launched in 2011 with a new team, identity and vision.

 

§  This has resulted in the emergence of plays of the calibre of Worst of Both Worlds.

 

§  The dialogue is in English and isiXhosa (with English translations).

 

§  This play belongs in all public libraries, and in high-school and university libraries.

What the play is about

Using the whirlwind techniques of physical theatre, the two male actors portray the horrors of female human trafficking and the drug trade. They depict the seductive ways in which South African girls and young women are lured into a way of life they do not understand; and how they often find themselves in European or North and South American countries, unable to make their way back home. The two actors play a myriad of characters, switching roles, genders, ages, at lightning speed and with seamless ease.


The Playwright

 

Bulelani Mabutyana was born in 1987 in the Transkei. He moved to Cape Town at the age of eleven, and completed high school in 2008 at Usasazo High School in Khayelitsha. He is a writer and director and founder of the Khayelitsha-based UKAO (Uthando Lwe Kamvalethu Arts Organisation) theatre company, which he established in 2007. Bulelani studied drama at the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa under Tauriq Jenkins and Abduragman Adams and he is currently a second-year trainee with Magnet Theatre. He is the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary winner for 2013.

Publication date: February 2014


Price R 80.00


ISBN 978-0-9921791-7-5


Paperback perfect bound 2014


130 x 197 mm


58 pages


 

Age Range: Young Adults & Adults


 


                                      


 


 BaxterJunkets Series 02


 


 




Skierlik



by



Phillip M Dikotla



 



 




BaxterJunkets is a series of plays emanating from the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town. Other plays in this series will follow.
 

§ Each year BaxterJunkets will publish the Winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.



§  This play was the winner of the 2013 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.



§  In January 2008 a 17-year-old white boy walked through the informal settlement of Skierlik randomly shooting; he killed four people, injured many, and devastated a community. This is a horrific South African story, but it is one that needs to, has to, be told.



§  The dialogue is in English with some phrases of seTswana (with English translations).



§  This play belongs in all public libraries, and in high-school and university libraries



 

What the critics said

s  Skierlik is  a remarkably mature work … a moving example of the power of theatre to illuminate.’

      Tyrone August, Cape Times

‘… an astonishing portrayal of a man who survives a white racist’s attack on his settlement in 2008 but loses his wife and child.’ Nigel Vermaas, Cue

‘… a deeply moving piece.’ Chelsea Haith, Cue

‘… this breathtakingly good performance.’ Marilu Snyders, What’s On in Cape Town

 

Accolades

 

    2012 Phillip M Dikotla was the Winner of the Arts & Culture Trust Impact Award for Theatre

    2013 Skierlik was the Winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival

  2013 Skierlik was the Winner of a Fringe Ovation Award, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown


2013 Skierlik was the winner of Encore Award, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Winner of Best Performance in a One-Person Play, Fleur du Cap Awards 2013

Nominated for Best New South African Play, Fleur du Cap Awards 2013

Winner of the English Academy of Southern Africa Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama 2014




 


THE PLAYWRIGHT



Phillip M Dikotla, aka Lesedi, is an up-and-coming theatre practitioner, born in 1990 in Turfloop in Limpopo Province. Phillip started acting in his high school days, after a friend introduced him to the school’s drama club, where he discovered his love of acting and entertaining people. In 2009 Phillip enrolled at the Market Theatre Laboratory for two years and was trained as a theatre practitioner, before he started regarding himself as an actor, writer, and comedian. As the founder of Arch Entertainment, he has co-produced, with Velaphi Mthimkulu, his own play, Ordinary. Today, Phillip continues to work in the theatre, present stand-up comedy, and tell the story of Skierlik.




Publication date: February 2014


Price R 80.00


ISBN 978-0-9922154-1-5


Paperback perfect bound 2014


130 x 197 mm


50 pages


 

Age Range: Young Adults & Adults




                                       

BaxterJunkets Series 03


 
The Champion
by
Khayalethu Anthony
 
















§  BaxterJunkets is a series of plays emanating from the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town.
§  Each year BaxterJunkets will publish the Winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.
§  This play was the winner of the 2014 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.
§  The play is an account of a young man Thulani trying to find his way in the world of the townships – and in the world – ‘without the presence of a biological father’.
§  The dialogue is in English with some isiXhosa (with English translations).
§  This play belongs in all public libraries, and in high-school and university libraries.
 
 
 
What the critics said
§         He achieves the nigh impossible task of eliciting sympathy for a man whose behaviour is brutal by laying bare his motives and honestly interrogating his actions. As he hurtles towards the inevitable ending, he draws you in to his battles. You join him in his corner as he faces a multitude of opponents, including himself, his history and those he loves. Tracey Saunders, Cape Times
§         Anthony strikes the perfect balance between humour and seriousness. The turmoil of the character and the violence he witnesses give a fresh perspective of gritty realism that scours against the grain of idealistic and romanticised views of life. – Lauren Vogt, Artslink
 
Accolades
o    2015 The Champion was the Winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival; as well as receiving the Best Script Award; and Khayalethu was named Most Outstanding Artist – all for The Champion.
o    2015 Khayalethu Anthony was nominated for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play for Thulani in The Champion in the Fleur du Cap Awards
o    2015 Khayalethu Anthony was the winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a One-Person Play for Thulani in The Champion in the Fleur du Cap Awards
o    2015 Khayalethu Mofu was nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors for The Champion in the Fleur du Cap Awards
 
     The Playwright
Khayalethu Anthony, 29-year-old Khayalethu Anthony attended Matthew Goniwe Secondary School in Khayelitsha. He continued his studies at New Africa Theatre Academy. He is a founder-member of the Imbawula Theatre Company. Khayalethu made his mainstream theatre debut with Lara Foot’s acclaimed Solomon and Marion, for which he received the 2014 Naledi Best Newcomer/ Breakthrough (Brett Goldin) Award.





Publication date


20 March 2015



Price R 80.00


ISBN 978-0-9922154-9-1


Paperback perfect bound


130 x 197 mm


54 pages


Age Range: Young Adults & Adults
 



                               




BaxterJunkets Series 04




 
 
 
 



Fruit


by


Paul Noko


 










§  BaxterJunkets is a series of plays emanating from the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town.

§  Each year BaxterJunkets will publish the Winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

§  This play was the winner of the 2015 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

§  The play sees a young girl, trapped in her childhood memories, claiming back her innocence.

§  The dialogue is in English with some isiZulu (with English translations).

§  This play belongs in all public libraries, and in high-school and university libraries.

 

What the critics said

§  Powerful Fruit hits home hard … The whole piece is a wonder. It’s playful, heart-wrenching, elegiac, wry and funny in parts.’ – Robyn Cohen, Weekend Argus

§  ‘This play is awesome in all respects … technically proficient, well conceptualised, beautifully written and directed.’ – The Sowetan

§  With the writing and direction of Paul Noko, we were transported to an empty land, filled with broken people where nothing but hope survives … This piece of South African theatre is the kind of theatre I want my children to see. This is the kind of theatre of which we can be truly proud.’  Thola Antamu, What’s On in Cape Town

 

Accolades

§ Best Script, Sancta Gauteng Province Festival 2014

§ Best Actress: Mathsidiso Mokoteli, Sancta Gauteng Province Festival 2014

§ 1st Runner-up, Best Production, Sancta Gauteng Province Festival 2014

§ Best of the Festival, Zabalaza Theatre Festival, Cape Town 2015

§ Best Script, Zabalaza Theatre Festival, Cape Town 2015

§ Most Promising Actress: Matshidiso Mokoteli, Zabalaza Theatre Festival, Cape Town 2015

§ Best Visiting Production, Zabalaza Theatre Festival, Cape Town 2015

 

     The Playwright

Paul Noko was born in 1982 in Diepkloof, Soweto. He started taking part in theatre in 1998 at Fidelitas Secondary School. In 2001 he attended workshops on Robben Island for Phakama Project. In 2005/6 he studied performance art at the Market Theatre Laboratory. He directed a student production, The Very Next Breath. In 2007/8 he went to Luleo University in Sweden. He acted in a play, Echoes, written by Vice Motsabi and directed by Oscar Motsikoe, which won the Naledi Award for Best Community Theatre Production. He acted in a Market Theatre Laboratory project, Storms and Valleys. He wrote and directed Gifted and Fruit. He became a field worker at the Market Theatre Lab. He also taught children’s theatre at the Market Theatre Laboratory.

 

Publication date
11 March 2016
 
Price R 80.00
ISBN 978-0-9946791-4-7
Paperback saddle-stitched
137 x 207 mm
44 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults

 
  
 


                                       

Playscript No. 29 Junkets10Series




iVirgin Boy
 




by

Peter Krummeck
 
 
 

 
 
§  This is the first in the new Junkets10Series of playscripts to celebrate Junkets Publisher’s tenth birthday!
§  While the play was included in the Junkets collection S.A. Gay Plays 2 in 2013, this is the first time it has been issued as a stand-alone Playscript, in memory of Peter Krummeck, entirely sponsored by his sister Judith.
§  The play was first staged in 2005, the same year as Junkets Publisher was launched; so there is a synergy and a logic to its being the first in the Junkets10Series.
§  iVirgin Boy was the winner of the Drama category in the NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings in 2005.
§  The play has had several successful stagings, at the Actors’ Space in Johannesburg, both the Intimate Theatre and the Baxter Studio Theatre in Cape Town, and at the National Arts Festival in 2006.
§  Outside of South Africa, it have been staged at the Oval House Theatre in London and at the Baltimore Theatre, Maryland, USA.T
§  The play deals with the issues of policing, and of HIV infection as a result of unfounded cultural mythmaking.
 
What the play is about
 
A white almost-18-year-old boy ‘borrows’ his mother’s car to celebrate his Matric results. Exceeding both the speed limit and the alcohol limit, he is arrested and placed overnight in police holding cells. Also in the cells is Tjokkie, an isiXhosa-speaking young man infected with HIV, who has been told by his township ‘doctors’ that he can be healed by having sex with a white virgin. The tragic consequences are foreseeable.
 
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID
 
‘… a magnificent script.’ – E P Herald
‘… bold and powerful … it eschews traditional stereotypes with wit and subtle humour.’ – Cue
‘It’s a great story, meaningful and very relevant.’ – www.meganshead.co.za
        
The Playwright
 
Peter Krummeck founded ACTS (African Community Theatre Service), which pioneered the use of drama as a tool for reconciliation. His solo-play Bonhoeffer toured the USA and Canada. He also worked in Europe and the United Kingdom. He had more than 70 productions to his credit (including his nativity Lodestar and his Easter play The Passion) when he died in 2013.
 
 

 

Publication date
11 November 2015
Price R 100.00
ISBN 978-0-9946791-0-9
Paperback perfect bound
137 x 207 mm
98 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults
 
 
                               

 

Playscript No. 30 Junkets10Series



Uhm …

created by

The Papercut Collective

written by

Alex McCarthy & Callum Tilbury

 

    
 
 
 
 
 



§  This is the second in the new Junkets10Series of playscripts to celebrate Junkets Publisher’s tenth birthday!

§  Uhm … was the winner of the Best Student Writing at the 2014 National Arts Festival.

§  Koleka Putuma was nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors at the 2014 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

§  The play has had several successful stagings, at the Bindery Lab, Hiddingh Campus, University of Cape Town, the Artscape Arena Theatre in Cape Town; at the National Arts Festival and the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in 2014.

§  The play deals with the highly topical and relevant issues of the grey areas between language, race and culture.

 

    What the play is about

 

A Master’s student, Coceka is writing a thesis about Victorian literature, but she is assailed by doubts about the propensity of English as a colonial language to dominate (and obliterate?) indigenous languages. As manifestations of her subconscious, she is visited by the ghosts of Queen Victoria and Cecil John Rhodes, on the one hand, and Sol T Plaatje, on the other. Their battle for her soul is told with a bright and quirky humour.

 

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

 

‘One of the ten most memorable theatre productions in Cape Town in 2014 … This is what the future of local theatre looks like.’ – Steyn du Toit, Cape Times

‘Fresh and inventive … plays cleverly with a number of edgy ideas and themes … fantastic images and motifs …’  David Fick, Broadway World

‘Clever miniature culture clash.’ – Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

        

The Creators

 

 

The Papercut Collective was formed from the 2014 Fourth-Year UCT Theatre Makers. The six members of the Collective are:  Koleka Putuma, Sive Gubangxa, Alex McCarthy, Kathleen Stephens, Callum Tilbury, and Jason Jacobs. Through brainstorming and structured improvisation, the play Uhm … was created, and finally written by Alex McCarthy and Callum Tilbury.

 

Publication date
26 November 2015


Price R 90.00
ISBN 978-0-9946791-1-6
Paperback perfect bound
137 x 207 mm
68 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults

 
                                


 

Playscript No. 31 Junkets10Series


Ashes

by

Philip Rademeyer

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
§  This is the third in the new Junkets10Series of playscripts to celebrate Junkets Publisher’s tenth birthday!

§  The play takes its origin from a number of brutal attacks on young gay men in the Western Cape and Northern Cape, resulting in their deaths.

§  The dramatist transmutes this horror into a kind of beauty rarely seen in the theatre.

§  The playscript belongs in all public, school and university libraries.

 

What the play is about

 

One young man’s story is told through his voice and those of five other personalities: father, mother, lover, assailant and looker-on. Born and brought up in the small-town atmosphere of the Boland, his parents urge him to go to Cape Town, where the more accepting society will protect him from the hurtfulness of others – with tragic consequences.

 

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

 

o   Ashes is unsettling and challenging; an impactful and important production. It will leave you bare and vulnerable. – Sarah Roberson, The Critter

o   Ashes tells the story of two queer brown boys in Cape Town – a description that belies the depth of the story. … Don’t let the words queer and brown throw you off. It’s a story that many can relate to.’ – Jerome Cornelius, Jaw on the Floor

o   Inspired by a series of real-life events, writer-director Rademeyer dives into the murky waters of systemic homophobia.’ – David Fick, BroadWayWorld

        

The Playwright

 

 

Philip Rademeyer is a theatre writer, director and academic. In 2012 he co-founded the award-winning Cape Town-based theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative, with Penelope Youngleson. In its first year the co-operative produced four new plays - The View, Expectant, AN(t)ONIEM and Lie - with two new plays, Full Stops on Your Face and Tee, premiering in 2013. In February 2013 Radmeyer was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award, the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors; for The View. In May 2013 he won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing for The View at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, where the piece also won the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award. He completed his Master’s in Theatre & Performance (Directing) at the University of Cape Town, with his research focussing on developing a queer directorial aesthetic. He also holds an Honours degree in Drama from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is currently a part-time lecturer in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town.

 

Publication date
20 January 2016


Price R 80.00
ISBN 978-0-9946791-8-5
Paperback saddle-stitched
137 x 207 mm
60 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults

                                 

 

 

 

Playscript No. 32 Junkets10Series

 



The Year of the Bicycle

by

Joanna Evans

 

 











§  This is the third in the new Junkets10Series of playscripts to celebrate Junkets Publisher’s tenth birthday!

§  The play deals with two young children from very different backgrounds who strike up a friendship – which our fractured society may not want to allow them.

§  Joanna Evans’s style is individualistic and highly successful in transmuting the subconscious to the physicality of the stage

 

What the play is about

 

Amelia and Andile have suffered a simultaneous concussion, and they meet in one another’s subconscious to relive aspects of their childhood which deeply affected and influenced their growing up. We move with them across the blurred border between the real and the dreamt in a fascinating bicycle ride.

 

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

 

‘Viewing South Africa’s tense transformation, through children’s innocently perceptive eyes, makes for a superb, moving, haunting piece of theatre.’ – Sarah Robertson, The Critter

 

‘We don’t cry during The Year of the Bicycle because it is soppy. We wail because it is so damn defiant.’ – Mike Loewe, The Critter

 

Writer and director Joanna Evans has created an extraordinarily captivating play, steered by an intense array of emotions.’ – Cassandra Rowley, Artslink

        

The Playwright

 

 

Joanna Evans is a theatre maker, performer and writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2012 she graduated with Distinction from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Theatre and Performance, focusing on Theatre Making. Her specialisation lies in the creation of new plays through a process of collaboration, improvisation and writing; and she creates theatre for children, youth and adults.

She won the 2014 Imbewu SCrIBE competition for her script Four Small Gods; and was awarded the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for excellence for her production The Year of the Bicycle at the 2013 National Arts Festival.

 

Publication date
29 January 2016


Price R 80.00
ISBN 978-0-9946791-5-4
Paperback saddle-stitched
137 x 207 mm
56 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults

 

                                 

 

Playscript No. 33 Junkets10Series





Mob Feel

by

Kline Smith

 

 

 









§  This is the fifth in the new Junkets10Series of playscripts to celebrate Junkets Publisher’s tenth birthday!

§  The play is a stage adaptation of Can Themba’s short story ‘Mob Passion’.

§  As such, it carries all the power and realism of Themba’s 1950s’ original, but gives it a highly imaginative re-creation in the idiom of contemporary theatre.

§  Kline Smith is certainly one of the new young theatre-makers to watch out for.

 

What the play is about

 

In the gritty township life of Westbury in 1952, a Romeo-and-Juliet story is played out when two young people from different rival-clans fall in love. Using only two male actors, the playwright-director creates the life of the township, with a musician and singer providing the undertone of foreboding that permeates the play.

 

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

 

Mob Feel is simply four people with a guitar, a drum and an abundance of talent. It is so good …’ – Carissa Govendor, Cue

 

‘Using lyrical and at time almost balletic movements, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande combine physical theatre with the age-old tradition of storytelling to tell this tragic story. … a poignant, moving, funny and deeply thought-provoking piece of theatre.’ – Estelle Sinkins, The Witness

 

         The Playwright – Kline Smith

 

Born in Eshowe, a small, semi-rural city in the heart of Zuluand, I relocated to Pietermaritzburg, where I obtained an Honours degree in Drama, Journalism and Performance Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). I went on to write, direct and produce an experimental adaptation of ‘Mob Passion’, which was entered into the National Arts Festival’s Student Theatre Programme the following year. The play, which I called Mob Feel, received the awards for Best Writer and Best DirectorA year later, Mob Feel won the award for Best Fringe Production at the Musho! International Theatre Festival and has been performed in theatres around the country. I’m an advocate for social justice and transformation in KwaZulu-Natal; I run the Stories for Change theatre project with homeless youths in Pietermaritzburg.’

 

Publication date
16 February 2016

 
Price R 80.00
ISBN 978-0-9946791-2-3
Paperback saddle-stitched
137 x 207 mm
40 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults

 
 
                                 
 
 

 

Playscript No. 34 Junkets10Series

 
 
Last Cow Standing
by
Menzi Mkhwane
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







§  This is the sixth in the new Junkets10Series of playscripts to celebrate Junkets Publisher’s tenth birthday!
§  Through a deceptively simple story, it delves into areas of questioning power and inequality.
§  There is an insightful foreword by Prof Deborah Arlene Lutge.
§  The play can be performed by one actor, playing all the roles, or by a number of actors, each playing a different role.
§  Menzi Mkhwane is certainly one of the new young theatre-makers to watch out for.
 
What the play is about
 
Last Cow Standing is an epic fictional story set against an African backdrop that resembles rural Nguni land. It tells the story of a young boy named Samira, who grows up in a kingdom where all the inhabitants’ cows, which are their wealth and pride, are infected with a strange sickness and are dying … Samira takes the rope tied around the neck of the last cow his family has and heads to the land of King Marufu, not knowing what his journey will hold for him.
 
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID
 
Young theatre maker Menzi Mkhwane blazed a trail with his new piece Last Cow Standing … a showcase for his extraordinary talent in handling multiple characters …’ – Gisele Turner, Going Places SA
The success of Mkhwane’s writing lies in taking a pertinent topic and addressing it in a manner that is not too socio-politically intense, yet still gets the message across. … A must-see.’ Latoya Newman, Tonight
 
         The Playwright – Menzi Mkhwane
 
He matriculated at Carter High School in Pietermaritzburg in 2007. After doing well in drama and winning awards as a director of his own written work in high school, he was certain he wanted to pursue a career in the arts. His journey as an actor formally began at DUT (Durban University of Technology) where he began his training in 2008. During his first year of study as an actor he won a number of awards, such as Best Newcomer, Best Supporting Actor and Creative Performer Award. He performed a two-hander with his father, Bheki Mkhwane, titled Belly of the Beast, which premiered at the Playhouse Loft Theatre in 2011. He started working on his first professional play, titled Pockets of Knowledge, alongside Sabelo Ndlovu. This work was nominated for Best New South African Script at the Durban Mercury Theatre Awards. In 2012, with Sabelo Ndlovu, he created and performed a second solo piece, Looking into the Abyss. The production won the Audience Award in the Musho! Theatre Festival. In 2014 he wrote and performed Last Cow Standing, which premiered at the Catalina Theatre in Durban. Menzi continues to write, stage and produce his own plays, as well as working as a full-time actor.
 
Price R 80.00
ISBN 978-0-9946902-2-7
Paperback saddle-stitched
137 x 207 mm
60 pages
Age Range:
Young Adults & Adults