Armed Response

Plays from South Africa

Edited by David Peimer


6 x 9 inches, 234pp, 10 halftones. September 2009

ISBN : 9781906497088 & 9781906497071

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As a phenomenon of history with social, political, cultural implications, the entire 'negotiated' experience makes the South African situation unique in both the African and global context. As this phenomenon unfolds, many fascinating new artistic influences are being explored to capture the diverse cultural depths and questions of identity unleashed by the demise of apartheid. This collection of plays reflects certain key trends in both subject matter and aesthetics prevalent in South Africa at this crucial moment in history. An introductory essay for the anthology will provide the reader with the artistic, cultural, and political background to the plays.


Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and Presley Chweneyagae's Relativity: Township Stories is about a serial killer on the loose and has been widely performed in South Africa and the UK. Martin Koboekae's The Bush Tale exposes the mistrust between two people from extremely different cultural backgrounds who meet through circumstance. Yael Farber's Molora explores the rage and pain of generations shattered by the Apartheid. Norman Mxosolisa's Hallelujah! is about the murderous, random violence engulfing the country. David Peimer and Martina Griller's Armed Response is about a young German photographer who arrives to do her first assignment in Johannesburg.


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