The Plays of Miracle & Wonder: Bewitching Visions and Primal High-jinx from the South African Stage

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Double Storey, 2003 - Drama - 200 pages

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 Hintsa’s 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.

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foreword by John Matshikiza
stories of our times
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About the author (2003)

Brett Bailey is the founder of Third World Bunfight?a nonprofit South African theater company focused on forging a truly African theater with untrained black performers from local townships and rural areas. He has an MA from Das Arts School for the Advanced Study of Drama in Amsterdam, and in 2001 he won the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for drama.

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