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NEW PLAYSCRIPTS (article first published : 2000-07-19)

Grahamstown festival goers will remember two fine productions which have appeared on the Standard Bank National Arts Festival over the past few years. These were Anthony Akerman’s Dark Outsider and the musical Love, Crime and Johannesburg performed by the Junction Avenue Theatre Company which have now been published by Wits University Press in playscript form.

Dark Outsider comprises three plays by Anthony Akerman who is considered one of South Africa’s leading playwrights. Separately they deal with life in exile; the poet Roy Campbell, and the world of a boys’ boarding school.

A Man out of the Country is set in the South African exile community in Amsterdam - a community of which Akerman was a part. The play dramatises the conflicts arising from the existential and political issues that confronted those people who left during the apartheid years.

The award-winning Dark Outsider, deals with the Campbells’ tempestuous marriage. The centrepiece of the play is the love affair between the bisexual Mary Campbell and Vita Sackville-West, and the lasting effect this had on Campbell’s attitudes and creativity.

Another award-winning play, Old Boys, explores the dynamics of male interaction in the rarefied atmosphere of an exclusive single-sex boarding school. It also examines the way in which the past lives on - albeit filtered through selective memory - in the lives of old boys.

‘Why bother to rob a bank, when you can own a bank?’ asked Bertold Brecht. The question is reiterated in the very Brechtian Love, Crime and Johannesburg, the story of Jimmy ‘Long Legs’ Mangane and the trouble he gets into in the New South Africa. Jimmy, a people’s poet involved in the struggle, is accused of robbing a bank. He passionately asserts his innocence, claiming to work for the ‘secret secret service’. His old friend and comrade from the struggle now owns a bank and added to the offbeat mix of characters is an old-style gangster, two girlfriends, a Yiddishe papa and a very unusual Chief of Police.

A must for all students of South African theatre, Love, Crime and Johannesburg is a witty light hearted account of life in the City of Gold at the turn of the millennium. It has been described as one of the first genuine post-apartheid plays.

Wits University Press is one of the few publishers in South Africa to produce playscripts. Among their published playwrights are Athol Fugard, Zakes Mda, Barney Simon, Paul Slabolepszy, Maishe Maponya and the Junction Avenue Theatre Company.

For information on new titles visit http://www.wits.ac.za/wup.html or phone (011) 484-5907, fax (011) 484-5971 or e-mail:wup@iafrica.com




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