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AFRICAN FOLKTALES ONSTAGE!, 1 & 2, plays for pre-teens
206 + 208 pp., paperbacks, Cape Town, 2015. R365
A two-volume anthology of twenty-four plays based on retellings of traditional African folktales.
SA SHORTS, quickies for a microwave generation, a UJ Arts & Culture collection
111 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R305
A collection of six ten-minute plays:
"Losing the Plot" by Anthony Akerman
"The Opening" by Rob K Baum
"Metaphorically Speaking" by Zanandi Botes
"DancetheDance" by Tristan Jacobs
"Kill Me, Please" by Rhea MacCallum
"The Wave" by Renos Nicos Spanoudes and Alby Michaels.

Four of these plays were presented by University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture student casts at the Student Theatre Festival, under the auspices of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2012.
Akerman (A.) SOMEWHERE ON THE BORDER,
92 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R150
Preface by Anthony Akerman.
Afterword by Gary Baines.

Anthony Akerman wrote this play in exile in Amsterdam in the early 1980s, and it opened with a South African cast in The Hague in 1983. Although it was banned in South Africa, a shortened version of the play was performed at the 1986 Grahamstown Festival.

"Since its first staging in the early 80s, Akerman's play has lost none of its explosive power. Chillingly brutal and grimly humorous all at once, it detonates in the present like a long-dormant mine." Ivan Vladislavic

Anthony Akerman was born in Durban in 1949. He went into self-imposed exile in 1973, lived in Amsterdam for seventeen years, working as a playwright and director. He returned to South Africa in 1992.
Anker (W.) SAMSA-MASJIEN,
92pp., illus., paperback, CD, Pretoria, 2015. R160
Willem Anker engages in a dialogue with Franz Kafka’s "Metamorphosis" in this play, where a retired teacher slowly becomes an insect while psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors diagnose him as suffering from dementia.

Includes CD of music composed for the play by Pierre-Henri Wicomb.


Anker (W.) SLAGHUIS,
75 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2007. OUT OF PRINT
Willem Anker's other plays include "Skroothonde", which won the 2004 Aardvarkprys, and "Sielsiek". "Slaghuis" was awarded the 2006 Sanlam Prize for Afrikaans Theatre. He teaches Creative Writing at Stellenbosch University.
Bailey (B.) THE PLAYS OF MIRACLE & WONDER, bewitching visions and primal high-jinx from the South African stage
200 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2003. R290
Foreword by John Matshikiza.

Includes the three plays, "Ipi Zombi?", "iMumbo Jumbo" and "The Prophet" which, according to playwright and theatre director Brett Bailey, "explore the spiritual beliefs of the Xhosa people and their collision with changing times; ritualistic dramas based on 'sangoma' ceremonies, with an emphasis on trace performance from the actors."

Also included are working notes, autobiographical writings and reflection by Brett Bailey and extracts from theatre reviews.
Berold (R.) & Wessels (P.) eds. TYHINI, 2014
360pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2014. R230
Work by full time and part time students in the 2014 MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.
Bruce (I.) GROUNDSWELL, a play
126 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2007. R82
Ian Bruce lives in Cape Town and heads the New Africa Theatre Association. His plays include "Falls the Shadow" (1978) winner of the Dutch Arts Council Best New Play Award, "My Father's House" (1987), "The Gift" (2000) and "Good Rubbish" (2002).
Buwalda (D.) HINTERLAND,
92 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R95
A play about a fictitious meeting between Cecil John Rhodes and Sol Plaatje, set during the siege of Mafeking.

Includes an edited extract of an interview with the author conducted by Gabrielle Leflaive.

Duncan Buwalda was born in Johannesburg. His first play, "Dream, Brother", won the 2011 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for Drama. "Hinterland" won three awards at the PANSA/NLDTF Festival of New Writing in 2012. He lives in Cape Town.
Coetzee (G.) JOHNNY BOSKAK IS FEELING FUNNY, and other plays
313 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R235
Foreword by Mannie Mannim.

This collection of Greig Coetzee's plays, compiled and introduced by Hazel Barnes, includes "Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny", "White Men with Weapons", "Seeing Red", "The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy", "Breasts - a play about men", "Look Out" and "Happy Natives".

Writer, director and performer Greg Coetzee has received numerous South African and international awards for his work, including the Scotsman Fringe Award for innovation in theatre and outstanding new production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000 and 2006, and was named SA Playwright of the Year by the 1997 National Vita Awards.
Coetzee (J.M.) TWO SCREENPLAYS, edited by Hermann Wittenberg
209 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R240
Introduction by the editor.

Cinematic adaptations of the novels, "Waiting for the Barbarians" and "In the Heart of the Country". These film scripts remain unproduced.
Coppen (N.) ABNORMAL LOADS,
99 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R135
"Abnormal Loads" was co-produced by Think Theatre, The National Arts Festival, The Catalina UnLtd and the Playhouse Company. The production was commissioned as part of Neil Coppen's Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, 2011. It was first performed at the Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown, in June 2011.

"In 'Abnormal Loads' director and playwright Neil Coppen warned of the consequences of regurgitating the past, which allows it to permeate and overshadow the present, thus pre-empting a situation in which it could be replayed. Coppen made his point through a tragi-comedy centred on a young coloured man brought up in a white family who boast of their colonial history - he eventually finds himself trapped in it and becomes subject to its consequences, though it is not of his own making. Coppen didn't simply juxtapose the past and present, he allowed history to run parallel to the present, eventually allowing the two to intersect, at its climax, in such a way that they become indistinguishable from each other. " Sunday Independent

"Coppen's accomplished dramatic comedy, 'Abnormal Loads', is a must-see. An amagamation of ghost story, love drama, historical epic and dark comedy, the events present and past unfold seamlessly." The Mail & Guardian

Neil Coppen works as an actor, writer, director and designer in Durban. His plays include "Suicidal Pigeons", "Two...", "The Beginning and the End" (co-written and performed with Clare Mortimer), "Tin Bucket Drum" and "Tree Boy".
Coppen (N.) TIN BUCKET DRUM,
47pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R150
A play set in a drought-affected village ruled by the Censor, an official who imposes a rule of silence on the inhabitants. Only the Little Drummer Girl can bring the town back to life, but at enormous personal cost.

Foreword by Ismail Mahomed. Includes a conversation between Dylan McGarry and Neil Coppen.

"So cohesive in artistic vision is this piece that it is decidedly difficult to parse out responsibility for its success." The New York Theatre Review

Playwright, director and designer Neil Coppen's plays include "Abnormal Loads", "Tree Boy", "Animal Farm" and NewFoundLand". He won the Standard Bank Young Artists Award for Drama in 2011. He lives between Durban and Johannesburg.
Davids (C.) & Abrahams (J.) BULLETS OVER BISHOP LAVIS,
92 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R120
A play set in Cape Town about two men, both of whom were involved in the struggle for democracy, who re-connect years later. This play premiered at the KKNK in 2011.

Christo Davids has been an actor since he was eleven years old, has written and directed several plays, and has won numerous awards including a Naledi Theatre Award, and a Kanna Award. This is his first published play. He is Artistic Director of Cape Heart Theatre Company and one on the company directors of Jester Productions, together with Jody Abrahams.
Actor, playwright, choreographer, film producer and director Jody Abrahams, collaborated with Davids in writing this play, and has directed it.
Davids (N.) CISSIE,
66 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R70
A play about Cissie Gool (1897-1963), a political activist from District Six in Cape Town.

Nadia Davids was born in 1977 in Cape Town. She has written five plays, among them "At Her Feet" (2002), for which she received the Fleur du Cap for Best New Director.
de Wet (R.) BLOU UUR,
51 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. R65
Introduction by Temple Hauptfleisch.

"As daar ooit iets soos 'n perfekte Afrikaanse drama in teks en opvoering sou kon wees, staan 'Blou uur' voor in die ry." Kobus Burger in Die Burger

A new play by award-winning playwright Reza de Wet, author of "Diepe Grond", "Mis", "Mirakel" and "Drif".

Text in Afrikaans.
Dikotla (P.M.) Skierlik,
49 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R145
A play based on the true story of a man who survives a white racist's attack on his settlement in 2008 but loses his wife and child. This play was the winner of the 2013 Baxter Zabalaza Festival.

In English.

"I left the Baxter with an immense respect for Phillip Dikotla for the skill with which he pulled off the retelling of a story that left raw wounds in the South African psyche...Yes, the story is searingly painful, but Dikotla does it an immense justice by bringing it back to life in this breathtakingly good performance." Marilu Snyders, What's On in Cape Town

Actor, playwright and stand-up comedian Phillip Dikotla was born in 1990 in the township of Mankweng in Limpopo Province. His first play, "Sekwatlapa", won a Naledi Award in 2010. He has also been awarded the Arts & Culture Trust ImpACT Award for his theatre work.
Evans (J.) THE YEAR OF THE BICYCLE,
52pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R165
A play about children from very different backgrounds who befriend each other over a garden wall, become estranged, and meet again in each other's confused minds ten years later.

Joanna Evans won the 2014 Imbewu SCrIBE competition with her script "Four Small Gods"; was awarded the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for excellence for her production of "The Year of the Bicycle" at the 2013 National Arts Festival; the Most Promising Student Director Award at the 2012 National Arts Festival; the 2012 Mavis Taylor Memorial Award for Theatre Making; and the Audience Choice Award for Best International Show for her production "Patchwork" at the 2015 Iran International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth. She is based in Cape Town.
Farber (Y.) MIES JULIE, restitutions of body & soil, since the Bantu Land Act no.27 of 1913 & the Immorality Act no.5 of 1927, based on August Strindberg's "Miss Julie"
57 pp., paperback, London, 2012. R194
Director and playwright Yael Farber's adaptation of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie". Set in a farm kitchen in the Eastern Cape Karoo, the drama unfolds between a black farm-labourer, the daughter of his white master and the black woman who raised them both.

The play won the 2012 Best of Edinburgh Fringe Award and the 2012 Edinburgh Herald Angel Award.

"Miss Julie has never raged quite so fiercely. Brilliant." The Guardian

Yael Farber was born and raised in Johannesburg. Her other productions include "Shopping and F**king", "A Woman in Waiting", "Amajuba", "He Left Quietly" and "Molora". She now lives in Montreal, Canada.
Farber (Y.) THEATRE AS WITNESS, three testimonial plays from South Africa, in collaboration with and based on the lives of the original performers
238 pp., paperback, London, 2008. R196
Foreword by Desmond Tutu. Introduction by Amanda Stuart Fisher.

The three plays are: "A Woman in Waiting", based on the life of Thembi Mtshali-Jones,
"Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise", based on the lives of Tshallo Chokwe, Roelf Matlala, Bongeka Mpongwana, Philip 'Tipo' Tindisa and Jabulile Thsabalala, and
"He Left Quietly", based on the life of Duma Kumalo, one of the Sharpville Six.

Includes an interview between Amanda Stuart Fisher and Yael Farber.
Foot (L.) FISHERS OF HOPE TAWARET,
62pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R160
A play set in a small fishing village near Kisumu in Kenya.

Playwright and director Lara Foot is CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Her plays include "Tshepang", "Karoo Moose", "Solomon and Marion" and "The Inconvenience of Wings".
Fourie (C.J.) VREDEDORP,
112 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2011. R150
A new play by Charles J.Fourie about the birth of the new South Africa. This play won the 2005 KKNK/ Nagtegaal prize for Best New Drama.

Text in Afrikaans.
Fourie (P.) EK, ANNA VAN WYK,
101 pp., paperback, Revised Edition, Pretoria, (1986) 2002. R72
A play in Afrikaans by award-winning playwright Pieter Fourie.
Fourie (P.) JASMYN,
67 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2008. R150
A play in Afrikaans by playwright, director and actor Pieter Fourie.
Fourie (P.) POST MORTEM,
80pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R150
The final play in Pieter Fourie's four-part series. The first three plays are: "Die Koggelaar", "Donderdag se Mense" and "Ek, Anna van Wyk".

Playwright Pieter Fourie has won the Hertzog Prize (2003) and a Fleur du Cap award (2006). In 2011 he was awarded an honrouary doctorate by the University of the Free State and in 2016 he received a kykNET Fiësta for his contribution to Afrikaans literature.
Fugard (A.) THE SHADOW OF THE HUMMINGBIRD, prelude by Paula Fourie, with extracts from Athol Fugard's unpublished notebooks, the final verson
60pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R185
A play about "the loss of innocence and the need to maintain a sense of wonder at the fleeting beauty of the world." from the back cover

This play premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, USA, in 2014. An expanded version was subsequently staged in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Bloemfontein. This publication reflects the South African production, and is regarded by the authors as the final and definitive one.

Gopie (R.) OUT OF BOUNDS,
70 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R70
A play about a South African Indian family living under apartheid by Durban-born actor and playwright Rajesh Gopie.

Foreword by Nadine Gordimer.

"Rajesh Gopie is the most multi-talented young artist whose work I have come across in more than a decade of deep interest in the theatre." Nadine Gordimer
Gumede (K.D.) CREPUSCULE,
104 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R120
Playwright and director Khayelihle Dom Gumede's adaptation for the stage of the Can Themba short story about love across the colour line, set in Sophiatown in 1957.

Haggard (H.Rider) MAMEENA, and other plays, the complete dramatic works
411 pp., illus., hardback, Pietermaritzburg, 2007. R375
Edited and with an introduction and notes by Stephen Coan and Alfred Tella.

Inclues the plays "Star of Egypt", "To Hell or Connaught" and "Mameena".

Coan is a feature writer, assistant editor of the "The Witness" newspaper and has worked as a writer-director in film, television and theatre. Alfred Tella is an economist, former Georgetown University research professor and lifelong Haggard collector.

Hahn (M.) THE ROBBEN ISLAND SHAKESPEARE,
52pp., paperback, London, 2017. R260
Preface by former political prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam. Foreword by South African actor, director, playwright John Kani. Introduction by John Battersby.

The 'Robben Island Shakeseapeare' is a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that belonged to political prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam and was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by 34 prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, in the 1970s.

In 2008 and 2010 playwright and scholar Matthew Hahn conducted interviews with eight former political prisoners: Sonny Venkatrathnam, Theo Cholo, Saths Cooper, Eddie Daniels, Michael Dingake, Ahmed Kathrada, Kwedi Mkalipi and Andrew Mlangeni. In this verbatim play he combines these men's first-hand accounts with Shakespeare's words.

Matthew Hahn is a lecturer at St Mary's University in London, as well as a theatre director and theatre for development facilitator.
Hanekom (N.) LAND VAN SKEDELS,
85pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R150
An Afrikaans play about the Anglo-Boer War and the experiences of women in the concentration camps.

This play won the 2014 Fiesta awards for best production, best new Afrikaans performance, best theatre concept and best direction. Nicola Hanekom was also awarded Beeld's Aardvark Prize for ground-breaking work. In 2015 she won the Eugene Marais Prize for her play, "Die Pad Byster".
Hannie (L.) TIP-EX,
46pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R115
A play which focuses on "corrective rape". This play won Best Production and Best Script at the 2016 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

Lauren Hannie was born in Mafikeng in the North West Province, South Africa
Higginson (C.) THREE PLAYS, Dream of the Dog, The Girl in the Yellow Dress, The Imagined Land
205pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
Originally published in the UK in 2016.

Foreword by Jeremy Herrin. Introduction by Michael titlestad, University of the Witwatersrand.

Playwright and novelist Craig Higginson was born in Zimbabwe in 1971 and grew up in Johannesburg. He has lived in London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Paris, and currently lives in Johannesburg. He has won the Sony Gold Award for Best Radio Drama in the UK, the UJ Award for South African Literature in English for his novel, "The Landscape Painter", and a Naledi Award for Best South African Play, for "The Imagined Land".
Horwitz (A.) COLLECTED PLAYS, 2009-2017
233pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R140
This collection includes "The Pump Room", "Comrade Babble", "Boykie & Girlie", "Jerico", and "Book Marks".

Alan Kolski Horwitz grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to South Africa in 1985 when he worked in the trade unions as an organiser and educator. He has also published four antologies of poems and is one of the editors of the literary journal, "Botsotso".
Horwitz (A.K.) THE PUMP ROOM, a play
50 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R106
A drama set in South Africa in the late 1990s.

The first production of "The Pump Room" took place in 2009 at the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg.

Alan Horwitz grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to South Africa in 1985 when he worked in the trade unions as an organiser and educator.
Jenkin (J.) MARY AND THE CONQUEROR,
93 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R90
In her new play, commissioned by the Artscape New Writing Programme, Juliet Jenkin imagines an encounter between historical novelist Mary Renault and her hero, Alexander the Great.
Jephta (A.) KRISTAL VLAKTE, 'n drama
88pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R180
Amy Jeptha has reworked Bertholt Brecht's "Mutter Courage und inhre Kinder".

Foreword by Tertius Kapp.

Amy Jephta is a South African playwright, screenwriter and theatre director based in Cape Town. Her other works include "Kristalvlakte", "Other People's Lives", "Sonskyn Beperk" and "While You Weren't Looking".
Kani (J.) MISSING, introduction by Njabulo S Ndebele
52pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R110
The story of a senior ANC cadre living in exile in Sweden who is left out of negotiations.

Introduction by Njabulo Ndebele, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and the author of the novel "Fools and Other Stories" and the collection of essays, "Rediscovery of the Ordinary".

"John Kani's 'Missing' is a powerful post-apartheid paradox....Through this powerful play we are enabled to confront our own stories of personal commitment and political pragmatism, as in that moment when Robert Khalipa says 'We fought for Freedom and we got Democracy.'" Melanie Burke, Common Purpose South Africa

South African actor, director and playwright John Kani co-wrote "Siswe Banzi is Dead" and "The Island" with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona, in the 1970s. He also wrote "Nothing but the Truth" in 2002.
Kani (J.) NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH,
60 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2002) 2007. R95
A story of "two brothers, of sibling rivalry, of exile, of memory and reconciliation, of the contradictions of liberation and the perplexities of freedom"

Introduction by Zakes Mda.

John Kani is an actor, managing trustee of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and chairman of the National Arts Council of South Africa.
Kapp (T.) OORSEE,
91 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R175
An Afrikaans play about a group of people on board a ship headed for an uncertain destination. This play was first staged at the Clover Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees in 2013.

Tertius Kapp is a South African poet, playwright, actor, director and producer. His play, "Rooiland", won the Aardklop-Smeltkroes Prize in 2011.
Krummeck (P.) iVIRGIN BOY,
94pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R285
A play about a 17-year-old boy kept in police holding cells overnight.

First published in the collection "S.A. Gay Plays 2" (2013). Thr play was first staged in 2005, this play was winner in the Drama category in the NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings.

Actor, playwright, director, writer, and activist Peter Krummeck (1947-2013) is best known for his one-man play "Bonhoeffer". His theatre career in Cape Town spanned more than four decades and included a lectureship at the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town in 1974-6. A pioneer in the use of drama as a tool for reconciliation, he founded the company Compass Productions and the African Community Theatre Service (ACTS). Under Archbishop Desmond Tutu's mentorship he also worked as a lay-minister in the Anglican Church from the mid-1980s.
Little (B.) LITTLE POOF!, homonologues
52pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R120
A collection of queer-themed monologues by Bruce Little, who has performed these LGBTI-themed comedy-cabaret shows around South Africa.

"Bruce J Little pokes fun at all the stereotypes - the hairdresser queen, the straight oke explaining why he is straight, the fag hag, etc - but he also takes a look at the more serious issues of isolation and rejection faced by especially young gay people, without the play becoming too 'heavy'" Réney Warrington, Arts Alive
Mabutyana (B.) WORST OF BOTH WORLDS,
57 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R170
A play about female human trafficking and the drug trade. This play was winner of the 2012 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

Writer and director Bulelani Mabutyana was born in 1987 in the village of Ehlobo in the Transkei. He moved to Cape Town at the age of eleven. He founded the Khayelitsha-based UKAO (Uthando lweKamvalethu Arts Organisation) theatre company in 2007. His other plays include "Is'khuni sbuya nomkhwezeli" and "Uzenzile akakhalelwa" .
Malan (R.) THREE RADIO PLAYS, school boys, rent boys & klevva boys: Band of Brothers/ The British Maharajah and The German Rentboy/ Clayton Crawford PhD
136pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R350
Robin Malan was artistic director of CAPAB's theatre-in-education company and artisttic director of Pact Playwork theatre-in-education company. He has published numerous compilations of plays for schools. His own plays include "The Boy Who Walked into the World" and "Lord Hamlet". As Junkets Publisher he has published over forty new southern African plays.
Malan (R.) comp. S.A.GAY PLAYS 1, the Artscape Dublin Festival plays
298 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R182
This volume includes the five Artscape New Writing Programme plays that toured to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival from 2006 to 2010.

The plays are:
"Happy Endings are Extra" by Ashraf Johaardien
"The Boy Who Fell from the Roof" by Juliet Jenkin
"Dalliances" by Pieter Jacobs
"Careful" by Fiona Coyne
"Myth of Andrew & Jo" by Gideon van Eeden
Malan (R.), Wilson (D.) & Fick (D.) comps. "NOW I AM ALONE" 2, SA Monologues F & M 16+
125 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R305
A collection of thirty monologues from South African plays, fifteen for male performers and fifteen for female performers, suitable for use by young adults sixteen years and older. Includes details of the source play and notes on the character and context of the monologue. Playwrights include Brett Bailey, Malika Ndlovu, Reza de Wet, Sue Pam-Grant, Lauren Bates, Mike van Graan, Ashraf Johaardien, Robin Malan, Sibusiso Mamba, Paul Slabolepszy, and Omphile Molusi.
McCarthy (A.) & Tilbury (C.) UHM..., created by The Papercut Collective
64pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R120
This play about a young woman born Xhosa but raised 'English' was devised and created by the six members of The Papercut Collective: Callum Tilbury, Kathleen Stephens, Jason Jacobs, Sive Gubangxa, Alex McCarthy and Koleka Putuma.
Mda (Z.) OUR LADY OF BENONI,
105 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R140
In this play, set in a Johannesburg public park in 2006, South African writer, painter and music composer Zakes Mda explores the situation of women and children in a patriarchal society.

Includes "Of Voices and Visions", an introduction by Sarah Roberts, and an interview with Mda by Pat Tucker.

"'Our Lady of Benoni' teems with anecdote and incident, pulses with desire and frustration, juxtaposes disparate cultural norms, and plays exuberantly with fantasies and truths that cluster around the subject of virginity." Sarah Roberts, Skye Chair of Dramatic Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

Zakes Mda is also the author of the novels "Black Diamond", "Ways of Dying" (M-Net Book Prize), and "Heart of Redness" (Commonwealth Writers Prize), the plays, "We Shall Sing for the Fatherland" and "The Hill" (Amstel Playwright of the Year Award), and a memoir, "Sometimes There is a Void".
Meyer (D.) JAGVELD, en ander draaiboeke
455pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R295
A collection of four of Deon Meyer's film scripts: "Jakkaldans", "Die Laaste Tango", "Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee" and "Jagveld".

Deon Meyer is the author of the novels "Spoor", "13 Uur", "7 Dae", "Kobra", "Ikarus" and "Infanta".
Mkhwane (M.) LAST COW STANDING,
56pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R110
A play about a young boy living in a kingdom where all the inhabitants' cows are sick and dying, who takes his family's last cow and leaves for the land of King Marufu, not knowing what lies ahead.

Menzi Mkhwane was born in 1989. While studying drama at the Durban University of Technology he won numerous awards and during his final year was chosen to perform in Jolanda van der Spoel's production of "Oliver Twist", which toured Holland. His first professional play, "Pockets of Knowledge", was nominated for Best New South African script at the Durban Mercury Theatre Awards in 2012. His second solo piece, "Looking into the Abyss", won the Audience Award in the Musho! Theatre Festival.
Molusi (O.) CADRE,
65 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R95
A play about the struggles of an apartheid-era activist, based on Omphile Molusi's uncle's life.

Writer, director and actor Omphile Molusi was born in 1981 in Bodibe in North West Province. His other plays include "Itsoseng", which won the Scotsman Fringe Award 2008, "For the Right Reasons" and "Ijo!". He was the first recipient of the Brett Goldin Bursary in 2007 and won the André DeShields Award for the Best Performance (in "Itsoseng") at the Black Alliance Awards 2010 in Chicago. He currently teaches at The Market Theatre Laboratory.
Molusi (O.) ITSOSENG, and For the Right Reasons
75 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R60
Two plays by Omphile Molusi, who won the 2007 Brett Goldin Bursary to spend time working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Itsoseng was performed at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.
My Home Theatre Productions NDENDILE, (I am married)
49pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R110
This play was jointly devised and created by the actors of My Home Theatre Productions. The original idea was conceived by Sinoxolo Cezula, who also directed the play. The script was written by Bongani Pontsana.

This play, which explores homosexuality in African culture, won several awards at the 2015 Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

The company, My Home Theatre Productions, founded in 2014 in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, works with community artists to tell people true stories about themselves and their lives.
Newton (L.) KAROO MOOSE, [play]
63pp., illus., paperback, London, 2009. R335
A play about a young girl who has a life-changing encounter with an escaped moose. Set in a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, South Africa.

"a contemporary story which has the poignancy and punch to become one of our theatre classics" Pretoria News

Lara Foot Newton was born and grew up in Pretoria. In 2005 she relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town to take up the position of Resident Director and Dramaturg at the Baxter Theatre. In 2010 she was appointed CEO and Director of the theatre. She was Resident Director of The Market Theatre from 1996 to 1998 and Associate Artistic Director from 1998 to 2000. In 2004, she won the Rolex International Theatre award and worked in London with director Sir Peter Hall for a year. She has won many awards, including the Fleur du Cap Award for Outstanding Young Director (1992), National Vita Award (shared with Athol Fugard) for Best Director (1994), Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (1995) and Fleur du Cap Award for Best New South African Play for "Tshepang" (2003) and Naledi Awards for Best New Play and Best New Production for "Karoo Moose" (2007).

Newton (L.) TSHEPANG, the third restament
56pp., paperback, Reprint, London, ((2005) 2011. R295
A play inspired by the rape in 2001 of a nine month-old baby, Tshepang.

Lara Foot Newton was born and grew up in Pretoria. In 2005 she relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town to take up the position of Resident Director and Dramaturg at the Baxter Theatre. In 2010 she was appointed CEO and Director of the theatre. She was Resident Director of The Market Theatre from 1996 to 1998 and Associate Artistic Director from 1998 to 2000. In 2004, she won the Rolex International Theatre award and worked in London with director Sir Peter Hall for a year. She has won many awards, including the Fleur du Cap Award for Outstanding Young Director (1992), National Vita Award (shared with Athol Fugard) for Best Director (1994), Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (1995) and Fleur du Cap Award for Best New South African Play for "Tshepang" (2003) and Naledi Awards for Best New Play and Best New Production for "Karoo Moose" (2007).
Ngema (M.) SARAFINA!, the times, the play, the man
122 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. R106
First rehearsed in Johannesburg in the mid-1980s, the play paints of picture of life in Soweto during the struggle against apartheid. It was revived in 2004 and toured South Africa and abroad.

Includes and introduction and a chapter on playwright Mbongeni Ngema by Susan de Villiers.
Nkala (J.K.) COCKROACH, a trilogy of plays, The Bicycle Thief, Faith in Love, The Crossing
90 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2011) 2014. R120
Actor, playwright and comedian Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala arrived in South Africa from Zimbabwe in 2002. As an illegal immigrant he lived on the streets, worked as a gardener, handyman and vendor, and later sold wire and beadwork in Cape Town. In 2006 he met Bo Petersen and together they created these three plays.

"The Crossing" and "The Bicycle Thief" were originally published in 2009.
Noko (P.) FRUIT,
40pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R130
A play about a young girl who uses an indigenous game to tell her story of growing up in Diepkloof, Soweto.

This playscript won the 2015 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

Playwright, director and actor Paul Noko was born in 1982 in Diepkloof.
Opperman (D.) KABURU, 'n drama vir die verhoog
72 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2008. R130
A play that deals with the emotional effects of emigration, criminal violence and the Angolan war by award-winning Afrikaans playwright Deon Opperman.
Peterson (B.) & Suleman (R.) ZULU LOVE LETTER,
156 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, DVD, Johannesburg, 2009. R305
The script of the award-winning screenplay, Zulu Love Letter, written by Bhekizizwe Peterson and Ramadan Suleman. The script won the Special Jury Prize - Best Script 2001, France, 15th Edition, Grand Prix du Meilleur Scenariste. The film, directed by Ramadan Suleman, has won ten international awards.

Foreword by Mbye Cham.
Includes the essays, "Beadworks and Visual Praise Poems" by Anitra Nettleton,
"Love, Loss, Memory and Truth" by Jacqueline Maingard,
"Writer's Statement, trauma, art and healing" by Bhekizizwe Peterson, and
"Director's Statement" by Ramadan Suleman.

Includes a DVD of the films "Zulu Love Letter" (2004) and "Fools" (1997).

Bhekizizwe Peterson and Ramadan Suleman are directors of Natives At Large, the production company that produced "Fools", "Zulu Love Letter" and "Zwelidumile" (2009).
Pretorius (W.) DIE DAG IS BROS/ SANDTON CITY GROOTDOOP,
134pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R180
Two Afrikaans plays about family, relationships, memories and forgiveness.

Actor and playwright Wessel Pretorius is also the author of "Ont-", "Waterpas" (2014 KKNK Kanna for Best Comedy), "Slaaf" and "Frats". "Ont'" was translated into English as "Undone", and won the Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award.
Proyecto 34⁰S 10 PLAYS FROM ARGENTINA & SOUTH AFRICA , vol.1
405 pp., paperback, George, 2011. R300
In 2010 South Africa and Argentina were selected as the first two countries to take part in Proyecto 34⁰S Theatre in Translation (TT) project. Playwrights were invited to submit written plays. This volume contains the English version of the ten finalists. There is a Spanish edition, distributed in Argentina. The South African winning play, "Green Man Flashing" by Mike van Graan, will be produced in Spanish, with an Argentine cast, and will premiere in Argentina, and vice versa. The other South African playwrights are Julian De Wette, Peter Hayes, Megan Furniss and Nicola Hanekom.

Proyecto 34⁰S, founded in 2008 by Nikki Froneman, is an independent organisation the promotes contemporary African an Latin American performing arts and facilitates artistic exchange between these two continents.
Rademeyer (P.) ASHES,
57pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R175
A play about a young gay man, inspired by three brutal attacks on gay men in the Western and Northern Cape in 2014.

Philip Rademeyer was born in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. He c-founded the Cape Towm-based theatre collective, Rust Co-Operartive, with Penelope Youngleson in 2012. He is also the author of the play "The View", which won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing and Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2013, and "Siembamba", which won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the 2014 National Arts Festival. "Ashes" won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival.
Rademeyer (P.) THE VIEW,
60 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R190
A play set in a future when earth is ruined and all homosexual people have been shipped off into space.

"What 'The View" gets right, to devastating effect, is in how the ultimate effect of prejudice is isolation, not only for the victims but for the perpetrators too. It is the story of the total destruction of our social existence" David Fick, Broadway World

Playwright and director Philip Rademeyer co-founded the Cape Town-based theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative, with Penelope Youngleson in 2012. He won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing for "The View" at the 2013 Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, where the play also won the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award.
Reznek (J.), Fleishman (M.), Yisa (F.) & Marek (F.) comps. THE MAGNET THEATRE "MIGRATION" PLAYS,
184 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R215
Magnet Theatre is a South African physical theatre company that has been operating for the past twenty-five years. In these four plays, "Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking", "ingcwaba lendoda lise cankwe ndlela", "Die Vreemdeling" and "Inxeba Lomphilisi", Magnet Theatre uses performance to explore the theme of migration.
Rusi (A.) ISYSTEM,
77 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R120
A play about two policemen who find themselves on the wrong side of a murder investigation.

Anele Rusi was born in King Williams Town in 1983. He lives in Cape Town.
Small (A.) MARIA, moeder van God, 'n passiespel
71pp., paperback, Cape Town , 2015. R145
An passion play by Adam Small about Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Afrikaans.

South African playwright and poet Adam Small was born in Wellington in the Western Cape on 21 December 1936. He was awarded the Hertzog Prize in 2012. His latest anthology of poetry, "Klawerjas", was published in 2013.
Smith (K.) MOB FEEL, adapted from Can Themba's short story "Mob Passion"
36pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R106
This play about prejudice and 'mob justice' received the awards for Best Writer and Best Director at the 2012 National Arts Festival Student Theatre Programme and the award for Best Fringe Production at the 2013 Musho! International Theatre Festival.

Kline Smith was born in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal. He runs the Stories for Change theatre project with homeless youths in Pietermaritzburg.
Steyn (R.) & Fugard (A.) DIE LAASTE KARRETJIEGRAF,
64 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R160
A play about the Geduld family who bury their grandmother under stones in the Karoo, as is the custom amongst the "karretjiemense". Her death marks the end of a way of life. This is Athol Fugard's first play in Afrikaans, based on Riana Steyn's research.

The "Karretjiemense" (Donkey Cart People), are direct descendants of the San, the earliest inhabitants of the Karoo interior. Itinerant sheep-shearers, this marginalised community roam the Karoo in their donkey carts in search of work, sleeping over on the roadside in make-shift overnight shelters.

This play premiered in the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town in 2012.
Suzman (J.) THE FREE STATE, a South African response to Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard"
119 pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2000) 2011. R166
Janet Suzman has set Chekov's pre-revolutionary drama in 1990s post-revolutionary South Africa.

"In terms of contemporary political drama, there is nothing to touch it." The Independent

"It is difficult to imagine a relocation which works as comprehensively as this." The Financial Times

Actress Janet Suzman was born in Johannesburg, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, trained at LAMDA, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962. She has pursued a career in all manner of performance and in 2011 she was appointed DBE for services to drama.
Taylor (J.) UBU AND THE TRUTH COMMISSION, from the production by William Kentridge and The Handspring Puppet Company
73 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1998) 2007. R255
Includes the full playscript and a writer's note by Jane Taylor, a director's note by William Kentridge and a puppeteers' note by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler as well as a selection of photographs of the production, drawings for animation and archival images.

Twani (S.) THE BENEFICIARY,
84 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R260
A play that explores generational differences set in Guguletu, a township outside Cape Town.

Sinethemba Twani founded the Gumba Squared community theatre group in 2009, and since then has worked with various community arts projects. This play was given a full-production season as part of the Spring Drama Season at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town, in 2011.
Uys (P-D.) AFRICAN TIMES,
102pp., paperback, Darling, 2015. R165
A new play by satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys.

"The setting of this play is Ubuntu, the home of His Excellency Comrade Dr MZ Nkonsi, a South African statesman...The time is the future in democratic South Africa" pg. 7
Uys (P-D.) MACBEKI, a farce to be reckoned with
88 pp., paperback, Darling, 2009. R88
In his new comedy satirist Pieter Dirk-Uys has taken his inspiration from William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth", replacing the Macbeths with MacBeki and Lady Manta. Other characters include MacZum and MacTrev.

"'MacBeki' uses Shakepearean references, urban legends, rumour and poetic licence in a sweeping Machiavellian ('MacBekivellian' to Uys) narrative about the lust for power and the ruin it brings to the protagonist." Percy Zvomuya, Mail & Guardian"
Uys (P-D.) STUKKE TEATER, "Selle Ou Storie", "Karnaval", "Die Van Aardes van Grootoor", "Panorama", "Die Vleiroos"
413pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R300
A collection of five stage plays by satirist Pieter Dirk-Uys, first produced in 1974, 1987 and 1992.
van Graan (M.) BROTHERS IN BLOOD,
103 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R135
A play about the tensions between Jew, Muslim and Christian in contemporary South Africa by Mike van Graan. This play was first staged at the Market Theatre in 2009, directed by Greg Homann and won the 2010 Naledi Award for the best South African play produced.

"This work is so relevant to the society in which and for which it was created that it is likely to have a life way beyond this production. It should be compulsory viewing (or at least reading) for every young South African, and, it will make an excellent set work for contemporary social studies." Moira de Swardt, Artslink

Mike van Graan was born in 1959 in Cape Town, where he lives. From 1988-1991 he was the Theatre Coordinator of the Community Arts Project (CAP) and, subsequently, its Director. He has also held the positions of General Secretary of the National Arts Coalition, Director of the Bartel Arts Trust (BAT) in Durban, and Special Adviser on arts and culture to the Minister of Arts, Science and Technology. In 1996 he launched Article 27 Arts and Culture Consultants. His other plays include "The Dogs Must be Crazy", "Bafana Republic" and "Elusive Spring".

"One of the few practicing contemporary South African playwrights able to construct morally complex and dramatically layered scripts dealing with highly controversial socio-political topics." Brent Meersman, Mail & Guardian
van Graan (M.) IAGO'S LAST DANCE, a trilogy of plays
126pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R135
These three short plays - "Heartbreak Medea", "Iago's Last Dance" and "Valiant Spartacus" - all explore the theme of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Mike van Graan was born in 1949 in Cape Town. He has served in leadership capacities in various non-government organisations. After South Africa's first democratic elections he was appointed as a special advisor on arts and culture to the new Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. He writes a weekly arts column for the Mail & Guardian.
van Graan (M.) RAINBOW SCARS,
81 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R250
A play that explores identity and inter-racial relationships in contemporary South Africa. This play was first performed at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town in 2013.

Mike van Graan was born in 1959 in Cape Town, where he lives. From 1988-1991 he was the Theatre Coordinator of the Community Arts Project (CAP) and, subsequently, its Director. He has also held the positions of General Secretary of the National Arts Coalition, Director of the Bartel Arts Trust (BAT) in Durban, and Special Adviser on arts and culture to the Minister of Arts, Science and Technology. In 1996 he launched Article 27 Arts and Culture Consultants. His other plays include "The Dogs Must be Crazy", "Bafana Republic", "Elusive Spring" and "Brothers in Blood".

"One of the few practicing contemporary South African playwrights able to construct morally complex and dramatically layered scripts dealing with highly controversial socio-political topics." Brent Meersman, Mail & Guardian