260 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2013
A history of the Eoan Group, a cultural organisation for the coloured community of Cape Town founded in District Six in the 1933 by Helen Southern-Holt. The group performed opera, ballet and drama and from the 1950s to the 1970s was very popular, but because of South African's racial policies, could not perform with white opera and ballet companies. The book is based on the Eoan archive housed at the University of Stellenbosch, and extensive interviews with former Eoan members.
"This is an important book that deserves to be on the bookshelf of every South African concerned about the past, present and future of the country. Its value lies not least in the multitude of voices allowed to speak from its pages, but also in that it demonstrates a powerful commitment to human potential beyond political concerns. This oral history project gives us perspectives on nearly eight decades of the Eoan group's existence, and in so doing, lets us relive their passionate struggle through a particularly troubled past in South African history." Athol Fugard