: Coppen (N.)

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113pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018


"Neil Coppen's latest theatre-drama, 'Newfoundland (Buiteland)', had showcased the provocative and healing power of theatre. It is difficult to imagine a theatre production in which elements of Western ideology, African traditionalism, immigration, sexuality and identity not only co-exist, but feed into one another so successfuly. In a South Africa that often seems divided, 'Newfoundland' illuminates a way towards a shared identity." INK, US Woordfees, 2018

"'Newfoundland' contains all the elements and facets which originated in the amphitheatre of the classic Greeks such as ritual, confrontations and the exertions of fate, yet allowing the human being freedom of choice. Add to these rich-soil millennia of knowledge, development and technology and the result is sublime theatre - a life-changing production." The Theatre Times

Neil Coppen works as a playwright and theatre-maker in Durban. His plays include "Abnormal Loads", "Tin Bucket Drum", "Tree Boy" and "Izipopolo". He was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama in 2011 and the ISPA Fellowship Award to New York in 2012 and 2015. He is one of the founding members of Empatheatre, a social justice theatre project.