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Go deep in SA’s theatre world The South African theatre land­scape is rich and full of di­verse forms of this art, and there are many play­wrights who took the move from a seg­re­gated South Africa to a demo­cratic one in their stride.

Split into two parts, The Methuen Drama Guide to Con­tem­po­rary South African Theatre by Martin Mid­deke, Peter Paul Sch­nierer and Greg Ho­mann, of­fers an overview of theatre pi­o­neers and an anal­y­sis of more than 100 post-apartheid plays. It also looks at how au­di­ences en­gaged with them in a newly free so­ci­ety.

In part one, the works of pi­o­neers in­clud­ing Bar­ney Si­mon, Mbon­geni Ngema and Phyl­lis Klotz are ex­am­ined. Part two fo­cuses on 12 ma­jor play­wrights, in­clud­ing Zakes Mda, Lara Foot and Mpumelelo Paul Groot­boom. My Lover is an Alien Ev­ery year around Valen­tine’s Day the folks at Brit­tle Pa­per re­write an iconic African novel as a steamy love story fea­tur­ing ex­plicit sex. The first reimag­in­ing was a tryst be­tween Okonkwo and his third and favourite wife, Ek­wefi, ti­tled Thighs Fell Apart. The se­cond was Lunch with Ifemelu, in which Ifemelu and Obinze re­unite for an ex­plo­sive and raunchy ses­sion in a ho­tel in La­gos.

This year’s of­fer­ing is even spicier – the pub­lisher has re­worked Nnedi Oko­rafor’s sci-fi novel La­goon into a sexy en­counter be­tween two women – My Lover is an Alien. Spiel­berg pro­duces The Apart­ment Am­blin Part­ners, Steven Spiel­berg’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, has ac­quired movie rights to SL Grey’s The Apart­ment.

The fifth novel by SL Grey is set to be a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween Sarah Lotz and Louis Green­berg, which will be re­leased in July. The book’s blurb is tan­ta­lis­ing:

“Mark and Steph are strug­gling to move on with their lives af­ter armed rob­bers break into their home and bru­talise them. Shaken, they de­cide to get away and leave their trou­bles be­hind them. A house swap in Paris with a cou­ple they meet on­line, the Petits, seems to pro­vide the per­fect es­cape. But upon ar­riv­ing for a week’s lux­u­ri­ous break at the Petits’ flat, they find them­selves in a fes­ter­ing, run-down apart­ment. And when Steph at­tempts to con­tact the Petits, she gets no an­swer.”

– Phum­lani Langa Sithebe

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