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