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Statements ★ Statements PDF / Epub ✪ Author Athol Fugard – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The tragic personal consequences of life under South Africa s apartheid laws are treated with honesty and deep compassion in these three landmark plays written and premiered in the early seventiesWorl The tragic personal consequences of life under South Africa s apartheid laws are treated with honesty and deep compassion in these three landmark plays written and premiered in the early seventiesWorld renowned dramatist Athol Fugard, along with his actor collaborators John Kani and Winston Ntshona, has explored the painful particulars of his native land and created works with universal implications plays that carry within them ringing cries for social and political change without ever uttering a word of political rhetoric Sizwe Bansi is Dead reveals the perversities of human identity in a country where a man is equal to his passbook The Island celebrates the strength of man s connection to man, even within the dehumanizing confines of a prison cell on Robben Island Statements After an Arrest Under the Immortality Act depicts the shattering of two lives under the harsh glare of South Africa s miscegenation lawsAll three works, developed and launched at The Space in Cape Town, have since been widely produced in the US and abroad, and remain as urgent today as they were almost forty years ago.


10 thoughts on “Statements

  1. Mary Mary says:

    Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is playing at McCarter and it is amazing It is directed by John Kani who was one of the original actors when it premiered in Capetown, South Africa in 1972 The play subsequently won the London Drama Critics Award and 3 Tonys The play is about Apartheid but also about identitity The opening and closing scenes take place in Styles Photography Studio where Robert Zwelinzima, nee Sizwe Banzi, is getting a photograph to send to his wife back in his home town He tells the sto Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is playing at McCarter and it is amazing It is directed by John Kani who was one of the original actors when it premiered in Capetown, South Africa in 1972 The play subsequently won the London Drama Critics Award and 3 Tonys The play is about Apartheid but also about identitity The opening and closing scenes take place in Styles Photography Studio where Robert Zwelinzima, nee Sizwe Banzi, is getting a photograph to send to his wife back in his home town He tells the story of his change in identity as he writes a letter to his wife on the back of the photograph The intervening scenes in this one act play re enact that story My favorite quote We own nothing except ourselves This world and its laws allows us nothing except ourselves There is nothing we can leave behind when we die except the memory of ourselves


  2. Phillip Phillip says:

    Sizwe Bansi in Dead This play is about the difficulties of having or maintaining an identity under apartheid restrictions, but simultaneously how the amorphous link between identity and the black or coloured body can allow a kind of self re definition In the second half of the play, we follow Size Bansi, who has come to seek work in the city of Port Elizabeth, but is being deported back to King William s Town where there is no work He has to go because that s what the official stamped in his Sizwe Bansi in Dead This play is about the difficulties of having or maintaining an identity under apartheid restrictions, but simultaneously how the amorphous link between identity and the black or coloured body can allow a kind of self re definition In the second half of the play, we follow Size Bansi, who has come to seek work in the city of Port Elizabeth, but is being deported back to King William s Town where there is no work He has to go because that s what the official stamped in his passbook, but he wants to stay in the city When his friend Buntu finds a dead body, Buntu realizes they can steal the dead man s passbook with his permission to find work in the city, and they can paste Sizwe s picture in All Sizwe has to do is become Robert Zwelinzima In other words, in order to stay in the city and find work, he needs to give up himself, his own identity At the same time, however, because white officials don t really look at black people, just at the passbook, this is a loophole opened by the system through which Sizwe now Robert can achieve his goals and support his family.The problem with Sizwe Bansi is Dead is the structure It really is a play of two halves, with all the action I ve just described in the second half The first half is set in Styles photo studio, and he narrates some important events from his life, his photography career, and his life philosophy While Styles is a really entertaining character and this first half does introduce some of the themes the second half will develop, the two halves are only tenuously linked.The Island This is a very loose adaptation of Sophocles Antigone, featuring two Robben Island prisoners John and Winston, performed by John Kani and Winston Ntshona, respectively who are preparing for and giving a performance of The Trial of Antigone Across their rehearsals and discussions of Antigone, John and Winston establish a number of links between their experiences and hers As political prisoners, they can identify with Antigone s resistance to an unjust state law And in Winston s life sentence the hopelessness of which is highlighted by John winning an appeal and getting the news he ll be released in three months he identifies with the eerie space between life and death than Antigone occupies as she s sealed inside the cave Winston s final performance of the character, with her defiant resistance to Creon is transfigured into Winston s defiance of the apartheid system and the brutality of the prison because he removes his costume to speak the final lines as himself, speaking not to Creon but to the South African authorities.Statements After an Arrest Under the Immortality Act I m not a big fan of this play I see its political message and some of the formal experimentation it s trying to do, but for me it is just too fragmented to persuasively hold together as an artistic text The basic storyline is about a white woman and a coloured man who are arrested for having a sexual relationship in 1960s South Africa Under apartheid, interracial sex was prohibited, and so when a neighbor reports that the coloured man is going at night into the library where the white woman works, the police investigate and arrest them The first half of the play with just the man and the woman is relatively naturalistic and realistic as the two lovers discuss their relationship, the situation in South Africa, the drought, his educational goals, etc However, in the second half of the play, the form shifts to a kind of nightmare dream sequence when the policeman enters the story I see where this shift represents a rupture in the characters lives that introduces a profound change, but for my money the dream sequence approach just doesn t really hold up aesthetically There are a lot of bits and pieces, but I don t think they cohere well


  3. Kefi Kefi says:

    Say what you want but you NEVER say it with violence Gerard Way Athol Fugard is a South African playwright and author who is well known for writing protest plays that shine a spotlight on the injustices and effects of racism within South Africa Statements three plays is a collection of two workshop productions Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island that were devised by Fugard in conjunction with John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and also includes a new play, Statements After an Arrest Under Say what you want but you NEVER say it with violence Gerard Way Athol Fugard is a South African playwright and author who is well known for writing protest plays that shine a spotlight on the injustices and effects of racism within South Africa Statements three plays is a collection of two workshop productions Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island that were devised by Fugard in conjunction with John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and also includes a new play, Statements After an Arrest Under The Immorality Act, which was first performed in 1974.The common theme that runs through all three plays is their portrayal of the unrighteous system of Apartheid that plagued South Africa during 1948 and 1994, as well as the impact that the system had on the lives of the people of the country Each play looks at the lives of ordinary South Africans living under this system of racial oppression Sizwe Bansi is Dead features three characters Styles who, ironically, is in the memorial business i.e photography , Bantu, and Sizwe and it deals with the impact that the Pass Laws, that were implemented in South Africa to limit the movements of black people, had on their lives Certain areas, in South Africa, were earmarked as white only areas and any black person who was in these areas had to have permission to be there the permission was indicated in their pass books which plays a critical role in this play More often than not, the reason for a black person being in a white s only area was to perform labour, which is the situation that the eponymous character finds himself in until he loses his job and is faced with the problem of having to return home where there is little to no work and a family that needs to be fed, or break the law and remain in an area where he is legally not permitted to be and face fines and imprisonment I ve got wonderful news for you, he says Sizwe Bansi, in a manner of speaking, is dead The scene where Bantu and Sizwe leave the shabeen is rather odd in how it is introduced and it is easy to feel annoyed while reading it, but it is perhaps one of the most important scenes in the play There is no in your face violence in this play, but the play relies rather on humour and moral questioning i.e what makes an action morally reprehensible to illustrate the horrors that many of the oppressed people had to endure It illustrates poignantly the bureaucratic nuisances that black people had to endure just to survive Apartheid was essentially a system that forced many people to make the choice of dying in order to live.If you ve ever read Long Walk to Freedom you can t help but smile at the parallels between Mandela s experience, and John and Winston s experience in The Island first performed in 1973 This is a dual character play and it focuses on the lives of two political prisoners who are cell mates Winston and John on Robben Island It highlights the mundane existence of the lives of the prisoner s digging holes in the sand, as a form of physical labour, and then emptying the wheelbarrow full of sand into the other man s hole arguing or sleeping in their cell But the characters also seem to share a bond beyond a physical sense as they constantly provide each other with moral support and keep each other sane to an extent Then one of them receives news that they will be released soon as a result of a reduced sentence now the other prisoner must learn to survive without the other This all takes place amidst preparations for a play that they must both put on for the other prisoners and warders Sophocles Antigone Manyparallels can be draw between the situation that Antigone finds herself in defying the law to do what she believes is morally just and the situation that the political prisoners find themselves in doing what they believe to be morally justifiable but illegal A play within a play, many lessons to be gleaned from that Statements After an Arrest Under The Immorality Act, as the title suggests, focuses on the Immorality Act an Act which prohibited adultery, attempted adultery, or related immoral acts between non white people and white people After spending what seems like an eternity engaged in an impassioned dialogue about life, love, and everything else that s unfair, a mixed race couple are caught, lying naked, together, by the Apartheid police, in the comfort of their own home the horror of it all The last part of the play reads like a tragic poetic epilogue I had to read itthan once to truly grasp the essence of what was being communicated I still don t know if I have The language, and the constant repetition of words and sentences it was all very dramatic I found the play a bit boring to read, but the message of the absurdity behind outlawing love between two consenting adults is one that reigns true even today and cannot be ignored.Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona are literary geniuses, so reading the plays like you would read a novel is manageable But the plays are better suited for the stage It s like Fugard says, In all three of these plays the writer provided us with a mandate in terms of which the actors then went on to work These plays aren t meant to be read but experienced But until you can experience any of these plays at a theatre near you, grab a copy of Statements and enjoy


  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Very, very strange The play within the play is by far the most interesting part of the book.


  5. Neil Neil says:

    3 plays about Apartheid Sizwe Bansi is Dead is a bit obvious plot wise, but seemssignificant for the small theater as a medium while posing for a picture, a character narrates what he will later write to his wife on the back of the photo, then acts out the events in the letter, which includes he and another acting out what they ll say if when questioned Then unwinds its meta rabbit hole, ending somewhat abruptly The Island Antigone is a pretty powerful piece about two prison cell 3 plays about Apartheid Sizwe Bansi is Dead is a bit obvious plot wise, but seemssignificant for the small theater as a medium while posing for a picture, a character narrates what he will later write to his wife on the back of the photo, then acts out the events in the letter, which includes he and another acting out what they ll say if when questioned Then unwinds its meta rabbit hole, ending somewhat abruptly The Island Antigone is a pretty powerful piece about two prison cellmates, with a play within a play Also ends somewhat abruptly Statements is about a forbidden cross race affair, with strobe light effects to simulate incriminating photos taken at the arrest, amid the voice over of their testimony, which pretty well describe the first intimate contact of any every relationship, despite the pride shame of the cultural imbalances between them Also a strong piece, and one might say this too ends a bit abruptly


  6. Garrett Zecker Garrett Zecker says:

    Plays about identity and place in society These are interesting texts, of which it was Sizwe that I focused on the most The imagery of the camera and the interaction of the two forces on the two different parallel characters is interesting One is a man who wanted to change his life in search for a better experience with his fellow man, and the other is a man who is in search for change so he can survive The man he was is dead, and now he is something new, pure, and is excelling in a society Plays about identity and place in society These are interesting texts, of which it was Sizwe that I focused on the most The imagery of the camera and the interaction of the two forces on the two different parallel characters is interesting One is a man who wanted to change his life in search for a better experience with his fellow man, and the other is a man who is in search for change so he can survive The man he was is dead, and now he is something new, pure, and is excelling in a society where there are none of the other boundaries that plagued his life Interesting approach, albeit a bit old fashioned for today s audience


  7. Brendan Cheney Brendan Cheney says:

    There are three Athol Fugard plays here Sizwe Bansi is Dead is amazing I saw it performed at the BAM The performance was really good although a little slow at times Reading it after having seen it was amazing It is such a powerful play.I read The Island in undergrad and re read it recently It is an intense play and the tie in to Antigone is great The weakest of the three is Statements Since I don t have any history with this one, maybe I just need to read it again to really get it B There are three Athol Fugard plays here Sizwe Bansi is Dead is amazing I saw it performed at the BAM The performance was really good although a little slow at times Reading it after having seen it was amazing It is such a powerful play.I read The Island in undergrad and re read it recently It is an intense play and the tie in to Antigone is great The weakest of the three is Statements Since I don t have any history with this one, maybe I just need to read it again to really get it But first time through, it was only okay In general, these works show the power of Apartheid South Africa art


  8. Rachelle Urist Rachelle Urist says:

    It s a powerful play, but the sustained nudity still bothers me though not as much now as in the old days, and it s less assaultive on the page than on the stage I d forgotten that Ben Kingsley created the role of MAN in STATEMENTS He played opposite Yvonne Bryceland, whom I never got to see on stage Haven t re read the other two plays in this collection yet I remember seeing SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD in NY in 1968 It was powerful, though it needed a bit of pruning THE ISLAND is a fabulous pl It s a powerful play, but the sustained nudity still bothers me though not as much now as in the old days, and it s less assaultive on the page than on the stage I d forgotten that Ben Kingsley created the role of MAN in STATEMENTS He played opposite Yvonne Bryceland, whom I never got to see on stage Haven t re read the other two plays in this collection yet I remember seeing SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD in NY in 1968 It was powerful, though it needed a bit of pruning THE ISLAND is a fabulous play I look forward to re reading it


  9. Pamela J Pamela J says:

    Had the great fortune of being able to see John Kani s direction of Siwe at Princeton in January 2015 His son had a leading role What a powerful play A moving adaptation for the 21st century, which shows it is still relevant.


  10. AmyKBell AmyKBell says:

    Read the collaboratively developed play The Island from this book and loved it.


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10 thoughts on “Statements

  1. Mary Mary says:

    Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is playing at McCarter and it is amazing It is directed by John Kani who was one of the original actors when it premiered in Capetown, South Africa in 1972 The play subsequently won the London Drama Critics Award and 3 Tonys The play is about Apartheid but also about identitity The opening and closing scenes take place in Styles Photography Studio where Robert Zwelinzima, nee Sizwe Banzi, is getting a photograph to send to his wife back in his home town He tells the sto Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is playing at McCarter and it is amazing It is directed by John Kani who was one of the original actors when it premiered in Capetown, South Africa in 1972 The play subsequently won the London Drama Critics Award and 3 Tonys The play is about Apartheid but also about identitity The opening and closing scenes take place in Styles Photography Studio where Robert Zwelinzima, nee Sizwe Banzi, is getting a photograph to send to his wife back in his home town He tells the story of his change in identity as he writes a letter to his wife on the back of the photograph The intervening scenes in this one act play re enact that story My favorite quote We own nothing except ourselves This world and its laws allows us nothing except ourselves There is nothing we can leave behind when we die except the memory of ourselves

  2. Phillip Phillip says:

    Sizwe Bansi in Dead This play is about the difficulties of having or maintaining an identity under apartheid restrictions, but simultaneously how the amorphous link between identity and the black or coloured body can allow a kind of self re definition In the second half of the play, we follow Size Bansi, who has come to seek work in the city of Port Elizabeth, but is being deported back to King William s Town where there is no work He has to go because that s what the official stamped in his Sizwe Bansi in Dead This play is about the difficulties of having or maintaining an identity under apartheid restrictions, but simultaneously how the amorphous link between identity and the black or coloured body can allow a kind of self re definition In the second half of the play, we follow Size Bansi, who has come to seek work in the city of Port Elizabeth, but is being deported back to King William s Town where there is no work He has to go because that s what the official stamped in his passbook, but he wants to stay in the city When his friend Buntu finds a dead body, Buntu realizes they can steal the dead man s passbook with his permission to find work in the city, and they can paste Sizwe s picture in All Sizwe has to do is become Robert Zwelinzima In other words, in order to stay in the city and find work, he needs to give up himself, his own identity At the same time, however, because white officials don t really look at black people, just at the passbook, this is a loophole opened by the system through which Sizwe now Robert can achieve his goals and support his family.The problem with Sizwe Bansi is Dead is the structure It really is a play of two halves, with all the action I ve just described in the second half The first half is set in Styles photo studio, and he narrates some important events from his life, his photography career, and his life philosophy While Styles is a really entertaining character and this first half does introduce some of the themes the second half will develop, the two halves are only tenuously linked.The Island This is a very loose adaptation of Sophocles Antigone, featuring two Robben Island prisoners John and Winston, performed by John Kani and Winston Ntshona, respectively who are preparing for and giving a performance of The Trial of Antigone Across their rehearsals and discussions of Antigone, John and Winston establish a number of links between their experiences and hers As political prisoners, they can identify with Antigone s resistance to an unjust state law And in Winston s life sentence the hopelessness of which is highlighted by John winning an appeal and getting the news he ll be released in three months he identifies with the eerie space between life and death than Antigone occupies as she s sealed inside the cave Winston s final performance of the character, with her defiant resistance to Creon is transfigured into Winston s defiance of the apartheid system and the brutality of the prison because he removes his costume to speak the final lines as himself, speaking not to Creon but to the South African authorities.Statements After an Arrest Under the Immortality Act I m not a big fan of this play I see its political message and some of the formal experimentation it s trying to do, but for me it is just too fragmented to persuasively hold together as an artistic text The basic storyline is about a white woman and a coloured man who are arrested for having a sexual relationship in 1960s South Africa Under apartheid, interracial sex was prohibited, and so when a neighbor reports that the coloured man is going at night into the library where the white woman works, the police investigate and arrest them The first half of the play with just the man and the woman is relatively naturalistic and realistic as the two lovers discuss their relationship, the situation in South Africa, the drought, his educational goals, etc However, in the second half of the play, the form shifts to a kind of nightmare dream sequence when the policeman enters the story I see where this shift represents a rupture in the characters lives that introduces a profound change, but for my money the dream sequence approach just doesn t really hold up aesthetically There are a lot of bits and pieces, but I don t think they cohere well

  3. Kefi Kefi says:

    Say what you want but you NEVER say it with violence Gerard Way Athol Fugard is a South African playwright and author who is well known for writing protest plays that shine a spotlight on the injustices and effects of racism within South Africa Statements three plays is a collection of two workshop productions Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island that were devised by Fugard in conjunction with John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and also includes a new play, Statements After an Arrest Under Say what you want but you NEVER say it with violence Gerard Way Athol Fugard is a South African playwright and author who is well known for writing protest plays that shine a spotlight on the injustices and effects of racism within South Africa Statements three plays is a collection of two workshop productions Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island that were devised by Fugard in conjunction with John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and also includes a new play, Statements After an Arrest Under The Immorality Act, which was first performed in 1974.The common theme that runs through all three plays is their portrayal of the unrighteous system of Apartheid that plagued South Africa during 1948 and 1994, as well as the impact that the system had on the lives of the people of the country Each play looks at the lives of ordinary South Africans living under this system of racial oppression Sizwe Bansi is Dead features three characters Styles who, ironically, is in the memorial business i.e photography , Bantu, and Sizwe and it deals with the impact that the Pass Laws, that were implemented in South Africa to limit the movements of black people, had on their lives Certain areas, in South Africa, were earmarked as white only areas and any black person who was in these areas had to have permission to be there the permission was indicated in their pass books which plays a critical role in this play More often than not, the reason for a black person being in a white s only area was to perform labour, which is the situation that the eponymous character finds himself in until he loses his job and is faced with the problem of having to return home where there is little to no work and a family that needs to be fed, or break the law and remain in an area where he is legally not permitted to be and face fines and imprisonment I ve got wonderful news for you, he says Sizwe Bansi, in a manner of speaking, is dead The scene where Bantu and Sizwe leave the shabeen is rather odd in how it is introduced and it is easy to feel annoyed while reading it, but it is perhaps one of the most important scenes in the play There is no in your face violence in this play, but the play relies rather on humour and moral questioning i.e what makes an action morally reprehensible to illustrate the horrors that many of the oppressed people had to endure It illustrates poignantly the bureaucratic nuisances that black people had to endure just to survive Apartheid was essentially a system that forced many people to make the choice of dying in order to live.If you ve ever read Long Walk to Freedom you can t help but smile at the parallels between Mandela s experience, and John and Winston s experience in The Island first performed in 1973 This is a dual character play and it focuses on the lives of two political prisoners who are cell mates Winston and John on Robben Island It highlights the mundane existence of the lives of the prisoner s digging holes in the sand, as a form of physical labour, and then emptying the wheelbarrow full of sand into the other man s hole arguing or sleeping in their cell But the characters also seem to share a bond beyond a physical sense as they constantly provide each other with moral support and keep each other sane to an extent Then one of them receives news that they will be released soon as a result of a reduced sentence now the other prisoner must learn to survive without the other This all takes place amidst preparations for a play that they must both put on for the other prisoners and warders Sophocles Antigone Manyparallels can be draw between the situation that Antigone finds herself in defying the law to do what she believes is morally just and the situation that the political prisoners find themselves in doing what they believe to be morally justifiable but illegal A play within a play, many lessons to be gleaned from that Statements After an Arrest Under The Immorality Act, as the title suggests, focuses on the Immorality Act an Act which prohibited adultery, attempted adultery, or related immoral acts between non white people and white people After spending what seems like an eternity engaged in an impassioned dialogue about life, love, and everything else that s unfair, a mixed race couple are caught, lying naked, together, by the Apartheid police, in the comfort of their own home the horror of it all The last part of the play reads like a tragic poetic epilogue I had to read itthan once to truly grasp the essence of what was being communicated I still don t know if I have The language, and the constant repetition of words and sentences it was all very dramatic I found the play a bit boring to read, but the message of the absurdity behind outlawing love between two consenting adults is one that reigns true even today and cannot be ignored.Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona are literary geniuses, so reading the plays like you would read a novel is manageable But the plays are better suited for the stage It s like Fugard says, In all three of these plays the writer provided us with a mandate in terms of which the actors then went on to work These plays aren t meant to be read but experienced But until you can experience any of these plays at a theatre near you, grab a copy of Statements and enjoy

  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Very, very strange The play within the play is by far the most interesting part of the book.

  5. Neil Neil says:

    3 plays about Apartheid Sizwe Bansi is Dead is a bit obvious plot wise, but seemssignificant for the small theater as a medium while posing for a picture, a character narrates what he will later write to his wife on the back of the photo, then acts out the events in the letter, which includes he and another acting out what they ll say if when questioned Then unwinds its meta rabbit hole, ending somewhat abruptly The Island Antigone is a pretty powerful piece about two prison cell 3 plays about Apartheid Sizwe Bansi is Dead is a bit obvious plot wise, but seemssignificant for the small theater as a medium while posing for a picture, a character narrates what he will later write to his wife on the back of the photo, then acts out the events in the letter, which includes he and another acting out what they ll say if when questioned Then unwinds its meta rabbit hole, ending somewhat abruptly The Island Antigone is a pretty powerful piece about two prison cellmates, with a play within a play Also ends somewhat abruptly Statements is about a forbidden cross race affair, with strobe light effects to simulate incriminating photos taken at the arrest, amid the voice over of their testimony, which pretty well describe the first intimate contact of any every relationship, despite the pride shame of the cultural imbalances between them Also a strong piece, and one might say this too ends a bit abruptly

  6. Garrett Zecker Garrett Zecker says:

    Plays about identity and place in society These are interesting texts, of which it was Sizwe that I focused on the most The imagery of the camera and the interaction of the two forces on the two different parallel characters is interesting One is a man who wanted to change his life in search for a better experience with his fellow man, and the other is a man who is in search for change so he can survive The man he was is dead, and now he is something new, pure, and is excelling in a society Plays about identity and place in society These are interesting texts, of which it was Sizwe that I focused on the most The imagery of the camera and the interaction of the two forces on the two different parallel characters is interesting One is a man who wanted to change his life in search for a better experience with his fellow man, and the other is a man who is in search for change so he can survive The man he was is dead, and now he is something new, pure, and is excelling in a society where there are none of the other boundaries that plagued his life Interesting approach, albeit a bit old fashioned for today s audience

  7. Brendan Cheney Brendan Cheney says:

    There are three Athol Fugard plays here Sizwe Bansi is Dead is amazing I saw it performed at the BAM The performance was really good although a little slow at times Reading it after having seen it was amazing It is such a powerful play.I read The Island in undergrad and re read it recently It is an intense play and the tie in to Antigone is great The weakest of the three is Statements Since I don t have any history with this one, maybe I just need to read it again to really get it B There are three Athol Fugard plays here Sizwe Bansi is Dead is amazing I saw it performed at the BAM The performance was really good although a little slow at times Reading it after having seen it was amazing It is such a powerful play.I read The Island in undergrad and re read it recently It is an intense play and the tie in to Antigone is great The weakest of the three is Statements Since I don t have any history with this one, maybe I just need to read it again to really get it But first time through, it was only okay In general, these works show the power of Apartheid South Africa art

  8. Rachelle Urist Rachelle Urist says:

    It s a powerful play, but the sustained nudity still bothers me though not as much now as in the old days, and it s less assaultive on the page than on the stage I d forgotten that Ben Kingsley created the role of MAN in STATEMENTS He played opposite Yvonne Bryceland, whom I never got to see on stage Haven t re read the other two plays in this collection yet I remember seeing SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD in NY in 1968 It was powerful, though it needed a bit of pruning THE ISLAND is a fabulous pl It s a powerful play, but the sustained nudity still bothers me though not as much now as in the old days, and it s less assaultive on the page than on the stage I d forgotten that Ben Kingsley created the role of MAN in STATEMENTS He played opposite Yvonne Bryceland, whom I never got to see on stage Haven t re read the other two plays in this collection yet I remember seeing SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD in NY in 1968 It was powerful, though it needed a bit of pruning THE ISLAND is a fabulous play I look forward to re reading it

  9. Pamela J Pamela J says:

    Had the great fortune of being able to see John Kani s direction of Siwe at Princeton in January 2015 His son had a leading role What a powerful play A moving adaptation for the 21st century, which shows it is still relevant.

  10. AmyKBell AmyKBell says:

    Read the collaboratively developed play The Island from this book and loved it.

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