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An Introduction to Athol Fugard's Work

Wed 16 October 2019, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

In an entry to his notebook in August 1968, Fugard wrote, “that my life’s work was possibly just to witness as truthfully as I could, the nameless and destitute (desperate) of this one little corner of the world”. In this talk Yvette Hutchison will trace the context that made Athol Fugard's work of ‘bearing witness’ necessary for artists in South Africa, and how he approached telling hidden or unspoken stories, as well as some of the impacts for South Africa’s theatrical, political and social landscapes.

Yvette Hutchison is South African Reader in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on Anglophone African theatre, history and narratives of memory, and how intercultural performance practices are challenged by ongoing postcolonial issues. She is associate editor of the South African Theatre Journal and the African Theatre series. Her Leverhulme project Performing Memory: Theatricalising Identity in Contemporary South Africa in 2012, culminated in her monograph South African Performance and Archives of Memory (Manchester University press, 2013). Her latest publications include the co-edited African Theatre: Contemporary Dance (James Currey, 2018), and Contemporary Plays by African Women (Methuen, 2019).

Photograph by Reuphin Coudyzer: The Island (2000).

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