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Breaking the Law: Theatre and Apartheid in South Africa

Tue 8 October 2019, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

Osita Okagbue (Head of Department and Professor of Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths) discusses theatre and Apartheid in South Africa.

The coming to power of the National Party in South Africa in 1948, formalised apartheid as a socio-political  ideology and system for the country. Apartheid in Afrikaans means ‘apartness’ and it sought to set the racial and cultural groups in South Africa apart.

In this talk, Okagbue will discuss how apartheid ironically brought about a concerted resistance through the emergence of the workshop tradition – which often involved collaborations between black actors and white directors or dramaturgs. And that apartheid, in its attempt to create a rigidly racially and culturally segregated and separated society ironically produced a theatre form and a corpus of plays that cleverly subverted and undermined the very thing and hope of the system.

Tickets £9 (Concessions £6)

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