Everyman - Everyman is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret and stoicism. The novel takes its title from a classic of early English drama, whose theme is the summoning of the living to death. The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age when he is stalked with physical woes. The terrain of this powerful novel is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.
Oedipus Rex - Since it was first performed in Athens in the 420s BC, Oedipus the King has been widely regarded as Sophocles' greatest tragedy and one of the foundation stones of western drama. Taken as a model by Aristotle in his Poetics, it became a yardstick for future generations. Since the play's rediscovery in the Renaissance, audiences - including Sigmund Freud - have found new interpretations and meanings in Sophocles' portrayal of the Theban king, inexorably pursuing the truth, only to discover that he has killed his father and married his mother. This translation by Don Taylor, accurate yet poetic, was made for a BBC TV production of the Theban Plays in 1986, which he also directed. Commentary and notes by Angie Varakis.
Sophiatown - Until its destruction by government decree in the mid-1950s, Sophiatown was the ""Chicago of South Africa"", a vibrant community that produced not only gangsters and shebeen queens but leading journalists, writers, musicians and politicians; one which gave urban African culture its rhythm and style. This play, based on the life history of the township, opened at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in February 1986 to great acclaim. The authors received the AA Life Vita Award for Playwright of the Year 1985/6. This edition of the play includes an introduction which sets the play in its historical context.
Via Afrika Dramatic Arts G10 - Via Afrika Dramatic Arts is a comprehensive series, which covers all the suggested content for Dramatic Arts and provides relevant activities through which real learning will take place. The broad and specific Topics, as well as the knowledge and skills areas, as defined by the CAPS documents is comprehensively covered. Teachers are still able to make choices, which will be of the most relevance to their learners, thus ensuring engagement with the learning process. The series has a strong South African focus, but also exposes learners to a wide
range of pan-African, Western and Eastern drama forms which have shaped the world of Dramatic Arts. Film has also been explored where relevant.
Road to Mecca - This book features a South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
Theban Plays - King Oedipus/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone. Three towering works of Greek tragedy depicting the inexorable downfall of a doomed royal dynasty.The legends surrounding the house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create this powerful trilogy about humanity's struggle against fate. King Oedipus is the devastating portrayal of a ruler who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realize he has committed and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident of his own authority.