A Doll's House (Methuen) - The slamming of the front door at the end of A Doll's House shatters the romantic masquerade of the Helmers' marriage. In their stultifying and infantilised relationship, Nora and Torvald have deceived themselves and each other both consciously and subconsciously, until Nora acknowledges the need for individual freedom. A revised student edition of classic set text: A Doll's House (1879), is a masterpiece of theatrical craft which, for the first time portrayed the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian middle class marriage on stage. The play ushered in a new social era and "exploded like a bomb into contemporary life". "Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence on the poetic centre of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field" (George Steiner)
Streetcar Names Desire - Miller's rich perspective on Williams's singular style of poetic dialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of "A Streetcar Named Desire. Fading southern belle Blanche Dubois depends on the kindness of strangers and is adrift in the modern world. When she arrives to stay with her sister Stella in a crowded, boisterous corner of New Orleans, her delusions of grandeur bring her into conflict with Stella's crude, brutish husband Stanley. Eventually their violent collision course causes Blanche's fragile sense of identity to crumble, threatening to destroy her sanity and her one chance of happiness.
Via Afrika Dramatic Arts G11 - 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.
Waiting for Godot - Subtitled A tragicomedy in two Acts , and famously described by the Irish critic Vivien Mercier as a play in which 'nothing happens, twice', En attendant Godot was first performed at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris in 1953. It was translated into English by Samuel Beckett, and Waiting for Godot opened at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955. 'Go and see Waiting for Godot . At the worst you will discover a curiosity, a four-leaved clover, a black tulip; at the best something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live' - Harold Hobson, 7 August 1955. 'I told him that if by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot. This seemed to disappoint him greatly' Samuel Beckett, 1955.
Woza Albert - Woza Albert! is one of the most popular and influential plays to have come out of the South African cultural struggle of the 1980s and a central work in the canon of South African theatre. Working with the idea of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ taking place in apartheid South Africa, the playwrights improvised a brilliant two-man show consisting of 26 vignettes, commenting on and satirising life under the apartheid regime. The play has become one of the most anthologized and produced South African plays both in South Africa, and internationally and is studied widely in schools as well as universities. This Student Edition contains a commentary and notes by Temple Hauptfleisch, Emeritus Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. METHUEN DRAMA STUDENT EDITIONS are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. A well as the complete text of the play itself, this volume contains: A contextualised chronology of the play and the playwrights' lives and works, an inroductory discussion of the social, political, cultural and economic context in which the play was originally conceived and created, a succinct overview of the creation processes followed and subsequent performance history of the piece, an analysis of, and commentary on, some of the major themes and specific issues addressed by the text, a bibliography of suggested primary and secondary materials