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Title:Ethnicity and marginalisation in South African liberation theatre: Dukuza ka Macu's 'Night of the long wake'
Author:Magalasi, MufunanjiISNI
Periodical:Journal of Humanities (ISSN 1016-0728)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Art, Architecture, Music, Drama
Night of the long wake (play)
Race discrimination
About person:Dukuza ka Macu
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/6295
Abstract:In South Africa, the 1970s saw a theatre that agitated for political change in the country. The liberation theatre movement was underpinned by different political views: there was black theatre, Africanist theatre and liberal and non-racial theatre, which included people of all colours. These three groups performed for change in South Africa until the democratic elections in 1994. With the coming of the ANC government the differences within the liberation theatre camp became clear. Some dramatists got recognition while others were left in the cold. The present author looks at one such marginalized dramatist, Dukuza ka Macu, and his play 'Night of the long wake', and examines the reasons for ka Macu's marginalization. For this purpose, he compares 'Night of the long wake' with other anti-apartheid plays, and ka Macu with other dramatists. Furthermore, he considers the historical background of anti-apartheid theatre in South Africa. It appears that dramatists who associated with the non-racial sect of the anti-apartheid theatre movement acquired an important position, while those that did not compromise, but chose to 'truthfully' state the reality of South African black life, such as ka Macu, were marginalized despite their mastery of their craft. Bibliogr., note, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]