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Introduction to south african theatre 101 grd 10

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Introduction to south african theatre 101 grd 10

  1. 1. • White English and Afrikaans was encouraged to grow. • Black English and vernacular performance was oppressed, censored and banned totally.
  2. 2. • Racially mixed audiences were allowed in theatre. Blacks had to be separated.
  3. 3. • Racial integration in the audience was no longer permitted. • Racially mixed performers were no longer allowed to perform together. • With curfews and implementation of the Pass Laws Black people were effectively denied access to theatre.
  4. 4. • The government controlled television and radio broadcasting, control of newspapers and theatres. • The state was uncomfortable with plays that challenged its policies. • theatres that wanted to survive had to stage “safe” plays or plays of the Western origin.
  5. 5. • Pre (before) 1948 An era where indigenous performance was ignored and English speaking South Africans saw Europe as the standard style of performance to aspire to. • 1948-1960 National Party came to power in 1948 and began the legal system of apartheid. It encouraged the growth of the Afrikaans language and thus Afrikaans Theatre. Disempowered Black South Africans.
  6. 6. • 1960-1991 South Africa became a Republic The policies of the National party were applied in the country and the full impact of the earlier policies was felt theatrically kin the 1970’s • Post (after) 1991 Nelson Mandela was released from prison on the 27th of Feb 1990. His release showed or brought the beginning of a post- apartheid South Africa and influenced its theatre immensely.
  7. 7. • WOZA ALBERT- Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, Barney Simon. Here performed by Mpilo Nzimande and TQ Zondi at Hexagon Theatre

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