This groundbreaking book is the first to comprehensively chronicle the development of dramatic writing and performance in twentieth century South Africa. Concentrating on pageant and ceremony as well as conventional dramatic literature, Loren Kruger discusses in detail both well-known figures such as Athol Fugard and lesser-known actors, directors and impresarios whom have enriched the theatre of South Africa. "The Drama of South Africa" investigates the impact on South African theatre of the American musical, minstrel shows, vaudeville and Black Power. She also highlights the contributions of women, South Asians and other minorities, and concludes with a discussion of the post-apartheid character of South Africa at the end of the twentieth century.
..."timely and valuable...[Kruger] has done the South African theater research community a singular service with her attempt to break through the artificial barriers of the apartheid cultural heritage.."
-"Research in African Literatures, 2002
"a much needed book."
-Richard Schechner, New York University
"this author's work is widely read and admired by scholars active in the field of theatre studies...her scholarship is careful and extensive, and her ideas clear and well expressed."
-Lizbeth Goodman, Open University
"Kruger's near-encyclopedic account of dramatic performances in the Republic of South Africa is especially interesting for its inclusion of the "interregnum" (roughly 1990-98), when the legal bases for Apartheid disappeared...Recommended for large drama collections serving upper-division undergraduates through professionals."
-"Choice, May 2000
"This intriguing study explores the history of South African theatre in the twentieth century."
-"International Journal of African Studies, May 2003