Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays by Kathy Perkins

By Kathy Perkins

This can be the 1st anthology to concentration solely at the lives of Black South African girls. This assortment represents the paintings of either male and female writers, together with nationwide and foreign award-winning playwrights. the gathering comprises six full-length and 4 one-act performs, in addition to interviews with the writers, who candidly talk about the theatrical and political state of affairs within the new South Africa. Written ahead of and after apartheid, the performs current various techniques and theatrical kinds from solo performances to collective creations. The performs dramatise concerns as assorted as: * women's rights * displacement from domestic * violence opposed to ladies * the fight to maintain households jointly * racial id * schooling within the outdated and new South Africa * and wellbeing and fitness care.

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If you arrest Willie you’ll get us all into trouble. DEE That’s your problem not mine. Tomorrow I’m throwing all his clothes out on the street, whoever wants them can have them, they can have a jumble sale. THANDI Polo, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent…yhoo Big Dee! I can imagine him running around in his underpants… I can Black South African women also see war on this street…people fighting over Willie’s clothes…in fact that’s a sight I wouldn’t miss seeing. DEE In fact if you want them you can have them.

Jesus, I’m sick of this. (Pause. ) You know Ma, I could have got that flat with Clarissa and Ashley, but I thought of you alone in this house with him and I said never mind, I can wait a bit longer till you pull yourself together. I wouldn’t have been able to go to bed in peace anyway, wondering what he’s doing to you at night. But Ma you can’t go on like this forever. I can’t. I’m spending my life being your bodyguard and he hasn’t stopped hitting you in all these years. What makes you think he’ll ever change?

MERCEDES Even in summer Sis’ Thandi? THANDI Even in summer. MERCEDES Yhoo, it must have been hell for you guys. THANDI It was, but we never thought about it. You know what? I used to sleep on my gym dress. MERCEDES Sleep on it? 53 Black South African women 54 THANDI (Demonstrating) I used to put a newspaper inside, and spread it out on my mattress, I’d put another newspaper on top, an old blanket, then my bottom sheet, I used to iron in my sleep. DEE All the lazy bums used to do that, and, if you were careless in your sleep, your gym could come out wrinkled like a prune.

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