Forays into Contemporary South African Theatre

Devising New Stage Idioms


In the years that followed the end of Apartheid, South African theatre was characterized by a remarkable productivity, which resulted in a process of constant aesthetic reinvention. After 1994, the “protest” theatre template of the Apartheid years morphed into a wealth of diverse forms of stage idioms, detectable in the works of Greg Homann, Mike van Graan, Craig Higginson, Lara Foot, Omphile Molusi, Nadia Davids, Magnet Theatre, Rehane Abrahams, Amy Jephta, and Reza de Wet, to cite only a few prominent examples. Marc and Jessica Maufort’s multivocal edited volume documents some of the various ways in which the “rainbow” nation has forged these innovative stage idioms. This book’s underlying assumption is that creolization reflects the processes of identity renegotiation in contemporary South Africa and their multi-faceted theatrical representations.

Contributors: Veronica Baxter, Marcia Blumberg, Vicki Briault Manus, Petrus du Preez, Paula Fourie, Craig Higginson, Greg Homann, Jessica Maufort, Marc Maufort, Omphile Molusi, Jessica Murray, Jill Planche, Ksenia Robbe, Mathilde Rogez, Chris Thurman, Mike van Graan, and Ralph Yarrow

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Biographical Note

Marc Maufort, PhD (1986), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), is Professor of Anglophone literatures at that university. He has authored and (co)-edited several books on English-language drama. He is the current editor of Recherche littéraire/Literary Research.

Jessica Maufort holds a PhD in postcolonial literatures from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (ULB) (2018). She has published essays in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment and AJE: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology.


All interested in theatre studies, African studies, Afrikaans theatre, South African drama and culture, postcolonial theatre, and comparative literature studies.