Provocative new “state of the nation play” to light up the Square

Provocative new “state of the  nation play” to light up the Square

Craig Higginson’s ‘The Imagined Land’ – a brand new South African play that caused a stir at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown – will be on show at Daphne Kuhn’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton from Monday, August 17, to Saturday, September 12.

The plot revolves around a famous Zimbabwean novelist who is about to undergo brain surgery. Her daughter, a literary critic studying in America, is coming home to Johannesburg to take care of her.

A young biographer – also originally from Zimbabwe – arrives at the front door, requesting to write the biography of the woman who changed the course of his life.

Higginson, the writer of ‘Dream of the Dog’ and ‘The Girl in the Yellow Dress’, returns with a new state of the nation play for our troubled, troubling times.

“How do we represent ourselves through narrative?” “How do we represent each other?” “Is it true, as Oscar Wilde claimed, that all criticism is a form of autobiography?” These are all questions the play sets out to address.

This sexy, heady drama draws on echoes from the lives of Doris Lessing and Nadine Gordimer. It takes a look at relationships and evolves into meditation on some of the central dilemmas of our time.

Directed by former Artistic Director of the Market Theatre, Malcolm Purkey, the production features a cast comprising theatre legend Fiona Ramsay as Bronwyn and two of the newest, brightest stars on the local theatre scene, Nat Ramabulana (Edward) and Janna Ramos-Violante (Emily).

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