By Kathy Perkins

This is often the 1st anthology to concentration completely at the lives of Black South African ladies. This assortment represents the paintings of either male and female writers, together with nationwide and overseas award-winning playwrights. the gathering contains six full-length and 4 one-act performs, in addition to interviews with the writers, who candidly speak about the theatrical and political state of affairs within the new South Africa. Written sooner than and after apartheid, the performs current various ways and theatrical types from solo performances to collective creations. The performs dramatise matters as assorted as: * women's rights * displacement from domestic * violence opposed to girls * the fight to maintain households jointly * racial id * schooling within the outdated and new South Africa * and healthiness care.

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I don’t have space. In fact I have to get rid of everything I’ve got. DEE Hey, I’ve told you I don’t want to know anything about your business. I don’t want to know about anything. When the police come here looking for you, they must find me blank and they must go away blank. Have you seen the papers today? Fighting, killing everybody’s blaming everybody else. I don’t care whose fault it is, I want it to stop. I want the whole world to stop. THANDI Amen! DEE It’s no joke, I mean it. I don’t want to know what’s coming from Botswana or what’s going to Durban or what’s here for that matter.

He doesn’t even need an excuse these days. You just have to look at him sideways and he says you’re asking for it. I mean, tell me Ma. What was it this time, the food? Did he go off cos of something you said? (Pause) Me? Cos you let me go out last night? No, it can’t be me. I’m in his good A coloured place 31 books. I’m not “living in sin” with Ashley and he wanted a teacher or a doctor or a lawyer, so now I’m doing the fuckin’ LLB, so he can “broam” about it. I mean, even Bradley’s out of his way.

I knew it was just right. Phone Victor now, tell him to come and see you. Quick! DEE (To THANDI) Hey, hey, hey, not in my house. THANDI What’s wrong with Victor now? MERCEDES He’s out of favour right now. THANDI Why, he’s such a nice boy? MERCEDES Ag Sis’ Thandi, leave it alone. Ma, what do you want for supper tonight? DEE I’m not hungry; do your homework first. ) THANDI Maybe she’s hungry. DEE It’s my house, it’s my food. THANDI Sorry. DEE It is. THANDI I ve got stuff in my car. Black South African women 56 DEE I thought you said the boot of your car is clean?

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