n English in Africa - Profane illumination : an interview with Athol Fugard

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Athol Fugard has achieved pre-eminence as a theatre director, playwright and actor, but the immediate occasion for this interview was a shared friendship with the late Don Maclennan (1929-2009). Through our memory of Don we found several intersecting interests, one being fishing and the other mortality, death and departure from the physical body. The atmosphere was light in spite of "an old man's preoccupation with death," and there was laughter and silence that are not represented on the printed page. Fugard was extremely attentive when I asked my questions, read something or made an observation. The silences came and went without any awkwardness. Words and ideas were measured and weighed before we moved on, or before he responded.

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