n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - "Something rotten in this age of hope", : directed by Wesley Deintje. Rhodes University Theatre. 28 September 2007 : theatre reviews

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Heiner Müller's most famous play (, 1977) has evolved into something of a familiar war-horse for student theatre. The United States in particular has taken to the work; indeed, it was meant in part for them : "Heil Coca-cola!" says the script. For today's South African ears this has become, very aptly, "Hail the Rainbow Nation!" What young director can resist it? Only eight pages in extent, the sparse yet densely referential text offers unfettered scope for interpretation and contextualization.

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