n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - "Why Macbeth?" Looking back on after forty years
An Interview with Welcome Msomi : interview




The following interview, lightly edited, was conducted with Welcome Msomi via telephone on October 31, 2008. At that time, my collaborator Ayanna Thompson and I were in the process of editing a collection of essays () on various "non-traditional" versions of inflected through the lens of race, following a January 2008 symposium on the topic hosted by Rhodes College, U.S.A. While our focus was primarily restricted to American productions, we were also creating an Appendix of international productions of Shakespeare's play, which understandably included the influential . Many of the most well-known all-black productions of Shakespeare have been adaptations of - Umabatha (first performed in South Africa in 1970, and since revived repeatedly for international tours), Orson Welles' 1936 Federal Theatre Project (the so-called "Voodoo ") comes to mind, as does Peter Coe's 1972 at the Roundhouse Theatre in London (purported to be the first all-black production of Shakespeare in the U.K.).


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