n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - A South African aesthetic at Shakespeare's Globe
Venus and Adonis (U-Venas no Adonisi), Mark Dornford-May (Dir.) : essays and reviews

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



The Globe to Globe festival, running from 21 April to 9 June 2012 at Shakespeare's Globe in London, was an unprecedented international celebration of Shakespeare: over seven weeks, thirty-seven plays were staged, each in a different language by a theatre company from a different country. Offerings ranged from in Juba Arabic to in British Sign Language; from productions by major national theatres (such as the National Theatre of China's ) to fledgling emerging companies (like the young Kenyan company Bitter Pill with their Swahili ). Even within this very diverse line-up, the Isango Ensemble's staged version of was unique: not a play but a fully theatricalised narrative poem set to music and sung through; a piece translated not into one language, but moving in and out of six - Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana and a little Afrikaans alongside several passages of Shakespeare's original English text.

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