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Waiting for Nelson – South African plays

South African plays

WAITING FOR NELSON – SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYS

“Sometimes, life isn’t simply black and white.”

It has been 40 years since the 1976 Soweto Uprisings. Set in post apartheid South Africa, 21 years after the first ever democratic elections, the production centres on a couple who are faced with issues directly associated with issues that have historically, that currently and will probably affect future South Africans: RACE.

This play places a magnifying glass on a topic that still dominates societal discourse in this day & age – the colour of the next person’s skin. The aura and significance of the year 1994 came with many promises – many of which haven’t been fulfilled. The ‘race issue’, however, is one that every human being is capable of contributing towards solving, through simply undergoing a change in ways of thought – we just haven’t realized this yet. Waiting for Nelson is an important production that delivers a fresh avenue to be explored in the quest of achieving the sacred idea of a ‘rainbow nation’, through planting a seed of confrontation, change and redefinition.
When the theatre confronts us with brutal situations where ‘the life mask cracks and falls away’ it can expose an ‘intimate layer’ which returns us to common human truths.

After having its debut at the Roodepoort Theatre as part of the 2014 Youth Arts Festival (where the show won best drama of the festival), it went on to be performed at The South African State Theatre as part of the annual Youth Arts Festival, on the Fringe Programme. The show then went on to be performed to a sold out audience at The Market Laboratory later that same year. It was also read at the 2015 ASSITEJ/IATA annual Youth Theatre and Dance Festival at Artscape. After being performed at the first ever East London Arts Festival and being invited to the DUT’s Courtyard Theatre in 2016 as well as being selected to be a part of the SA Shorts II: #2MINUTE NOODLES, an initiative by UJ Arts and Culture, supported by Wordfest and the National Arts Festival where a 2 minute version of the show was read at the 2017 National Arts Festival, this provocative in your face production is ready to entertain you beyond your wildest imagination! This show is not a mirror of society, but rather a hammer with which to shape it.

Read more about playwright Mbasa Tsetsana

Author: Mbsasa Tsetsana

Genre: Political drama script, South African plays

Type: Full length one act play

Number of actors: Eight, 8

Ages of the actors: Young adults 20’s-30’s

Suitable for: PG 14 – language

Set: Simple – Stage with a table and chairs

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – the energy involved in this type of play is always very high.

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Cost is $8 for this award winning  script.

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Copyright March 2014 Mbasa Tsetsana and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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The Pen – South African play script about love, reality and fantasy
The Pump Room – a post apartheid play

 

The Visit – French drama plays

drama play scripts

THE VISIT – French Drama Plays

Catherine and Jean are awaiting the arrival of their son, Didier, who left the family home ten years ago. A curious couple who never cease to spy on each other, to destroy without ever really understanding each other. The memory of Catherine’s first husband, who died as a deportee, has poisoned their life. The return of Didier will exacerbate the situation: hurt, misunderstood, he too has accounts to settle …

The Visit has been performed in French  on 10 and 11 October 1992 at the St. Louis theatrical festival in France. Read more about playwright Denis Emorine.

Author: Denis Emorine

Genre: French Drama Plays

Type:One Act Play

Length: 45-50 minutes

Number of Actors: Three, 3 actors, 2 M (one older, one young), 1 F (older)

Ages of the actors: 1 young M and two middle aged to older parents

Suitable for: All ages

Set: A living room with photographs on the walls

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – it’s a heavy drama. to try to capture the nervousness and aggression and bring it to a climax

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Cost is $ 6 for this previously performed drama script

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Copyright December 2013 Denis Emorine and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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Pigcat – two act drama plays for four actors

two act drama plays

PIGCAT – TWO ACT DRAMA PLAYS FOR FOUR ACTORS

In this two act drama, Freddy, a young teenage boy, struggles with the fact that his mother abandoned him a year ago and left him with her alcoholic and abusive partner, Vic. Vic, who has an older son, Bobby, makes no secret of the fact that Freddy’s mother abandoned him and that Freddy is entirely dependent on Vic for his living.

Freddy escapes into his imagination, in which he is a fierce character, Pigcat, who is bigger and stronger then Freddy will ever be. He is aided by the character Willyboar, who appears in his dreams when Freddy needs his mother the most.

But all is not as it seems with his mother’s disappearance as Freddy finds out as this drama comes to a climax in this chilling play.

‘Pigcat’ won the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theater Conference in 2010. It also won a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in 2009. Read more about playwright Steven Bogart.

Performance History

Zurich International School, Switzerland, 2015

Author: Steven Bogart

Genre: Drama

Type: Two act drama plays

Length: One and a half hours, 90 min, ninety minutes

Suitable for: Adults

Number of Actors: Four 3M, 1F

Ages of the actors: Two – 1M 1F in their 30’s-40’s and two 2M in their teens, one late teens, one early teens

Set: The backyard of a small house in need of serious attention with an old shed and a rusted old pick-up truck. A couple of old chairs, an old beat up sofa, a grill resting on the side of the house, a clothesline with the hide of a wild boar. Some crates tossed carelessly around the yard.

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – the youngest actor is the main part and should be played by a strong young actor.

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Cost is $10 for this award winning play

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Copyright December 2013 Steven Bogart Off The Wall Play Publishers

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A Wolf by the Ears – Irish comedy script in one act

irish comedy script

A WOLF BY THE EARS – IRISH COMEDY SCRIPT

When someone sets fire to Dinny Gallagher’s hay, Sergeant Marty McAteer needs to find a convenient culprit to blame. (Because, although it was an accident, Dinny Gallagher has always been “good” to the police) He decides to arrest the local Poet Hughie Doherty, because Doherty has always rubbed him up the wrong way, with his fancy rhymes that poke fun at people, and he needs to be taken down a peg or two. But it turns out that some real criminals are at large in the district….

Read about Irish playwright Mattie Lennon. Other plays by Mattie Lennon.

Author: Mattie Lennon

Genre: Irish comedy script

Type: One act play

Cast: 5M, 1F

Ages of actors: 20s to early forties

Length: 30 minutes

Suitable for: All Ages

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – maintaining the feel and humor of the play

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Cost: $7.50 for this digital play script

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Copyright Mattie Lennon 2005 Off The Wall Plays

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