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The Botsotso literary journal started in 1996 as a monthly 4 page insert in the New Nation, an independent anti-apartheid South African weekly and reached over 80,000 people at a time – largely politisized black workers and youth – with a selection of poems, short stories and short essays that reflected the deep changes taking place in the country at that time. Since the closure of the New Nation in 1999, the journal has evolved into a stand-alone compilation featuring the same mix of genres, and with the addition of photo essays and reviews. The Botsotso editorial policy remains committed to creating a mix of voices which highlight the diverse spectrum of South African identities and languages, particularly those that are dedicated to radical expression and examinations of South Africa's complex society.
Botsotso 20: Drama. The Dramas of Life is an anthology of eight South African plays drawn from the last decade (2008 -18) engages with personal dilemmas and social realities. The themes reflect the general unravelling of the 1994 political settlement as racism, poverty and inequality, patriarchy, violence against women and LGBT people, the failure to provide quality education and high levels of corruption expose widening fault lines. They display great energy and dramatic virtuosity in their exploration of these and other themes and create vivid characters who transcend the rhetorical. The plays included are "Isithunzi" by Sipho Zakwe, "Sleeping Dogs" by Simphiwe Vikilahle, "The Good Candidate" by Hans Pienaar, "Shoes and Coups" by Palesa Mazamisa, "Book Marks" by Allan Kolski Horwitz, "The Couch" by Sjaka Septembir, "Iziyalo Zikamama" by the Botsotso Ensemble and "Finding Me" by Moeketsi Kgotle.

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TheDramasBotsotso 20 ofLife...
Botsotso 20
Fîrs pubîsed by Bososo în 2019
Box 30952 Braamoneîn 2017 Emaî: bososo@arsînk.co.za Websîe: www.bososo.org.za
e pays©e paywrîgs emseves e vîsuas©e paywrîgs emseves
ïSBN 978-0-9947081-5-1
Edîorîa board: Aan Koskî Horwîz, Sîpîwe ka Ngwenya, ïke Mbonenî Muîa Desîgn, ayou and make up: Vîvîenne Preson
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CONTENTS
ISITHUNZISîpo Zakwe
SLEEPING DOGSSîmpîwe Vîkîae
THE GOOD CANDIDATEHans Pîenaar
SHOES AND COUPSPaesa Mazamîsa
BOOK MARKSAan Koskî Horwîz
THE COUCHSjaka Sepembîr
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IZIYALO ZIKAMAMA194Bososo Ensembe
FINDING MEMoekesî Kgoe
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THE DRAMAS OF LIFE . . .
xamînîng e sae o paywrîîng în Sou Arîca over e pas Iteen years, one îs no surprîsed o Ind a ose wrîers wo wîs o engage – Ee Irs boom o îberaîon în e 1990’s avîng quîcky dîssîpaed and e wî e wîder soca reaîîes, provîde relecîons o a socîey în crîsîs conradîcîons o apareîd capîaîsm, wîc e 1994 poîîca seemen ad no onesy and adequaey addressed, becomîng more and more apparen.
And so racîsm [as addressed înïsîunzî]conînues o bedevî us; parîarcy and e broader îmbaances o gender reaîons [as expored înSeepîng DogsandFîndîng Me] sî aun reaîons beween men and women o a cuures, bo e secuar ‘wesern’ and e rîba; e specre o omopobîc aîudes[as represened înhe Couc], despîe ega reedom, sî aîns conac beween e gay and sraîg words; îssues o corrupîon and mîsgovernance [as dea wî înhe Good CandîdaeandSoes and Coups]încreasîngy beed our scarce pub-îc resources so a e majorîy are rapped în povery; e educaîon sysem [as îgîged înïzîyao Zîkamama]bady aîs workîng cass you, condemn-îng em o a vîcîous cyce o ew skîs and grea need; and, Inay, eburnou/ seouo e seemîng ‘progressîves’ o e 1980’s, conînues o spawn vîoence and mîsrus [as dîsseced înBook Marks].
As suc, e overa pîcure îs no edîyîng. Bu în noîng ese depressîng rus, î îs encouragîng a paywrîgs are, Irsy, no syîng away rom raîsîng em; and secondy, a ey are doîng so în orîgîna and oug provokîng ways so a engagîng and absorbîng eare îs made and no jus despaîrîng propaganda. And în so doîng, even, î a boom, e pîcure îs negaîve, ey pan proverbîa ‘seeds o cange’ – or surey, we a mus ope a a new generaîon can reverse e se-desrucîve paerns o beavîour a drîve bo e od wîe economîc and socîa srucures and e new back eîe.
One mus aso commen on e ecnîca proIcîency o e paywrîgs. Wîe mos oow a convenîona srucure o înked scenes seîng ou a narraîve, ere are aso more experîmena approacs wîc mîx syes and coapse dîferen srucures îno new woes. For exampe, e ree argey work-sopped pays [ïzîyao Zîkamama,Fîndîng Meandhe Couc] use conrasîng ecnîques o drîve emseves:ïzîyaocreaes a caîn o îndependen caracers and sîuaîons/scenes wîc aken ogeer gîve a grand pîcure îumînaîng îs eme o readîng as a crîîca skî/acîvîy;Fîndîng Meoows a sîmîar paern în deveopîng îs sîuaîons depîcîng conemporary gender reaîons bu wo maîn caracers, wo wîness a serîes o over-appîng conlîcs, ancor e pîece gîvîng î a more Brecîan ee;he Coucrîggers îs acîon wî key mono-
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ogues deîvered by eac o e caracers wose înner ‘devîs’ ereater revea emseves. ïneresîngy,Book Marksaso uses monoogues o aunc îse bu ater înroducîng a e caracers, aows em o wîdraw and en reurn, one by one, beore everyone îs Inay presen and parîcîpaes în îs vîoen cîmax.
Overa, e pays creae srong, memorabe Igures:- rom e wo broers pîed agaîns one anoer and eîr umîîaed moer înïsîunzî;o e unappy usband and wîe wose cîdessness causes muc paîn and conusîon înSeepîng Dogs;o e poor ownsîp coin maker, îs prosîue over, e uggîs sodîers and oer înabîans o a myîca Arîcan repubîc wo srugge or savaîon înhe Good Candîdae;o e yped up carîcaures o e wo ‘super women’ wo cones or power înSoes and Coups;o e îsess, conormîng sudens wo sare dîgs bu wose înîmacy îs bown apar înhe Couca ese and more gîve îe o e dîferen personaîîes and anguage ryms a I e spaces o our geoîsed, pressured socîey. Wîe more commercîa pays [a ave a mîdde cass suburban audîence] and sand up comedy domînae e perormîng ars, e ype o commîed eare represened în îs anoogy demands crîîca responses rom e audîence. Sady î îs under rea because o severe Inancîa resraîns and îmîed audîences and, îke poery, îs vîewed as an încîdena ar orm so a îs pracîîoners srugge o moun producîons. Bu on e sreng o ese pays, one can see a e înspîraîon and sou-searcîng a îve eare ofers wî no easîy be suppressed. ALLAN KOLSKï HORWïTZ JOHANNESBURG
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WRITER’S NOTES e wrîîng o ïSïTHUNZï was înluenced by a gruesome vîdeo wîc T wen vîra în January o 2007. hîs vîdeo saw Ive back ceaners [4 emaes and 1 mae] beîng orced o ea ood wîc ad been urînaed on, ater wîc ey were made o perorm demeanîng acîvîîes on Unîversîy premîses [e Unîversîy o Free Sae]. he peope responsîbe or carryîng ou ese acîvîîes were our wîe mae sudens rom e Unîversîy wo jusîIed makîng e vîdeo by caîmîng a î was or a scoo projec – a caîm wîc was aer ound o be unrue. he pay oows e îves o wo broers, uSceo and uMuzî, sons o one o e adîes umîîaed în e vîdeo. Muzî and Sceo are a wo opposîe ends o e sîck bu eac, în îs own way, aces up o and wreses wî e ask o recaîmîng eîr amîy’s dîgnîy. As a back mae, orîgînay rom KwaZuu-Naa [a provînce wîc prîdes îse on îs mora eacîngs], e vîdeo sruck a nerve so înense a e compexîîes o îs încîden, and îs dynamîcs wîîn e Sou Arîcan conex, demanded a ey be expored and expressed în a body o work. Aong wî e racîa ensîon wîc e acîons/vîoaîons perpeuaed – no ony în e Unîversîy bu în e counry as a woe – îssues o moraîy, mercy and respec aso caed or examînaîon. Loosey ransaed as ‘sadow’ în îs sînguar orm, ïSïTHUNZï expores emes o dîgnîy, respec and reconcîîaîon wî bo se and oer. As suc, î îs a pîece wîc aows or îndîvîdua înrospecîon as we as or dîaogue o ake pace wî regard o e bîg ‘eepan în e room’: e over racîsm wîc we end o srug of as par o îsory bu wîc aways seems o sîp roug e cracks and unveî îs commandîng presence. Essenîay, ïSïTHUNZï’s core message, wîc îs embedded în îs ex, îs o îusrae o peope o coour a reconcîîaîon wî onese and wî eac oer îs a vîa componen în deeaîng racîsm and eaîng e back communîy. Hence e pay’s endîng wîc sees e broers, Sceo and Muzî, movîng owards reconcîîaîon. ï creaes a warm and enderness wîc eaves us wî a sense o ope and opîmîsm wî regard o eîr parîcuar reaîonsîp and o e genera socîa deoxîng o a e damage a racîsm causes.
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HISTORY
ISITHUNZI
ïSïTHUNZï [prevîousy enîedhe Ceaners] was Irs perormed by Duma Ndovu Academy graduaes Sîpo Zakwe and Lunganî Mabaso under e dîrecîon o Luando Mngomezuu on 16 June, 2016 a Space.com [Joburg heare]. As recen graduaes rom DUT a e îme, Sîpo and Lunganî knew a ey ad o creae eîr own work în e îndusry în order o maînaîn and one eîr skîs. Sory ater îs run a Joburg heare, e paîr enered e 2016 annua Marke heare Zwakaa Fesîva, under e menorsîp o Ompîe Mousî, resîden wrîer o e oca soapîe,Scanda.
he pay won Irs pace a e esîva and was awarded a u ree week run a he Marke în 2017 [sponsored by e Naîona Ars Councî]. Ater beîng produced by he Marke, î was seeced o represen a eare a e Irs ever NAC ‘Trade Faîr’– a one-week esîva wîc saw pays rom a around Sou Arîca compee agaîns eac oer. ïSïTHUNZï won Bes Dîrecîon[Luando Mngomezuu]and Bes Producîon respecîvey. hereater, î be-came par o e ‘Troubîng Seasons o Hae’ Conerence organîzed and ed by WïTS Unîversîy.
a. FX: b. US: c. USL: d. CSL: e. CSR: . SFX: g. USC: . DSC: î. AV:
ABBREVIATIONS
Specîa efec Up sage Up sage Let Cenre sage et Cenre sage rîg Specîa efecs Up sage cenre Down sage cenre Audîo vîsua
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