Dramas Of Life Botsotso 20 edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz, Siphiwe ka Ngwenya, Ike Mboneni Muila
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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