Business Day Live | Chris Thurman:
IN MY day-job I am paid to teach and write about Shakespeare — a vocational interest that, in a South African context, comes with various anxieties. What are the political implications of “doing Shakespeare”? Can his work be made relevant? What constructive social uses can it have?
Sculptures in the Imaginarium concrete art awards. Keilauren de Vries, Butcher Babies. Images: Courtesy UJ Art Gallery.
So I was intrigued to hear about Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM), a theatre group facilitated by veteran actress Dorothy Ann Gould. One thing that makes JAM distinct — a feature that must be mentioned, though it could become a sentimental tagline — is that its members are homeless. Another is that their repertoire consists entirely of Shakespeare…
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