Engaging with the South African Past: the TRC and how theatre performs back

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Abstract

Focusing on the analyses of two exemplary South African plays - Ubu and the Truth Commission, and Nothing But the Truth - this essay explores how the country has been negotia­ting its traumatic past through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These plays use dramatic performance to challenge and expose some weaknesses of the TRC - regarding, in particular, the concepts of truth, amnesty, and reconciliation - suggesting the necessity to keep the dialogue about the past open.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-101
Number of pages11
JournalCommonwealth Essays and Studies
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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