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What Remains - A Play In One Act (Paperback): Nadia Davids What Remains - A Play In One Act (Paperback)
Nadia Davids
R165 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R34 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

On a still, cool day in the east of a city by the sea, three sounds only: a bulldozer’s engine, a forgotten song, a canon that tells the time. Behind the bulldozer, a sign: Luxury Mall Coming Soon. As the vehicle moves in to the clear ground, it strikes at something unexpected…

What Remains is a fusion of text, dance and movement to tell a story about the unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town, the archaeological dig that follows and a city haunted by the memory of slavery. When the bones emerge from the ground, everyone in the city – slave descendants, archaeologists, citizens, property developers – is forced to reckon with a history sometimes remembered, sometimes forgotten.

Loosely based on the events at Prestwich Place, What Remains is a path between memory and magic, the uncanny and the known, waking and dreaming. Four figures – The Archaeologist, The Healer, The Dancer and The Student – move between bones and books, archives and madness, paintings and protest, as they struggle to reconcile the past with the now.

An imperfect blessing (Paperback): Nadia Davids An imperfect blessing (Paperback)
Nadia Davids
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

For Alia Dawood and her country, 1993 will be an important year. South Africa is on the eve of its first democratic elections, and Alia – 14, clumsy, combative, and full of pubescent angst – and her older sister Nasreen watch as the country is engulfed in an exhilarating combination of change and turmoil. Both girls admire their Uncle Waleed, an impossibly cool radical writer and political revolutionary whose subversive activities in 1986 endangered the whole family. As tensions mount across South Africa, the sisters – to the dismay of their parents and conservative grandmother, and to the bewilderment of their classmates at their elite private school – increasingly wish to emulate Waleed and rebel. An Imperfect Blessing takes us into the world of Cape Town’s Muslim community, and is told across two time periods: the heady days of 1993, and the fraught State of Emergency in 1986. The novel moves from the street to the schoolroom, from weddings to clubs, hospitals to townships and kitchens to mosques, by way of bars, house parties and bookshops. In so doing it documents the community’s history of slavery, the demise of District Six and the end of apartheid, with an exquisite centrepiece at the memorial for assassinated communist leader Chris Hani. An imperfect blessing is a masterful debut.

Cissie : The Playscript (Paperback): Nadia Davids Cissie : The Playscript (Paperback)
Nadia Davids
R149 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R17 (11%) Shipped within 10 - 18 working days

Nadia Davids's moving play Cissie evokes the life of an extraordinary woman Cape Town activist, Cissie Gool. From the early days of her girlhood to her death in 1963, the play allows us to glimpse into her world: the dynamic social and political home of her childhood, the heady years of her public speaking and marriage, and her difficulty in trying to live a free life under the traumatic shadow of colonialism and apartheid. Through monologue, shadow theatre and poetry, the lost world of Cissie's home, District Six, is recreated. This edition includes: an introduction by the playwright, vocabulary help on the page, exam-style questions for learners, and information on the play's historical background.

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