Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice
Five South African Plays
by Ashwin Singh
To House | Duped | Spice ‘n Stuff | Reoca Light | Beyond the Big Bangs
Singh’s plays reflect, in different ways, on the complexities and contradictions of life in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Set in South Africa’s third largest and most diverse city, focussing on people of Indian origin and their relationship with other South African communities, these five plays, “undres[s] Durban, as they take us away from the neon lights and ‘candy floss’ to the reality of the underbelly of post-Apartheid urban and suburban existence.” Professor Betty Govinden
Singh is a three-time national award winner for playwriting via the PANSA Playreading Festival (South Africa’s foremost playwriting contest).
Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice is an anthology of five engaging and eclectic South African plays by award-winning playwright Ashwin Singh. The plays selected, namely To House, Duped, Spice ‘n Stuff, Reoca Light and Beyond the Big Bangs represent the complete array of Singh’s storytelling skills in drama as well as satire.
Each play reflects, in different ways, on the complexities and contradictions of life in post-Apartheid South Africa, and focuses particularly on people of Indian origin and their relationship with other South African communities.
The plays present a moving portrait of a unique array of characters and are also punctuated by Singh’s trademark humour. Each one is set in Durban, South Africa’s third largest and most diverse city, and they are described by renowned academic and critic Betty Govinden as “undressing Durban, as they take us away from the neon lights and ‘candy floss’ to the reality of the underbelly of post-Apartheid urban and suburban existence.”
This contemporary play collection from award-winning playwright is ideal for schools, colleges and theatre companies unafraid of gritty drama.
“To House is an important piece of theatre; in it people voice opinions that are uncomfortable and edgy. The cathartic and therapeutic value of hearing these things said aloud in a public place is part of our essential healing process and proves, once again, that art has the ability to go where angels fear to tread.” Daily News, Durban
“Singh’s To House deals with alliances and conflicts between Black, White and Indian characters … the intricate plot holds the attention.” Independent on Sunday
“Singh’s beautifully crafted play is rich in humour and in sadness, peppered with witty one-liners and moving insights. Here is a microcosm of the endearing foibles and extraordinary resilience of a community under threat from all angles.” ArtSmart, South Africa
About the author
Ashwin Singh is an attorney, lecturer, playwright, actor and director. He has been internationally published as both a playwright and an academic author. Aurora Metro Books published his play To House in the 2006 anthology New South African Plays and Catalina UnLtd have just published his play Spice ‘n Stuff in the anthology, The Catalina Collection. Singh is a three-time national award winner for playwriting via the PANSA Playreading Festival (South Africa’s foremost playwriting contest). The Playhouse Company and the Catalina UnLtd Theatre Company have been the most prolific producers of his work.
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