Sophiatown was the ‘Chicago of South Africa’, a vibrant community that produced not only gangsters and shebeen queens but leading journalists, writers, musicians and politicians, and gave urban African culture its rhythm and style. This play, based on the life history of Sophiatown, opened at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in February 1986 to great acclaim. The play won the AA Life Vita Award for Playwright of the Year 1985/86. This new edition of the play includes an introduction which sets the work in its historical context.
Acerca de Sarah Roberts
Sarah Roberts is a South African designer. She workshopped the original set and costumes for Sophiatown with William Kentridge. She won the Naledi Award for Best Costume Design (2005).
Acerca de Angus Gibson
Angus Gibson is a South African filmmaker. He was a founding member of Free Filmmakers; a co-operative established in 1985 to create a relevant South African cinema and is a director of The Bomb Shelter film company.
Acerca de Ruth Jacobson
Ruth Jacobson co-edited Sophiatown Speaks (1986) with Pippa Stein.
Acerca de Liz Johannson
Liz Johannson was part of the team at Junction Avenue Theatre Company that workshopped Sophiatown in 1986.
Acerca de William Kentridge
William Kentridge is a South African artist best known for his work in film and drawing. He was a member of Junction Avenue Theatre Company.
Acerca de Siphiwe Khumalo
Siphiwe Khumalo was a South African actor and director. He was a member of Workshop 71 and Junction Avenue Theatre Company. He directed Love Child (1998) and a number of musicals
Acerca de Doreen Mazibuko
Doreen Mazibuko’s first major role was creating and performing the original ‘Lulu’ in Sophiatown by Junction Avenue Theatre Company.
Acerca de Arthur Molepo
Arthur Molepo is a South African actor and sculptor involved in theatre, film and television. He is best known for his role as Busang in Generations.
Acerca de Gladys Mothlale
Gladys Mothlale’s first major role was creating and performing the original ‘Mamariti’ in Sophiatown by Junction Avenue Theatre Company.
Acerca de Ramolao Makhene
Ramolao Makhene was a South African actor and theatre administrator. He appeared in Taxi to Soweto (1991) and Cry, the Beloved Country (1995). He received the Olive Schreiner award for Drama in 1984 and the Naledi Award for Lifetime Achievement (posthumously) in 2004.
Acerca de Malcolm Purkey
Malcolm Purkey is a South African writer and director. He co-founded the founded Junction Avenue Theatre Company in 1976. Among many other awards for his work, he has won the Breytenbach Epathlon for Best Director of the Year (1978), the AA Vita Award for best play (1986, 2000),and the Fleur du Cap award for Best Director (2011).
Acerca de Minky Schlesinger
Minky Schlesinger is a South African actress, writer and director. She directed the award-winning Gugu and Andile (2008), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Acerca de Tessa Spargo
Tessa Spargo was part of the team at Junction Avenue Theatre Company that workshopped Sophiatown in 1986.
Acerca de Pippa Stein
Pippa Stein was an author and academic at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in applied English language studies. She was a key member of Junction Avenue Theatre Company and she co-edited Sophiatown Speaks (1986).