Please note that the deadline for the Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South (RETAGS) PhD Scholarship call has been extended to the 3rd of April 2020.
The CTDPS launched an innovative, new five-year research project at the beginning of 2019, Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project proposes to take a concept – tragedy - from the very beginnings of theatre in its European manifestation and to reimagine it from a perspective in Africa that is at once directed at the complex challenges of our global postcolonial present and towards our possible futures both inside and outside of the discipline. We are pleased to offer for studies beginning in 2020: One three-year PhD scholarship, to the value of R130,000 in 2020 and 2021, and R135,000 in 2022.
The award winning family drama, "Moeders en Dogters", was first published in 1983 and first staged in 1985. Set against the political instability of the 1976 Soweto student uprising, the play examines the lives of three daughters, their mother and domestic worker. Reimagined for the bilingual Afrikaans 4th year students at CTDPS, with permission from the playwrite, Corlia Fourie, we have held onto the drama, let go of the realism somewhat... and set it in present day, October 2019.
Susan-Lori Parks' Venus is a spectacle of the senses, an act of transgressing prescribed theatrical modes and interrogating the paradoxes of being. We follow the archival life of Sara Baartman/The Venus Hottentot through the interrogation of the Negro Ressurectionist/s and uncover moments patched together like an ill-fitting quilt upon the senses.