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Molora
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Molora

Yaël Farber
 
In this reworking of the ancient Greek Oresteia trilogy, Klytemnestra and Elektra, mother and daughter, face one another in a dramatic confrontation. Their attempts to come to terms with their violent past echo the testimonies delivered in the wake of apartheid all over South Africa as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

A chorus of Xhosa tribeswomen brings grace and humanity to the drama through the ancient art of split tone singing, adding a haunting intensity to this evocative retelling.

Acclaimed writer and director Yael Farber uses the ancient Greek tragedy as a metaphor through which to revisit the horrors endured by the black majority at the hands of the white minority. But unlike the original Oresteia trilogy, Farber has modified the story to break the cycle of violence, reflecting South Africa’s own transformation in the 1990s.

Cast : 1+M, 3+F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-855-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
RAM: The abduction of Sita into the darkness
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RAM: The abduction of Sita into the darkness

Yaël Farber
 
A riveting new stage adaptation from award-winning writer and director Yael Farber. In this new publication, Farber (inspired by contemporary retellings) adapts the ancient tale of The Ramayana, attributed to the Hindu sage Valmiki. The original Ramayana forms a significant part of the Hindu canon, dating to approximately the 5th-4th century BC – with the oldest surviving manuscripts from the 11th century BC. 

Farber’s potent revisioning of this age-old text is a raw and probing contemporary work which places the loss of the Feminine Divine, and thus our lack of spiritual and moral equilibrium, at its visceral core. This is a Ramayana for a new world.



Cast : 9+M, 4+F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-988-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Theatre as Witness
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Theatre as Witness

Three Testimonial Plays from South Africa

Yaël Farber
 
‘These texts are three flames that burn in the darkness of silence and may speak for countless South Africans whose stories will never be told.’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A Woman in Waiting
Based on the life of Thembi Mtshali-Jones, whose life journey has taken her from a childhood of poverty in the rural village of Sabhoza, to Johannesburg where she would become one of South Africa's foremost performers and singers.

Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise
Developed by Yael Farber with a group of five performers, who drew on memories, dreams and childhood songs to create a vivid depiction of their Apartheid-era experiences.

He Left Quietly
Tells the story of Duma Kumalo who was sentenced to death in 1984 for his alleged participation in the mob killing of a town councillor in Sharpeville – but due to intense international pressure was granted a stay of execution just hours before he was due to be killed.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-820-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Yaël Farber: Plays One
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Yaël Farber: Plays One

Yaël Farber
 

Molora - based on The Oresteia by Aeschylus

In this reworking of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Klytemnestra and Elektra face one another in a dramatic confrontation. Attempts to come to terms with their violent past echo testimonies delivered in Apartheid’s wake throughout South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness - based on The Ramayana by Valmiki

Farber’s potent revisioning of this age-old text is a raw and probing contemporary work which places the loss of the Feminine Divine, and thus our lack of spiritual and moral equilibrium, at its visceral core. This is a Ramayana for a new world.

Mies Julie - based on Miss Julie by August Strindberg

Transposed to a post-apartheid kitchen – a single night, both brutal and tender, unfolds between a black farm-labourer, the daughter of his master and the woman who has raised them both. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare, as John and Mies Julie spiral in a deadly battle over power, sexuality, mothers and memory.


Cast : 2F, 1M, chorus & musicians; 5F, 8M + extras; 3F, 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-151-2 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB