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Crystal Den, The
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Crystal Den, The

Marion Baraitser
 
Through the eyes of the South African born feminist Olive Schreiner, friend, witness and narrator of Eleanor Marx's tragedy, the plot explores real events in the last two years of Eleanor's life, uncovering the secrets, lies and betrayals over two generations of the Marx family. The play is set in the 1890s and concerns Edward Aveling, Eleanor's common-law husband, whose secret marriage leads to Eleanor's suicide. Eleanor also discovers the scandalous illegitimacy of her half-brother, Freddy Demuth—his mother was the Marx's family's housekeeper. With the help of her friend Israel Zangwill, Eleanor discovers her Jewish identity that her father, Karl Marx, rejected.

Review
Real depth and humility. Brilliant allusions to The Doll''s House, revealing added layers of complexity in the characters'' web of relationships. The link between Eleanor and Nora in the closing moments has real force ... The Crystal Den is very unpretentious and subtle - RSC

Cast : 4M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-215-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Story of an African Farm, The
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Story of an African Farm, The

Marion Baraitser
 
Adapted from the novel by Olive Schreiner, this intelligent and atmospheric dramatisation tells the story of two English cousins growing up in the vast emptiness of a South African semi-desert in the 1860s. The children battle silently and alone as they grow aware of the untrustworthiness of the adult world.

Review
A clever and cohesive dramatisation ... Brilliant - Myer Taub, Market Theatre, Johannesburg



Cast : 8M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-167-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB