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Happy Natives – C. Coetzee

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Happy Natives is very contemporary, looking at the way in which South Africans struggle to define their present identity. The play is extremely gripping, very funny and yet keeps surprising the audience with its insight into the complexities of cross-cultural relationships, ten years on from the start of the rainbow nation.

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Happy Natives is very contemporary, looking at the way in which South Africans struggle to define their present identity. The play is extremely gripping, very funny and yet keeps surprising the audience with its insight into the complexities of cross-cultural relationships, ten years on from the start of the rainbow nation. The play shows how little we still know each other and how South Africans still make assumptions about each other based on racial grouping rather than on individual reality. This is rich material for comedy and Coetzee excels in using such theatrical techniques as the reversal of expectation and the revelation of the unexpected and the contradictory. Greig Coetzee’s latest play Happy Natives is a triumphant confirmation of this writer’s ability to comment satirically and powerfully on South African society. ¬†Coetzee’s play points out just what an interesting and richly human world we inhabit. He shows that no human being in fact fits into the images that the media would like to sell us, and that the effort required to relate authentically to one another is worthwhile. A willingness to listen, a tolerance of different ways, and a sense if one’s own worth are shown to be ways to greater enjoyment of this diversity.

Additional information

ISBN

978 1869140335

Date Published

2003

Language

English

Publisher

Specifications

Softcover, 14 x 20 cm, 58pp