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Dramatising the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The role of theatre practitioners in exploring the past
in South African performance and archives of memory
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This chapter explores how theatre has responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), various macro and micro truths and memories that have emerged or been denied. The TRC and arts practitioners have played different roles in piecing together fragments of memories. The chapter then determines the significance of various performance aesthetics for engaging with South Africa's experiences of the past. Referring to The Dead Wait, Nothing but the Truth and Green Man Flashing, the chapter explores how these plays engage with the themes of exile, ghosts and hauntings, issues related to masculinity. It considers how Molora brings together the exploration of what constitutes an appropriate performance form when engaging with ongoing socio-juridical questions in the post-apartheid South African context. The chapter also considers the place of the wider community in completing the social action begun by the TRC.

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