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The Robben Island Shakespeare

Author: Matthew Hahn
Publisher: [London] Bloomsbury Publishing [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the Apartheid years in South Africa, a copy of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' was smuggled around the prison on Robben Island. The books' significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking them to mark their favourite passages with a signature and date. Informally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Hahn
ISBN: 9781474283878 147428387X
OCLC Number: 1038801676
Notes: "Scenes: 9. Roles: Male (15), Female (0), Neutral (0)"--Home page
Previously issued in print: London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017. Digital resources published 2018
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xxvi, 52 pages)
Responsibility: Matthew Hahn

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During the Apartheid years in South Africa, a copy of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' was smuggled around the prison on Robben Island. The books' significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking them to mark their favourite passages with a signature and date. Informally known as 'the Robben Island Bible', numerous prisoners selected the speeches that meant the most to them and their experience as political prisoners. In 2008 and 2010, playwright and scholar Matthew Hahn conducted interviews with eight former political prisoners in South Africa. Offering a vivid and startling account of the experience of these political prisoners during Apartheid, this extraordinary verbatim play weaves Shakespeare's words together with first-hand accounts from these men

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