FUGARD THE TRAIN DRIVER

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Since having finished the run at The Fugard in Cape Town, both actors returned to their respective lives —Taylor in Australia where he moved a while ago, and Sejake in South Africa. A thol Fugard describes his new play as, for himself, the most important he has ever written. With the demise of apartheid, Fugard’s first two postapartheid plays Valley Song and The Captain’s Tiger focused on personal rather than political issues. This may be Fugard’s own form of self-indictment, but it unbalances the play by putting more stress on Afrikaaner angst than on the reality of black poverty. Roelf Visagie, the tormented train driver, enters looking for the grave of an unnamed pregnant woman who committed suicide by stepping in front of his train.

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Molly added it May 28, Roelf Visagie, the tormented train driver, enters looking for the grave of an unnamed pregnant woman who committed suicide by stepping in front of his train.

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M rated it really liked it Apr 22, While doing so, it is highly likely that he already had his two leads in mind — something that Sean Taylor, who takes on the role of Roelf Visagie, the figard train driver — agrees with. The political slant of his plays bought him into conflict with the government.

Roelf, who is endangering his life by his action, represents the death-wish of a whole generation, including white tgain, who have neither understood nor alleviated the plight of South Africa’s urban poor.

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cugard The end is climactic, but I shall stop here and not divulge too much. His family moved to Port Elizabeth soon after he was born. Brigid added it Mar 22, Adriena added it Jul 29, Saul Radomsky’s graveyard set, with its single Beckettian tree, and Mannie Manim’s bleakly sun-kissed lighting likewise create a strong impression.

The Train Driver – review

Fugard used feedback from the audience to improve the plays — expanding the parts that worked and deleting the ones that did not. The audience was normally poor tugard labourers and the residents of hostels in the townships.

Fugard married Sheila Meiring, now known as Sheila Fugard, then an actress in one of his plays, in September Returning to Port Elizabeth in the early s, he worked with a group of actors whose first performance was in the former snake pit of the zoo, hence the name The Serpent Players. Linda Winata rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Christina added it Mar 25, Laura rated it really liked it Jan 25, Yet both feel that being able to perform the play for a second time has allowed them to breathe new life into the personalities and nuanced behaviours of the characters.

Fugard’s Train Driver — “the biggest of them all”

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nadir Muna marked it as to-read Jun 20, He considers himself an Afrikaner, but writes in English to reach a larger audience.

Jun 23, Ross rated it it was amazing.

Martin Murray added it Jun 27, Books by Athol Fugard. With the traun of apartheid, Fugard’s first two postapartheid plays Valley Song and The Captain’s Tiger focused on personal rather than political issues. But, much as I admire Fugard’s integrity, I wish his play told us more about South Africa’s real victims. So he goes to a desolate squatter camp, where the nameless dead are buried, to seek the grave of the woman who threw herself on to the tracks.

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His trin companion is a poor black gravedigger, Simon, whose shack he shares and to whom he unburdens his troubled conscience. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Gordon marked it as to-read Oct 20, After being awarded a scholarship, he enrolled at the local technical college for his secondary education.

Working in the court environment and seeing how the Africans suffered under the pass laws provided Fugard with a firsthand insight into the injustice and pain of apartheid. The two meet, and Visagie tries to redeem himself and attain a state of grace to overcome his feelings of guilt.

Fugard’s inspiration came from a horrific story about a black woman who, clutching her three children, killed herself and them by stepping in front of a train in South Africa’s Cape Flats.

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