generations

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784601249.00000008
Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (3) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

debbie tucker green’s generations is a short play about a multi-generational family of black South Africans, ravaged by a disease (unnamed in the play, but strongly identified with AIDS). It was first seen as a Platform performance at the National Theatre, London, on 30 June 2005.

The play is set in the kitchen of black South African family. A family meal for three generations – from teenage daughters to grandparents – is being lovingly prepared with much story-telling and competitive banter. An onstage Choir (a stage direction states that a 'black South African choir would be great') sings. The family scene is enacted five times over. The dialogue is the same each time, but the scenes become shorter as gradually, beginning with one of the teenage daughters whose off-stage courtship provides a comic sideshow, members of the family leave the playing area, and their section of the dialogue is excised. Finally, the Choir sings the South African national anthem, 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika'.

The National Theatre Platform performance was directed by Sacha Wares with a cast including Jeffrey Kissoon, Golda John, Rakie Ayola, Danny Sapani, Sharlene Whyte, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Seun Shote, with members of the African Voices Choir.

The play was revived at the Young Vic, London, in March 2007, in a production directed by Sacha Wares.

From trade & generations: two plays

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Nick Hern Books

debbie tucker green

ISBN: 9781854599124

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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