To House

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DOI: 10.5040/9781911501657.00000007
Scenes: 13. Roles: Male (5) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Set during the time that much of the international community perceived as the “honeymoon period” for South Africa, a period between the mid 1990s and the early years of the new millennium, during which time the iconic Nelson Mandela served as South Africa’s first democratically elected president and then Thabo Mbeki served his first term as president. Most of the action of the play occurs on one afternoon and the last scene happens on a particular morning two weeks later. However, the author is suggesting that the play’s events could have occurred at any time during this “honeymoon period”. To House explores the complexities and changing paradigms of living in a multicultural sectional titles scheme amidst an emerging South African democracy whereby stability of home, job security, family values, intergenerational relations and interpersonal conflict are brought to the fore. Much of the world seemed convinced that South Africa was engaging in a “honeymoon phase” in the early days of liberation and that colour, creed and class were no longer divisive factors. To House exposes the underbelly of society’s discomfort with dealing with crosscultural relations as it implodes into our living space.