Janet Suzman DBE was Shen Te / Shui Ta in an acclaimed production of Good Woman of Sechuan at The Royal Court in the 70’s, and then directed her own version of the play, re-named The Good Person of Sharkeville, at The Market Theatre Johannesburg as it is about survival in extreme urban poverty. She is presently directing Athol Fugard’s A Lesson from Aloes at The Finborough Theatre. She will be reading some of the poems, happy to re-acquaint herself with BB after such an interval.
This is the classic story of a Brooklyn Jewish boy, the child of immigrants, who turned himself into one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Philip Davis has written the first-ever biography of Bernard Malamud who died in 1986 and has suffered a certain neglect since then. In this celebratory event, designed to mark Malamud’s revival, Davis told the story of the life and work, accompanied by powerful readings given by the distinguished actress, Janet Suzman.
When his cousin was killed in the Zululand hills, journalist Kevin Bloom’s reporting of South Africa’s tempestuous social upheaval took on a deeply personal aspect. Bloom explored what life is like for white South Africans under majority rule and how tragedy still haunts the re-born rainbow nation.
Vasily Grossman is famous for his masterpiece Life and Fate and his writing as a reporter embedded within the Red Army, particularly for his powerful report on Treblinka. Robert Chandler (his translator and editor of The Road) revealed to us Grossman not only as a heroic witness, but also as a supreme artist, focusing on Grossman’s dialogue with another great short story writer, Isaak Babel.
Janet Suzman read from three of Grossman’s recently published short stories.
Yael Dayan, daughter of the legendary Moshe Dayan, looks back at her life as a fierce and eloquent activist and influential politician. Chaired by Janet Suzman.
These three towering Shakespeareans who have taught, written about, directed and performed the greatest dramatist of all times, engage in a witty and illuminating exchange about why the pre-eminent playwright and poet is studied, interpreted and translated the world over, providing inspiration for new operas, films, plays, novels, and other works of art.