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Tuesday November 30th 2021

Waiting for the Barbarians becomes a tiresome exercise

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  1. Jaqueline Dommisse says:

    I tried very hard to like this play. Such a strong and capable cast, I was expecting to be transported, but wasn’t. You’ve hit the nail on the head, Steve. Great clumsy clunky lumps of quoted text that didn’t integrate with the dance drama.

    I struggled with the brutal sexualisation of the women. I felt the physical violence was depicted symbolically, but the sexual violence more literally. I am no prude and am open to nudity on stage, but when the director seems to think that we won’t understand that the actors are having sex unless the women take off their clothes, but of course the men can keep their’s on, then my Feminist hackles rise. I know the misogyny is pure Coetzee, so this point may be unfair.

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