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 Train Driver by Athol Fugard. Taylor explains that different cultures who watched the play in Cape Town have taken away varying emotions from these multi-layered issues. Christina added it Mar 25, He worked extensively with two black actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona and workshopped three plays viz. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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In order to avoid prosecution, he started to take his plays overseas.

Erica Huang rated it it was amazing Sep 20, As the play’s director, Fugard makes up for his authorial flaws. Ninkie Legotlo marked it as to-read Mar 27, Shannon marked it as to-read Feb 25, Saul Radomsky’s graveyard set, with its single Beckettian tree, and Mannie Manim’s bleakly sun-kissed lighting likewise create a strong impression.

Kamran Sehgal added it Jul 25, 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.


I can see why, since it is about the expiation of an overpowering sense of guilt. Boafo Philip marked it as to-read Aug 16, Sets and props were improvised from whatever was available which helps to explain the minimalist sets that productions of these plays utilise. Trueman added it Oct 08, Lists with This Book.

The Train Driver by Athol Fugard

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The political slant of his plays bought him into conflict with the government. Adriena added it Jul 29, Greg Carew rated it really liked it Mar 09, Open Preview See a Problem?

Paperback43 pages. Show 25 25 50 All. 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. Sean Taylor is also excellent as the anguished Roelf and gradually enlists our sympathy for tdain man whose self-absorption grows into an acceptance of our common mortality.

The plays at this time were political and mirrored the frustrations in the lives of the audience.


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After being awarded a scholarship, he enrolled at the local technical college for his secondary education.

Rugard, much as I admire Fugard’s integrity, I wish his play told us more about South Africa’s real victims. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ellie Smith rated it liked it Mar 15, M rated it really liked it Apr 22, For example in Sizwe Banzi is Dead, migrant worker Bansi can only survive by assuming someone else’s identity and getting the important apartheid pass in order to get a job.

Want to Read saving…. Taylor explains that different cultures who watched the play in Cape Town have taken away varying emotions from these multi-layered issues.

We have no idea what we are capable until we are fufard by these types of situations. Jun 23, Ross rated it it was amazing.