(from BBC Radio 4)
Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079rbcs
Writer Nadia Davids talks to a variety of South Africans including legendary John Kani and former political prisoner Eddie Daniels about what Shakespeare means in the country today. She finds Shakespeare being performed as a way of discussing race, violence against women post Pistorius, and the current political crisis around President Zuma, but also that his presence in South Africa’s cultural landscape is contested by some as part of the debate about decolonizing education. For others such as school pupils from a township outside Cape Town and for a group of homeless men in Johannesburg, Shakespeare offers an opportunity to grown and develop as well as reflect on their own lives.
Producer: Maggie Ayre.