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Kriben Pillay


  (1956 - )

Nationality:    South African
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Kriben Pillay is a former senior lecturer in Drama at the University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). He has been associated with over 60 student, semi-professional and professional Theatre productions. His most successful professional Theatre works are Mr Bansi is Dead (1987; an adaptation of Athol Fugard's Sizwe Bansi is Dead), (Looking for Muruga (1990), and Coming Home (1993; a revised professional version of the successful student musical Side By Side Masazane). He is currently writing in other genres, but is set to adapt one of his soon-to-be-published novellas into a Theatre piece.

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        Looking for Muruga

Looking for Muruga

Set in a hotel bar in pre-independence South Africa, Looking for Muruga tells of the encounter between two very different South African men of Indian origin. Each traces, in their own way, the history of Indian culture in South Africa. the play is punctuated by dances and song as the tension-filled story between the waiter, Muruga, and a teacher, Sherwin, unfolds. In the background is the Black South African student, Dante, who iconically represents the Black peoples of South Africa who have little or no real relationship with Indians because of South Africa's racial policies of the time. the Play culminates in a final dance piece that looks to a future South African culture which is not specific to one race group.

the play is noted for its strong mixture of realism (set, costumes, character portrayals) And Anti-realistic devices (flash-back sequence, live musicians, Audience interaction) giving it A dimension of theatricality not found in the playscript.

1st Produced:
Asoka Theatre, Durban, S Africa     1990

Asoka Theatre Company

1st Published:
Asoka Theatre Publications, 1995   


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South African Social Satire

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