The Invention reflects the obsession with race that marked the apartheid regime, and prophetically depicts the beginnings of the crumbling of the apartheid system in the futuristic setting of Johannesburg in 1976. It expresses the concern of the African diapsora with apartheid, which was felt to be an affront to the entire race.

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Title Year Publisher NT Library
The Invention and, The Detainee 2005 Unisa Press No

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Press reviews THM/273/7/2/42 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection