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Alton Kumalo

1939-2013

Born: South Africa, 1939

Biography

Born in South Africa, Alton Kumalo was a playwright, director and actor. In 1972 he founded Temba Theatre company with fellow actor Oscar James. Kumalo and James had wanted to create a platform for writers from Britain and South Africa and Temba’s work was initially issue-based and placed particular emphasis upon racism. The Company staged work by Mustapha Matura, Amiri Baraka, Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona among others, and they were the first black British theatre company to receive an Arts Council subsidy.

Productions

Exodus

Exodus

Year: 1982

City Jungle

City Jungle

Year: 1982

Mister Biko

Mister Biko

Year: 1979

Staged in: Temba Theatre Company; 1972

Temba

Temba

Year: 1970

Staged in: Young Vic Theatre

Teresa

Teresa

Year: 1979

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