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Boot Dance, The

By Edgar Nkosi White

Year staged: 1984

Opening night: 09/07/1984

Theatre Company: Temba Theatre Company; 1972

Staged in: The Tricycle Theatre, latterly The Kiln Theatre

Cast Size: 4

Synopsis

The play follows the disintegration and slow recovery of a young South African boot dancer who, after ten years alone in England suddenly suffers a mental breakdown. It traces the relationship between Lazarus Mphele, an exiled South African dancer, a cynical West Indian guard named Gibbs, and Janette, a mixed-race teenager who once tried to murder her violent father.

Original Cast

Lionel Taylor

Dr Adder

Jason Rose

Gibbs

Amanda Symonds

Janette

Alton Kumalo

Lazarus

Production Team

Alby James

Director

Sarah-Jane McClelland

Designer

Dick Bloxidge

Lighting

Additional Materials

Link to Press Cuttings

Press Cuttings

Ref: THM/77/1/9

V&A Theatre and Performance Collection

Link to Photographs

Photographs

Ref: THM/77/6/7

V&A Theatre and Performance Collection

Link to Production Photographs

Production Photographs

Ref: THM/317/5/1/54

V&A Theatre and Performance Collection

Link to Press and Publicity Management File

Press and Publicity Management File

Ref: THM/317/4/3/68

V&A Theatre and Performance Collection

Newsletter

Ref: BCA/Ephemera/79

Black Cultural Archives

Link to Playscript

Playscript

Ref: MPS 2447

British Library

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