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Invention, The

By Wole Soyinka

Year staged: 1959

Opening night: 01/11/1959

Theatre Company: English Stage Company

Staged in: Royal Court Theatre

Cast Size: Unknown


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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Invention, The

Publisher: Unisa Press

Year published: 2005

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Press Reviews

Ref: THM/273/7/2/42

English Stage Company at V&A Theatre and Performance Collection

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Further Production Source

Living Archive (Royal Court)

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