Magnet Theatre (Book)

Three Decades of Making Space

Cape Town's Magnet Theatre has been a force in South African theater for three decades, a crucial space for theater, education, performance, and community throughout a turbulent period in South African history. Offering a dialogue between internal and external perspectives, as well as perspectives from performers, artists, and scholars, this book analyzes Magnet's many productions and presents a rich compendium of the work of one of the most vital physical theater companies in Africa.

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Cape Town’s Magnet Theatre has been a force in South African theater for three decades, a crucial space for theater, education, performance, and community throughout a turbulent period in South African history. Offering a dialogue between internal and external perspectives, as well as perspectives from performers, artists, and scholars, this book analyzes Magnet’s many productions and presents a rich compendium of the work of one of the most vital physical theater companies in Africa.

Megan Lewis is assistant professor of theatre history and dramaturgy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Anton Krueger is a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama at Rhodes University in South Africa. 

Chapter 1 - Plotting the Magnetic Field: Origins and Trajectories
Megan Lewis and Anton Krueger
Chapter 2 - Making Space for Ideas: The Knowledge Work of Magnet Theatre
Mark Fleishman
Chapter 3 - An Activist Company Inventing a Future:
A Conversation with Neo Muyanga
Chapter 4 - ‘Being There’: The Evolution of Performance Aesthetics from Medea (1994–96) to The Magnet Theatre ‘Migration’ Plays (2012)
Miki Flockemann
Chapter 5 - The Full Gamut of an Ideal Company:
A Conversation with Jay Pather
Chapter 6 - The Implacable Grandeur of the Stranger: Ruminations on Fear and Familiarity in Die Vreemdeling [The Stranger] (2010)
Anton Krueger
Chapter 7 - Theatre That Can Organize, Mobilize, Conscientize:
A Conversation with Mandla Mbothwe
Chapter 8 - Performing the Language of the Body in My Mother Tongue: 
A Conversation with Faniswa Yisa
Chapter 9 - Magnet Theatre and the Moving Body
Jennie Reznek
Chapter 10 - Ideas Dying to be Born:
A Conversation with Craig Leo
Chapter 11 - The Creative Flow of Arresting, Exquisite Fabric:
A Conversation with Illka Louw
Chapter 12 - Embodied Practice that Troubles Fixed Narratives of Identity, History and Memory
Yvette Hutchison
Magnet’s Recipe for Considered, Chapter 13 - Conscious Theatre-Making:
A Conversation with Frances Marek
Chapter 14 - The Performance Labours of Magnet and Jazzart’s Cargo (2007)
Megan Lewis
Chapter 15 - Making Space for Community: Magnet Theatre ‘Intervenes’ in Khayelitsha
Gay Morris
Chapter 16 - Vividly Feeling the Extremes of Being in the World:
A Conversation with Margie Pankhurst
Chapter 17 - By Telling Stories We Can Learn Something from Life:
A Conversation with Thando Doni
Chapter 19 - Catalysing a Community: Magnet’s Clanwilliam Community Intervention Project
Lavona de Bruyn
Chapter 19 - Bursting the Bubble of Play: Making Space for Intercultural Dialogue
Elliot Leffler
Chapter 20 - Keeping Theatre Alive in the Community:
A Conversation with Zwelakhe Khuse
Chapter 21 - Magnet Never Forgets its People:
A Conversation with Nolovuyo Sam
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