About the Book
The bomb killed a 77-year-old woman and badly injured her seven-year old granddaughter and 22 others.
The process resulted in much controversy and an extraordinary performance piece, which can never be restaged.
Photographer, Brian Astbury, spent three days in the rehearsal room, documenting the production.
It was a life-changing experience. As a result he went on to found The Space - South Africa's first non-racial, commercial Theatre/Art venue – in 1972. This was the seed-bed from which many of a South Africa's greatest theatre and writing talents grew. Among many others: Fatima Dike, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, Pieter-Dirk Uys.
This book sets out to record and commemorate this production.
In the 70’s Brian Astbury founded and ran South Africa’s first non-racial theatre/arts venue, The Space, after his involvement with the production – Orestes – changed the direction of his life. Here he commissioned plays like Sizwe Banzi is dead, The Island and Statements after an arrest under the Immorality Act. Later, in London he became a teacher of actors and writers. His other books include Trusting the Actor - a manual of new methods in actor training; Everyone Can Write - or how NOT to learn how to write, which sets out a method of teaching writing, based on his work with actors and writers over the years; Theatre of Survival - The Story of The Space; My Life as a Complete Failure - Learning to Trust, and a novella - Jelly. He is currently working on The Exploding Suitcase - a personal examination of the importance of metaphor in his own life, and Create Theatre - further new techniques for acting, as well as more practical methods for surviving in theatre in the real world.