THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard. Dramaturgical Notes composed by Judy Braha, Thomas Martin, and Todd Siff. SETTING. Time: Summer, about The Road to Mecca with Educational Dramaturg Ted Sod. GORDON EDELSTEIN: In Athol Fugard, we find an artist who uses drama as. Complete summary of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Road to Mecca. Download PDF.
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Editorial Reviews. Review. THE ROAD TO MECCA, by celebrated South African dramatist Athol Fugard, depicts the struggle of eccentric, reclusive Miss Helen. The New Yorker has said of Athol Fugard, "A rare playwright, who could be a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize. A South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow.
This was the second Fugard play that I read, and was once again astounded by his command of character and realistic dialogue. Error rating book. Audie Award for Theatrical Performance Born in I saw the play and cried - very moving. She is viewed by the local community as a crazy recluse, and spends her days creating sculptures and artwork that decorates her garden and house.
It's based on a true story. Helen did exist. She lived in South Africa and the playwright who bought a home in the town she lived in became fascinated with her story. It's also a movie which Kathy Bates did in If I can find it I'm going to buy it. Sep 07, Dylan rated it liked it. A touching statement on the roles which faith and creativity play in the endurance of the human spirit. This was the second Fugard play that I read, and was once again astounded by his command of character and realistic dialogue.
Through his telling of Helen's story the seemingly 'crazy' yet wildly imaginative old woman at the center of the story we are shown a remarkably important moment in the lives of several people. Very short but moving play set in s South Africa and centered around the struggles of one woman - Miss Helen - as she's pulled in two differing directions by the two closest people to her. It's man vs. I saw the play and cried - very moving. May 30, Jessica rated it it was amazing.
A play that is mostly just two women that isn't about rape or men or stereotypical 2 women play things! My heart is rejoicing. This play is beautiful and touching and infuriating and boy was I invested! It has some really meaty roles to dig into. I think I might add this to the plays I want to direct list This was a very interesting play. I liked the fact that Miss Helen existed in real life. It gives the play a more believable and enjoyable feel to it.
Favourite Quotes: Aug 10, Goretti rated it it was amazing. Jun 02, Andrew rated it really liked it. A very interesting play. It starts off kind of slow, put picks up enough steam a couple of pages in that it becomes very good. I recomend it. View 1 comment. Nov 21, Latha rated it liked it Recommended to Latha by: My husband. This is a play. It was a different type of thing for me to read. Mar 31, Alyssa rated it really liked it Recommended to Alyssa by: Professor Bloom.
I enjoyed this much more than i anticipated. I'm glad I chose to read it through once first before I have to dissect it for class. May 13, Jinx Morgan rated it liked it. This play quickly brings together some large themes- racial inequality, religious beliefs, female relationships - in a South African historical setting. It's a quick read but did not inspire me. Jul 21, Zama Zungu added it. Favorite Play of all Time. Sep 06, Juliana Hanford rated it it was amazing. There aren't enough stars in the world for this.
I had to read this book for my English Lit studies and I am totally blown away by the story. I now just need to sit and think about it a bit. Jan 11, Tess rated it liked it Shelves: It's very heart warming and beautifully worded.
Mar 29, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: Ah, the unfortunately named Athol. Jul 08, Lois rated it it was ok Recommends it for: True literature lovers. This is good. Read it. It is too long to explain so go to Amazon and read the summary and reviews.
Feb 17, Janine rated it liked it. It must be noted that I do not actually enjoy reading playscripts; I would rather watch a performance in a theatre, or read a novel. Having said that, Fugard had me thoroughly invested in his story.
His depiction of the three characters is subtle and beautiful. He manages to keep his characters, who could all easily fall into bland single tone representatives, interesting as he slowly reveals their past and their understandings of the world around them.
Elsa is not just a bleeding heart, Helen n It must be noted that I do not actually enjoy reading playscripts; I would rather watch a performance in a theatre, or read a novel. Elsa is not just a bleeding heart, Helen not just an eccentric old woman, nor is Marius just a bigoted church pastor.
Fugard clearly and beautifully creates imagery in the words spoken by his characters, the karoo becomes its own character within the story and the imagery of Helen's Mecca celebrates her creations. Fugard touches upon race, gender and age issues. He uses his work to comment on religious intolerance and depression. His play is much more than a story about two women and a pastor. It is a story that asks us to look at ourselves and our role in the social environment we find ourselves in.
There is an ominous air to this story that drew me in and has stayed with me since I read it. Time gives an interesting perspective on the events in this play, one of hurry, uncertainty, worry and fear, but it also adds a powerful nature to the story and the reconciliation that happens at the end seems to have an air of healing. I really enjoyed reading good South African literature, it felt familiar and resonated inside my soul.
Sep 09, Charmaine Elliott rated it really liked it. Excellent, thought-provoking and makes one want to visit The Owl House.
The audible version was very good - that said it would be even better with South African accents. The pronunciation of Dominee jarred. Quite a play I don't read a lot of plays, but this one is Inspiration, humorous and filled with the light we need to seek! Mar 08, Megan rated it really liked it. This was a very interesting play, which deals with many relevant subjects such as nihilism and the oppression of women.
The characters are fascinating and complex. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Athol Fugard. Athol Fugard. Harold Athol Lannigan Fugard b.
His wife, Sheila Fugard, and their daughter, Lisa Fugard, are also writers. He considers himself an Afrikaner, but writes in English to reach a larger audience. Hi Harold Athol Lannigan Fugard b. His family moved to Port Elizabeth soon after he was born. In , he was enrolled at the Marist Brothers College — a Catholic primary school although he is not known to be a Roman Catholic. After being awarded a scholarship, he enrolled at the local technical college for his secondary education.
He then enrolled in the University of Cape Town but dropped out. He sailed around the world working on ships mainly in the Far East. Fugard married Sheila Meiring, now known as Sheila Fugard, then an actress in one of his plays, in September She later became a novelist and poet in her own right.
They started the Serpent Players in Port Elizabeth before moving to Johannesburg where he was employed as a court clerk. Working in the court environment and seeing how the Africans suffered under the pass laws provided Fugard with a firsthand insight into the injustice and pain of apartheid. Returning to Port Elizabeth in the early s, he worked with a group of actors whose first performance was in the former snake pit of the zoo, hence the name The Serpent Players.
The political slant of his plays bought him into conflict with the government. In order to avoid prosecution, he started to take his plays overseas.
After Blood Knot, was produced in England, his passport was withdrawn for four years.
In , he publicly supported an international boycott against segregated theatre audiences which led to further restrictions. He worked extensively with two black actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona and workshopped three plays viz. The early plays workshopped with Kani and Ntshona were staged in black areas for a night and then the cast moved to the next venue — probably a dimly lit church hall or community centre.
The audience was normally poor migrant labourers and the residents of hostels in the townships. The plays at this time were political and mirrored the frustrations in the lives of the audience.
Fugard's plays drew the audience into the drama, they would applaud, cry and interject their own opinions. Fugard used feedback from the audience to improve the plays — expanding the parts that worked and deleting the ones that did not. For example in Sizwe Banzi is Dead, migrant worker Bansi can only survive by assuming someone else's identity and getting the important apartheid pass in order to get a job. Sets and props were improvised from whatever was available which helps to explain the minimalist sets that productions of these plays utilise.
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