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Saturday, November 22, 2014


(The cover of “Hinterland” by Duncan Buwalda. Directed by Caroline Smart, the play will run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in April next year)

Junkets Publisher is a small independent not-for-profit publishing house specialising in publishing high-quality low-cost books of mainly new South African plays, thereby building up a valuable library of our dramatic heritage.

To date, Junkets have published 30 individual plays in The Playscript Series. Among the playwrights we have published are Omphile Molusi; Nadia Davids; Juliet Jenkin; Rajesh Gopie; Malika Ndlovu; Fatima Dike; Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala; Mike van Graan; Ashraf Johaardien; Bulelani Mabutyana; Neil Coppen; Phillip M Dikotla; Sinethemba Twani; Anele Rusi; Khayelihle Dom Gumede; Philip Rademeyer and Duncan Buwalda.

Junnkets have also published six anthologies of plays in The Collected Series. Included in this series is The Magnet Theatre ‘Migration’ Plays, two of which are in isiXhosa, directed by Mandla Mbothwe. Four other collections are designed for school use, and include the following writers: M Cassiem D’arcy; Barry Morgan; Margaret Clough; Monti Jola; M Andries Phukuntsi; Ongezwa Mbele; Zakes Mda; Motshabi Tyelele; Masitha Hoeane and Sibusiso Mamba.

In an attempt to focus on the rich storytelling heritage of South Africa, last year Junkets Publisher put out a call for short plays that were stage adaptations of African folktales suitable for performance or rehearsed reading in the upper Grades of the primary school and the lower Grades of the high school.

Some 37 plays were submitted. The entire process of compiling (reading, assessing, selecting, discussing) was done using pseudonyms: apart from plays they may have written and submitted themselves, the co-compilers did not know who had written which plays until the entire process was completed.

The quality of the submissions persuaded the compilers that there was material good enough for two volumes. Junkets Publisher will now publish the two volumes, with 12 plays in each volume. African Folktales Onstage! 1 & 2 will appear at the same time at the end of this year, 2014, or early in 2015.

Included in these 24 plays are two written by Durban playwright Clinton Marius: Going … Going … and Our Stories.

These two volumes will prove valuable to everyone involved in drama, theatre arts, and performing arts in all schools and teacher-training institutions. School libraries, university libraries and public libraries will be very interested to acquire them.

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Should eventual funding through Thundafund allow it, we hope to print a large number of copies for free distribution to under-resourced schools, among whom the books will find a ready appreciation.

For more information contact Robin Malan of Junkets Publisher on 021 448 7186 or 076 169 2789 or email: or visit