This Strindberg’s Miss Julie was transported to rural post apartheid South Africa directed and written by Yael Farber. The added dimension of race complimented the themes already existed in the play such as class, rank and gender dynamics and produced even more explosiveness and jeopardy. Bongile Mantsai as John gave a raw, physical and yet sensitive performance whilst Hilda Cronje as Julie had a steely determination and gave a discernible sense of vulnerability. There was an added element of physicality intersperse within the dialogue and gave a more primal feel to the play. The main structure of Strindberg’s original was there but there were some elements of the dialogue that was dwelt on for too long and could have done with some editing. Otherwise, the South African setting worked well and added something interesting to the original.


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