Athol Fugard Writing Styles in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

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Sizwe Bansi Is Dead is set in New Brighton (an African township) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1972. The action of the play takes place in three locations. The first is Styles's photography studio located near a funeral parlor, where Sizwe Bansi (as Robert Zwelinzima) gets his picture taken.

The second is Buntu's house, where Sizwe stays when he has nowhere else to go in Port Elizabeth. The last setting is the streets of New Brighton outside of the local bar. This is where Buntu discovers the dead body of Robert Zwelinzima.

Each of these settings emphasize the fact that these characters inhabit a certain part of South African society that places limits on the movements of its African citizens.

Monologue/Stream of Consciousness/ Improvisation/Transitions

Large parts of the one-act Sizwe Bansi Is Dead consist of stylized monologues.

In the original production, the actor who played Styles...

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