Molora - Based on The Oresteia by Aeschylus
In this reworking of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Klytemnestra and Elektra face one another in a dramatic confrontation. Attempts to come to terms with their violent past echo testimonies delivered in Apartheid’s wake throughout South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness - Based on The Ramayana by Valmiki
Farber’s potent revisioning of this age-old text is a raw and probing contemporary work which places the loss of the Feminine Divine, and thus our lack of spiritual and moral equilibrium, at its visceral core. This is a Ramayana for a new world.
Mies Julie - Based on Miss Julie by August Strindberg
Transposed to a post-apartheid kitchen—a single night, both brutal and tender, unfolds between a black farm-labourer, the daughter of his master and the woman who has raised them both. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare, as John and Mies Julie spiral in a deadly battle over power, sexuality, mothers and memory.
Yaël Farber is an award-winning theatre artist of international acclaim. Her original works have toured the world extensively, earning her a reputation for hard-hitting, controversial theatre of the highest artistic standards. She has developed a body of powerful testimonial works, as well as radical adaptations of the classics. With a focus on the personal, her creations invariably articulate the inherently political. Farber was named Artist of the Year in her native South Africa in 2003. She is the recipient of numerous awards both in South Africa and internationally. Her trilogy Theatre as Witness: Three Testimonial Plays from South Africa, as well as her celebrated Orestia adaptation Molora, and RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness, her adaptation of the ancient tale of The Ramayana are also published by Oberon Books.