Sophiatown Cover


A Play

96 pages

August, 1993

ISBN: 9781868142361


Malcolm Purkey is a playwright, actor, director. He currently serves as the Dean at Africa Film Drama Art (AFDA), South African School of Motion Picture Medium.

Sophiatown was the 'Chicago of South Africa', a vibrant community that produced not only gangsters and shebeen queens but leading journalists, writers, musicians and politicians, and gave urban African culture its rhythm and style. This play, based on the life history of Sophiatown, opened at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in February 1986 to great acclaim. The play won the AA Life Vita Award for Playwright of the Year 1985/86. This new edition of the play includes an introduction which sets the work in its historical context.