Dr Frank England, lecturer, College of the Transfiguration, Makhanda, and honorary research associate, Department of Religious Studies, UCT

Serious dramatic works provide perspectives on what it means to be human. These plays often challenge theatregoers to reflect upon their views, reassess their beliefs and opinions, and to consider changing their entrenched and dogmatically held convictions. Such works accomplish this task by inviting spectators to respond to the action on the stage and to identify themselves with the characters. Consequently, members of the audience may find themselves implicated in the themes of the plays, and even observe themselves in the characters – perhaps as ‘participants’ in noble moral actions or deeply complicit in immoral events. This course considers five plays that focus on the problematic issues of forging a just and compassionate world through patient engagement with, and waiting upon, each other; and they ask whether language and music may provide instructive lessons of ultimate significance in the tasks of fashioning moral selves for communal and social well-being. 



1. The justice of God: Antigone by Sophocles

2. The compassion of God: King Lear by William Shakespeare

3. The language of God: My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard

4. The music of God: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

5. The patience of God: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett


Recommended reading

Antigone by Sophocles

King Lear by William Shakespeare

My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett



Date: 6–10 January
Time: 11.15 am
COURSE FEES: Full R590.00  Staff & Students R295.00
Venue: LT3 Kramer Law Building UCT