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              Christine Nesbitt Hills

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The Line

'The Line' is performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa on July 2, 2013. 'The Line' is the culmination of director Gina Shmukler's master's research on trauma and theatre making. Set against the backdrop of the South African xenophobic attacks of May 2008, 'The Line' explores the 'fragility of goodness' and engages with both victim and perpetrator. The play is constructed from a series of interviews with South Africans involved or affected by xenophobic attacks. The textual construct of the play is "verbatim" theatre: the words of the interviewees are used as they were spoken. Photographer Nadine Hutton's photographic documentation of the xenophobic attacks hangs in the bottles on the stage.

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