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Yael Farber

YAEL FARBER

  

Nationality:    South African
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Literary Agent:    ICM Partners  represented by Patrick Herold

Yael Farber is a multiple award-winning director and playwright of international acclaim. Her productions have toured the world extensively - earning her a reputation for hard-hitting, controversial works of the highest artistic standard. She has most recently directed an award-winning production of Arthur Millers THE CRUCIBLE for The Old Vic at Londons West End, garnering 10 x 5 star reviews from the UKs top publications, and a rave review from The New York Times. The production is one of the most successful in The Old Vics illustrious history. NIRBHAYA (directed and written by Farber in India 2013) earned exceptional reviews and three international awards at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. MIES JULIE (written and directed by Farber) won a string of international awards at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, was named one of the Top Ten Productions of 2012 by The New York Times, and Top 5 Productions of 2012 by The Guardian. NIRBHAYA, MIES JULIE and several other works written and directed by Ms. Farber continue currently on prestigious international touring circuits.

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        Amajuba - Like Doves We Rise         Cruciple, The         He Left Quitly         Kadmos         Mies Julie         Molora         Nirbhaya         RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness         SeZaR         Woman In Waiting, A



Amajuba - Like Doves We Rise

Amajuba - Like Doves We Rise
Forward we go, says one of the protest songs of apartheid South Africa. and South Africa has gone forward, leaving its past behind. But this show, in which five black South Africans tell their own stories, is about realising that in order to embrace the future fully, you have to understand the past and how it shaped you. these five actors are part of South Africa's lost generation, people whose lives span the apartheid years. Growing up, they experienced racial classification and forced removal, violence in the townships, resistance and oppression. they tell their stories, often speaking directly to the audience. Rich a cappElla singing in a variety of languages intersperses each scene. - Scotsman

Notes:
in collaboration with the cast

1st Produced:
Mafikeng, Bophuthatswana    2000

Organisations:
Oxford Playhouse in assoc with the Farber Foundry

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Piece

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Cruciple, The

Synopsis:
Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller's classic American drama brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber. In a small tight-knit community, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria. Miller's timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  13            Other:  -

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He Left Quitly

He Left Quitly
the harrowing experience of Duma Kumalo, one of the wrongly accused Sharpeville Six, on South Africa's Death Row; preparations made for his death and ultimate reprieve.

Notes:
Written by Duma Kumalo And Yael Farber

1st Produced:
The Helix, Dublin    26 Nov 2002

Organisations:
Arc productions

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Kadmos

Synopsis:
KADMOS is an original work, adapted by YaŽl Farber from Sophocles' ancient Greek Theban Plays. Using extracts from the writings of internationally renowned journalist Mark Danner to look at the use of foreign policy, torture and the breaking of a country's values and principles - in order to protect those very ideals, these famous texts are transposed to a contemporary reality. The mothers of missing and murdered children are a potent evocation of The Furies in this adaptation, and the haunting testimonies of a single survivor from a massacre (authentic testimony is used) bear witness to the truth behind Foreign Policy and the abuses of power by a leadership determined to maintain its image as fighting for God, Country and Democracy. This powerful new work seeks to examine leadership, accountability and the nature of democracy in a contemporary Super Power.

Notes:
An Adaptation Of Sophocles Theban Plays

1st Produced:
National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal    2011

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Genre:
adaptation 90 min

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Mies Julie

Mies Julie
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.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa    08 Jul 2012

Organisations:
Baxter Theatre Centre, South African State Theatre

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Molora

Molora
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 Apartheids wake throughout South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Aeschylus. the Oresteia

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Organisations:
Farber Foundry

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Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  chorus/musicians

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Nirbhaya

Synopsis:
On the night of 16th December 2012, a 23-year-old woman and her male friend boarded a bus at Munirka for Dwarka. What followed changed lives forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber creates a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence on the staggering depth and breadth of violence perpetrated against women in India. This scorching new work will enrage, move, devastate and inspire you with the sheer capacity of the human spirit to rise, bear witness, survive and turn the tide. - See more at: http://www.assemblyfestival.com/event.php?id=593#sthash.GI0jfwSJ.dpuf

Notes:
previewed at Riverside Studios, London, 18 Jul 2013

1st Produced:
Main Hall - Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    01 Aug 2013

Organisations:
Assembly, Riverside Studios and Poorna Jagannathan

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  6            Other:  -

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RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness

RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness
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Notes:
Based on The Ramayana by Valmiki

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SeZaR

Synopsis:
the opening scene stages SeZaR's triumphant return to the fictional kingdom of azania from victory in north Africa. the action is glossed here and throughout by recorded, european-accented news broadcasts - a reminder of the role the euro-American media plays in globalising local conflicts.

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Woman In Waiting, A

Woman In Waiting, A
tells of thembi Mtshali's separation from her mother as a child, only to continue this legacy of waiting when forced to leave her own baby to mind other people's children in the white suburbs

Notes:
created And written by Yael Farber with thembi Mtshali

1st Produced:
Grahamstown, South Africa    1999

Organisations:
National Arts festival

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Music:
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Genre:
Solo Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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