publications - stage plays

A true story based on the book by Sylvester Stein by Fraser Grace and Sylvester Stein
Published by Oberon Books 2005 £8.99

Who Killed Mr Drum?

Sophiatown, South Africa: the 'golden' 1950s. Drum is South Africa's first ever black magazine, and for its two most vivacious and dynamic writers, it's business as usual. Can Themba is flouting the law with a mixed race liaison and Henry ' Mr Drum' Nxumalo is edging ever closer to danger with his unique style of investigative journalism.

But when bulldozers begin to clear Sophiatown for white housing, it's not just rubble that comes crashing to earth...

Who Killed Mr Drum? was first produced by Treatment Theatre at the Riverside Studios on 1 September 2005, directed by Paul Robinson.

A taste of the critics

Based on Stein's account of his time at the magazine, this new play bristles with a mixture of excitement, comedy and drama, gloriously capturing the mood and people of the time. The performances are superb.

Paul Vale, The Stage
It's animated by a genuine love for the journalists: their weaknesses and idiosyncrasies, as much as their courage. ..."they are more alive today than those who killed them." Paul Taylor, The Independent
There is a hauntingly elegiac quality to the play's conclusion, as we learn the often melancholy fates of the characters. Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

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