Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom

Playwright

Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom tells stories, but never lies. His plays offer a slice of South African life, dragging sex and violence and race and AIDS kicking and screaming on to the South African stage. His 2006 smash hit, Relativity: Township Stories, is still regarded as one of the most significant pieces of post apartheid theatre, with a story so infused with passion and pain it moved audiences from Grahamstown to London and every fringe theatre in between. A recipient of the National Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, Grootboom has written and directed as many plays as he has helped bring to the stage as development officer of the South African State Theatre. Today, the 35-year-old Grootboom continues to play the role of " Mr Fix It � , helping struggling community and independent playwrights find their inner voice, while making sure South African audiences struggle to fi ght for theirs. �Cat Pritchard

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