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- Full Title: “Master Harold”… and the boys
- When Written: 1981-82
- Where Written: South Africa
- When Published: 1982
- Literary Period: Post-Colonial realism
- Genre: Play
- Setting: Port Elizabeth
- Climax: Hally storms out of his mother’s shop after demanding that his black friend and would-be mentor, Sam, refer to him henceforward as “Master Harold.”
First Staging: Because of what the conservative government of South Africa saw as radical racial content, “Master Harold”… and the boys was banned from the stage in that country. As a result, it debuted at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1982.
His Own Demons: Despite his social activism, Athol Fugard seems to have felt himself to be the inheritor of white South African racism. He sometimes cast himself to perform as his most vicious and antagonistic white characters in his plays.