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Homosexuality and Heroism

UJ Arts & Culture is pleased to present the first in a planned programme of public lectures.

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30th April 2012 20:15

Alessia Valenza

Homosexuality and Heroism, a UJ Arts & Culture public lecture takes place on Monday 7 May 2012 at 17:30 at the UJ Con Cowan Theatre, Bunting Road Campus. The duration of the lecture is approximately one hour.

“Mary and the Conqueror” by award-winning playwright Jenkins commences in the same venue at 19:30. The production, which is directed by Roy Sargeant is presented by UJ Arts & Culture in association with Artscape for limited engagement before it tours to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

Mary Renault was a writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non-fiction biography of Alexander. In 1948 she immigrated to South Africa and lived and worked in Camps Bay.

In “Homosexuality and Heroism” Roy Sargeant comments on Mary Renault’s first novel of Ancient Greece, “The Last of the Wine”, and talks about his lifelong friendship with the novelist.

Besides being treasured reading for both gay and straight readers, Mary Renault’s novels and her views on homosexuality had a huge impact on people and especially gay and lesbian people in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, crucial decades before the Stonewall Riots, which led to the `emancipation’ of homosexual people.

In “Mary and the Conqueror” the role of Mary is played by award-winning, multi-talented actress, Diane Wilson, with another acclaimed South African actress, Adrienne Pearce, portraying the role of Julie Mullard, Renault’s lover. Alexander the Great is played by Armand Aucamp with Francis Chouler in the role of Hephaistion, one of Alexander’s lovers. Designs are by Alfred Rietmann with original music composed by Michael Tuffin.

To RSVP to the lecture please e-mail

Book at Computicket for the production of “Mary and the Conqueror” which previews on 01 May and officially opens on 2 May. Run ends 9 May.

About Roy Sargeant

Formerly Professor of Speech and Drama at Rhodes University, he now works at Artscape in Cape Town as Drama Consultant and serves as Artistic Director of the Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company. He co-founded the National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown; the production of the plays of Ancient Greece at Kirstenbosch; and the Artscape New Writing Programme. He is a director whose latest productions have been “The Taming of the Shrew”at Maynardville, “Mary and the Conqueror” by Juliet Jenkin and Aristophanes’ “The Birds” at Kirstenbosch.