Lost in the Stars: The Dramatization of Alan Paton's Novel Cry, the Beloved Country

Lost in the Stars: The Dramatization of Alan Paton's Novel Cry, the Beloved Country

Lost in the Stars: The Dramatization of Alan Paton's Novel Cry, the Beloved Country

Lost in the Stars: The Dramatization of Alan Paton's Novel Cry, the Beloved Country

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Act One

SCENE 1

The curtain goes up in darkness and a picture of the Ixopo hills develops gradually in the background. From the orchestra pit a broad flight of steps leads up to the stage. A group of singers sits on these steps, so placed that they are not in the way of the action but can comment on it or ascend to take part in it at any time. The first scene is the tiny and cheap but clean sitting room in the home of Stephen Kumalo, near St. Mark's Church near Ndotsheni, Natal, South Africa. As the curtain rises, we see SINGERS entering from the pit onto the center stairs, and also from right and left stage to positions on the side steps. The LEADER takes his place center stage and sits on a basket which he carries on stage.

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