South African acting legend John Kani on The Tempest
23rd February 2009
SHAKESPEARE SPECIAL: SOUTH AFRICA
Legendary actor John Kani talks to Dominic Cavendish about playing Caliban in the African version of The Tempest (RSC/Baxter Theatre, Cape Town), which has been greeted with rave reviews by the British press. Excerpt.
For me, immediately, the first introduction between Prospero and Caliban is violent, using the words as weapons.