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'Fugard 1986, Essop', audio recording of interviews by Mary Benson , undertaking research for her memoirs, A Far Cry: The Making of a South African (1989), 1986

MS. Sampson dep. 264/15
From a box entitled 'Mandela biog. tapes'. Comprises:
  1. 00.00.01-00.00.46 telephone message from Harry Belafonte in Los Angeles with short message about a positive meeting with NBC
  2. 00.00.56-00.04.17 Benson in conversation with an unidentified male writer, who is offering advice on how to write her memoirs
  3. 00.04.18-01.05.15 'Athol & I reminisce 1986 used in Far Cry / NY', Benson in conversation with Athol Fugard (Afrikaner playwright, actor and novelist), discussing his recollections of performances of his play, 'The Blood Knot', in South Africa and later in England; mutual friends such as Nadine Gordimer, Ruth First, and Fatima Meer; playing to mixed audiences in Durban and Cape Town; his play, 'Hello and Goodbye'; Benson talks about her work as assistant to Michael Scott (Anglican clergyman and campaigner for racial equality) in South West Africa, trying to persuade the chiefs to travel to the United Nations
  4. 01.05.16-01.33.12 'Fugard 1986 NY Salim Essop End re NM', Benson in conversation with Mohamed Salim Essop, a prisoner in the maximum security wing on Robben Island, 1 Nov. 1972-31 Oct. 1979, who describes the prison regime, the prisoners' treatment by the guards, Nelson Mandela's relationship with the other prisoners and his own torture whilst in police custody
Running time 01.33.36 hours.


  • 1986


1 item

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Sampson dep. 264/15

Existence and Location of Copies

The audio cassette has been digitized as MS. Sampson digital 30.

Physical Facet

Format: compact audio cassette

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom