Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Author’s Preface

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pp. iii-x

Dramatis Personae

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pp. xi-xii

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The Spark!

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pp. 1-4

The curtains pull apart to reveal a huge auditorium flushed with lights. A table draped in white cloth and three chairs. Only a few rows of seats are occupied mostly by children so that in the vast emptiness, sound is amplified in echoes. DOCKINTA appears at the entrance and is only momentarily taken aback by the vacant hall; he switches on a broad smile and strolls toward the scanty space, bowing at intervals, under the illusion of applause, lifting...

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The Blaze...

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pp. 5-48

Some two weeks later. DOCKINTA, dressed in a colourful jumpa and salah and skull-cap to match appears on stage – which is just as in previous scene – a brown folio clapped to his chest and a fibre bag slung over his left shoulder. He glances at his watch and then looks around, alarmed. Then he holds the folio between his knees and makes as if to correct his...

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The Smoulder

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pp. 49-66

[Faint light showers the stage. DOCKINTA and MBANISAH are gathered at the entrance stretching the necks to see. MARIYA has fallen asleep, supported by MAN. Lights gradually flush the whole stage] FONKHAUNASHU: [offstage, to someone] That was the last straw and for how long can we continue to spare the rod of State? And...

Back cover

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pp. 67-67