Set in South Africa in the 1980s, this satirical comedy tackles the evils of apartheid – envisioned by Wilson as a termite viciously eating away at the structure of society. Borrowing its title from a book by South African naturalist Eugene Marias, in Wilson’s play Marias returns from the dead to spout his racist views and be treated to drinks at a local bar.
But in this world, the absurd becomes ordinary – killing black Africans is celebrated, a dead body is left behind the bar to fester without notice and a woman who believes adultery is immoral, insists that her lover ejaculate into a Tupperware container.
Considered by some to be Wilson’s masterpiece, The Soul of the White Ant exposes racial violence and political corruption with Wilson’s signature humour.
The Soul of the White Ant was first performed at the Soho Poly Theatre, London, on 2 February 1979. T