The story of the play is set in South Africa. The action takes place during apartheid era in South Africa.
The play presents the effect of institutionalized racism and hatred on the people who have to live during that period.
When the play was first produced, it was immediately banned by the government in South Africa; however, it ran successfully in several other countries. Later on, the ban was lifted and it proved to be a highly successful play in the country of production.
"Master Harold"...and the Boys Made Easy: Literature Guide
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Overview
Chapter Three: Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary