Drif ("a river ford or crossing", "passion") is a play by Reza de Wet (1952-2012).
The original text
Apparently inspired by H.A. Fagan's play Opdrifsels, it is a Gothic style tale, telling of two sisters who guard the ford or crossing in the river, in order to warn travelers in times of flood and to pull drowned bodies out of the water and bury them, to ensure their spirits come to rest. The arrival of a Svengali-like magician-hypnotist (“Maestro”) and his assistant is the catalyst for a serious confrontation between the sisters and the past.
Translations and adaptations
An adapted English translation was published under the new title Crossing in the anthology Drama for a New South Africa (ed David Graver) by Indiana University Press in 1999 (also containing Sophiatown, Mooi Street Moves, Ipi Zombi?, Horn of Sorrow, And The Girls in Their Sunday Dresses, Purdah)
A Greek translation called was published (with a Greek version of Mis) in 2006 and in 2018 it was being translated into Czech.
Performance history in South Africa
1994: First presented by CAPAB opening 28 May 1994 at the Nico Arena, also at the National Arts Festival opening 30 June 1994, directed and designed by Marthinus Basson, with Wilna Snyman (Hermien), Mary Dreyer (Sussie), Michelle Scott (Esmeralda), and André Roothman (Maestro). Lighting by Malcolm Hurrell, music by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder. Winner of a number of awards, including Fleur du Cap Best Actress Award for Mary Dreyer, Fleur du Cap Best Director Award and Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Indigenous Script.
1995: Performed by students of the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in the H.B. Thom Theatre in November, directed by Johan Esterhuizen, assisted by Hugo Theart, starring Suzanne Smith, Martelize Kolver, Lisl Wolmarans, Paul van Wyk, Gaerin Hauptfleisch, Willemien Brümmer, Christelle Stoltz, Jeanine du Plessis. Stage manager and lighting designer Kobus Rossouw.
1996: Staged by CAPAB in English as Drift in 1996, opening on 26th October in die Nico Malan Theatre. Directed by Marthinus Basson with Mary Dreyer (Sussie), André Roothman (Maestro), Diane Wilson (Hermien) and Jana van Niekerk (Esmeralda). Design by Marthinus Basson, lighting design by Malcolm Hurrell.
2015: Performed in Afrikaans in the Hofmeyrsaal, Stellenbosch, by Dubbelpunt Produksies on 17-28 November. Directed and designed by Mari Borstlap with André Roothman, Cintaine Schutte, Ira Blanckenberg and Marlie Katzke Sound design by Wilken Calitz.
International performance history
2000: The British premiere of Crossing took place at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith in September.
2001: The British production of Crossing was taken on a tour of the Midlands in March to May.
2005: A Greek language production opened in Athens in November.
2011: A Greek production opened in Athens January.
2013: A Greek production opened in Athens February.
Drif programme 1994
Drift programme 1996
The Sunday Independent, 1 October 2000.
Drif Promo Poster', received from Mari Borstlap (firstname.lastname@example.org) on Friday, October 30, 2015 8:08 AM
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