John Ferguson

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John Ferguson is a play written in 1915 by Irish author, writer, critic and dramatist St John Ervine [1] (1883-1971).

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Absalom my Seun! (“Absolom my son!”) by ***

After his break with André Huguenet, Pierre de Wet developed an Afrikaans play, Pinkie, based on the leading character of the son (and similar characters from other plays) and successfully performed it throughout South Africa with his own company (1942-1944), featuring himself and Paula Styger. In 1946 de Wet made a popular film of it, called Pinkie se Erfenis ("Pinkie's Inheritance"), , featuring Paula Styger, Gideon Roos, Esther Mentz and Gert van den Bergh.

Performance history in South Africa

Produced by André Huguenet and Pierre de Wet in 1942. Huguenet broke with de Wet and continued to tour and Huguenet’s Teatergroep toured widely and to great success with it in South Africa and South-West Africa (now Namibia). Johann Nel also starred in the play.


The Forum, 5(1), 1942. p 18.

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