Playing with Fire

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Leka med elden (1892) (Playing with Fire) by Swedish playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912) about an artist's wife who nearly goes off with his best friend.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Wie Met Vuur Speel for the radio by S.J. Pretorius, adapted for the stage by Herman Pretorius.

Performance history in South Africa

1967/8? A production of the English text was done by the Drama Department of the University of the Orange Free State, directed by Marlene Kotzen with Schalk Jacobsz, **, Temple Hauptfleisch, ** Earp,

1983: A production of the English text was done by the Baxter Theatre in association with Minotaurus, directed by Dieter Reible, starring Chris van Niekerk, Mitzi Booysen, Michael Drin, Megan Kruskal, Marthinus Basson. The first performance in the Baxter Studio was on 13 April 1983.

1986: Wie Met Vuur Speel was presented by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in the H.B. Thom Theatre in September 1986, directed by Juanita Swanepoel. Decor by Emile Aucamp, costumes by Elaine Aucamp.

Sources

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.

Playing with Fire theatre programme, 1983.

World Drama by Allardyce Nicoll. Harrap, 1949.

UTS theatre programme


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