Siener in die Suburbs
Siener in die Suburbs ("Clairvoyant in the Suburbs") is a hugely successful stage play by P.G. du Plessis,
Also the title of the filmed version of the play by Quadro Films.
The stage play by P.G. du Plessis(1971)
An enormously popular, much celebrated and multiple award-winning play depicting the lives of the “poor white” Afrikaans-speaking inhabitants of the working class southern suburbs of Johannesburg in the 1950s.
Published by Tafelberg, 1971.
Besides numerous acting and directing awards, the text won the Hertzog Prize for Drama (with consideration of Die Nag van Legio), the CNA Prize for Afrikaans Fiction and the Grosskopf Prize for the author.
1971: First performed in a record-breaking run by PACT at the Breytenbach Theatre from 12 August 1971, directed by Francois Swart, featuring Marius Weyers (“Jakes”), Sandra Prinsloo (“Tiemie”), Louis van Niekerk ("Giel"), George Ballot ("Albertus"), Don Lamprecht ("Tjokkie"), Annette Engelbrecht ("Fé") and Tine Balder (as "Ma, Wilna Snyman taking over the role later). Repeated again by PACT, with productions at various places in the country over the years. Gerben Kamper took over as Albertus and Karen van Wyk as Fé in later productions. Decor by Richard Cook.
1978: Produced by CAPAB, directed by Schalk Jacobsz with Paul Slabolepszy (Jakes), Johan Botha (Tjokkie), Lida Meiring (Ma), Willem de la Querra (Giel), Johan Esterhuizen (Albertus), Fay Marais (Fé) and Mary Dreyer (Tiemie) in the Nico Malan Theatre (opening 9 September), Opera House, Port Elizabeth from 3 October and the H.B. Thom Theatre in Stellenbosch, opening 10 October. Marko van der Colff played Jakes in Port Elizabeth and Stellenbosch. Designed by Peter Krummeck, lighting by John T. Baker.
1993: Staged by the University of Pretoria Drama Department, directed by Louw Odendaal, with Henning Botha (Giel), Alida Liebenberg (Ma), Peter Taljaard (Jakes), Hanlie Rolfes (Tiemie), John Kennedy (Tjokkie), Stéfan Booyscé-d’Ville (Albertus) and Onida Cowan/Sonja-Marie de la Rey (Fé).
Translations and adaptations
1981: A Baxter Theatre Production by John W. Slemon of Seer in the Suburbs was performed in the Baxter Theatre, opening 19 August 1981, directed by Charles Comyn. The cast included Trix Pienaar (Ma), Peter Piccolo (Chockie), Peter Krummeck (Sam), Robin Smith (Jakes), Brümilda van Rensburg (Baby), Maria Schoeman (Fay). Lighting by Pip Marshall.
The film by Quadro Films(1973)
The film was basically a filmed version of the original stage production, with the same cast and director. The cast consisted of Marius Weyers, Louis van Niekerk, Sandra Prinsloo, Don Lamprecht, Wilna Snyman, George Ballot, Karen van Wyk and Don Barrigo (uncredited).
Released in 1973.
Barrow and Williams-Short. 1988.
PACT Newsletter, October 1971.
Material (re Krummeck translation) held by NELM: [Collection: Baxter Archives]: 2003. 54. 46.
Seer in the Suburbs theatre programme (Baxter), 1981.
University of Pretoria Drama Department theatre programme, 1993.
Beeld, 8 October 2015.
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