The Fire Raisers

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The Fire Raisers (German: Biedermann und die Brandstifter), is a play written by Max Frisch (1911-1991) [1] in 1953, first as a radio play, then adapted for television and the stage (1958) as a play in six scenes. It was revised in 1960 to include an epilogue, or afterpiece. (Wikipedia)[2]


The original text

A translation into English from the original German by Michael Bullock entiteld The fire raisers : a morality without a moral, with an afterpiece was published by Methuen in 1962.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

196*: The Fire Raisers directed by Leon Gluckman starring Yossi Graber, Bill Brewer, Jeremy Taylor, Monika van Zyl, Elizabeth Georiades and others. Date unknown, probably between 1962 and 1964.

1964: Bill Tanner directed a production by the University of Cape Town's University Dramatic Society at the Little Theatre in August.

2004: Performed at the Baxter Theatre 2004, directed by Mark Fleishman, featuring Ivan Abrahams, Jamie Bartlett, Jennie Reznek, Faniswa Yisa, Patrick Mohr, Sizwe Msutu and Hamadoun Kassogue. Music composed by Neo Muyanga, puppets by Janni Donald.

Sources

Photographs and other material held by NELM (Gluckman production, date unknown).

Inskip, 1972. p.150.

Review by Rafiek Mammon in The Cape Times, 25 August 2004.

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