They are a radio drama, a TV drama, a novel and a stage play
Also found with a subtitle as: Die Panne: eine noch mogliche Geschichte ("The breakdown: another possible story").
The original text
Written as a radio drama the tale tells the story of Alfredo Traps, a traveller who, when his car breaks down, is taken in for the night by a former judge, where he is invited to participate in a nightmarish game with the judge and his three friends — a former prosecutor, defense attorney and public hangman.
The radio play won the 1956 Blind War Veterans’ Prize for best radio play and the literary award of the newspaper Tribune de Lausanne.
Other versions of the play
Dürrenmatt almost immediately adapted the radio drama as a short novel (1956) as well as a TV play (directed by Fritz Umgelter for Bayerischer Rundfunk, 1957) and later also a stage play (1979)
The TV film
Die Panne : eine noch mogliche Geschichte published by Arche in Zurich, 1966.
The first stage versions seem to have been translations, e.g. The Deadly Game (1960, American play by James Yaffe) and Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe ("Silence! The Court Is in Session") (1967, Marathi play written by Vijay Tendulkar)
The German version by Dürrenmatt himself was performed and published in 1979.
South African translations and adaptations
The play translated from the original German play into Afrikaans by Bartho Smit and entitled Teenspoed: 'n nog moontlike verhaal ("Ill Fortune: a still possible tale") First published by Human & Rousseau in 1961 and later included in the collection Bartho Smit-vertalings No 2, by HAUM in 1985.
Bartho Smit's Afrikaans version was adapted for radio by Cor Nortje as Teenspoed. A copy of the text, found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022, hand dated 1982 by Jos Willems (then manager of the Departmental office). It was rebroadcast by the SABC in December 2007.
Performance history in South Africa
1971: Teenspoed was to have been presented in conjunction with Wolf, Wolf hoe laat is dit? (Aucamp) and Karel (Sławomir Mrożek) by Libertas Theatre Club under the direction of Marie van Heerden, opening 29 October 1971. However, in the absence of any theatre programme or newspaper reports (especially in the local Stellenbosch weekly paper Eikestadnuus), it is assumed that the production never materialised.
Twaalfde Nag programme notes, PACT 1964.
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