Ampie

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by Jochem van Bruggen. The influential and award-winning Afrikaans set of two novels on the Great Depression. Dramatized by Van Bruggen (with the help of Stephanie Fauré).

See also Ampie Oppie Diekens

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1930: First produced by André Huguenet and directed by Stephanie Faure in 1930, with Huguenet as the poor white young man "Ampie" and Lydia Lindeque. It opened for a two-day run in the Pretoria Opera House on 18 April 1930 and then toured. It was immediately hailed as a milestone in Afrikaans culture, though not all liked the details of the production. Huguenet used the same play a number of times to save his career (e.g 1932, 1941). Van Bruggen also did a production with his family and toured it (193*?),

1970: The play launched the career of the young Marius Weyers as Ampie when produced by TRUK Toneel in 1970, directed by François Swart. Other cast members were Laurie van der Merwe, Tine Balder (Grieta Booysen), Sandra Prinsloo (Annekie), Schalk Jacobsz, Annette Engelbrecht (Tant Annie/Hester Stander), Katinka Heyns, David van der Merwe, Don Lamprecht (Flip Stander), Louis van Niekerk (Dawid Nortjé), Max Curtis, Jacqueline Cook. Decor designed by Schalk Jacobsz.

1971: Presented by KRUIK directed by Truida Louw, 1971, starring Mees Xteen as Ampie, Pieter Bredenkamp/Price Coetzee, Margot Luyt, Trudi du Plessis, Etienne Pienaar/Roelf Laubscher, Pieter Geldenhuys, Anna Cloete, Marie Pentz, Chris Swanepoel, David Haynes/Willem de la Querra, Paul Slabolepszy/Martin Crous and a live donkey. Design by Chris van den Berg, stage management by Mavis Lilenstein.

1981: Another version formed part of the opening season of the Pretoria State Theatre in 1981.

1982: Another version by Schalk W. Jacobsz, directed by him for PACOFS in 1982, starring Pieter Brand, Japie van Wyk, Louis Minnaar, Sulette Minnaar, Anna Richter-Visser, Schalk Theron, George Barnes, Marie Beukes, Anna Cloete and others. A recording of one of the performances was broadcast on SABC Television.

Sources

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

Ampie theatre programmes, 1970, 1971.

Siener in die Suburbs theatre programme containing a list of actors and their roles for TRUK 1965-1971.

Photographs held by NELM (PACOFS 1982 production): [Collection: Performing Arts Council Orange Free State (PACOFS)]: 2009. 67. 1. 2. 1.

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