Amrach die Tollenaar

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Amrach die Tollenaar ("Amrach the tax collector") is an Afrikaans play in three acts by D.F. Malherbe (1881-1969).

The original text

The play has a New Testament theme of emerging nationhood and is set in the tax collector's house a few days after the crucifixion of Christ and the conversion of Amrach's wife Miriam to Christianity, leading to Amrach re-evaluating his own life. The play was published by Nasionale Pers in 1935.

It was a serious contender for the Hertzog Prize for Drama in 1935.

Performance history in South Africa

1932-4: Produced in Bloemfontein by the Toneelskool van die Hanekoms.


J.C. Kannemeyer 1978. Geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse Literatuur I. Pretoria: Academica. (Second edition, 1984[1], pp. 162

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