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Attentat ("Attack") is a three act Swiss-German political play by Willi Oscar Somin (1898-1961).

Also known as Attentat! or Close Quarters.

The original text

Firs written in 1834, published in German by Horst Büssow Verlag in 1935.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English by , entitled Close Quarters, Published in Famous Plays of 1935. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. .

Filmed in Danish by Carl Th. Dreyer as Två Människor ("Two People", 1945).

Adapted into Afrikaans, entitled Wie is die Moordenaar? by Pieter Fourie.

Performance history in South Africa

1939: Close Quarters was presented by the Little Theatre Players at the Little Theatre in August, directed by Wensley Pithey.

1964-5: Performed on tour during vacations as Wie is die Moordenaar?, directed and performed by Pieter Fourie, with Marie Pentz, Fanie Smit and Peter Grobbelaar.


Somin, W.O. 1935. Close Quarters in Famous Plays of 1935. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd.

Inskip, 1972. p.124. (1939 production).

Wie is die Moordenaar? theatre programme, undated.

Advert for Attentat, Google Books [1].

Morten Egholm. 2010. "From Working Class Drama to Academic Showdown: On Carl Th. Dreyer’s Use of His Literary Source in Två Människor [Two People] (1945)." Scandinavian-Canadian Journal / Études scandinaves au Canada 19: 128–143.

Nico Luwes 2012. Pieter Fourie (1940-) se bydrae as Afrikaanse dramaturg en kunsbestuurder: 1965-2010. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Bloemfontein: University of the Free State, pp.127-132 [2]

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