Bacchus in die Boland

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Bacchus in die Boland ("Bacchus in the Boland") is a play by Bartho Smit. A highly adapted and localized version of the Euripides's The Bacchae. A popular comic political satire in which the autocratic (white) wine farmer and his (coloured) foreman switch roles under the influence of Bacchus.

Original text

Published by Perskor in 1974.

Performance history in South Africa

1975: A first production by CAPAB cancelled two days before opening in the Nico Malan Theatre on 11 April 1975, substituted with Faan se Trein.

1976: The first "coloured" version of it was done by EPAC in 1976, directed by Hannes Horne and featuring Paul Jacobs.

1978: Presented by Die Geselskap (The Company) at the Market Theatre, directed by Hannes Horne, from March to April.


Theatre programme (1978 production) held by NELM: [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 4. 3.

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