Bitter Lied van die Somer

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("Bitter Song of Summer") is an Afrikaans play by Dick Findlay.

The original play text

Was most probably held by DALRO for a while, before it was published as Bitter Lied van die Somer: 'n Toneelstuk in Drie Bedrywe by J.L. van Schaik in 1974 Van Schaik Publishers in 1974 (No 17 of Die Van Schaik-toneelreeks).

Translations and adaptations

The play was filmed in 1970 by Panorama Films in English, under the title Forgotten Summer, directed by Howard Rennie, with Marié du Toit, Vanessa Cooke, George Ballot, Christine Stevens and Gert Potgieter.

Performance history in South Africa

1977: Staged by the University of Pretoria, Department of Drama , directed by Hannes Horne, featuring Riana Wilkens (Griet), Iza Trengove (Marie), Tonia Ockerse (Anna), Mieder Olivier (Danie) and Hendrik Odendaal (Piet Venter).


Ogilvie and Graff. 1988. The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors Johannesburg: Everard Read.

University of Pretoria, Department of Drama theatre programme, 1977.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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