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("Top-Dog of the Bundu"), an enormously popular Afrikaans adaptation and localization by André P. Brink of the classic Irish play The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge.

The original text

(For information on the Synge original, see the entry on The Playboy of the Western World.)

The Afrikaans text, in three acts, transposes the language and setting to a so-called "coloured" fishing community on the Cape Coast and was first performed by PACOFS in 1972 and published by Human & Rousseau in 1973.

Performance history

This Afrikaans version has been produced many times by both professional and amateur companies, as well as by university students and schools.

(For information on productions of the Synge original in English, see The Playboy of the Western World.)

1972: First produced by PACOFS in the Civic Theatre, Bloemfontein, directed by Brink, starring Trudie Taljaard, Anton Welman, Louise Mollett-Prinsloo.

1980: Staged by PACT, directed by Louis van Niekerk, with Amor Tredoux (Magriet Vlooi), Pierre van Pletzen (Seef Stilstype), Jan Prinsloo (Migiel Vlooi), Eric Nobbs (Joppie Pens), Christo Gerlach (Jimmy Flinters), Gerben Kamper (Kris Kaiing), Christine Basson (Waailit Willekat), Riana Wilkens (Sera Fyndraai), Bettie Kemp (Bekkie Bodem), Annalise Bosch (Soesie Snuif), Trudi Lamprecht ( Antjie Asjas) and Don Lamprecht ( Oubaas Kaiing).

1985: Staged by PACOFS in the Civic Theatre (??), Bloemfontein.

1992: Produced by the Bellville Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging (BAT), directed by Johan van der Merwe

1995: Produced by the Breughel Teater in Stellenbosch and at the KKNK, directed by Ben de Haeck.

2003: Produced by the drama students of the University of the Free State in , directed by Niel van Niekerk in the Wynand Mouton Theatre.

2010: Produced by drama students of the University of the Free State , directed by Nico Luwes in the Scaena Theatre.


PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

PACT theatre programme, 1980.

Die Volksblad, Tuesday 16 September 2003[1]

Toneelvereniging dring deur na eindronde, Die Burger, 1 October 1992[2]

Klein Karoo Fees stel vol program bekend, Die Burger, 11 February 1995[3]

Temple Hauptfleisch, Carnival Shakespeare...(etc), Shakespeare in Southern Africa Vol. 3, 1989.90-101.[4]

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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