Boetman is die Bliksem in!
The original text
The play is based on a letter to the press written by SABC journalist Chris Louw (1953–2009) in reaction to the book Afrikaners: kroes, kras, kordaat by Willem de Kerk, including the resulting reaction to Louw's letter, which was a scathing attack on the power-hungry ooms ("uncles") of Apartheid era, who had mislead and lied to the younger generation of Afrikaner males and sent them to fight and die for a despicable cause. Louw’s original letter, transcripts of radio and TV interviews, newspaper articles and other documentation of the debate were all used as the basis of the stage play. Louw would soon after publish a book dealing with the whole matter entitled Boetman en die swanesang van die verligtes (Cape Town: Human en Rousseau, 2001).
The play was a sensational hit, the first performances in September 2000 being sold out three weeks in advance and received standing ovations at every performance, while those at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK)in April 2001 were even traded on the black market. It also went abroad. The production won two FNB Vita awards, one for the Best New Afrikaans Play and one for the Best Production.
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Performance history in South Africa
2001: The play was apparently to have been taken on tour of the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands in August, but the unavailability of the cast made that impossible.
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