Breaker Morant

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Breaker Morant is a play in two acts by Kenneth G. Ross(1941-)[1].

The original text

The play is based on the 1902 court martial of Harry "Breaker" Morant (1864–1902)[], Peter Handcock and George Witton, one of the first war crime prosecutions in British military history.

(See also A Time to Die, a 1999 play by Brian O'Shaughnessy about the same historical events and characters.)

The play was first performed at the Athenaeum Theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Thursday, 2 February 1978, by the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Translations and adaptations

The play was adapted to an award-winning film[2] by Ross and Bruce Beresford, and filmed under the same title, with Beresford directing.

Performance history in South Africa

1987: Performed at the Natal Playhouse, from 11 August to September by the NAPAC company. Directed by John Hussey, with André Jacobs as "Breaker Morant", Gavin van den Berg as "George Witton" and Iain Winter as "Peter Handcock".


NELM: Poster for Kenneth Ross's play Breaker Morant and various other entries in the NELM catalogue.

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