See also the entry on Nag, Generaal
The original text
A play about relationships and survival during the Anglo-Boer War, it is a variation/adaptation of the theme of Nag, Generaal (1991), an Afrikaans play by the same author. In her English reworking of the Afrikaans text she refocussed the issues of the play on the notion that the "final breath" of a dying person could be life-giving. Using very much the same situation, she retains the General, but combines the Martha character with that of the mysterious healer, to create a kind of "Mother Courage" character, who, while acting as healer, simultaneously scavenges on the battlefield, to the extent of using her beautiful young daughter to seduce young soldiers and robbing them of their "dying breath" to keep her daughter alive.
Translations and adaptations
It has been translated into Italian and Greek.
Performance history in South Africa
2004: First produced as Breathing In by The First Physical Theatre Company and Baxter Theatre at the Baxter Theatre and Grahamstown Festival in 2004, directed by Marthinus Basson with Antoinette Kellermann (as Anna), Jenny Stead, Grethe Fox, Mark Hoeben and Ashley Waterman. It won the Fleur du Cap Award as best production and similar awards for the two actresses.
2010: The play was staged in Rome, Italy, in January and as Τελευταίας Ανάσας ("Last breath") in the Amiral Theater, Athens, Greece, in November.
2016: The Greek version was revived in Athens in January 2016 and also played in Nicosia, Cyprus.
2017: Asem performed at the KKNK festival by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Feesteforum, directed by Marthinus Basson with Antoinette Kellermann, Tinarie van Wyk-Loots, Stian Bam en Edwin van der Walt.
2018: Asem performed at the Woordfees festival in March by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Feesteforum, directed by Marthinus Basson with Antoinette Kellermann, Tinarie van Wyk-Loots, Stian Bam en Edwin van der Walt.
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