Briewe aan 'n Rooi Dak

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("Letters to a Red Roof"). A 2001 one-woman play written by Harry Kalmer. Winner of the Anglo Gold Smeltkroes Prize.


Mathilda Otto (73) is alone and has nobody to speak to and therefore she writes letters to the only thing she can see outside her bedroom window, the red roof of the next door neighbour's house. It becomes an ode to her life in Johannesburg.

Translations and adaptations

Filmed for television as part of the series Van die Verhoog Af produced by Frank Opperman for broadcast on the KYKnet channel in 2005 starring Trix Pienaar. (Die Burger 8 July 2005).

Performance history in South Africa

2001: Premiered at Aardklop in 2001, directed by Harry Kalmer, with Henriëtta Gryffenberg.

2002: Staged at the KKNK 2002, and later in the State Theatre and the Wynand Mouton Theatre in Bloemfontein, directed by Harry Kalmer, with Elize Cawood.


Aardklop Festival programme, 2001

The Star, 5 October 2001.

The Argus, 10 April 2002.

The Star, 30 July 2002

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