'Buckingham Palace', District Six
The original text
The novel 'Buckingham Palace', District Six was first published by in 1986.
It had begun as a 1984 newspaper story about a child’s Christmas in District Six, then evolved into a semi-autobiographical novel about a group of characters living in a row of houses called “Buckingham Palace” on Caledon Street in District Six, Cape Town.
Rive's original work has been adapted for the stage a number of times over the years.
In 1988 Rive himself agreed to adapt the story as a play for production by Hewat College
1989: Produced professionally by the Baxter Theatre opening 19 June 1989, with Wayne Bowman, Basil Appollis, Peter Butler, Theresa Cloete, Chico Levy, Denise Newman, Gail Reagon, Cyril Valentine, Peter van Minnen, Joey Wishnia and Vinette Ebrahim, directed by Fred Abrahamse. Design, decor and lighting by Brian Collins, costumes by Ann Sharfman and Linda Pheiffer.
2000-2001: Produced by Artscape in the Artscape Theatre on 6-21 April, 2001. Directed by Basil Appollis, with Basil Appolis, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Denise Newman, Euodia Samson, Ilse Oppelt, Soli Philander, Kevin Smith, Jeroen Kranenburg, June van Merch, Royston Stoffels, André Samuels, Cyril Valentine, David Muller, Charlene Le Roux, Bronwyn van Graan, Theo Vilakazi and Natalie Yon. Décor design by Clement Robertson, costume design by Penny Simpson and lighting design by Faheem Bardien. (Chad Abrahams?)
2014: Performed as District 6 Our Buckingham Palace in London as part of South African Season at Jermyn Street Theatre during June and July. Produced by Basil Appollis and Sylvia Vollenhoven, directed by Sandra Temmingh, performed by Basil Appollis.
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