Die Dieper Reg

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Die Dieper Reg ("the deeper right") is a 1938 Afrikaans allegorical play, written by N.P. van Wyk Louw for the Centenary of the Great Trek [1] (1830's-40's).

First published by Nasionale Pers Boekhandel in 1939, and also published by Tafelberg Publishers.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1938: Commissioned and first performed by Volksteater in the Pretoria City Hall on 9 September 1938.

1941: Brilliantly repeated in conjunction with and the University of Pretoria and again directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl on 12 September 1941 in the same venue. Ludwig Binge (1969) refers to this production as the most important production of an original Afrikaans play up to 1950.

1951: Staged by the Speech department at the University of Stellenbosch in the Conservatoire of Music in October 1951, directed by Marguerite de Villiers, with Johann Degenaar [2], Chris Lombard, Jan Taljaard, Maré Geldenhuys, Juanita Deetlefs and Gerhard Kemp. Decor by Chris Lombard and Jannie Gildenhuys and lighting by Dirk Coetzee.

1964: Presented by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch.

1968: Performed by PACOFS under the direction of Margaretha Spies en Sophie Coetzee in the amphitheatre of the the Voortrekker monument in Winburg on 10 October.


University of Stellenbosch theatre programme, 1951.

Teater SA, 1(2), 1968.

UTS theatre pamphlet

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