Die Gangsters

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Die Gangsters is an Afrikaans play by Benoni Dehaeck.

See also Gangsters by Maishe Maponya.

The original text

Originally written in 1993 for performance by the Breughel Theatre. A play about a meeting between the gangsters and four representatives of the rainbow nation, to commemorate the murder of a gangster-saint, Joe Jesus. Unpublished.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1993: First performed 1993 at the Breughel Theatre, directed by Benoni Dehaeck.

1997: Performed again in 1997 at the Breughel Theatre, after which the production toured Belgium. Some of the cast members were Brian Heydenrych and Emile Serfontein.

2016: Presented during the Woordfees 2016 [1] at the Breughel Theatre, Stellenbosch, under the direction of Marthinus Basson. Some of the cast members were June van Merch, Basil Appolis, Stian Bam, Keanen Engel, Dean-John Smith, Jurgen McEwan, Jodecee Solomons, Melanie Scholtz, Vashti Prins and Dean-Richard Olivier. Music composed by Antoni Schonlen. Lighting by Chris Pienaar.


Die Volksblad, 6 April 1998.

Theatre programme, 2016.

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