Die Meul Dreun

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Die Meul Dreun ("The mill drones") is a full-length Afrikaans play by D.F. Malherbe (1881-1969).

The original text

Based on and adapted from his own 1926 novel Die Meulenaar ("The miller") by Malherbe, considered the first and prototypical Afrikaans "farm novel", a story of unrecompensed love and devotion to the land, set in an idealized landscape of the Cape.

Originally published in Die Meul Dreun en Ander Toneelwerk a collection of Malherbe's full-length, by Nasionale Pers in 1943, but later also published as a single text.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1939: Produced by Volksteater, directed by Hélène Güldenpfennig.

1944: Performed by by K.A.T. in the Hofmeyr Theatre, Cape Town, during May, directed by Sarah Goldblatt. With J.H. Oosthuizen, Gert Pretorius, Elise Marais, Piet du Toit, C.E. van der Spuy, Gallie Muller, Jac Olivier, W.G. Meintjies.


Trek 8(24):15, 1944.

Christopher Heywood. 2004. A History of South African Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press[1]

Stellenbosch University Library catalogue

Typed list, E. Reyneke, 1978


J.C. Kannemeyer 1978. Geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse Literatuur I. Pretoria: Academica. (Second edition, 1984[2], pp. 162

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