Die Potlooddief en die Engel

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Die Potlooddief en die Engel ("The pencil thief and the angel") is a 1985 full-length romantic comedy by A.S. van Straten, about an irresponsible young man, Tonie, who is gradually led to better ways by Lena. Loosely based on Medieval morality and miracle plays.

Published by Human & Rousseau, 1985.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1983: First performed at Kampustoneel by the University of Pretoria, directed by Louw Odendaal.

1985: Staged by PACT in the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Alexander Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by Louis van Niekerk, with Richard van der Westhuizen (Tonie), Trudie Taljaard (Ma), Woutrine Theron (Ouma), Jocelyn Broderick (Lena), Nico Liebenberg (Pa), Ben Kruger (Paul), Rita Ehlers (Estelle), Charlotte Butler (Engela), Frantz Dubrowsky (Wilhelmus), Johan Engelbrecht (various), Selma van der Vyver (various), Marina Mynhardt (various) and Deon Bredenhann (various). Designed by Johan Engelbrecht.


PACT theatre programme, 1985.

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