Die Son Struikel

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Die Son Struikel ("The sun stumbles") is an Afrikaans play, based on the eponymous novel by Dolf van Niekerk (1929-)[1]

The original novel

The novel explores the trauma of war, from the Boer Rebellion of 1914 to the violent Rand miners' strike of 1922, seen from the viewpoint of Diederik Versveld, a total outsider. Originally published by Dagbreek Pers in 1960, the book was regularly set as prescribed reading for South African schools and universities in ensuing years.

Dramatized versions of the novel

Because it was a setwork, it was on occasion dramatized and performed for schools as an educational theatre presentation.

Performance history in South Africa

1975: Die Son Struikel was performed and taken to schools in the Transvaal by PACT's youth company, along with a similar dramatization of the novel Bart Nel (J. Van Melle) and the play Moeder Hanna (Bartho Smit). After they had visited 63 schools with the plays, the Transvaal Education Department decided to cancel the productions - no reasons being given.




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