De Weddenschap

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De Weddenschap ("The Bet") is a one-act farce in Cape Dutch (Dutch-Afrikaans) by Melt J. Brink (1842–1925).

Also known as Die Weddenskap after 1915.

The original text

Apparently based on a poem by a P.J Kikkert, it was written for Aurora II and first performed in 1871. The original text was published in Kaaps-Hollands ("Cape-Dutch") in 1905 by HAUM, Cape Town, and then re-issed in Afrikaans as Die Weddenskap in 1915.

Translations and adaptations

The play was used as one of the texts in the compilation Ons Hou Konsert II by Robert Mohr (1983).


1871: First performed in Cape-Dutch by Aurora II on 4 May, with Misdaad en Wroeging (Meys)

1873: Performed in in Cape-Dutch by Aurora II on 4 September, with Haat en Liefde (Bonin/Moolenijzer)

1905?: Possibly performed by Aurora in Cape Town.

1983: Performed as part of Ons Hou Konsert II (Melt Brink/Robert Mohr) by CAPAB in Cape Town, directed by Robert Mohr, with Christine Basson, Marga van Rooy, Neels Coetzee, Antoinette Kellermann, Blaise Koch, Fitz Morley. Decor by Peter Cazalet, costumes by Dicky Longhurst. (For details of the performance dates and tours undertaken by the production and cast, see the entry on Ons Hou Konsert II.)


Ons Hou Konsert II, theatre programme 1983.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.459, 466, 468

P.J. du Toit, 1988. Amateurtoneel in Suid-Afrika. Pretoria: Academica

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