Die Wit Muur

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Die Wit Muur ("The white wall") is a one-act play by Uys Krige (1910–1987).

Originally seems to have been indecisively titled Die Wit Muur of Japie Strydom ("The white wall, or Japie Strydom")

The original play

A one-act play set during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), telling of the bravery of an eleven year-old Boer boy who refuses to give away information to the English soldiers even at the threat of death by firing squad. Inspired by the life of the Boer hero Japie Greyling.

First published in the 1940 collection Die Wit Muur en Ander Eenbedrywe ("The White Wall and Other One-Act Plays") by Unie-Volkspers in 1940. Later republished in another collection, of the same name (but with a different selection of accompanying plays), by J.L. van Schaik in 1983. Also included in other collections over the years, including Vier Eenbedrywe (1968).

First produced in Cape Town pre-1945.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa



A roneod copy of a typed text titled Die Wit Muur of Japie Strydom, found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022.



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