Dit sal die blêrrie dag wies!

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Dit sal die blêrrie dag wies! ("That’ll be the bloody day!") is a play by Melvin Whitebooi ().

(Also written Dit sal die bleddie dag wies! or Dit sal die bleddie dag wees in some cases).

Not to be confused with the play Dit sal die dag wees ("that will be the day") by Themba Ndimande

The original text

A play about the demolition of District Six, in which the protagonist Moegamat Salie refuses to move, and this leading to tragic consequences.

It was written for the Cape Flats Players and first performed by them in 1982 at the Kellerprinz Drama Festival, where it won first prize.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

The company used part of the Kellerpinz prize money to go on tour with the play through South Africa, which became a popular standard item in the Cape Flats Players's repertoire, ultimately seeing more than 800 performances.

It was later revised and performances since have included a set of performances at the KKNK in 1996.


Melvin Whitebooi An obituary by Peter Braaf in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 49 (1) 2012

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