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 (“blêrrie” also spelled “bleddie” in some sources). 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. They used part of the prize money to go on tour with the play through South Africa. Ultimately it had more than 800 performances. A popular play for CFP, who performed it again in 1984 and repeated it later in a revised form. A popular standard item in the Cape Flats Players’s repertoire throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including the KKNK in 1996.

Sources

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


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