Drakenstein, My Drakenstein!

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Drakenstein, My Drakenstein!, subtitled "'n klug in drie tragiese bedrywe" ("a farce in three tragic acts"), is a play by M.M. Walters (1929-2020).

The original text

Written in celebration of the centenary of the Franschhoek municipality, the farce dramatises the supposed discovery of oil in the Drakenstein-valley by the state-run enterprise Soekom ("search for it"), and uses this plot to satirise human weaknesses such as vanity, selfishness, avarice, and the like.

Performed in

Published by Perskor in 1982.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa




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