Hester die Maltrap
Also found as Ester die Maltrap
The original text
In 1965 the Pieter Fourie Genootskap took a play called Ester die Maltrap ("Esther The Madcap") on tour, which seems to suggest that it was written by Pieter Fourie himself, since it was his practice to write light sentimental plays for the company while touring. However, it may simply have been an adapted version of the play used by Johan Fourie.
In the latter case there is also a strong possibility that "Gerrit Naude" (or "Gerrit Naudé") was in fact a pseudonym for Johan Fourie, or even for Pieter Fourie, who had by then also begun to write plays.
No text by either name has survived it seems.
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Performance history in South Africa
1964: Hester die Maltrap staged in the Bellville Civic Theatre by the Johan Fourie-toneelgeselskap, directed by Johan Fourie, with himself as "Andre Basson", Fabienne Ranken as "Mev. Conradie" and Lida Meiring as both "Hester Conradie" and "Linda du Toit".
Johan Fourie-toneelgeselskap theatre programme (undated).
Interview with Lydia Theron, Cape Town 18 January, 2019.
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