God's Forgotten

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God's Forgotten is a play by Pieter-Dirk Uys. A bilingual play which takes a futuristic look at a nightmare South Africa, providing a dark and pessimistic look at a family of Afrikaner women besieged during a projected civil war. A play about what might have happened under apartheid.

The original text

First published in Theatre Two, edited by Stephen Gray, 1981. Also published in Paradise is Closing Down and other Plays by Penguin.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1975: First performed in the Outer Space (Cape Town), directed and designed by Pieter-Dirk Uys, with Christine Basson, Blaise Koch, Lynne Maree, Maralin Vanrenen and Esther van Ryswyk. Lighting by Brian Astbury and stage managent by Richard Morrison and Vincent Ebrahim.

1976: Staged Upstairs at the Market Theatre, directed by Pieter-Dirk Uys, with Christine Basson, Lynne Maree, Michele Maxwell, Wilma Stockenström and Blaise Koch.

1975/1976: Presented by Syrkel Theatre Company in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

1995: Staged in July, together with Karnaval and Paradise is Closing Down ("The Cape Town Trilogy"), by the newly formed A Company of Actors in the Dock Road Theatre in Cape Town and in August in the Youth Theatre at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by Mark Graham, with Trix Pienaar, Lynne Maree, Deirdre Wolhuter, Gretha Brazelle and Jonathan Pienaar.

Performance history outside South Africa

1979: Staged at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club [1] in New York City, directed by Mavis Taylor, with Maggie Soboil, Lisette Lecat, Madeleine le Roux, Christina Avis-Krauss and Joel Rooks.

Sources

Astbury 1979.

Syrkel theatre programme, 1976.

Cape Argus 9 June 1995.


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