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Gulls, by the Australian playwright Robert Hewett (1949-*). The play deals with a middle-aged man who had brain damage as a youngster. He is tended by his sister.

Performance history in South Africa

1987: Directed by Keith Grenville for CAPAB and Volute Productions opening 17 July 1987 at the Nico Malan Theatre, starring Ron Smerczak as Bill, Diane Wilson (Frances), Jeremy Taylor (Dan), Joy Stewart-Spence (Molly) and Mark Hoeben and André Roothman as the puppeteers. Designed by Dicky Longhurst, lighting design by Malcolm Hurrell, puppets by Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company. This production was awarded the AA Life Vita Award for Theatre and three Fleur du Cap Awards in 1987.

1988:Directed by Keith Grenville and presented by PACT at the Alexander Theatre from 9 - 27 February 1988

1989: Presented by The Baxter and Volute Productions, directed by Keith Grenville, featuring Ron Smerczak (Bill), Jeremy Taylor (Dan), Joy Stewart-Spence (Molly), Mitzi Booysen (Frances) in May 1989. Integral elements of the production are two gull puppets made by Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company. Design by Dicky Longhurst, lighting design by Jane Gosnell.

1991: In 1991 William Egan directed the play for PACOFS starring Ernst Eloff as Bill, Marga van Rooy as his sister, Dan was played by Pieter Brand and Molly by Wilna Snyman with performances at the Civic Theatre Bloemfontein, Kimberley Theatre and Civic Theatre Kroonstad. This production won three regional Vita Awards and one national in 1992.

Translations and adaptations


Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 366.

Gulls theatre programmes (CAPAB 1987; Baxter, 1989).

PACOFS News, 17(3), 1991.

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