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Hagar is an unperformed and unpublished Afrikaans play by Bartho Smit (1924–1986)

Not to be confused with the Biblical novel Hagar by Jan J. Breytenbach (1971).

The original text

A play about a "coloured" woman called Hagar, whose heart is transplanted into a white man.

Though the idea was generated much earlier with the first heart transplant in 1967, the text was finally written in something like three months in 1977-8, inspired by the success of Die Keiser in 1977. When submitted to Francois Swart and Chris Barnard for comment however, he was recommended to shelve the play. It was thus not performed or published. The text was donated to the archives of the HSRC's Centre for South African Theatre Research (CESAT), and is now part of the CESAT holdings in the South African National Archives in Pretoria.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


W.F. van Rooyen. 1984. "1974-1984" In: Chris Barnard. 1984. Bartho. By geleentheid van sy sestigste verjaardag Johannesburg: Perskor: pp.57-8.

Erika Terblanche. 2018. "Bartho Smit (1924–1987)" LitNet-Skrywersalbum[1]

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