Hänsel und Gretel
Known as Hansel and Gretel in English, but is also known as "Hansel and Grettel", "Hansel and Grethel", or "Little Brother and Little Sister". In Afrikaans it most often appears as Hansie en Grietjie.
The original tale
Originally documented by the Brothers Grimm, the tale was first published in German in 1812.
Telling of the young brother and sister, Hansel and Gretel, who are lured into captivity by a witch living in a house made of gingerbread, cake, confection, candy, and many other treats and pastries.She plans to cook and eat them, but the children outwit her and manage to escape.
There is a similar traditional fairytale called Cerceruska, known in Hungary.
The tale has often been adapted to various media, most notably the popular Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera) Hänsel und Gretel (1893) by Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921), with a libretto by Adelheid Wette.
An Afrikaans retelling of the story called Hansie & Grietjie was written by Louis Pretorius. (Unpublished, typed performance text held in the archives of the Drama Department at the University of Stellenbosch).
Performance history in South Africa
Various stage versions of it have been done in South Africa and the story has also been used as thematic material in many forms.
1987: Performed as a Baxter Theatre/Glynn Day Children's Theatre production, directed by Glynn Day and John Dennison in the Baxter Studio. The cast: Patrick Walton, Lee-Ann Horwood, Glynn Day, Pippa Duffy, John Auld, Rachel Griggs, Kristie Nielsen, Andre Thomas, Maike Boer.
Playscript (Typescript photocopy) held by NELM: [Collection: BAXTER ARCHIVES]: 2006. 31. 21. Accession Number:MANU-68165.
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