Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday is a play by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross. Published by Samuel French.

Bernard has foolishly asked his mistress, Brigit, to his home on her birthday despite the fact his wife Jacqueline is present. He has also invited his oldest friend, Robert and asks him to pretend Brigit is his mistress. Robert refuses as he is having an affair with Jacqueline.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Translated as Kat in die Donker by Pieter-Paul Fourie.

Performance history in South Africa

1980: Directed for PACOFS in 1980 by Sandra Kotzé, starring Kotzé and Nico Liebenberg.

1980: Happy Birthday was presented by Pieter Toerien and Shirley Firth at the Baxter Theatre, directed by Joan Kemp-Welch, 1980 starring, among others, Clive Scott.

1980: Kat in die Donker presented by KRUIK Toneel, directed by Johan Esterhuizen touring the Cape Province in August and September 1980. The cast: Selma van der Vyver (Jacqueline), Eben Cruywagen (Bernard), Schalk Schoombie (Robert), Bobby Smith (Bibi I), Michele Burgers (Bibi II). Stage manager Bee Berman. Decor by Penny Simpson, costumes Vivien Young, lighting Brian Kennedy.


Samuel French [1].

Programme (Baxter production) held by NELM: [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 16. 22.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

Kat in die Donker theatre programme (KRUIK), 1980.

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