Hie' Sit die Manne

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Hie' Sit die Manne ("Here sit the men") is an Afrikaans comedy by Leon Kruger.

Not to be confused with the key refrain from a popular song by David Kramer or a similarly named collection of stories by P.G. du Plessis.

The original text

Hier sit die manne in die Royal Hotel is the opening line of David Kramer's well-known Afrikaans song about men in a public bar, the song officially titled Die Royal Hotel ("The Royal Hotel"), but containing a recurring refrain, "Hier sit die manne", which has become a widely used Afrikaans expression.

The phrase was later used by P.G. du Plessis as the title for his collection of short bar stories (Hier sit die Manne..., Perskor, 1983).

Leon Kruger's play shifts the setting however, being a comedy about the intimate things men talk about when gathered round a braai ("barbecue").

Translations and adaptations

The play was adapted for radio and diected and produced by Johan Rademan in 2015.

Performance history in South Africa

2015: Performed in the Drostdy Teater at the US Woordfees in March, directed by Leon Kruger, with Deon Lotz, Waldemar Schultz and Brendon Daniels.





Die Burger, 4 June 2015.

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