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Houd-den-Bek, a novel by André P. Brink, adapted for the stage by Tjaart Potgieter. Against the background of the uprising of the slaves in the Koue Bokkeveld in 1825, the story draws a bleak picture of oppression and the fight for individual freedom.

The second draft of the playscript is held by NELM: [Collection: BRINK, André; P.]: 2006. 21. 11. 1

Performance history in South Africa

1990: Directed by Ilse van Hemert for PACT in the State Theatre Arena, 1990. The cast: Dawid Minnaar, Kevin Smith, Embeth Davidtz, Ben Kruger, Patrick Mynhardt, Rika Sennett, June van Merch, Duncan Johnson, Cindy Sampson, Pieter Brand, Hélène Truter, Tjaart Potgieter, Patrick Ndlovu, Leslie Fong, Beatrice Joubert, Roderick Rudolph, Sandi Schultz, Billy Miles. Design by James MacNamara, lighting designer Paul Pamboukian. This was the production presented at the National Arts Festival in June 1990.

Translations and adaptations


National Arts Festival programme, 1990.

The Citizen, 6 Aug 1990.

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