In die Wagkamer

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In die Wagkamer ("In the waiting room") is an Afrikaans one-act play by J.F.W. Grosskopf (1885–1948).

Not to be confused with the plays Die Wagkamer (2006) or Wagkamer ().

The original text

Subtitled 'n noodlotstuk ("a play about fate"), it is a celebrated Afrikaans one-act play about the lives of five unnamed people waiting in a suburban train station in Johannesburg.

The text was first published in the collection Drie Een-bedrywe vir een Aand by Nasionale Pers in 1926, reprinted four times between then and 1937.

Translations and adaptations

The play was filmed as Moedertjie ("Little Mother") for African Film Productions by the producer Joseph Albrecht and directed by Stephanie Fauré in 1931. The film starred Faure herself as the mother, Jean Plaat-Stuljes as the "Oom", Pierre de Wet as the boy and Joan du Toit as the girl.

Performance history in South Africa

1936: Performed in the Pretorius Hall, Pretoria on 10-11 June by Ons Teatertjie-toneelgroep, directed by Leonie Pienaar, with herself and Anna Neethling-Pohl in the cast. Also performed were Terwyl daar Basaar gehou word (Marie Linde) and Die Peswolk (Grosskopf)

1937: Performed in Cape Town on 10-11 June by K.A.T. and directed by Herman Steytler, as part of a programme that also included Die Papiermes (J.A. Wilson's The Paper Knife) and Oorlog is Oorlog (Grosskopf).


Ludwig Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.179, 198, 204, 210, 227.

Gerrit Dekker. 1974. Afrikaanse Literatuurgeskiedenis. Kaapstad: Nasou: p. 405.

J.C. Kannemeyer 1978. Geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse Literatuur Deel 1. Pretoria: Academica. (Second edition, 1984[1], pp. 202, 205, 284

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