It Runs in the Family

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It Runs in the Family is a 1987 farce by English playwright Ray Cooney (1932- ) [1].

Translations and adaptations

Adapted and translated into Afrikaans for PACOFS by Wim Vorster, under the title Hospitaal op Horings ("Hospital in Chaos").

Performance history in South Africa

1992: Wim Vorster's Afrikaans translation Hospitaal op Horings was staged by PACOFS in the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre, directed by Ilse van Hemert, with Gerben Kamper (Dr David Mortimore), Christo Compion (Dr Michael Conradie), Marga van Rooy (Rosemary Mortimore), Pieter Brand (Dr Hubert Aucamp), Petro-Nelise Trichardt (Matrone Malan), Jannie Gildenhuys (Prof Verloren Van Themaat), Isadora Verwey (Jane Tate), Corien Pelt (Suster Theresa), Hannes van Wyk (Leslie), Cobus Fourie (Polisiesersant), Ernst Eloff (Bill) and Anna Richter-Visser (Moeder). Stage design by Johnny Boerstoel and lighting by Wladyslaw Czerepowicz.

1993 & 1994: Presented in English by Pieter Toerien and performed at the Alhambra Theatre (7 November to 19 February), The Playhouse Theatre, and The Theatre on the Bay (22 February to 26 March) starring Rex Garner (who directed), Gordon Mulholland, Iain Paton, Melody O'Brian, Christine le Brocq, Matthew Stewardson, Rick Rogers, David Crichton, Ken Marshall, Bella Mariani, Tammy Bonell, and Bev Cooke-Tonnesen. The last four actors were replaced by Mike Tompson, Nanette Rennie, Jane Noble and Suzie Gehr for the performances at the Theatre on the Bay. Lighting designed by Jannie Swanepoel, set designed by Anne Carghill, costumes co-ordinated by Colleen Moabelo.


PACOFS theatre programme, 1992.

It Runs in the Family theatre programme (Pieter Toerien, 1993/4).

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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