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Koggelmanderman ("Rock-lizard man") is an Afrikaans play by Pieter Fourie (1940-2021).

The original text

Based on his experiences as a child in Luckhoff, the play is set in the Kalahari desert and utilizes San and Khoisan mythology in a highly symbolic and magic realist way to look at the role of love in the small circle of a marriage.

Fourie submitted the text for the newly instituted Dirk en Reinette Nagtegaal KKNK kompetisie vir Nuutgeskrewe Verhoogtekste ("The Dirk and Reinette Nagtegaal KKNK competition for Newly Written Playtexts"), and was the first winner of what more popularly known simply as the Nagtegaalprys. This resulted in a sponsored production at the KKNK in 2003. The play text was published by Protea Boekhuis in March, 2003.

The production did not draw much media attention nor audiences at the time, nor was the published text viewed as a real success, having been published too soon (before the production) and needed editing. However, the text not only won the Nagtegaal award, but was performed and published in the year that Fourie received the prestigious Hertzog Prize for Drama for his entire oeuvre as dramatist.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2003: First performed at the KKNK, 2003, directed by Marthinus Basson with Brümilda van Rensburg, Gavin van den Bergh, Tessa Jubber and Neels Coetzee.


Nico Luwes 2010. Pieter Fourie (1940-) se bydrae as Afrikaanse dramaturg en kunsbestuurder: 1965-2010. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Bloemfontein: University of the Free State, pp.566-586 [1]

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