Môre is 'n Lang Dag

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(“Tomorrow is a Long Day”) by Deon Opperman. Acclaimed bilingual (Afrikaans and English) play about young men conscripted into the army and serving on the (South West African [=Namibian]) border to fight the “terrorist” onslaught during the late 1970s. The play explores their attitudes to war, discipline, and each other and “the other”. Published in Môre is ‘n Lang Dag en Die Teken by Tafelberg, 1986.

Performance history in South Africa

1984: First performed with students from Rhodes University Drama Department in the Masker Teater at the second ATKV Kampustoneel (“Campus Theatre”) Festival in Pretoria in April 1984. The first professional production at the Market Theatre in 1984.

1986: PACOFS 1986, directed by Deon Opperman, with George Mazarakis (Kosie), Greg Latter (Neil), Hannes Muller (Christo), André Lombard (Van), Arnold Vosloo (Lappies). Decor and costume design by Deon Opperman, lighting by Martin Pelser. This production toured widely in the Free State and Natal including the Loft Theatre, Natal Playhouse, Durban, directed by Deon Opperman from 29 April 1986, its final performance being at the Momentum Theatre, Pretoria, from 20 May to 7 June 1986.

2008: Revived and performed at various festivals in 2008-9 (including the Innibos-fees, 2008, KKNK 2009, Aardklop, 2009) produced and directed by Albert Maritz, with Robbie Wessels, Sean Else, Tauriq Jenkins, William Michaels, Jan-Hendrik Opperman. Stage manager Gaerin Hauptfleisch.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted for television starring, among others, Arnold Vosloo and Jeremy Mansfield.

Sources

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

Môre is 'n Lang Dag theatre programme, 1986.

Beeld, 25 June 2008.

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