Die Man met 'n Lyk om sy Nek

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Die Man met 'n Lyk om sy Nek (Afrikaans for "The Man With a Corpse Around His Neck") is an Afrikaans murder comedy by Bartho Smit.

The original text

Published as Die man met 'n lyk om sy nek : 'n moord-komedie by Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel, 1967.

Translations and adaptations

English translation by Antony Dawes: The Man With a Corpse Around His Neck. Translation published by DALRO, 1968.

Performance history in South Africa

In 1966 PACT's rural tour with Die Man met 'n Lyk om sy Nek was cancelled because of objections to the play (Smith, 1990, p46).

1969: Staged by PACOFS, directed by the playwright, with a cast including Louw Verwey and Ernst Eloff.

19**: Directed by Louw Odendaal at Die Masker Theatre to celebrate the University of Pretoria Drama Department's 25th birthday. The cast: Carel Trichardt, Petru Wessels, Fred Steyn, André Lombard. Decor by Peter Walter.

1975: Staged by Volksteater Pretoria, directed by Dot Denyssen-Botha, with Fanie van der Nest (Paul Barnard), Franciska Schutte (Annette), Kobus Trichardt (Frans), La Reine de Klerk ( (Cathy), Vink Roux (Bulhond), Johann van Wyk (Kaptein Buys) and Olof Vorster (Dok).

Sources

Volksteater Pretoria theatre programme, 1975.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Typed list, E. Reyneke, 1978

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

Stellenbosch University Library catalogue

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