Meisies van Vervloë Jare

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Meisies van Vervloë Jare ("Girls of years gone by") is a one-act play by Bartho Smit (1924 - 1986).

Also found as Meisies van Vervloë Dae ("Girls of days gone by") in some sources.

The original text

A one act play dealing with a number of older people, waiting for a young boy. This was Smit's first play, written during the early 1950s and first performed by the National Theatre Organization in 1959 in a double-bill with Moeder Hanna first performed by the National Theatre Organization in 1959 in a double-bill with Moeder Hanna.

The text was published in the collection Rooibruin Blare en Ander Eenakters by Afrikaanse Persboekhandel 1968 and in Losgoed ("loose effects, movable property, etc.", a collection of Smit's writings) by Perskor in 1974.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1959: First produced as a double bill with Moeder Hanna by National Theatre Organisation in its NTO Kamertoneel, directed by Bartho Smit himself.

1970s?: Performed in Benoni by pupils of the Hoërskool Randburg under the direction of Bartho Smit, as an entry in a drama competition organised by the Transvaal Education Department.


Lantern, 9(2):195. 1959.

J.C. Kannemeyer. 1983. Geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse literatuur (Vol. 2)Tafelberg Uitgewers: p429[1]

W.F. van Rooyen. 1984. "1974-1984" In: Chris Barnard. 1984. Bartho. By geleentheid van sy sestigste verjaardag Johannesburg: Perskor.

Erika Terblanche. 2018. "Bartho Smit (1924–1987)" LitNet-Skrywersalbum[2]

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