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Miskend ("misunderstood") is a Dutch dramatic sketch in 3 parts by P.C.J. Meys (1830-1915)[1].

The original text

Described as a "Dramatsche Schets voor rederijkers. In drie afdeelingen", it was specially written for the Rederijkerskamer Erica in the town of Meppel and basically tells the story of the prodigal son who returns home, incognito and wealthy, from a life in exile to save the family from ruin and reclaiming his lost love. The text was published in Meppel by H. Ten Brink in 1868. Referring to the South African production, Bosman, 1980, refers to it as a "drama in 5 bedrywe" - i.e. a drama in acts.

Performance history in South Africa

1870: Performed in Dutch in the Germania Hall, Cape Town, by Aurora II on 8 September, with Hans de Kruyer in t' Verhoor (Schoonhoven and Van Nooten).


Henk Nijkeuter. 2003. Geschiedenis van de Drentse literatuur, 1816-1956', Uitgeverij Van Gorcum: pp. 204-7[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 465.

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