Nie vir Geleerdes

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Nie vir Geleerdes ("Not for the Learned") is a satirical play by N.P. van Wyk Louw.

The original text

A highly comical, almost burlesque, satire

Written for performance during the Union Festival of 1960, it was published under the full title of Koning-Eenoog, of, Nie vir Geleerdes. 'n Spel van Anachronismes en 'n Anachronisme ("King One-eye, or Not for the Learned. A game of anchronisms and an anachronism") by Tafelberg Uitgewers in 1963. It was apparently also published under the more familiar title of Nie vir Geleerdes by Nasionale Boekhandel Bpk. in 1963.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1960: Performed as Nie vir Geleerdes by the National Theatre Organisation as part of the Union Festival. Directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl, produced by Michal Grobbelaar, with Vicki Vosloo, Johan Malherbe, Sann de Lange, Esther Mentz, Elna Fouché, Philip Grobler, Salie Vermaak, Gerry Albertse, Schalk Jacobsz and John Botha. Decor Frank Graves, costumes Doreen Graves. The play opened in Bloemfontein, and was also the first official Afrikaans work to be done by NTO in the newly renovated Kamertoneel, which had been renamed the National Theatre.


Nie vir Geleerdes theatre programme, 1960.

F.I.J. van Rensburg. 2006. "Van Wyk Louw in ligter luim", in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 43 (1) [1]

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