No. 1 Utopia Lane

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No. 1 Utopia Lane is a one-act play by Damon Galgut (1963-).

The original text

The play examines the claustrophobic hold that one man exerts over a group of weaklings, and their striving for independence. It was written while the author was a pupil at Pretoria Boys' High School[1] and first performed at the 1981 SACEE One-act Play Festival for it.

The text was published by Jonathan Ball in 1983/5?* (with Echoes of Anger). 1988).

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Ray Theron as Utopialaan No.1 in April 1989.

Performance history in South Africa

1981: Performed at the at the SACEE One-act Play Festival by pupils of Pretoria Boys' High School. The play was awarded a prize at the festival.


Sydney Paul Gosher. 1988. A Historical and Critical Survey of the South African One-act Play Written in English. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Pretoria: University of South Africa.

Typed copy of the Afrikaans version, found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022.

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