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Noé is a play by French playwright André Obey (1892 – 1975)[1]

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as Noah by Arthur Wilmurt, published by Heinemann, 1935.

An Afrikaans radio play called Noag ("Noah") by S.J. Petersen (1970) was possibly also based on the Obey play. Unpublished.

Translated into Afrikaans as Noag (1979) by Jannie Gildenhuys, for performance by students.

Two adaptations possibly based on/inspired by Obey's work are Noah (a full-length musical by Graham Weir and Megan Choritz) and Noah of Cape Town, a full-length a cappella musical created by Graham Weir.

Performance history in South Africa

1942: Produced in English by Rosalie van der Gucht for the UCT Speech-Training Department with Donald Inskip, Richard Buncher, Margaret Whyte, Lionel Bowman, Basil Warner, Philippe Sauzier, Cynthia Coller, Freda Kahn, Juliana Oosthuizen in the Little Theatre, late 1942.

1956: Produced in English by Leon Gluckman .

1967: Produced in English in the Am Dram festival of 1967 held at the Camps Bay Civic Centre.

1976: Produced by The Centre at St George's Cathedral, directed by Patricia Whittock with Henry Goodman in the lead role, David Janes plays "Ham" and Jo Dunstan "Mrs Noah". Sound effects were rendered musically by John Swartz.

1979: Staged in Afrikaans by the Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in October in the H.B. Thom Theatre, directed by Jannie Gildenhuys, with Herman Pretorius (Noag), Christa Kotzé (Mev. Noag), Chris van Jaarsveld (Sem), Dawid Minnaar (Gam), Niel le Roux (Jafet), Elize Britz (Sella), Gaynor Calitz (Naomi), Elmari van Niekerk (Ada), Johann van Heerden ('n Man and Die Olifant and Die Bul), Ben Dehaeck (Die Beer), Riette Fritz (Die Leeu and Die Padda), Annette Marais (Die Apie), Lindi Roux (Die Koei and Die Skilpad), Ianette Rossouw (Die Volstruis and Die Donkie), Elmari van Niekerk (Die Meerkat), Christa Kotzé (Die Kangaroe), Anel Oberholzer (Die Wolf), Sandra Horn (Die Lam), Dawid Minnaar (Die Kraai), Debbie Henrick (Die Haas) and Libby Daniels (Die Tier). Costumes by Elaine Aucamp and lighting by Emile Aucamp.

2005: Noah (the musical) first performed at Artscape as part of the New Writer’s Programme.

2009: Noah of Cape Town performed at the Baxter Theatre, directed by Jaci de Villiers.


The Rand Daily Mail, 8 December 1976 (St George's Cathedral production).

UTS theatre programme, October 1979.

UTS theatre pamphlet

Trek 7(18):16; 7(19):16, 1943.

Cape Times, 16 July 2009.

Translated into Afrikaans by Jannie Gildenhuys titled Noag and performed by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in October 1979 in the H.B. Thom Theatre, directed by Gildenhuys, starring Herman Pretorius, Dawid Minnaar, Johann van Heerden, Ben Dehaeck and others.

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