Oedipus by Ted Hughes

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Oedipus by Ted Hughes is a 1969 adaptation and translation of Seneca's play Oedipus.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

The Ted Hughes version was translated and adapted into Afrikaans by Noël Roos, Libé Ferreira and Johann van Heerden of this version, and entitled Oidipus. This version was performed in 1982, but the text is unpublished.

Performance history in South Africa

1971: Produced by PACT Drama in the Arena of the State Theatre. Directed by Schalk Jacobsz with Jan Engelen, Joan Friedman, Frantz Dobrowsky, Nigel Vermaas, Marion Craig-Smith, Stephan Bouwer, Noel Roos and Will Bernard. Choreographed by Francois Swart.

1980: Staged at the Baxter Theatre, directed by Barney Simon. The cast included Danny Keogh (Oedipus), Grethe Fox (Jocasta), Michael O'Brien, Joko Scott, Thoko Ntshinga, Richard Grant, Linda Harris, Fiona Ramsay (and Robin Smith?).

1982: A translation into Afrikaans by Noël Roos, Libé Ferreira and Johann van Heerden of this version, entitled Oidipus, was directed by Roos for the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in October 1982, starring Albert Maritz, Libé Ferreira, Belinda Richardson, Antoinette Pienaar, Nicola van der Walt, Trudi Huskisson, Michelle Alberts, Isadora Verwey and Ilze Swanepoel.




P.J. Conradie, 1999


Helikon, 5(21), 1955.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Review by Molly Green, untitled, undated newspaper clipping. (1980 production, Baxter).

Oedipus theatre programmes, PACT, 1971, 1990.

B. van Zyl Smit 2003 "The Receptions of Greek Tragedy in the 'Old' and the 'New' South Africa" in Akroterion 48 : 3-20)[1]

Betine van Zyl Smit. 2010. "Oedipus and Afrikaans Theater" in Comparative Drama (Vol. 44, No. 4: pp. 477-493)[2]

Copy of the typed Afrikaans translation by Roos et al. found in the Drama Department archives of Stellenbosch University.

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