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A play by Anthony Akerman (1996). Full-length. Cast: mixed. Published in Dark Outsider: Three Plays by Wits University Press in 2000.

The original text

Based on Akerman's school days at Michaelhouse, a privileged Natal private boarding school for boys.

Won a Vita Best Script Award in 1997.

Business Day wrote of it: "You are unlikely to see anything as good on any other stage in the country".

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1996: Première production in the Loft Theatre at the Durban Playhouse in June 1996, directed by Anthony Akerman, with Nicholas Ashby, Jacqui Logie, Timothy Wells, Ashley Dowds and Antony Coleman.

1997: Presented by PACT at the Grahamstown Festival 1997 and subsequently in The Civic in Johannesburg and the State Theatre in Pretoria, directed by Anthony Akerman, starring Nicholas Ashby, Kathy-Jo Ross, Terence Reis, Ashley Dowds, Antony Coleman, Stephen Gurney. Set design by Rod Smith, lighting by Michael Maxwell.

1998: Staged at the Theatre on the Square in October 1998, directed by Anthony Akerman, with David Butler, Jennifer Steyn, Steven Raymond, Ashley Dowds and Antony Coleman


Vrydag - Kwana, 21 June 1996.

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