Oom Paul

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Oom Paul is a play by D.C. Postma. A historic symbolic play in Afrikaans about the life of President Paul Kruger set in 1896, at the start of the Anglo Boer War.

The original text

Published Oom Paul : 'n simboliese drama in vier bedrywe, Nasionale Pers, 1934.

Translations and adaptations

There were calls for it to be filmed in 1935 and later, but this never happened, though there is footage available of Hanekom in the role.

Performance history in South Africa

1934: Produced in 1934 by Hendrik Hanekom, with his Toneelskool in Bloemfontein. Then he took it on the road at various times with professional companies between 1935-1938. He himself always took the title role, perhaps his greatest role.

1941: In 1941 it was again produced as fundraiser for the Reddingsdaadbond (RDB).


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