Oorlog is Oorlog

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Oorlog is Oorlog (1927) ("War is war") by J.F.W. Grosskopf. Also known as Mara.


The original text

An excellent anti-war one-act play about the relationship between a Boer girl and a British soldier during the Anglo Boer war. First published under its original title by Van Schaik in 1941 in Die Klipdolk, en Ander Kort-spele. Later often included in collections for use in schools and performed by schools and amateur companies. Inter alia published in Vyfling by Nasboek and Skerm en Masker by Van Schaik.

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Performance history in South Africa

1937: First produced by K.A.T. in 1937, directed by Dolly Pienaar.

1941: Produced under the title Mara in June by the Volksteater in Pretoria (in aid of the anti-war Reddingsdaadbond), directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl with Lydia Lindeque in the lead role.

1942: Directed by Anna Richter-Visser for K.A.T. in August 1942.

1944: Produced by Die Maskers in 1944 in the Library Theatre, featuring Hermien Dommisse.

1969: Produced by the Grey College Dramatic Society, Bloemfontein, directed by Charles Malan

Sources

South African Opinion, 1(4), 1944

Nel, 1972


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