Op Dees Aarde
Known as Good Heavens in English.
The original text
A subtitled "'n Plattelandse storie" ("A rural story"), it is a Gothic play about the spirit of a deceased sister, who died in illicit childbirth, and returns home on every year for her birthday, to the delight of her mother and brother, and despair of her two "ugly" sisters. The sisters, deeply and bitterly envious of her youth and beauty, find her a painful reminder of their own miserable existence. But on this fateful evening they hatch a diabolical plot to rid themselves of her forever.
Translations and adaptations
1986: First performed at the Kampustoneel festival in by the Rhodes University Drama Department, directed by Denys Webb, with Marijke Echererria("Ma"), Marc Hoarth ("Tokkie"), Reza de Wet ("Sophie"), Kelly Oates ("Minnie") and Embeth Davidtz ("Bybie").
1986: Performed in Afrikaans at the Grahamstown Festival by the same cast.
1987: Performed by PACT under the direction of Sandra Kotzé starring Petru Wessels (Sophie), Ronel Kriel (Minnie), Lida Botha (Ma), Pieter Brand (Tokkie), Natania van Heerden (Baby), Cobus Coetzer (Ou man). Set design by Chris Pretorius, costume design by Sandra Kotzé, lighting by James MacNamara.
1996: Scenes from the play were performed by seven final year University of Stellenbosch drama students in the Kellerteater at the University, directed by lecturer Shirley Johnston, with a cast including Paul du Toit, Angerie van Wyk, Martelize Kolver, Leanna Dreyer, Nicole Holm , Amelda Brand and Nico Dreyer. Set design and lighting by Kobus Rossouw. In a rare exchange, the production was also performed for and debated by the UCT drama staff and students, in the Drama Department of the University of Cape Town.
2012: Performed as Op Dees Aarde – 'n Plattelandse storie by TEATERteater at the Aardklop festival, produced by Hugo Theart, directed by Marthinus Basson, with Wilna Snyman, Joanie Combrink, Alida Theron, Ludwig Binge and Karli Heine. Designer Marthinus Basson, Assistant-director Hugo Theart, stage manager and lighting designer Jaco Van Wyk, assistant stage managers Stefan O'Connor and Heinrich Botes, production assistant Gabi Immelman, costumes Artscape Wardrobe, with Penny Simpson as costujme coordinator, assisted by costumiers Eva Parsons, Gabieba Isaacs and Effendi Davids
Op Dees Aarde theatre programme, 1987.
KKNK programme, 29 March-6 April 2013)
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