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Oraison is a French one-act play by Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet Fernando Arrabal (1932- ) [1].

The original text

Published in Paris by Julliard in 1958

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as Orison by Barbara Wright. Published in Four Plays: Orison, The Two Executioners; Fando and Lis; Car Cemetery]] by John Calder, London, 1961.

Performance history in South Africa

1972: Orison, the English translation, was staged by CAPAB, directed by John Burch, featuring Stephen Gurney (Fidio) and Lois Butlin (Libe). Presented in a double bill with The Stronger (Strindberg).

1977: Presented by the Rhodes University Drama Department directed by Jon Maytham in May 1977 as part of a triple bill of one act plays including The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, directed by Lyrr Addison; Guernica by Ferdinand Arrabal, directed by Jamie Crawford.


CAPAB theatre programme, 1972.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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