Ou Daniel

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Ou Daniel is an Afrikaans melodrama by Harm Oost.

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A play about the old, poverty stricken and ill Boer and an artful conman named "Billy Black".

Written in 1905-6, first performed as part of its first production by the Afrikaans-Hollandse Toneelvereniging in the Opera House, Pretoria 9 March, 1906 according to Binge (though Du Toit says 7 March 1907). The leads were played by M. Ribbens and Harm Oost, directed by Mrs Engel-Wilson. It soon became a firm favourite in that society’s repertory, and remained so until 1910. It was described by Gustav Preller as an important work, heralding the budding of Afrikaner cultural self-consciousness. First published by ** in 19*.


Ludwig Binge, 1969

P.J. du Toit,

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