Out of Bounds

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Out of Bounds is a one-man play by Rajesh Gopie, 1999.

Won a Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Indigenous Script in 2001.

The original text

Published in the Playscript series (Junkets Publisher) ; no. 6, 2008. ISBN 9780620416481.


Using 28 different characters, Gopie, often humorously, tells the story of Lal Lachund, a young Indian man growing up in 1980s apartheid South Africa, who lives with his parents and extended family in a cramped house in Inanda, and longs for a house where he has his own room, instead of one which is shared with numerous family members.

Performance history

1999: First performed at the Market Theatre in 1999, with Rajesh Gopie and directed by Tina Johnson, lighting by Glen Olsen. The same production was subsequently staged in the UK, across Europe, in India, in the USA, throughout South Africa, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2003, the Old World Theatre Festival in The Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India in 2009, the Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre in 2012, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, Los Angeles USA in 2013, amongst others.

Out of Bounds made a strong contribution to the social debate in the New South Africa of the 1990s - it generated so much interest that President Nelson Mandela himself requested a private performance.

Translations and adaptations


Theatre programmes and other material held by NELM.

Stellenbosch University Library catalogue.

Johann van Heerden (2008)[1]. p. 133

Rajesh's important Durban 'breyani', The Mercury, April 6 2012[2]

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