P.A. Jacobs

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P.A. Jacobs (19*-). Playwright.


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Hugely prolific author of religious-didactic and/or sentimentally romantic plays in Afrikaans for young people. Began his involvement with theatre in 1959 when he started presenting plays with Sunday School children. In 1960 founded the interdenominational Youth Crusaders, which in 1971 became Alpha Omega. For many years he also directed his own plays, acting in them as well as being the compére of cultural evenings. According to Smith (1990), Jacobs says that he tries to elevate his audiences, and refers to some of his works as "preek-in-aksie" ("preaching-in-action"). Works include: As die galgtou weer swaai ("When the noose swings again" - 19*), Die Koms van Lord Gladystone (The Coming of Lord Gladystone" -19*), Die Goue Kandelaar ("The Golden Chandelier" - 19*), Die Hart van die Mens ("The Heart of the Human Being/ Mankind" - 19*), My Belofte aan Mammie ("My Promise to Mother" - 19*), Daar's 'n Reënboog in haar Oë. ("There's a Rainbow in her Eyes" - 19*), In Haar Trourok op sy Graf ("In Her Wedding Dress on his Grave" - 19*), So Eg die Liefde ("So True the Love" - 19*), Maak oop die Graf van my Moeder ("Open the Grave of my Mother" - 19*), ‘n Vreemde Skoen onder my Bed ("A Strange Shoe under my Bed" - 19*), Pieter se Troue ("Pieter's Wedding" - 19*), Spelonk van Onheil ("Cave of Evil" -19*), Die Waarde van 'n Glimlag ("The Value of a Smile" - 19*) Bloed is Dikker as Water ("Blood is Thicker than Water" - 19*), Stiefseun se Geliefde ("Stepson's Beloved" - 19*), In die Glans van die Gloeiende Panga ("In the Light of the Glowing Panga" - 19*), Uurtjie van Lof ("Little Hour of Praise" - 19*), Oorlede Louw se Bos ("Deceased Louw's Forest" - 19*), **

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