Pa, Maak vir my 'n Vlieër Pa

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Pa, Maak vir my 'n Vlieër Pa ("Dad, Make me a Kite Dad") is an Afrikaans play by Chris Barnard (1939-2015).

English title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.

The original text

A play about a man and his relationship with his mother and a (fictional?) son. A key absurdist work in the South African theatre, perhaps the best.

Written in 1963, published by Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel in 1964. Performance text also published by Dalro.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Antony Dawes(some sources have the translator as the author himself).

Performance history in South Africa

1965: The first performance of the play was in the National Theatre Pretoria on 30 September 1965 (produced by PACT), directed by Robert Mohr starring Cobus Rossouw, Kita Redelinghuijs and Franz Marx.

1969: CAPAB's production of the Afrikaans text openened in the Hofmeyr Theatre on 19 December 1969. Robert Mohr was the director, assisted by Ken Leach. Raimond Schoop designed the decor. Stage director Scott Robertson, stage manager Brian Kennedy. The cast were Kita Redelinghuijs, Cobus Rossouw and Wilson Dunster. The English translation Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow premiered on 27 December 1969 in the Hofmeyr Theatre directed by Mohr with the same cast and credits.

1985: Staged by PACT, designed and directed by Dawie Malan, with Lida Botha (Vrou), Eric Nobbs (Org) and Jakes Jacobs (Man).

2016: After a members' preview at the Oakdale Club in the Cape, opened at the Inniebos Festival on 28 June, directed by Albert Maritz, with Sandra Prinsloo, Waldi Schultz en Wilhelm van der Walt.

2016: Performed in the Milnerton Playhouse by the Milnerton Players, directed by Mari Mocke with Hanno Fourie, Ilse van Niekerk and Anton Schäfer (23 September to 8 October).

2017: Performed at the Woordfees US Woordfees (March), Vrystaat Arts Festival (8-11 April) and the KKNK Festival (April), directed by Albert Maritz, with Sandra Prinsloo, Waldi Schultz en Wilhelm van der Walt.


Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 57.

Pa, Maak vir my 'n Vlieër Pa/Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow joint theatre programme, 1969.

CAPAB List of Plays Presented, 1971.

Copy of a catalogue (handwritten by various hands) of the F.C.L. Bosman collection held at the Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkunde Museum en Navorsingsentrum (NALN) in Bloemfontein.

Senekal, Jan and Van Aswegen, Karien (eds.). 1980. Bronne by die Studie van Afrikaanse Dramas 1900-1978. Johannesburg: Perskor

PACT theatre programme, 1985.

Review by Danie Botha, 2016-09-27 in LitNet[1].

KKNK 2017 programme

Woordfees 2017 programme

Vrystaat Arts Festival 2017 programme[2]

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