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by Robert Kirby. The title and theme are based on a citation of a pamphlet by Thomas Paine published in 1776.

Awarded the IGI Life Vita 1991/1992 Regional Award for Best Script for both the Cape and Natal regions and the author won the IGI Life Vita 1991/1992 National Award for South African playwright of the year.

Playscript [Typescript (photocopy)] NELM:[Collection: SIMON, Barney]: 2003. 90. 510.

Performance history in South Africa

1991: Performed at the National Arts Festival in 1991, starring Michele Scott and Graham Hopkins who also directed the play.

1991-2: A Gaudeamus Productions production was directed by the author at the Baxter Theatre (July-August 1991), the Market Theatre (October 1991), National Arts Festival (June-July 1992), starring Graham Hopkins, Michelle Scott, Robert Kirby, Graham Weir (replaced by Frantz Dobrowsky in subsequent productions) and Sello Maake Ka-Ncube. Setting and lighting by Denis Hutchinson.

1992: Presented by NAPAC at The Drama, January 1992 starring Graham Hopkins, Shirley Ellis, Robert Kirby, Frantz Dobrowsky and Sello Maake Ka-Ncube.

Translations and adaptations


Die Oosterlig, 22 May 1991.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Panics theatre programme (Baxter).

National Arts Festival programme, 1991. 43.

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