Periandros van Korinthe

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Periandros van Korinthe ("Periandros of Corinth") is an Afrikaans verse drama by D.J. Opperman.

The original text

A verse drama in classic format, the work has often been prescribed for study at schools and universities. First published by Nasionale Boekhandel in 1954 and awarded the Hertzog Prize for Drama, 1956.

Performance history in South Africa

1955: First performed by the Cape Town Little Theatre, with several players drawn from Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging, and directed by Ria Olivier. This production was staged both in the Little Theatre and in the Botha Hall in Stellenbosch.

1956: First professional production was by the National Theatre Organisation (NTO), directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl , who also played "Melissa". The rest of the cast consisted of Jan Schutte (as "Periandros"), Cobus Rossouw, Siegfried Mynhardt, Jannie Gildenhuys. Décor by Kobus Esterhuysen, with Michal Grobbelaar technical advisor.

1957: The NTO production is repeated.

1972: Presented by the Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in the H.B. Thom Theatre in April, directed by Ria Olivier with Philip du Plessis, Johann van Heerden, Tarina Kleyn, Eugenie Kruger, David Malan, Jannie Botes, Fred Nel, Rika Sennet, Pieter Bredenkamp, Robin Malan, Fred le Roux and others. Music composed by Hubert du Plessis, décor and lighting by Emile Aucamp, costumes designed by Elaine Aucamp.

1987: Performed by CAPAB in collaboration with Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch. Directed by Herman Pretorius with Neels Coetzee, Belinda Koning, Gustav Geldenhuys, Willie Fritz and others. Décor by Peter Wright, costumes by Elaine Aucamp, lighting by Skip Wright. The music composed for the 1972 production was used again.

Translations and adaptations

Sources

Inskip, 1972.

Die Taalgenoot, 26(8), 1957.

Nel, 1972

Periandros van Korinthe theatre programme, 1972.


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