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Raaiselkind ("Riddle Child") is stage play by Saartjie Botha.

The original text

The play is a stage adaptation of the Afrikaans novel of the same name by Annelie Botes (1957-)[1]. The novel was originally published in Afrikaans by Tafelberg in 2001, then translated into English as Riddle Child and published by Penguin in 2004, and deals with the issue of autism and a mother's attempts to deal with it.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2003: Botha's play was first performed at the Woordfees and the KKNK festivals in 2003, directed by Marthinus Basson, with Antoinette Kellerman, June van Merch, Neels van Jaarsveld and Lorraine Burger.


Die Burger, 5 April 2003.

Die Voldblad, 12 July 2003

Antoinette Kellerman's performance script, found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022.


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