The original text
The playwright's great-great grandfather was a man called Red George Barker. A virtually complete set of journals he kept in the 1800s came to light. First turned into a 40-part, daily radio series (in collaboration with his sister Judith Krummeck), the diaries were adapted for the stage.
Performance history in South Africa
2007: Directed at the National Arts Festival by Denise Newman, performed by Peter Krummeck, playing 17 characters, ranging from Dr Philip, Moderator of the London Missionary Society, to the manipulative Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape. Other characters include Red George's Xhosa interpreter Dyani Tsatsu, his irrepressible Khoi drover Valentyn Brander and the dizzy Mrs Hamilton. This production opened in August at Theatre in the District in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Cape Times, 21 August 2007.
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