Somewhere on the Border

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Somewhere on the Border is a play by Anthony Akerman. Written in 1983, was banned "as a publication" in South Africa. However, it was a countrywide success when it was performed and was nominated for the DALRO Best Play Award in 1987. The Argus called it "the ultimate anti-war statement in white South African theatre".** Full-length. Cast: men.

Published in South Africa Plays by Nick Hern Books (1994) and also individually published by Thekwini Theater Amsterdam.

The play opened in The Hague on 11 November 1983, produced by Akerman and with a South African cast, including Jeroen Kranenburg.

Performance history in South Africa

1987: Presented by the Little Theatre, Cape Town, in association with Basil Rubin in January. Directed by Gerrit Schoonhoven, starring Blaise Koch, Timmy Kwebulana, Johann Myburgh, André-Jacques van der Merwe, Hannes Muller, André Lombard, Deon Opperman. Lighting designed by Gerda Kruger.

1987: Staged by PACT, directed by Gerrit Schoonhoven, with Dawid Minnaar (David Levitt), Timmy Kwebulana (Blackman), Johann Myburgh (Trevor Mowbray), André-Jacques van der Merwe (Kpl Kotze), Hannes Muller (Hennie Badenhorst), André Lombard (Paul Marais) and Martin le Maitre (Doug Campbell).

1990: Presented by NAPAC at the Loft Theatre directed by the author, opening 11 September.

2011: André Odendaal directed the play at the Grahamstown Festival, starring Kaz McFadden, Charlie Bouguenon, Dylan Horley, André Lötter, Glen Biderman-Pam, Luan Jacobs, Ndino Ndilula. This production was also staged at the Market Theatre and the Baxter Theatre in 2012.

Translations and adaptations

Sources

PACT theatre programme, 1987.

Theatre programme, 1987.

The Star, 10 January 2012.

Finsncial Mail, 3 February 2012.

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