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Taraboemdery is a play by Chris Barnard (1939-2015).

The original text

An Afrikaans play about lower class whites, threatened by the arrival of a street-wise and worldly stranger.

First performed in 1976 and published by Tafelberg Uitgewers in 1977.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1976: An Oude Libertas commissioned work, it was first produced by SWAPAC in co-operation with NAPAC and CAPAB in Windhoek, as part of SWAPAC's 10th anniversary celebrations (1976). Directed by André P. Brink, with Mees Xteen (Koot), Johan Botha (Buks), Antoinette Kellermann (Fransien), Lida Botha (Breggie), Kobus Strydom (Ewert). Decor designed by Richard Cook, costumes designed by Alta Brink. Stage manager Dawie Malan. This production toured widely in Natal and the Northern Cape.

1977: Staged by PACT, directed by Francois Swart, with Don Lamprecht (Buks), Sandra Prinsloo (Fransien), Marius Weyers (Koot), Pierre van Pletzen (Evert) and Wilma Stockenstrom (Breggie). Decor and costumes by Johan Engels.

1978: CAPAB presented the play under the direction of Jan Prinsloo. Decor by Richard Cook, costumes by Jennifer Gillis, lighting by Emile Aucamp. It opened at the H.B. Thom Theatre on 31 August 1978, and at the Nico Malan Theatre on 3 October 1978. The cast were Neels Coetzee (Buks), Trudi du Plessis (Fransien), Mees Xteen (Koot), Neville Thomas (Ewert) and Sandra Ferreira (Breggie). Skip Wright was the stage manager.

1986 Staged by PACOFS, directed by Schalk Jacobsz, starring Marko van der Colff and Anita de Jager.

1986: Staged by the University Theatre of Stellenbosch, directed by Noël Roos, starring Neels Engelbrecht, Jozua van der Lugt, Illse Roos, Linda Pienaar, Reenen Furter, decor Herman Pretorius, lighting Emile Aucamp; Performed in the H.B. Thom Theatre.

1989: Staged by PACT, directed by Ilse van Hemert with Henriëtta Gryffenberg (Fransien), Pieter Brand (Buks), Gys de Villiers (Koot), Marie Pentz (Breggie), André Odendaal (Ewert), in the State Theatre Arena. Designs by James MacNamara.

2009 Performed in the Nelspruit Stadsteater at the Innibos festival (1-4 July), in celebration of the playwright at 70. Produced and directed by Albert Maritz, with Neil Sandilands, Richard van der Westhuizen, Milan Murray as Fransien, Petro van den Heever and Pierre van Heerden.

2010: The same production performed at the KKNK festival in Oudtshoorn in April.


Taraboemdery programmes 1976, 1978.

PACT theatre programme, 1977.

Senekal, Jan and Van Aswegen, Karien (eds.). 1980. Bronne by die Studie van Afrikaanse Dramas 1900-1978. Johannesburg: Perskor

UTS theatre pamphlet, 1986.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

Sunday Star, 20 Augustus 1989.

PACT theatre programme, 1989.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Beeld 25 May 2009.


Paul Boekkooi. 2009. Taraboemdery: skitterend georkestreer en afgerond, Litnet 2009-07-16[1]


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