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Taraboemdery is a 1976 play by Chris Barnard. An Afrikaans play about lower class whites, threatened by the arrival of a street-wise and worldly stranger.

Published by Tafelberg Uitgewers in 1977.

The original text

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 2010: Directed by Albert Maritz, with Neil Sandilands, Richard van der Westhuizen, Milan Murray as Fransien, Petro van den Heever and others at KKNK, Aardklop, Innibos.


Taraboemdery programmes 1976, 1978.

PACT theatre programme, 1977.

UTS theatre pamphlet

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.

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