The Defloration of Miles Koekemoer

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The Defloration of Miles Koekemoer (1980) was the second play written and directed by Paul Slabolepszy. The title was later changed to Miles from Machadodorp.


It tells the story of a country bumpkin bank clerk in South Africa who throws a fancy dress party in his city bachelor flat in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Marietjie du Plessis under the title Die Lewe is ‘n Cowboy-Fliek ("life is a cowboy movie") - published by DALRO 1993.

Performance history in South Africa

1980: Staged in The Studio at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town, directed by Slabolepszy, with Richard Grant (Miles), Marcel van Heerden (Spud) and Fiona Ramsay (Cynthia). Set by Fred Abrahamse.

2009: The Afrikaans translation, Die Lewe is ‘n Cowboy-Fliek, was staged by Brackenfell High School in Cape Town.


Baxter Theatre programme (undated).

Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987. Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988.

Gosher, 1988.

Methuen Drama Guide [1]

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