The Drummer

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There are two plays by this title known in South Africa:

The Drummer by Joseph Addison (1715)

This is the shortened title for The Drummer, or The Haunted House a comedy by Joseph Addison (1672-1719).

See The Drummer, or The Haunted House

The Drummer by Athol Fugard

The Drummer is a short improvisation piece by Athol Fugard (1932-).

The original text

This 10 minute, one-man, piece (with no dialogue) tells of a tramp rooting through rubbish and finding two drumsticks, with which he starts playing a rhythm on an upturned tin can, rising above the ruckus of the city. A work originally commissioned for the Kentucky Festival of New American Plays and produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, directed by Michael Hankins and performed by Dierk Toporzysek on February 27, 1980.

The text published by Samuel French in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1989 and in My Children! My Africa! and Selected Shorter Plays by Wits University Press (edited by Stephen Gray) in 1990.

Performance history in South Africa


The Drummer - Athol Fugard: Playwrights and their Stage Works[1]

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