The House of Blue Leaves

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The House of Blue Leaves is a play by Irish American playwright John Guare [1] (born 5 February 1938). This was his first full-length play, named by the New York Drama critics' Circle as the best American play of 1970-71.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1972: First produced in Johannesburg by PACT Drama, 1972, directed by Taubie Kushlick with Peter J. Elliott *.

1976: Presented by The Space (Cape Town) from 19 February, directed by Mavis Taylor, starring Peter J. Elliott, John Worsley, Phyllis Early, Yvonne Bryceland, Louise Robertson, Isabelle Foord, Bee Berman, Petronilla Whitfield, Richard Morrison, Colin de Castro and Len Sparrow-Hawk.

1977: PACOFS with Margi Lewis and James Borthwick, directed by Ernst Eloff.


PACT Newsletter, June 1972.

Theatre programme (The Space 1976).

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

Astbury 1979.

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