The Kimberley Train

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The Kimberley Train is a drama in three acts by Lewis Sowden (1905-1974).

Also referred to simply as Kimberley Train in some sources.

The original text

A play about miscegenation and the pressures towards, and the devastating effects of, efforts to “try for white” under the apartheid regime through the underground association known as the “Kimberley train”. First produced in 1958 and published by Howard Timmins in 1976.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1958: First produced by ***, directed by Cecil Williams at the Library Theatre, Johannesburg in with *** as “John Powers” *** as “Elaine” and Kita Redelinghuys as Elaine’s “coloured” mother, “Bertha”.


Tucker, 1997. 118.

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