The Native Who Caused All the Trouble

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The Native Who Caused All the Trouble by Vanessa Cooke, Fink Haysom and Danny Keogh. A documentary play based on an incident in 1930 in which a Sotho claimed ownership of land in Cape Town to the consternation of white authorities.

The original text

The authors received the Amstel Playwright of the Year Award in 1985 for this play. Workshopped and presented at the Market Theatre in 1983. Published in Kani (ed): More Market Plays (Ad Donker) 1996.

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Performance history in South Africa

Feb 1988: - Directed by Robert Whitehead. Cast : Vanessa Cooke, Kurt Egelhof, John Kani, Danny Keogh, Eric Nobbs, Albert Maritz, Peter Turnstall, Robert Whitehead at the Market Theatre.

A film version of the play was directed by Manie van Rensburg and released in 1990. John Kani, Vanessa Cooke, Graham Hopkins, Robert Whitehead, Eric Nobbs and Kurt Egelhof starred in the film.(Business Day, 15 May 1990).


Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

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