The Paragon

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The Paragon is a play written by father and son team English playwright, film and television screenwriter Roland Pertwee [1] (1885-1963) and British playwright and screenwriter Michael Pertwee [2] (1916-1991). It is a play of strong emotions and situation and deals with a father and son relationship set in 1946.

The original text

Published in Plays of the year. v.1, 1948-49, chosen by J. C. Trewin. London: Elek, 1949.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by S.P. Olivier entitled Die Onbekende Man. Typewritten translation available at the Stellenbosch University Library, Manuscripts Section. Reference 31/20/5.

Performance history in South Africa

1951: Presented by East London Technical College Drama Club.

1952: Die Onbekende Man was presented by K.A.T., directed by Lily-Jean Satusky in the Labia Theatre from 3 to 7 June 1952 and in the Botha Hall, Stellenbosch on 16 August 1952 starring Nic Tredoux, Sappie Botha, Babs Laker, Marie Schoeman, Herman Steytler, Fred le Roux, Bertha le Roux, Pieter Bredenkamp and Paul Malherbe.

Louw Verwey was seen in a production of Die Onbekende Man by JAATS, year unknown.


Die Onbekende Man theatre programme, 1952.

Arts Theatre Club archive held by George Mountjoy.

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