The Return of Elvis du Pisanie
The original text
A play about a retrenched salesman at the end of his tether and ready to commit suicide, who is saved by the appearance of Elvis Presley, under a lamppost in Witbank
Translations and adaptations
The play has been revived numerous times over the years.
1992: First produced at the National Arts Festival and performed by Paul Slabolepszy, directed by Lara Foot. The play then toured the country playing inter alia at the Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg; the Loft Theatre , Durban; the Opera House, Port Elizabeth; The Alexander Playhouse, East London; the Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg; the Market Theatre, Johannesburg and the Dock Road Theatre, Cape Town. Won a number of Vita Awards, Dalro Awards and Fleur du Cap awards, including Best Actor in all cases, and Best New Play.
1993: Presented by invitation in Washington DC and Chicago by Paul Slabolepszy.
2013: Performed at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg in January and the National Arts Festival in July, by Pieter-Schalk Bothma, directed by Amanda Bothma, A new production directed by Juanita Swanepoel with Pierre-Arnold Theron, was produced at the KKNK, Outshoorn in April.
KKNK programme, 29 March-6 April 2013
Malan, Wilson and Fick. 2013. Now I Am Alone 2: pp.118-121.
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