The Ruffian on the Stair

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The Ruffian on the Stair is a play by British playwright Joe Orton

The original text

An unsympathetic yet comedic one-act portrayal of working class England, as played out by a couple and a mysterious young man who toys with their lives. It was based on The Boy Hairdresser, a novel by Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in August 1964.

Translations and adaptations

A translation into Afrikaans entitled Skoppensboer was staged by Marie van Heerden in 1974.

Performance history in South Africa

1972/73: Staged as a lunch time presentation at The Space (Cape Town) late 1972 or early 1973, directed by Bill Tanner with Yvonne Bryceland, Bill Flynn and Ronald France. The stage manager was Bee Berman.

1975: The Afrikaans translation (Skoppensboer) performed in July as part of the Kortteater/Short Theatre series of plays put on by the Libertas Teaterklub in Stellenbosch. Directed Marie van Heerden , with Herman Binge (Nick), Sharon Montgomery (Rita) and Jannie Hofmeyr (Henk).


Wikipedia [1]

Astbury 1979.

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