The Spare Room

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A play by Geraldine Aron. An Oude Libertas Commission.

The original text

The play was commissioned for CAPAB as part of the Oude Libertas Commion series. First performed by CAPAB in 1982. (Though the published text says 1981, all other sources, including the programme of the CAPAB production has 1982.)

Published in Seven Plays and Four Monologues by Geraldine Aron (David Philip, 1985).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1982: Presented by CAPAB Drama opening 2 April 1982 (April 1981 according to the published text). Directed by Nigel Vermaas starring Terry Norton, James Borthwick, Norman Anstey and Diane Wilson. Sets and costumes by Dicky Longhurst, original lighting by Malcolm Hurrell (according to the programme)/John T. Baker (according to the published text). The production subsequently played at the Opera House, Port Elizabeth, from 27 April 1982, the Monument Theatre, Grahamstown, Opera House, Pretoria, 3 May 1982 and the H.B. Thom Theatre, Stellenbosch, from 6 May 1982. Also staged in Durban, and the Academy Theatre, Johannesburg.

2011: Performed in The Playhouse, Somerset West, by the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society , directed by Molly Mohr.

2013: Produced at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland, directed by Terry Byrne.


The Spare Room theatre programme, 1982.

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