The Story of Margaret Harding

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The Story of Margaret Harding is a play adapted by Janice Honeyman from the novel by Reginald Perceval Gibbon portraying the traumatic consequences of the friendship between a black doctor and an English rose in Victorian South Africa.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1989: Directed by Janice Honeyman, PACT, 1989.

1991: Performed at the National Arts Festival, 1991, directed by Janice Honeyman, assisted by Louis van Niekerk, starring Patrick Ndlovu (Old Shepherd), Dirk Stolz (Paul du Preez), Shirley Johnston (Vivie du Preez), Jacqui Singer (Hester Jakes), Leslie Mongezi (Dr Kamisi), Jessica Gilbert (Margaret Harding), Danny Keogh (Officer van Zyl), Nomhle Nkonyeni (Fat Mary), Dale Cutts (Dr Eustace Jakes), Michael McCabe (Samson), Graham Hopkins (John Ford), Louis van Niekerk (Christian du Preez), Michael Richard (Boy Bailey). Design by Lindy Roberts, lighting design by Jane Gosnell.


National Arts Festival programme, 1991. 48.

Vrye Weekblad, 6 June 1991.

Natal Witness, 9 July 1991.

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