The Strondloper

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One-man show by Ivan D. Lucas as the character Ken J. de Bruyn. A political satire in Cape patois and English.

See also: A Klonkie vol K*k.


The name "Strondloper" puns on Harry the Strandloper (Beachcomber), the name white historians gave to Autshumato [1], the 17th century Khoi leader and patriot. "Strand" refers to the beaches where the Khoi hunted and gathered at the time and "strond" (actually "stront") is Afrikaans for faeces.

The name of the character Ken J. de Bruyn is a word play on the Afrikaans phrase, "ken jy die Bruin(es)?" ("do you know the Brown(s)?"), referring to the Cape "Coloured" people.

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Performance history in South Africa

Staged, performed and directed in June 2001 by Ivan D. Lucas at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. It was later performed in various venues, including the Laager at The Market Theatre in May 2002,


Cape Times, 11 June 2001.

The Citizen, 29 April 2002.

Mail & Guardian, 16 May 2002.

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