The Trojan Women

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The Trojan Women by Euripides. (Also translated as “The Women of Troy” or "Women of Troy") A play often done (in Afrikaans and English) by drama departments because of the large female cast.

Performance history in South Africa

1919: First production recorded in South Africa was produced by Muriel Alexander and performed in the Pretoria Town Hall in 1919. This was the first production of a Greek play in South Africa.****.

1941: Presented by the University of Cape Town's Speech and Drama Department at the Little Theatre in May, directed by Ruth Peffers.

1967: Many other productions in English followed over the years, including one by students of the University of Cape Town, first in May 1967 at the Little Theatre produced by Rosalie van der Gucht with Babs Laker as guest artist.

1977: A Rhodes University Drama Department production was directed by Gary Gordon in April 1977.

1984: In 1984 at the National Arts Festival a production was directed by Shirley Ellis, set designed by Robert Finlayson, lighting by Ellis and Mark Fleishman, costumes Claire Berlein, stage manager Mark Hoeben, starring Hoeben, Robert Finlayson, Belinda Koning, Isadora Verwey and others.

1987: Staged in English as Women of Troy by PACT in the Adcock-Ingram Auditorium for the inauguration of the Windybrow Centre for the Arts, directed by Dieter Reible (assisted by Mitzi Booysen), with Dale Cutts (Menelaus), Babs Laker (Hecuba), Anthony Wilson (Talthybios), Zeona Jacobs (Polyxena), Aletta Bezuidenhout (Cassandra), Clare Stopford (Andromache), Nomsa Nene (Helen), Nomhle Nkonyeni, Jacqui Singer, Helene Truter, Bernadine Strutt, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Sean Jansma, Jamie McCallum, Themba Nyati, Adrian Galley, Andrew Donald and Dan Sebogodi. Designed by Chris van den Berg.

2000: Geoffrey Hyland directed the play with students of UCT in 2000.

Translations and adaptations

In 1944 an Afrikaans version (Die Vroue van Troje, translated by J.P.J. van Rensburg) was done by the ADK in Cape Town, directed by Truida Louw, with Aletta Gericke as Kassandra, Ria Olivier, Fred le Roux, Dawid Fuchs, Minna Louw, Alida Gericke, Suzanne van Wyk. It was repeated in September 1945 by Volksteater, Pretoria, to mark their tenth anniversary, directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl and Jan Schutte, decor by Kobus Esterhuysen. **

In 1969 Hannes Horne directed a University of Pretoria drama department production with Anna Neethling-Pohl as Hekabe.

In 1976 a superb adapted version of an Afrikaans translation by Evette Weyers was staged by The Company under the title Vroue van Troje in the Upstairs Studio at the Market Theatre, workshopped and directed by Barney Simon, with Marius Weyers (Menelaus), Jana Cilliers (Pallas Athena), Wilna Snyman (Hekabe), Grethe Fox (Cassandra), Aletta Bezuidenhout (Andromache), Sandra Prinsloo (Helena), Lynne Greenblatt (Troje) and Evette Weyers. Lighting by Mannie Manim.

In 1987 an adaptation by Herman Pretorius of the text by Van Rensburg was directed by Marthinus Basson for Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in the H.B. Thom Theatre starring Herman Pretorius, Sandra Temmingh, Veronica Lotz, Linda Pienaar, Illse Roos, Duncan Johnson and others.

The Afrikaans text by Van Rensburg published by Nasionale Pers in 1945.

Another translation into Afrikaans is included in the publication Die Antieke Drama. 1, Tragedie, by T.J. Haarhoff (1892-1971). Afrikaanse Pers, 1946.


Inskip, 1972. p.124. (1941 production).

Huisgenoot, 30(1224):3, 1945.

Trek, 8(23):15, 1944.

The Trojan Women theatre programme (Little Theatre, 1967).

The Company theatre programme, 1976.

National Arts festival programme, 1984.

UTS theatre programme

PACT theatre programme, 1987.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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