The White Liars

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The White Liars is a one-act play by Peter Shaffer(1926-2016)[1].

The original text

First performed in 1967 and originally titled White Lies, The White Liars revolves around Sophie Lemberg, an eccentric and disillusioned fortune teller living in a decaying seaside resort, and the two young men who consult her. It soon becomes clear that their lives are much stranger than the fiction Sophie tries to create in her magic ball.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Nood Leer Lieg

South African productions

1970: Performed in Afrikaans as Nood Leer Lieg by students of the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in 1970. The director was Theuns Meyer and the cast were Juanita Swanepoel, Phil du Plessis and Fred Nel.

1972: Performed in English, as a double bill with Black Comedy, by PACT/TRUK at the Alexander, directed by John Hussey with Eckard Rabe, Ruth Oppenheim and Bruce Millar.


Wikipedia [2]

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Theatre programme (PACT, 1972) held by NELM Location: [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 141.

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