The Willing Victim

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The Willing Victim is a one-act play by Tania van Zyl (1908-19**).

The original text

A mix of prose and poetry, set in a futuristic world and dealing with the erosion of law and order and its replacement with a set of arbitrary rules. Treating the ruthlessness and greed of the gladiator “Will”, who to ingratiate himself with the generals (“Do” and “Dare”), fights the Executioner for his own glory. Published in Contrast Vol I, No 3, Winter 1961.

A companion piece to her play The Unwilling Fighter (1976).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


Contrast Vol I, No 3, Winter 1961.

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