The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper is a play by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)[1].

The original text

B ased on a 6 000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health. The play, which is partly autobiographical, directly confronts a woman's struggle to maintain her sanity and her individuality in 19th century society [2].

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First staged in South Africa as part of a double bill (with Madman) in September 1999 in the main building of the Valkenberg mental hospital in Cape Town, with Claire Berlein, directed by Geoffrey Hyland.

Presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre in March 2000, directed by Geoffrey Hyland and featuring Claire Berlein.


Sunday Independent, 12 September 1999.

Baxter Theatre pamphlet, March/April 2000.

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