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Then is a play by David Campton (1924-2006)[1].

The original text

A short satirical play about a character called Phythick, sitting alone amid a wasteland of nuclear destruction, his head covered by a brown paper bag, lamenting the loss of all that was, and could have been. He then begins to talk to a girl walking by, her head also covered by a paper bag, and they fall in love, but cannot kiss, cannot remove their paper bags for fear of radiation.

First published in A Smell of Burning and Then. Two Plays by Dramatists Play Service Inc., 1969.

Published for use in South African schools in the collection The Distance Remains and Other Plays, compiled by Robin Malan, Oxford University Press, 1996.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


Robin Malan. 1996.The Distance Remains and Other Plays, Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

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