Traveller's Joy

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Traveller's Joy is a play by English writer and actor Arthur MacRae (1906-1962) [1]. A woman on business in Stockholm finds she has spent all her money and cannot pay her hotel bill. She discovers that her ex-husband is also staying at the hotel - but he is very short of cash too. They approach another British couple at the hotel for help - but it turns out they are there on an illicit rendezvous and will not help.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

A film based on the play was released in Sweden in 1950 [2].

Translated into Afrikaans by Herman Steytler with the title Platsak. Text available at the University of Stellenbosch Manuscripts Section, reference MS 31/5/155.

Performance history in South Africa

1950: Presented by the Brian Brooke Company at the Hofmeyr Theatre, Cape Town before being staged in Johannesburg under the auspices of African Theatres in 1950.

1953: Platsak was directed by Paul Malherbe for K.A.T. at the Labia Theatre in March 1953, starring Nerina Ferreira and Billy Trengove.


Doollee [3].

Brooke 1978. 195-6.

Nel, 1972

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