Under the Oaks
The original text
One of the plays in what is referred to as the "The Corky Trilogy", made up of Under the Oaks, Tickle to Fine Leg and Life's a Pitch, it is a short comedy play about cricket-players and fans, set in the dressing rooms and on the stalls under the famous oak trees (which do not exist anymore) at the Newlands Cricket Ground. Usually performed as one part of a two-hander, Under the Oaks and Over the Hill, of which Over the Hill - a play about rugby - is the second part. Published in Mooi Street and Other Moves by Witwatersrand University Press (1994).
Performance history in South Africa
1985: It began a National Tour (as part of a Double-bill with Over the Hill) at the Grahamstown Standard Bank Festival of the Arts in July, with the following cast: James Borthwick, Jonathan Rands and Kate Edwards, directed by Paul Slabolepszy and Frantz Dobrowsky.
1989: Performed as a Baxter/Snap Production in association with PACT Drama in the Baxter Concert Hall, opening on 14 December. Directed by Bobby Heaney, starring James Borthwick, Christopher Wells, Shirley Johnston.
Translations and adaptations
National Arts Festival programme, 1985.
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.
Baxter Theatre pamphlet, 1989.
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