Vat Hom, Flaffie!
Also known as Hups in die Hydro ("randy in the hydro").
The original text
Written in 1989, it is described by Nico Luwes (2012: p. 375) as a typical "boereklug" ("boer farce") dealing with the sexual peccadilloes that the conservative Afrikaner is so at pains to hide from the community. Originally performed as Vat hom, Flaffie! , but later more often performed as Hups in die Hydro.
While quite a success at the box-office, and done by amateurs on a regular basis, the play was not rated highly by critics.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1989: Staged as Vat hom, Flaffie! in The Drama at the State Theatre by PACT, directed by Pieter Fourie, with André-Jacques van der Merwe (Yster), Hélène Truter (Cindy), Trudie Taljaard (Ella), Peter Holden (Jannie), Hannes Muller (Tollie), Cobus Rossouw (Ou Hups), Christine Basson (Hendrina), Francois Coertze (Masseur 1 & Kelner) and Boella Botha (Masseur 2). Design by James MacNamara.
1990: Performed as Hups in die Hydro by KRUIK Toneel, directed by Pieter Fourie with André Rossouw as Hups, Chris Truter, Christine Basson, Elma van Wijk (replaced by Isabella Mostert from 7 May), Tilla Diedericks, Edward Turner, Gérard Rudolf, Jozua van der Lugt and Gustav Geldenhuys, opening 19 April in the H.B. Thom Theatre and 26 April in the Nico Theatre. Design by James MacNamara, lighting by Malcolm Hurrell and music by Louis van Rensburg.
Hups in die Hydro theatre programme, 1990.
Die Burger, 30 December 2000.
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