Vereeniging, Vereniging

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Vereeniging, Vereniging is a play by P.G. du Plessis (1934-2017).

Note: The play is sometimes wrongly referred to as Vereeniging, Vereeniging; Vereeniging [1] is a place in the Transvaal, while "vereniging" is Afrikaans for both "association" or "union" and "reunion".

The original text

Written in 1980 and produced in 1984. Subtitled "teenstellings, verskuiwings en paralelle teen 'n agtergrond" ("contraditions, shifts and paralells agains a background"), it is a play about the end of the Anglo-Boer War and the peace accord signed at the town of Vereeniging in the Transvaal.

It appears that thetyped text was initially distributed to the various potential performing companies (e.g. drama departments and Performing Arts Councils) in 1980, and finally published by Tafelberg Publishers in 1985, after it had been produced.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1984: Staged by PACT, directed by Louis van Niekerk, with Marius Weyers (Staatspresident Frans de Waal), Eric Nobbs (Wag), Johan Engelbrecht (Mnr Swanepoel), Dulsie van den Bergh (Mev Susan van der Merwe), Aletta Bezuidenhout (Mev. Doubell), Louis Minnaar (Kolonel), Francois Viljoen (Retief de Waal), Michael Brunner (Waarnemende Staatspresident Burger), Paul Luckhoff (Vader Kestell), Evert van Niekerk (Genl. de Wet), John Maytham (Genl. Smuts), Ben Kruger (Genl. Botha), Pieter Brand (Genl. Brand), Jacques Loots (Genl. Wessels), Dan Welman (De Clerq), Kenneth Linge (Lord Milner), Norman Coombes (Lord Kitchener), Peter Holden (Engelse Sersant), Gys de Villiers (Mnr. Davids), Alta Engelbrecht (Mev. de Waal), Kevin Smith (Kaapse Rebel), Ilse Swanepoel (Sophie), James Winkler (Joseph Nkosi) and others. Design by Chris van den Berg.


PACT theatre programme, 1984.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Copy of the original typed text dated 1980, found in the Stellenbosch Drama Department archives in 2022.

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