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Verleiding is an Afrikaans play by Reza de Wet (1952-2012).

The original text

Jointly commissioned by the Woordfees and the KKNK festivals, the play deals with an aspect of the life of poet, playwright, naturalist and novelist Eugène Marais, using anecdotal material from the family relationship De Wet has with the Marais family.

Cast in the form of a lecture and actually performed in a lecture hall on its first appearance, the play is in the form of an academic lecture and using audiovisual clips as part of the text, the play not only satirizes academic life, but also questions the concept of truth in social and cultural research.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2005: Performed in a lecture hall in the Wilcocks Building, Stellenbosch University, as part of the Woordfees. Directed by Marthinus Basson, with Antoinette Kellerman, Heike Gehring and Reza de Wet. Also performed at the KKNK in April and Aardklop in September.


Jean Meiring. 2005. "Wat is dan nou lekkerder as wors?", LitNet[1]

Danie Stander. 2017. "Reza de Wet – Haar Lewe en Werke", In: Programme for KKNK Festival, 2017[2]

What's On - Joburg / 6 September 2005,[3]

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