White Men with Weapons

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White Men with Weapons is a play by Greig Coetzee (1995). An immensely popular and multiple award-winning one-man play about being white, male and in the army in South Africa.

The play won the KwaZulu-Natal regional Vita Award for Best Script in 1996.

The original text

First published in the South African Theatre Journal Vol 15/2001.


Translated into Afrikaans by Gys de Villiers.


1995: First performed at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in 1995, written, performed and directed by Coetzee himself as a 35 minute playlet under the tile Men Only.

1996: Substantially rewritten, retitled and directed by Garth Anderson the play opened at the Square Space Theatre, at the University of Natal on 11 March 1996, was staged at the KKNK and the Grahamstown Festival in 1996 & 97, and toured the country and internationally for years. Won 21 national and international awards. Skip Wright was the lighting designer. White Men With Weapons was staged at the KKNK in 1996.

2013: Performed in Afrikaans at the Gariepfees, Aardklop, etc in 2013, starring Gys de Villiers, directed by Jaci de Villiers.


Krit, 31 March 1996.

Aardklop Programme 2013[1]

See: [Van Heerden (2008)][2]. p. 116.

Davis, Geoffrey V. 2003. pp. 318-320.

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