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'''''A Worm in the Bud''''' is a 1988 play by [[Reza de Wet]]. It is cast in the form of a public lecture and utilising a correspondence between two sisters to explore an Englishwoman’s emotional experiences as the wife of an Afrikaner man in the late 19th century. About cultural discrimination. The play revolves around the correspodence between the philanthropic adventurer, Emma, who goes to SA in 1904 to educate Boer children and her sister in England. Emma is unprepared for the untamed environment and the sister, Katy, judges the Boers from the safety of Britannia. First published in the collection ''Open Space'' ([[Yvette Hutchison]] and [[Kole Omotoso]]), 1995. Kagiso.
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''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' is a play by [[Reza de Wet]] (1952-2012).  
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'''Also known as ''[[Fever]]'''''
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''Not to be confused with '''[[The Worm in the Bud]]''' by [[Alice Scorgie]]''
  
 
== The original text ==
 
== The original text ==
  
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Written in 1988, it is cast in the form of a public lecture and utilising a correspondence between two sisters to explore an Englishwoman’s emotional experiences as the wife of an [[Afrikaner]] man in the late 19th century. In the play the philanthropic adventurer Emma corresponds with her sister Katy back in England, who learns the full and terrible extent of her sister's yearning and isolation when she discovers her sister's hidden diary.
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First published  in 1995 as ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' in the collection ''[[Open Space: Six Contemporary Plays from Africa]]'' edited by [[Yvette Hutchison]] and [[Kole Omotoso]] (Cape Town: [[Kagiso Publishers]]).
  
 
==Translations and adaptations==
 
==Translations and adaptations==
  
== Performance history in South Africa ==
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At a later point in her career, De Wet reworked ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'', calling the new play '''''[[Fever]]'''''. In this version Emma Burnett is described more sympathetically by expanding her sister Katy's story to engage with the Victorian attitudes they had grown up with. ''[[Fever]]'' was subsequently published along with a contrasting play, ''[[Concealment]]'', in the collection ''[[De Wet:  Two Plays]]'' by Oberon Books in the series ''Oberon Modern Playwrights'' (2007).
First performed at the [[Grahamstown Festival]] in 1990, directed by * with ** and **.
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== Performance history ==
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1990: ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' staged by [[PACT]] in the [[Windybrow Theatre]], Johannesburg and the [[Momentum Theatre]], Pretoria, directed by [[Denys Webb]], with [[Embeth Davidtz]] (Emma) and [[Michelle Scott]] (Katy).
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1991: ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' presented at the [[National Arts Festival]] Fringe under the direction of [[Denys Webb]], starring [[Michelle Constant]] and [[Edwina Sherridan-Smith]].
  
''A Worm in the Bud'', Reza de Wet. [[Embeth Davidtz]], [[Michelle Scott]], directed by [[Denys Webb]]. [[Windybrow Theatre]], 1990.
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1996: Scenes from ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' were performed by seven final year [[University of Stellenbosch]] drama students in the [[Kellerteater]] at the University, directed by lecturer [[Shirley Johnston]], with a cast including [[Paul du Toit]], [[Angerie van Wyk]], [[Martelize Kolver]], [[Leanna Dreyer]], [[Nicole Holm ]], [[Amelda Brand]] and [[Nico Dreyer]].  Set design and lighting by [[Kobus Rossouw]]. In a rare exchange, the production was also performed for and debated by the [[UCT]] drama staff and students, in the Drama Department of the [[University of Cape Town]].  
  
Presented by the [[University of Stellenbosch Drama Department]] in the Keller Theatre, 22-25 April 1998, directed by [[Molly Mohr]], starring [[Ruth Lavelle]] and [[Stephanie Hough]].  
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1998: ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]''  presented by the [[University of Stellenbosch Drama Department]] in the [[Kellerteater]], 22-25 April, directed by [[Molly Mohr]], starring [[Ruth Lavelle]] and [[Stephanie Hough]].  
  
A [[Woordfees]] 2011 production directed by [[Gaerin Hauptfleisch]] with  [[Stephanie Hough]] and [[Karolien van Zyl]].
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2010: Various productions of '''''[[Fever]]''''' done at one act play festivals in the south of England.  
  
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2011: ''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' performed  [[Woordfees]] production directed by [[Gaerin Hauptfleisch]] with  [[Stephanie Hough]] and [[Karolien van Zyl]].
  
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2014: ''[[Fever]]'' performed in London by Sian Clifford and Peta Cornish in June and July as part of the [[South African Season at Jermyn Street Theatre]]. Directed by Anthony Biggs, designed by Victoria Johnstone and lighting design by Charlie Lucas.
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
''Pretoria News'', 14 Mrt 1990.
 
  
Theatre pamphlet.
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''[[Pretoria News]]'', 14 March 1990.
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[[PACT]] theatre programme, 1990.
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[[Yvette Hutchison]] and [[Kole Omotoso]]. 1995. ''[[Open Space: Six Contemporary Plays from Africa]]''. Cape Town: [[Kagiso Publishers]].
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[[Petru Wessels|Petru]] & [[Carel Trichardt]] theatre programme collection.
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[[Anton Krueger]]. 2009. ''Experiments in Freedom: Explorations of Identity in New South African Drama''.
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Cambridge Scholars Publishing.[https://books.google.co.za/books?id=PwsaBwAAQBAJ&pg=PA238&lpg=PA238&dq=a+worm+in+the+bud++fever+play+by+Reza+de+Wet&source=bl&ots=F4glKAyEVb&sig=v91Y1yvaM-b2TQw7BPy03DqKHBA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7q7elmu_bAhURasAKHW9QAls4ChDoAQgoMAE#v=onepage&q=a%20worm%20in%20the%20bud%20%20fever%20play%20by%20Reza%20de%20Wet&f=false]
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[[Danie Stander]]. 2017. "Reza de Wet – Haar Lewe en Werke", In: Programme for ''[[KKNK]] Festival'', 2017[http://kknk.co.za/reza-de-wet-haar-lewe-en-werke/]
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[[Gordon Dickerson]]. 2018. Personal correspondence with [[Temple Hauptfleisch]].
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https://www.amazon.com/Reza-Wet-Concealment-Oberon-Playwrights-ebook/dp/B01JMBPTU8
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Marianne Gray. 2014. "Review: ‘Fever’ (Part of South African Season at Jermyn Street Theatre)" in The South African 2014-06-30[https://www.thesouthafrican.com/review-fever-part-of-south-african-season-at-jermyn-street-theatre/]
  
 
Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]
 
Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]

Latest revision as of 10:19, 7 October 2020

A Worm in the Bud is a play by Reza de Wet (1952-2012).

Also known as Fever

Not to be confused with The Worm in the Bud by Alice Scorgie

The original text

Written in 1988, it is cast in the form of a public lecture and utilising a correspondence between two sisters to explore an Englishwoman’s emotional experiences as the wife of an Afrikaner man in the late 19th century. In the play the philanthropic adventurer Emma corresponds with her sister Katy back in England, who learns the full and terrible extent of her sister's yearning and isolation when she discovers her sister's hidden diary.

First published in 1995 as A Worm in the Bud in the collection Open Space: Six Contemporary Plays from Africa edited by Yvette Hutchison and Kole Omotoso (Cape Town: Kagiso Publishers).

Translations and adaptations

At a later point in her career, De Wet reworked A Worm in the Bud, calling the new play Fever. In this version Emma Burnett is described more sympathetically by expanding her sister Katy's story to engage with the Victorian attitudes they had grown up with. Fever was subsequently published along with a contrasting play, Concealment, in the collection De Wet: Two Plays by Oberon Books in the series Oberon Modern Playwrights (2007).

Performance history

1990: A Worm in the Bud staged by PACT in the Windybrow Theatre, Johannesburg and the Momentum Theatre, Pretoria, directed by Denys Webb, with Embeth Davidtz (Emma) and Michelle Scott (Katy).

1991: A Worm in the Bud presented at the National Arts Festival Fringe under the direction of Denys Webb, starring Michelle Constant and Edwina Sherridan-Smith.

1996: Scenes from A Worm in the Bud were performed by seven final year University of Stellenbosch drama students in the Kellerteater at the University, directed by lecturer Shirley Johnston, with a cast including Paul du Toit, Angerie van Wyk, Martelize Kolver, Leanna Dreyer, Nicole Holm , Amelda Brand and Nico Dreyer. Set design and lighting by Kobus Rossouw. In a rare exchange, the production was also performed for and debated by the UCT drama staff and students, in the Drama Department of the University of Cape Town.

1998: A Worm in the Bud presented by the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in the Kellerteater, 22-25 April, directed by Molly Mohr, starring Ruth Lavelle and Stephanie Hough.

2010: Various productions of Fever done at one act play festivals in the south of England.

2011: A Worm in the Bud performed Woordfees production directed by Gaerin Hauptfleisch with Stephanie Hough and Karolien van Zyl.

2014: Fever performed in London by Sian Clifford and Peta Cornish in June and July as part of the South African Season at Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Anthony Biggs, designed by Victoria Johnstone and lighting design by Charlie Lucas.

Sources

Pretoria News, 14 March 1990.

PACT theatre programme, 1990.

Yvette Hutchison and Kole Omotoso. 1995. Open Space: Six Contemporary Plays from Africa. Cape Town: Kagiso Publishers.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Anton Krueger. 2009. Experiments in Freedom: Explorations of Identity in New South African Drama. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.[1]

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

Gordon Dickerson. 2018. Personal correspondence with Temple Hauptfleisch.

https://www.amazon.com/Reza-Wet-Concealment-Oberon-Playwrights-ebook/dp/B01JMBPTU8

Marianne Gray. 2014. "Review: ‘Fever’ (Part of South African Season at Jermyn Street Theatre)" in The South African 2014-06-30[3]

Go to ESAT Bibliography

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