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''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' is a play by [[Reza de Wet]] (1952-2012).  
''[[A Worm in the Bud]]'' is a play by [[Reza de Wet]] (1952-2012).  
Also known as ''[[Fever]]''
'''Also known as ''[[Fever]]'''''
== The original text ==
== The original text ==

Revision as of 18:10, 25 June 2018

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

Also known as Fever

The original text

Written in 1988, it is play about cultural discrimination, 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.

The play revolves around the correspondence 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 as A Worm in the Bud in the collection Open Space (Yvette Hutchison and Kole Omotoso), 1995. Kagiso.

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).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1990: First performed at the Grahamstown Festival , directed by ** with ** and **.

1990: Staged by PACT in the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by Denys Webb, with Embeth Davidtz (Emma) and Michelle Scott (Katy).

1991: Presented at the National Arts Festival Fringe under the direction of Denys Webb, starring Michelle Constant and Edwina Sherridan-Smith.

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

2011: A Woordfees 2011 production directed by Gaerin Hauptfleisch with Stephanie Hough and Karolien van Zyl.


Pretoria News, 14 March 1990.

PACT theatre programme, 1990.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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