A Worm in the Bud

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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.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

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

A Worm in the Bud, Reza de Wet. Embeth Davidtz, Michelle Scott, directed by Denys Webb. Windybrow Theatre, 1990.

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.

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


Pretoria News, 14 Mrt 1990.

Theatre pamphlet.

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