Cold Stone Jug

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Cold Stone Jug is a play by Stephen Gray about Herman Charles Bosman's period of incarceration for murder, based on Bosman's book of the same name. It was written for premiere production in 1980 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Bosman's birth.

The text was published by Human and Rousseau in 1982.

Typed Playscript NELM (Collection: SIMON, Barney]: 1995. 11. 5. 5. 6).

Translations and adaptations

Adapted by Barney Simon.

Performance history in South Africa

1980/81: The first production was a Baxter Company '80 production performed in the Baxter Theatre from 9 to 27 September 1980. Text adapted and directed by Barney Simon with Joe Stewardson (The Writer), Michael O'Brien (Young Prisoner), Ronald France (Judge and oher roles), Marcel van Heerden (Stoffels/Jakes), Charles Comyn (Warder van Graan, Bul), Paul Slabolepszy (Clown and other roles), Richard Cox (Parkins), Peter Krummeck (Marman and other roles, Danny Keogh (Night Head Warder), Robin Smith (Warder Slangvel), Trix Pienaar (Mother) Bess Finney, Ronald France. This production also played at the Market Theatre the following year, with Keith Grenville replacing Stewardson in the role of The Writer.

2004: An adaptation by Barney Simon was directed by Mncedisi Shabangu at the Market Theatre July-August 2004 starring Errol Ndotho, Sello Motloung, Sello Sebotsane, Mpho Molepo, Bongani Manoko, Peter Mashigo and others, after its run at the National Arts Festival.


Baxter Company '80 theatre programme, 1980.

Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

The Star, 20 July 2004.

Correspondence with Stephen Gray, 16 January 2014

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Schwartz, 1988

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