De Moetwillige Jongen

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De Moetwillige Jongen ("The willfull youth") is a Dutch one act play, possibly by Willem (or Guilliam) Ogier (1618–1689)[1].

Original text

It would seem this may have been a version of the one-act comic-morality De Gramschap, of Moetwillige Boots-gesel, by Ogier , first performed by the Violieren in Amsterdam on 18 October 1645 as De Gramschap ("Anger"), and later also known by this longer title. Published in the collection De seven hooft-sonden ("The seven deadly sins") in 1682.

F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p.79), makes what appears an appealing, but rather far-fetched suggestion that this one-act play might have been a translation and adaptation of (an early version of?) Der Wirrwarr, oder der Muthwillige (1803), which is in fact a farce in 5 acts by August von Kotzebue. Translated and adapted into Dutch by Jacob Sammmers and published by Jac. Lescailje, 1672 (Wrongly cited as Der Muthwillige, oder Der Wirrwarr by Bosman)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1802: 17 July and 24 July 1802 performed, possibly in Dutch, in the African Theatre, Cape Town by Het Hoogduitsche Gezelschap van het Liefhebbery Theater, along with Der Wildfang (Kotzebue).

1826: Performed in Cape Town on 8 April, by the children's company Tot Oefening en Smaak, probably directed by Joseph Suasso de Lima, with De Regter (De Genlis) and Die Een Kuil Graaft Voor Een Ander Valt Er Gemeenlyk Zelfs In (Anon.).


J.A. Worp, Geschiedenis van het drama en van het tooneel in Nederland. Deel 1[2]

Willem Ogier, De tooneelwerken (3 delen) (eds. Willem van Eeghem en A.A. Keersmaekers). De Sikkel / Wereldbibliotheek, Antwerpen / Amsterdam 1921-1955[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 79, 270

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