De Waterzaak

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Die Water Zaak, of Engelsch vs Hollandsch by C.J. Langenhoven (1873-1932).

The original text

A short Afrikaans farce set in Oudtshoorn, dealing with a court case covering watering rights, lawyers, etc. It was Langehnhoven's first piece for the stage.

Published by J & H Pocock of Oudtshoorn in 1906/7.

Translations and adaptations

An expanded version of this piece became Die Wêreld die Draai (1912), later once more reworked as a full-length play, Die Laaste van die Takhare (1926).

Performance history in South Africa

Intially performed as De Waterzaak by amateur societies and schools over the years.

1911-1918: Presented some time in this period by the Afrikaans-Hollandse Toneelvereniging, directed by Stephanus Maré.

1920: Formally performed under its full title in the Drillsaal (Drill Hall) Oudtshoorn on 16th June. The same company performed in Calitzdorp on 30 July and Matjesfontein later the next month.

1920s: Danie Olivier also directed a production by the Middelburgse Kultuurvereniging


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