Die Naaimasjien

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Die Naaimasjien (“The Sewing Machine”) is a 2008 Afrikaans one-woman play by Rachelle Greeff, about a woman in an old age home, reminiscing about her life.

The original text

Die Naaimasjien won the 2008 Nagtegaal Award for new playtexts.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as The Sewing Machine in 2012 by Hennie van Greunen.

Performance history in South Africa

2008/9: Staged by Joho! Productions at the Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch on 26 July 2008 as a try-out production before going to the Aardklop Festival]] in Potchefstroom and other arts festivals, directed by Hennie van Greunen and starring Sandra Prinsloo. The production won a number of awards, including best actress awards for Prinsloo.

Translated into English as The Sewing Machine and first produced at the Edinburgh Festival, 2012 by Joho! Productions, after a try-out in the Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch on 26 July. Translated and directed by Hennie van Greunen, starring Sandra Prinsloo.


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