Die Vonkel in Haar Oë!

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Die Vonkel in Haar Oë! ("The glint/sparkle in her eyes") is popular Afrikaans romantic comedy by Gerhard J. Beukes (1913 - 1998).

The original text

Subtitled "'n spel van my kontrei" ("a play from my region"), it is a love story that centres on life in the Kalahari.

First published in 1960 by J.L. van Schaik, reprinted a number of times.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1960: First produced by National Theatre Organisation, opening on 8 February 1960 in the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre, directed by Michal Grobbelaar featuring i.a. Elsa Fouché, Schalk Jacobsz, Salie Vermaak and Pietro Nolte. Taken on a successful tour throughout the country.

1967: Performed by ** in the Windhoek Theatre in February

1968: Presented by B.A.T. at the Bellville Civic Theatre on 21 and 22 October 1968 under the direction of Ulrich Fobian.

1989: Performed by CAPAB in the Nico Malan Theatre, 16 March to 1 April. Directed by Paul Malherbe with Flip Theron, Dulsie van den Bergh, Pieter Bredenkamp, Limpie Basson, Gustav Geldenhuys, Nico de Beer, Elma van Wijk, Gretha Brazelle, Johan Botha. Lighting by Malcolm Hurrell, set and costume design by Peter Krummeck.

1989: Performed by CAPAB / KRUIK at the Port Elizabeth Opera House, April 14 & 15, 1989. Directed by Paul Malherbe. Starring Dulsie van den Bergh, Pieter Bredenkamp, Flip Theron, Limpie Basson, Gustav Geldenhuys, Nico de Beer, Elma van Wijk, and Gretha Brazelle.

2004: Performed from June to September by the Afrikaanse Toneelgenootskap under the patronage of the GHA (Genootskap vir die Handhawing van Afrikaans), directed by Jan van Niekerk and performed in various school and church halls around Pretoria.


Review by Lewis Sowden, The Rand Daily Mail, 18 May 1960.


Nico Malan Theatre pamphlet, Feb-March 1989

Die Afrikaner, 17 June 2004.

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