Ek, Anna van Wyk

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Ek, Anna van Wyk ("I, Anna van Wyk") is an Afrikaans play by Pieter Fourie (1940-).

The original text

About the disintegration of a marriage and a woman. A haunting exploration of the Afrikaner psyche.

It is the first in what was to become a trilogy of plays about the Afrikaner by Fourie, together with Die Koggelaar and Donderdag se Mense. In 1993 Fourie wrote Post Mortem as a final piece ("sluitstuk") in what would thereafter become known as his quartet of "farm tragedies" ("plaastragedies").

First performed in 1984 and published by HAUM Literêr in 1986, and reprinted a number of times. A second, revised edition by Protea Boekhuis, 2002.

Performance history in South Africa

1984: First performed to acclaim at the Kampustoneel Festival by students of the Drama Department of the University of Potchefstroom for CHE, directed by *.

1984: The first professional production, featuring Petru Wessels as "Anna", created a furore, among other things for the prominent female nude scene.

1984: Presented by CAPAB directed by Pieter Fourie at the H.B. Thom Theatre, Stellenbosch, opening 1 November 1984 and at the Nico Malan Theatre, opening 8 November 1984. The cast: Lida Meiring (Anna), Paul Lückhoff, Louw Verwey, André-Jacques van der Merwe, Johan Esterhuizen, Neels Coetzee, Lynita Crofford and Chris Baatjies. Design by Dicky Longhurst, lighting by Pieter de Swardt.

1985: Opening on 28 August at the Momentum Theatre, presented by TRUK, directed by Dieter Reible starring Petru Wessels and Louw Verwey. Other members of the cast were Chris van Niekerk, Kim de Beer, Ilse van Hemert, Eghard van der Hoven, Schalk Schoombie, Percy Pretorius, Frans Kalp, Dot Feldman, Arthur Masekwameng, Whinney-Isaiah Setimo. Designs and lighting by James MacNamara and Dieter Reible.

1986: Staged by PACOFS at the André Huguenet Theatre 2-11 October, directed by Pierre van Pletzen assisted by Blaise Koch, with Casper de Vries, André-Jacques van der Merwe, Hannes Muller, Petru Wessels, Gerrit Schoonhoven, Pierre van Pletzen, Michele Burgess, Lulu Strachan, Elzette Maarschalk, Nico Luwes (as Die Stem), Johannes van Wyk, Jakobus Minnie, Blaise Koch, Liz Botes, Gert Campbell, and Michael Davids. Decor design by Johan Badenhorst, lighting design by Laddie Czerepowicz, costume co-ordinator Josey Ferns.

The play has often been produced since.

1999: A singularly successful transgender version of the play by Marthinus Basson won Antoinette Kellermann a Fleur du Cap Best Actress Award and Basson a Fleur du Cap Best Contribution to Stage Design Award. It was produced collectively by PACOFS, KKNK, PACT, CAPAB and The Playhouse, featuring, besides Kellermann, Dawid Minnaar, Ben Kruger, Jean Marais, Nicola Hanekom, Alyzzander Fourie, Gabriël Campher and Brian Webber. Lighting by Bryan Mcneilage.

Translations and adaptations


CAPAB theatre programme, 1984.

PACT theatre programme, 1985.

PACOFS theatre programme, 1986.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

Nico Malan Theatre Centre pamphlet Aug-Nov 1999

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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