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Houd-den-Bek, a novel by André P. Brink, adapted for the stage by Tjaart Potgieter. Against the background of the uprising of the slaves in the Koue Bokkeveld in 1825, the story draws a bleak picture of oppression and the fight for individual freedom.

The second draft of the playscript held by NELM: [Collection: BRINK, André; P.]: 2006. 21. 11. 1

Performance history in South Africa

Directed by Ilse van Hemert for PACT in the State Theatre Arena, 1990. The cast: Dawid Minnaar, Kevin Smith, Embeth Davidtz, Ben Kruger, Patrick Mynhardt, Rika Sennett, June van Mersch. Design by James MacNamara.

Translations and adaptations


The Citizen, 6 Aug 1990.

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