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Kinderspeletjies ("Children’s games") is a play by Marietjie Pretorius ().

The original text

A mesmerizing psychodrama about bullying in a girl's residence at school, the play was first written as a one-act version for performance at the ATKV Kampustoneel playwriting festival in Pretoria, where it was received with high accolades. It was later expanded into a full-length version, performed professionally as well as by drama departments and schools since.

The text published by DALRO.

Translations and adaptations

A new adaptation of the play was done by Kobus Strydom for performance in 2015.

Performance history in South Africa

Among the many productions of the play, have been:

1986: Performed at the Kampustoneel festival by the students of the University of Pretoria.

1987: PACOFS 1987, directed by Gerrit Schoonhoven with Marjorie Nortje, Elzette Maarschalk, Michele Burgers.

1992: Presented by the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in the Libertas Theatre in May 1992, directed by Juanita Swanepoel, assisted by Erik de Waal. The cast were Tosca Kolver (Tosca Korver?), Jeanne van Schoor, Winnie Rust, Clarinda Steenhuisen and Monica du Toit.

2015: Performed by second year students in the Drama Department of the University of the Free State in the Scaena Theatre, using an adapted version by Kobus Strydom, directed by Gerben Kamper.

2016: Performed at the regional competition of the ATKV Tienertoneel on 16 August by the Hoërskool Menlopark (Menlo Park High School) at the Hoërskool Ermelo-ouditorium, directed by Roché van Blerk, with Chandré Schoeman, Marni de Wet, Monya Naudé, Lisa Schnetler, and Lorraine Oosthuizen. The techical crew consisted of Harm van Jaarsveld, Hercu Rossouw and Schalk Hoogenboezem.


PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

Theatre programme, 1992

Facebook entry, UFS Faculty of Arts - 2015[1]

Sandra Herrington 1988. Performance Polemics in a Plural Society: South African Theatre in Transition. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Durban: University of Natal.

Programme, ATKV Tienertoneel (2016)[2]

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