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Krotoa (or "Eva") (c.1642-1674) was a Khoi woman who worked, when she was young, as a playmate and babysitter in the household of Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape Colony. As a teenager, she learned Dutch and Portuguese and like her uncle, Autshumato (a Khoi leader and trader) worked as an interpreter for the Dutch. In April 1664 she married Pieter van Meerhoff, a Danish surgeon. [1]

Her story has been told in a number of ways, including stage and film texts by this name.

Krotoa by Antoinette Pienaar and Frik de Jager (1995)

The one-woman cabaret text, written by Antoinette Pienaar and Frik de Jager, was developed and performed by Antoinette Pienaar, with music by Derek Fordyce. First staged at the KKNK and the Grahamstown Festival in 1995 and later, in December 1995 in the Castle in Cape Town.

Krotoa by John van der Ross (2006)

This full-length play by John van der Ross was staged by For Him Productions in various Eastern Cape venues, directed by the author, in February 2006.

Krotoa by Daréll Lourens (2006)

Krotoa, text by Daréll Lourens. Directed by her at the KKNK 2006, Dawn Matthews as Krotoa. Die Burger, 5 April 2006.

Krotoa, a film by Roberta Durrant (2017)

A feature film directed by Roberta Durrant, released in 2017.

Written by Margaret Goldsmid and Kaye Williams, directed and produced by Roberta Durrant, with Crystal-Donna Roberts in the lead. Also featuring Armand Aucamp, Jacques Bessenger, Ernest St Clair, Roeline Daneel, Brendon Daniels, Deon Lotz, Michael MacKenzie and Marcel van Heerden. Music by Murray Anderson, cinematography by Greg Heimann, makeup department head Francois Rademeyer. Crew also included and Daniel-Duncan Rheed.


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