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L'intruse (1890), ("The Intruder") is a one-act play by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949).

The original text

This is the second play Maeterlinck wrote, and is a symbolist work which deals with man's conflict with preternatural forces, against which he is powerless. First performed at Paul Fort's Theatre d'Art in Paris on May 20, 1891. Published in 1892 with Les Aveugles in the collection entitled Les Aveugles.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Die Indringer by by W.E.G. Louw and N.P. van Wyk Louw.

South African performances

1935: Performed in Afrikaans as Die Indringer at the Little Theatre Cape Town in translation by members of the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging in 1935 for the University of Cape Town branch of the Afrikaanse Nasionale Studentebond. Directed by Marguerite I. Murray, with W.E.G. Louw as stage manager.

1997: Produced in English under the title The Intruder, at the National Arts Festival, directed by Lindsay Reardon.



National Arts Festival programme, 1997.

World Drama, by Allardyce Nicoll.

Rinie Stead, 1985b

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