Liefde en Plig

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Liefde en Plig ("Love and Duty") a play in verse by Jan F.E. Celliers (1865-1940).

The original text

Written in 1909, this was the first play in verse in Afrikaans. Set in the Anglo Boer War, it tells of a young man's conflict between his feelings for his beloved and his sense of duty urging him to go fight in the war.

Published as Liefde en plig, subtitled an "Afrikaans toneelspel in vier bedrijwe" ("Afrikaans play in four acts") in Amsterdam by the Maatschappij voor goede en goedkoope lectuur, possibly in 1909.

The second act of the play was published in the collection Afrikaanse Letterkunde by D.F. Malherbe.

A reworked version of the play was apparently done by (or anthologised by?) Martie de Villiers and De Wet Laubscher with the full title: Liefde en Plig: 'n toneelspel in vier bedrywe vir 15 here en 2 dames en enige figurante. This version published in Cape Town by H.A.U.M. as part of their series of texts called Suid-Afrikaanse Toneel, (it appeared as no's. 23, 43, 54 respectively between 1920-1936).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


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