Mine Boy

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A stage version of Lionel Abrahams's 1949 novel Mine Boy, dealing with the story of a rural labourer who goes to work on the gold mines in Johannesburg.

There have two adaptations of the novel:

Mine Boy The one-act play

The play

A one-act play by William Branford, based on Peter Abrahams's 1946 novel of the same name.


Performed by the Durban Medical Students' Group from 20 to 23 April, 1955.


Undated typescript in the Thomas Pringle Collection, National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown.

Mine Boy The musical

The play

A musical adaptation of Peter Abrahams's novel, Mine Boy by by Roel Twijnstra and Jerry Pooe.


The adaptation, directed by Roel Twijnstra and Jerry Pooe , was produced in 2014 by Eager Artists (the resident company of the Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre) and The Stable Theatre, with choreography by Sphiso Majola and the cast. Design and video projections are by Doung Jahangeer, photographs by Dean Hutton.

The musical opened 20 June 2014 in the Stable Theatre, Durban, followed by a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, before going on a national tour.


"Mine Boy to be performed at Stable Theatre" (Copy Dog Editorial Enterprises CC) Artslink 06/12/2014[1]

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