Nag, Generaal

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Nag, Generaal (“Goodnight, General”) is a play by Reza de Wet. A pacifist play set in the Anglo-Boer War and relating the story of a woman avenging herself on her dying husband, the General, whom she holds responsible for the death by suffocation of her son. Published in Vrystaat Trilogie [“Free State Trilogy”] in 1991 (HAUM-Literêr).

Performance history in South Africa

1988: Directed by Lucille Gillwald in 1988 for the Market Theatre Company with Sandra Prinsloo (Magda), Gys de Villiers (Generaal), Dawid Minnaar (Naas), André Stolz (Lombaard) at the Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown Festival folowed by a run at Upstairs at the Market. Design by Nadya Cohen, lighting by Wesley France.

1991: Directed by Ernst Eloff for PACOFS at the André Huguenet Theatre, Bloemfontein, opening 15 August 1991. The cast members were Christo Compion (Generaal), Isadora Verwey (Magda), Pieter Brand (Naas) and Hendrik Baird (Lombaard). Design Johnny Boerstoel, lighting Dulcie Holtzhausen, musical arrangement Heidi Edeling.

Translations and adaptations

In 2004 De Wet wrote Breathing In, using very much the same situation but combining two characters and refocusing the issues.


National Arts Festival programme 1988. 42.

Evening Post, 4 July 1988; Business Day 22 July 1988.

PACOFS News, 17(3), 1991.

Nag, Generaal theatre programme, 1991.

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