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Nat occurs as the title of two South African plays in 2016:

The word itself can be used in two senses in the country: as the Afrikaans word for "wet" or as the well-known acronym for the "Nationalist Party", active in the previous dispensation in South Africa.

Nat by Penelope Youngleson (1987- )

The original text

This is a 2016 multilingual (Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa) two-hander.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2016: Staged by Rust Co-Operative in the Artscape and Rosebank Theatres in Cape Town and at the KKNK, directed by Penelope Youngleson, with Iman Isaacs and Richard September.

Nat by Henque Heymans (1985-)

The original text

This is a one man performance text, one of two of the four opening pieces written by Heymans as part of DEURnis; South Africa’s first one-on-one site specific theatre production, of which he was a co-creator.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2017: Nat was performed by Stephanie Gericke and directed by Aneshree Paul at the Aardklop Kunstefees in 2016 and in Centurion (February 2017), as part of the production DEURnis.

See the entry on DEURnis for more information.


Rust Co-Operative website [1]

Personal correspondence from Henque Heymans, 13 June, 2019.

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