Ons Hou Konsert

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Ons Hou Konsert (1967) is a sketch using two one-act farces by Melt Brink and adapted by Robert Mohr. It was followed by Ons Hou Konsert II (1983)

The original text

In 1967 Robert Mohr used two classic Melt Brink farces (Die Egskeiding and O, die Muise of Stemreg vir Vrouwe) and wrote a linking text for this farcical account of the small rural town of Genadevlei's attempts to perform a "concert" in celebration of the arrival of electricity in the town. The text was published in 1973 in its performance text series by DALRO.

In 1983 Mohr compiled a second set of Melt Brink plays, using Gestrafte Nieuwsgierigheid, Die Kwaaie Huishoudster and Die Weddenskap to compile the follow up Ons Hou Konsert II.

South African productions

1967: Produced by Robert Mohr for CAPAB. It opened at the Hofmeyr Theatre on 13 October. The cast included Nerina Ferreira, who was nominated for the Three Leaf award as the best female lead.

1968: Johan Malherbe, Fitz Morley, Christine Basson and Glynn Day in Ons hou konsert in 1968,(CAPAB).

1989: Directed by Johann Nel for Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in the H.B. Thom Theatre in May 1989.

1983: Ons Hou Konsert II was Robert Mohr's last production for CAPAB, going on tour on 14 July 1983 and being revived at the Nico Malan Theatre on 15 December 1983, with Christine Basson, Marga van Rooy, Neels Coetzee, Antoinette Kellermann, Blaise Koch, Fitz Morley. Decor by Peter Cazalet, costumes by Dicky Longhurst. Six performances of the production were sold to NAPAC and were performed in Richard's Bay, Greytown, Glencoe, Ladysmith, Estcourt and Pietermaritzburg from 8 to 13 August.

1999: Ons Hou Konsert produced again by CAPAB as a tribute to Robert Mohr at the KKNK and in the Nico Arena. Using the original linking text by Robert Mohr, but adapted and transferred to the "rainbow nation" by Peter Snyders. Directed by Johan Esterhuizen with Ivan Abrahams, Blaise Koch, Dawn Matthews, Euodia Samson, Waldemar Schultz, Royston Stoffels and Deirdre Wolhuter. Designs by by Michael Mitchell (décor), Birrie le Roux (costumes) and Skip Wright (lighting).


Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. pp 54, 86.

Photograph, NELM Manuscripts - [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 50.

Ons Hou Konsert II theatre programme, 1983.

NAPAC report, 1983/4.

KKNK Festival programme, 1999.

Gabriel Botma, 1999, "Kleindorpse konsert vul pret-spasie", Die Burgerhttp://

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